November 2017 Monthly Round-Up

November 2017 Monthly Round-Ups

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November Reading / Life

Choose the best Book of the Month Club selection for you every time!

What’s Coming in December

  • Free Range Reading – Every year, I reserve December to read whatever the heck I want! I’m hoping to knock out some backlist books that have been on my TBR forever, possibly re-read an old favorite, and start some 2018 releases.
  • No Book Reviews – but, I’ll still be talking about the books I’m reading in my Monday What I’m Reading Now posts and on Twitter and Instagram.
  • Year End Wrap-Up Posts – such as Best Books of 2017 lists, year-end reading and blog stats, and general reflection on 2017.
  • A Look Ahead to 2018 – an overview of some exciting new things happening around here next year!

My Favorite Book(s) of the Month

Best Book of the Month

Forty Autumnsby Nina Willner (October 4, 2016)
Nonfiction, 416 Pages
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PS – last year’s Best Book of November was Before the Wind by Jim Lynch (my review)!

Best Selling Book(s) of the Month (via my affiliate links)

My favorite book of last month (yay!!):
The Heart’s Invisible Furiesby John Boyne (my review)

Most Popular Posts

Posts Actually Published in November
The Best Holiday Gifts for Book Lovers 2017
Book of the Month Club November 2017 Selections: What Book Should You Choose?

Nonfiction November 2017: Fiction / Nonfiction Book Pairings

Overall Posts
Book Club Recommendations
Best Books of 2017 So Far
Behind Her Eyes and THAT Ending: Spoiler Discussion (#WTFthatending)

Top November Instagram Post (follow me @sarahsbookshelves)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️It’s a 5 star Alcohol & Advil pairing…possibly the first 100% 5 star one I’ve ever done! The Heart’s Invisible Furies will slay every emotion you have…you’ll laugh and cry and everything in between. And, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo will fix you right up afterwards…it reads easy, but the story has lots of depth. You’ll probably start out hating Evelyn, but don’t be sure you’ll end up there. Also – you have no idea how truly perfect a pairing this is until you’ve read both books. LINK TO MY REVIEWS IN BIO.⠀ _⠀ ⠀ How do you recover from a book that absolutely slays you?⠀ _⠀ ⠀ Alcohol & Advil is my feature where I pair a book likely to cause a “reading hangover” (i.e. the alcohol) with a recovery book (i.e. the Advil)! For me, the “alcohol” is usually a book that I either absolutely loved or one that punched me in the gut in an emotionally depleting way…and, in this case, it’s the former.⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ @johnboyne @hogarthbooks @tjenkinsreid @atriabooks @bookofthemonth #bookstagram #amreading #bookworm #instabooks #bookblogger #booklover #booklovers #booksofinstagram #bookgram #bookblogger #bookaddict #bookaddiction #fiction #bookofthemonth #bookofthemonthclub #BOTM #heartsinvisiblefuries #sevenhusbandsofevelynhugo

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  1. Look at you! Having your monthly round up done so early. I’m very curious to see what the BOTM choices are for December since I’m having trouble finding much I want to read.

    I’m about a third of the way through Forty Autumns and am so glad you pointed me toward it. I really like it and am learning so much.

    Posted 11.30.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I know…a rarity for me, right?!

      Glad you’re loving Forty Autumns! Thought it would be up your alley 🙂

      Posted 11.30.17 Reply
  2. I think I have Forty Autumns – it sounds like a book I need to look into.

    Posted 11.30.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:


      Posted 11.30.17 Reply
  3. Renee wrote:

    Thanks for providing the links to so many best of lists!! It’s so fun to see what books made all the lists. Free range reading is a perfect way to describe my current reading life, I can’t wait to hear what books you end up choosing for Dec. I may try some reads that would be way out of my comfort zone.

    Posted 11.30.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Welcome! I love tracking them.

      Cheers to free range reading!

      Posted 11.30.17 Reply
  4. Thanks for the links to all the “best of” lists. It’s always overwhelming when we get to the end of the year, and everybody is like Read this! Read this! Read this! Congrats on a successful Thanksgiving and Nonfiction November.

    Posted 11.30.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Haha – I know, right?! Except not as much for me this year…I’m not falling in line with most of these lists as of now.

      Posted 11.30.17 Reply
  5. Thanks for hosting NFN! It’s really gotten me into the swing of nonfiction again. I’ll have to search for a copy of Forty Autumns. (I typed it into the library catalog and got the movie “Elk in America” as a search result. Why??)

    Posted 11.30.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      That’s bizarre and you’re welcome!

      Posted 11.30.17 Reply
  6. Thanks for linking to my posts! Free-range reading for a month sounds amazing. Unfortunately, I’m waaay behind on my reading for the year, so I really need to use the first half of December to squeeze in some books that I think might have a chance of making my best-of lists. At the same time, I’m super pressed for reading time. Yikes! I always feel the pressure in December.

    Posted 11.30.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I hear ya! I’m reading some that I’m hoping might make my best of lists right now, but I think I’ll be done with that soon. Good luck with your final push!

      Posted 11.30.17 Reply
  7. Catherine wrote:

    Thanks to you and your compatriots at Nonfiction November 2017 I read 5 nf books. Woo hoo! I’m also using December to read whatever the heck I want- which is kind of meh so far. I reread an old favorite and it dropped from 5 stars to 3. Gulp.

    I’m hoping to get a copy of Seven Husbands and also to listen to The Power. Beyond that, who knows what will happen this month?!

    Posted 12.3.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Oh no! What was the old favorite?

      And I think you’ll love Seven Husbands.

      Posted 12.8.17 Reply
  8. I’ve read all the nonfiction on your list of stellar nonfiction and it makes me happy to see you loving them too. They’re definitely all books I enjoyed enough to push on other people 🙂

    Posted 12.4.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      You’ve read everything nonfiction…so impressive!

      Posted 12.8.17 Reply
      • Thanks for saying so! I actually am far more likely to not have read any books on a best of list than all of them, but I think we must have similar tastes and/or hear about similar books 🙂

        Posted 12.14.17 Reply
  9. I love that you reserve December for reading whatever you want. I tend to feel pressure to finish my yearly challenges, and that’s not such a good feeling. It’s good to give ourselves a break!

    Posted 12.4.17 Reply
  10. iliana wrote:

    Sounds like November was a great reading month – that’s wonderful that you got so much nonfiction reading done. I don’t blame you for reserving December as a read whatever you want kind of month. It’s stressful enough with all the holiday happenings!

    Posted 12.4.17 Reply

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