November in books, my thoughts on what I read

November had come and gone. That month really flew by, but that often happens as the end of the year approaches. Despite a large number of distractions this month, and not reading many days, I did manage to get a decent amount of reading done. With every book that I read, my enormous TBR shrinks just a bit more. November in books in the eleventh installment of my ongoing series highlighting the books that I read in a month.

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November in books

Orange Volume 1-5 by Ichigo Takano

This is the third time I have read this series. I still love it just as much as when I first read it. Honestly, I just wanted to read this again, especially after recently watching the anime. Plus, these are quick reads, perfect for a busy month.

Haruiro Astronaut by Ichigo Takano

It’s not often that you find single-volume manga. At least in my experience. This was a cute little high school love story and a very quick read. However, I still can’t figure out how the title relates to the story. This manga is found at the end of Orange: Complete Series Volume 2.

Last of the Free by Gareth Patterson

I read this book a good fifteen or more years ago and was wanting to revisit it. Especially since I read The Lions’ Legacy, which is unofficially the prequel to this book. While I enjoyed this one, much like the previous book, I didn’t like it as much as the first time. I’m still happy that I read it, as it gives an in-depth look at the struggles of conservation and reintegrating rescued animals back into the wild.

Warriors: Midnight by Erin Hunter

The first book in the second Warriors series. I have been looking forward to starting this series since finishing the first one. It did take me a little bit to remember who was who among the cats, remember all the details of past events and figure out who all the new cats were. Ignoring that little bump in the journey, I quite enjoyed this story. It’s fast-paced like the previous books and has the potential to be as good, if not better, than that first series. I look forward to continuing this series.

The Art of War: Complete Texts & Commentaries by Sun Tzu

My husband has been suggesting I read this book for a while, and so, I figured November was a good month for that. I quite enjoyed reading this. This book goes beyond The Art of War, as it includes different interpretations, texts that were found many years later and other similar thoughts.

To Kill A Kettle Witch by Barb Hendee

The fourth book in the Mist-Torn Witches series. This book was good and yet had a number of problems with it. One is that the title doesn’t make sense once you have read the book. Some of the character’s relationships are also fairly problematic, especially Amelia and Joramir’s. Even so, I’m actually slightly disappointed that this is the last book in the series. Especially since it’s clear that it was never intended to be the final book. There is still so much left unresolved, that I feel at a loss now.

The Battling Bands by Frank Cammuso

The third book in the Knights of the Lunch Table series. This was by far the most predictable book in the series. I know it’s meant for kids and so the story can’t be too overly complicated, but in my opinion, things were just too plainly laid out right from page one. I’ll continue with this series, as my son enjoys it and we do chat about the book after we have read it, so that’s all the incentive I need to keep reading.

October in books stats

  • Books read: 11
  • Books purchased: 0
  • Books purged: 2
  • Books DNF’d: 2

That brings my November in books to an end. I’m honestly surprised that I read as much as I did, as this was an extremely busy month, especially with NaNoWriMo happening.


  1. It’s always a risk revisiting books that you enjoyed in the past, isnt it? There’s a great mix here. I hope December is just as good for you.

    1. Exactly. This is why I so rarely reread books, but every now and then I get the itch to. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. Thank you, I hope your December is good as well.

  2. Kudos and being able to squeeze some reading in even with NaNoWriMo. I’ve read Orange and seen the anime. It’s one I can revisit over and over again too. Good luck with your TBR list, and I hope you’re able to do a lot of reading in December.

    1. Thank you. I didn’t want to completely ignore reading for the month, so it was nice to get through a few books. I have a feeling I will reread and/or rewatch Orange many times. It’s just such a beautiful story. Thanks.

  3. Wow, you got through loads of reading, well done!! And some of those sound very interesting as well… I’m hoping to step up my reading this month after a slow November.

    1. Thanks. I’m kind of surprised I got through so many books given how crazy the month was. Good luck getting lots of reading done.

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