November goal:

In November, I’m setting a goal of 4 books.


What I read: (Link to my Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge

Medallion Status—John Hodgman

4.75* (Nov 6)
Review

Hotel Silence—Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir

3* (Nov 7)
Review

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer—Michelle McNamara

4.5* (Nov 20)
Review

A Treacherous Curse—Deanna Raybourn

3* (Nov 16)
Review

Truly Devious—Maureen Johnson

4* (Nov 19)
Review

The Vanishing Stair—Maureen Johnson

5* (Nov 23)
Review


Excuse(s) for Not Reading More: I read 6 books and feel no shame.

Diversity? An Icelandic novel, historical fiction, 2 YA novels, and 2 nonfiction (1 memoir, 1 true crime/memoir) audiobooks.

Star Ratings: I base this on the flat stars Goodreads displays in list-view, not the quarter-star system I assign in my reviews. (I made it to July this year before realizing I’d screwed up the math somewhere along the way.)

  • 5 stars:  10 books
  • 4 stars:  15 books
  • 3 stars:  16 books
  • 2 stars:  3 books
  • 1 star: 0 books
  • 0 stars: 0 books
  • Abandoned: 2 books
  • Not rated: 0 books

Pages Read: (does not include abandoned books, edited manuscripts, or Coffin Bell)

  • January – 993
  • February – 1232
  • March – 454 (ouch)
  • April – 1615
  • May – 1248
  • June – 1076
  • July – 375 (ewww)
  • August – 1603
  • September – 1196
  • October – 929
  • 1992

Coffin Bell Submissions: I used to include these because they took up so much of my time. I resigned my position as their short story editor in March 2019 so I could prioritize other projects.

  • January
    • 20 short stories
  • February
    • 14 short stories
    • 1 CNF (creative nonfiction)
  • March
    • 15 short stories

Reading Goals:

1. Read 40 books Mission accomplished! I’m at 44/40.

2. Decrease my TBR – 

  • Jan 1 – 73 physical21 Kindle
  • Feb 1 – 71/22
  • Mar 4 – 71/22 (huh)
  • Apr 3 – 73/23 (it was my birthday month)
  • May 1 – 73/23 (how?!?!)
  • Jun 1 – 72/22 (it was a good month for reading books I already own)
  • Jul 1 – 71/22 (surprising – I visited 2 bookstores this weekend)
  • Aug 4 – 71/22
  • Sept 3 – 71/23
  • Sept 30 – 73/21 (books = souvenirs and I was in Iceland)
  • Nov 1 – 73/21
  • Dec 1 – 75/22 (I blame Small Business Saturday)

3. Read 6 short story/essay/poetry collections – I want to double that if possible. Not sure that’s going to happen. (I realized in late September that I’d missed one and messed up the months.)

November was a very good reading month! I’ve already finished one book in December, so I’m setting a goal of 6. It would be nice to finish with 50 books.

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