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November update

02 Dec

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November is a month for being thankful, and I have a lot to be thankful for– my family, health that may not be perfect, but could  be much worse, a stable life, and lots of time to read. I’m also thankful for on-line friends and kittens I can watch over the Internet.

I did get quite a bit of reading done in November, although perhaps not quite as much as the book count suggests– there are some very short books in there!

I realized one of the reasons that I haven’t been reading as many print books is that I’m getting older, and my eyes are having trouble at times with the print in books.  Getting a second pair of reading glasses, so that one stays in my purse and one stays by my bed, has helped a lot with that.

So, on to the books read:

Paper books

  1. Double-Booked for Death (Black Cat Bookshop Mystery #1) by Ali Brandon
  2. Elegy for Eddie (Maisie Dobbs #9) by Jacqueline Winspear
  3. What the Zhang Boys Know by Clifford Garstang

Nook books

  1. A Novel Way to Die (Black Cat Bookshop Mystery #2) by Ali Brandon
  2. Among the Mad (Maisie Dobbs #6) by Jacqueline Winspear

Audio books

  1. How It All Began by Penelope Lively
  2. The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University by Kevin Roose
  3. Tonight I Said Goodbye (Lincoln Perry #1) by Michael Koryta
  4. Shadow Puppets (Shadow Saga #3) by Orson Scott Card
  5. Black River by Dean Koontz
  6. Son (The Giver Quartet #4) by Lois Lowry
  7. Messenger (The Giver Quartet #3) by Lois Lowry
  8. Gathering Blue (The Giver Quartet #2) by Lois Lowry
  9. The Giver (The Giver Quartet #1) by Lois Lowry
  10. Redwood Bend (Virgin River #18) by Robyn Carr
  11. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

This brings my yearly totals to 145 books read: 38 paper books, 23 Nook books, and 84 audio books.  There shouldn’t be a problem reaching to 150 for the year :-).

The best books of the month were Between Shades of Gray and How It All Began, followed by Elegy for Eddie.

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Posted by on December 2, 2012 in books, summary

 

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4 responses to “November update

  1. Leslie

    December 6, 2012 at 7:25 am

    I was having the same problem with my eyesight, especially in the evening when my eyes just didn’t want to focus on reading. I ended up switching to bifocal contact lenses. Before that I had reading glasses scattered all over the house!

     
  2. Howard Sherman

    December 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I got through a couple of more books last month than usual and for that I’m very thankful. My crazy schedule seemed to stand still long enough to knock out two really good books. My November favorite was The 4 Hour Chef by Tim Ferris. Right on time for Thanksgiving! I hope to do as well in December and then I can really have some very happy holidays!

    My secret is Audible. I still have good eye sight (thanks to my glasses!) but not enough time. I really enjoy so many good books through listening to them on Audible. May I suggest you try it?

     
    • Laura

      December 12, 2012 at 8:42 am

      Thank you for the suggestion, Howard.

      I love Audible, and that is where I get most of my audiobooks from. The rest are downloaded from my local library. I started the year with my reading close to evenly split between audio reading and visual reading, now I’m at about 2 audiobooks for every print one.

       
      • Howard Sherman

        December 16, 2012 at 6:37 am

        That 2:1 ratio seems to hold true for me too. I wonder if my library lends audio books via download. I know they do that with eBooks…

         

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