Tuesday, December 1, 2020

November Reading Wrap-Up


My Christmas decorating always starts with putting up the Christmas village.  So, the day after Thanksgiving, that is what I did.  The tree will be next.

As far as reading goes, it was a bit of a slow month.  I felt distracted and had a hard time concentrating.  I finished 6 books from the following genres:

Non-fiction: 1
Historical Fiction: 1
Cozy Mystery: 2
Mystery: 1
Suspense: 1


God's Hotel by Victoria Sweet - A memoir about the author's time as a doctor at Laguna Honda, the last almshouse in the country.

Historical Fiction: 

A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner - A dual timeline story about a woman who survived 9/11 and one who worked in the same building as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory and was there when the fire happened.  She went on to work on Ellis Island in the hospital for immigrants.

Cozy Mystery:

Wonton Terror (Noodle Shop Mystery #4) by Vivien Chien - A bomb is set off in a booth at the Asian Night Market.  A friend of Lana Lee's family is killed.  Ronnie seemed to have plenty of enemies, but are any of them capable of murder?

Brandy & Bullets (Murder, She Wrote #4) by Donald Bain & Jessica Fletcher - A retreat center for creative people has opened in Cabot Cove.  One guest commits suicide, one attempts suicide and another has gone missing.  Jessica attempts to discover how the retreat center is involved.


The Vanished Bride (Bronte Sisters Mystery #1) by Bella Ellis - The Bronte sisters and their brother attempt to solve a murder with no body.


Under the Cajun Moon by Mindy Starns Clark - Dual timeline story involving a present day woman framed for murder in New Orleans along with a storyline in France from the early 1700's involving a goldsmith. (Review coming soon)


With just one month left in the year, I thought I would take a look at the challenges I have been participating in.

My List of Books to Read in 2020 - completed
The Literary Life 20 for 2020 Reading Challenge - 19 out of 20
Visual Theology 2020 Christian Reading Challenge - completed
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks - 47 out of 52

Currently reading:

Phantastes by George MacDonald 
The Way of Ignorance by Wendell Berry
The Christmas Angel by Thomas Kinkade & Katherine Spencer

How was your reading in November?

This month I'm linking up with the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight.


  1. I know what you mean about only having a month left to complete challenges. You look to be on top of the ones you're doing. I wish I could say the same! Lol!

    Flora ¦ www.florasmusings.com

    1. I am in pretty decent shape. I was kind of surprised to see that! Keeping track is where I sometimes don't keep up. :)

      Have a good December!

  2. Love your Christmas village. I have just started decorating, A Fall of Marigolds sounds intriguing - I so enjoy dual timeline novels. Enjoy your December reads.

    1. Thanks Beverley! I enjoyed A Fall of Marigolds, the dual timeline worked well. Have a great December!

  3. Your village looks so lovely! We always put up our tree the weekend following Thanksgiving and this year was no different. Even though you didn't read as much as you'd hoped, I like that you chose to read in a variety of genres. I hope your December is going well! Happy Christmas!

    1. Thank you, Danielle! Merry Christmas to you as well!