Wednesday, December 1, 2021

November Reading Wrap-Up


I hope all of you that celebrate had a good Thanksgiving!  I sure did.  I was even able to get a little bit of reading done.  In the month of November I read 10 books.  Here's the breakdown:

Mystery: 2

Cozy Mystery: 2

Romantic Suspense:  2

Christmas: 1

Middle Grade Fiction: 1

Non-fiction: 1

Historical Fiction: 1


Death at Greenway

Death at Greenway by Lori Rader Day    - A historical mystery taking place at the country home of Agatha M. C. Christie Mallowan and her husband. A good mystery with memorable characters.

The Dark Vineyard: A Novel of the French Countryside

The Dark Vineyard (Bruno, Chief of Police #2) by Martin Walker

Bruno investigates a fire at a research station for genetically modified crops.  Review coming soon.

Cozy Mystery: 

Slashing Through the Snow (Christmas Tree Farm Mystery, #3)

Slashing Through the Snow (Christmas Tree Farm #3) by Jacqueline Frost - It's Holly White's first Christmas season as innkeeper.  Things get off to a bad start when a woman is murdered and dumped in the toy donation bin.  Despite the murder, this was an enjoyable, heartwarming read.

Plantation Shudders (Cajun Country Mystery, #1)

Plantation Shudders (Cajun Country #1) by Ellen Byron -  A elderly couple staying at the Crozat Plantation drop dead within minutes of one another.  Is this a coincidence or something more sinister?  The mystery is complicated, but the characters are great.

Romantic Suspense:


Backlash (Capital Intrigue #2) by Rachel Dylan - A CIA analyst is put in the field during a cartel operation.  Several months after the successful operation, the analyst is targeted.  This was a real page turner.

Power Play

Power Play (Capital Intrigue #3) by Rachel Dylan - A State Department lawyer is attending a dinner for world diplomats when two of them collapse.  One is dead, the other barely hanging on.  The lawyer is part of a team that  is put together to investigate.  Another fast-paced story with a little bit of romance.


A Christmas in the Alps

A Christmas in the Alps by Melody Carlson - Simone Winthrop travels to France to find treasure left by her grandmother.  A sweet story about courage and family.

Middle Grade Fiction:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J. K. Rowling - A book I had put off reading, but finally got around to.  I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.


Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald J. Whitney - Covers twelve disciplines of the Christian life including what they are and how to incorporate them in your life.  Not reviewed.

Historical Fiction:

The London House

The London House by Katherine Reay - Part of the story takes place through the diaries and letters of two sisters during WWII and the other part of the story is modern day.  A great story filled with hope.  It will be one of my favorites of the year. 

That's it for me.  I hope you all had a great reading month!

~ Gretchen

I am linking up with The Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight. 

I'm also linking up with The Sunday Salon hosted by Deb @ Readerbuzz.


  1. London House sounds intriguing. I so enjoy dual time line novels. I loved the Harry Potter series. Hope you enjoy the whole series. Happy reading through December!

    1. Thank you, Beverley! The London House was really good. Now I understand why so many have loved Harry Potter.

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    1. Thanks Emma! Christmas in the Alps had well developed characters along with an interesting setting.

  3. What a great reading month! I'm so happy you enjoyed Harry Potter. They only get better with each one. I read the series for the first time around Christmas and it was quite magical. :)

    1. I bet it would be magical to read Harry Potter around Christmas! Thanks for the idea.

  4. You read such a wide variety of books! The London House sounds intriguing! I read Harry Potter and enjoyed cheering him on! I've not read a historical mystery yet! Sounds interesting!

    1. I do like to read a variety of books! Historical mysteries are fun. You get a mystery along with historical details. Have a good week!

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    1. I really enjoyed London House. I hope you get a chance to read it.

  6. "Things get off to a bad start when a woman is murdered and dumped in the toy donation bin." Wow. Agree!

    I like the sound of The London House. I always pay attention when I hear "favorite of the year!"

    1. London House ticked a lot of boxes for me - interesting characters, historical details, hope-filled.

  7. A great reading month! I especially like the sound of The London House.

    1. Thanks, JoAnn! The London House is definitely a good read. Have a great week!

  8. Sounds like November was a great month for you. Hope December is a good one too. Have a great week!

  9. November was a great reading month for you. I'm glad you had an excellent Thanksgiving--we had a quiet one with just the immediate family and I made way too much food. I baked a lemon cheesecake that turned out to be one of the best I've ever made. Happy holidays!