November Reading

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This month, I have a huge classic, a non-fiction, and a contemporary fiction lined up. In fact, I’m already reading all three right now. Here’s what I’m reading in November.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

This is a re-read for me. The first time I read it, I thought it was okay. At the time, I had only read one other longer Russian classic and was still kind of getting the feel for reading Russian classic literature. I also hadn’t really read very many long classics at that time either. At least, not that I can remember anyway. Ha! I have since read many more classics as well as some pretty long classics at that. I also read Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina at the beginning of this year and really liked it. So I feel like I’m better prepared this time around to really soak in the writing of Tolstoy more in his epic masterpiece War and Peace. I started reading it on Nov. 1st and I’m about 150 pages in. So far, I am really enjoying it! Yay!

Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee

This is December’s book club pick for the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club. I am aiming to get this read in November since the author chat for the book discussion is earlier than usual in the month of December. I’ve already started it and am liking it so far.

Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

The flight pick that goes with the November book selection for the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club is Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry. This is a re-read for me. I liked it the first time I read it and have been looking forward to revisiting Port William again. I started my re-read of this on Nov. 1st and I’ve chosen to listen to it on audiobook this time around.

And those are the three definite books for my November reading. However, I was just visiting over at Words and Peace blog today and found out that November has some themes going on for reading! One of those is Novellas in November and it sounds fun! I think I will try to join in for that as I have time.

One of the books on my classics TBR is a novella called A Dog’s Heart by Mikhail Bulgakov. I’ve been wanting to get to this title since I heard about it a month or so ago. And it seems that Novellas in November is the perfect time to try to fit it in! They have themes and buddy reads of novellas going on each week of the month that you can participate in. It really sounds like a lot of fun! A Dog’s Heart actually fits perfectly for one of the weekly themes – Literature in Translation. And I even have a contemporary novella that I’d like to re-read that would fit this first week’s theme. I don’t know if I’ll have to time to fit in end by the end of the week being that I just found out about Novellas in November today. But I’m going to try. I definitely know I’d like to join in on the buddy read for the last week because they are reading Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton and that is on my classics TBR!

If you’d like to participate in Novellas November, you can visit either one of the links below:

Novellas in November at Bookish Beck

Novellas in November at 746 Books

What are your reading plans for November?

5 thoughts on “November Reading

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    • I’ve only read Jayber Crow. What Wendell Berry books have you read? I have heard Hannah Coulter is good.

      I was hoping to get in a novella for this week’s theme but I just haven’t had the time with finding out about Novellas in November late in the week. But I already have ideas lined up for the rest of the month. I have two selections to pick from for next week’s theme which is short nonfiction – either The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (which is on my classics TBR!) or I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel (which is a re-read for me). As I already mentioned in my most post, for the theme Literature in Translation, I’m planning to read A Dog’s Heart by Bulgakov. And then I plan to do their buddy read of Ethan Frome the last week. I’m hoping to get all these worked in! LOL

      I have to say, though, the title you are planning to read, The Invention of Morel, by Adolfo Bioy Casares – I looked it up and it sounds really good! I need to add that to my TBR!


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