November 2019 Month-in-Review

November was my first full month across the blogs after making the changes I talked about last month.  The stress reduction during another very busy month was nice, even if I blogging slowed down even more than I had planned.

The formatting of these posts will change a bit.  They will be simpler, with fewer links and a reduced focus on blogging stats.

My reading slowed down a bit in November, with only six books finished, but I did manage to keep Mount TBR even.  If I can finish eight books in November, it will be my strongest reading year in the last four years.  My main focus will be finishing off my 2019 Bookish Resolutions.

 

November Reviews

 

Books acquired*

  • The Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville
  • Athabasca by Alistair MacLean
  • Under the Moons of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Return to Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Men of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Tales of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Sabbath by Nick Mamatas (review copy)
  • Teaching with Cases: A Practical Guide by Espen Anderson and Bill Schiano
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  • Places Beyond the Wild: A Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Anthology (review copy)

 

Books started

  • The Code of the Hills by Nancy Allen
  • Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market by Eric Schlosser
  • The Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville
  • Athabasca by Alistair MacLean
  • A Theory of Justice by John Rawls
  • Red State Blues: How the Conservative Revolution Stalled in the States by Matt Grossmann
  • Sabbath by Nick Mamatas
  • Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Teaching with Cases: A Practical Guide by Espen Anderson and Bill Schiano
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  • Green River Rising by Tim Willocks

 

Books finished

  • The Code of the Hills by Nancy Allen
  • Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market by Eric Schlosser
  • The Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville
  • Athabasca by Alistair MacLean
  • Sabbath by Nick Mamatas
  • Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

 

Mount TBR Counter

  • November: +0
  • Year-to-date (as of EO October): -5

 

*I’m not counting the Barsoom books toward Mount TBR since I already have a Kindle omnibus of the entire series.  Also note that I am marking them as read by the individual book, not by the omnibus volume.

About H.P.

Blogs on books at Every Day Should Be Tuesday (speculative fiction) and Hillbilly Highways (country noir and nonfiction). https://everydayshouldbetuesday.wordpress.com/ https://hillbillyhighways.wordpress.com/
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8 Responses to November 2019 Month-in-Review

  1. Bookstooge says:

    Good call on going with the Barsoom books as individual books. Even though I didn’t care for them, they each deserve they’re own little spotlight.

    Will you be reviewing Athabasca? If not, what did you think of it? My hazy recollection is that it sucked and either MacLean mailed it in or it was ghost written and stamped with his name.

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    • H.P. says:

      I liked the first Barsoom book better than the first Carson of Venus book, and probably as much as the first Pellucidar book, but I have come to accept that ERB is simply never going to be in the same echelon for me as Robert E. Howard and Leigh Brackett.

      I will probably do a short review of Athabasca at Hillbilly Highways. I enjoyed it, but it didn’t blow me away.

      No comment on the Dickens?

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      • Bookstooge says:

        Honestly, I figured you’d be reviewing the Dickens. And I can wait.
        Does that mean you won’t be reviewing it? Cause I am more than glad to show you the error of your ways and why you NEED to review it 😉

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        • H.P. says:

          I wasn’t planning on review it. It doesn’t fit in the wheelhouse of either blog.

          Believe it or not this is my first Dickens. I am enjoying it but maybe regretting a little my decision to start with a 1,000 pager.

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          • Bookstooge says:

            First off, a Classic fits in anywhere, no matter the blog. It is like Pizza that way 🙂

            I’m impressed that you are sticking this out as your first Dickens. If it helps, you can always take a break and read a little short book between. That is the nice thing about a serialized book, it is easily broken up into its component parts.

            So with no review, what are your thoughts so far, beyond regret at starting so big I mean? 😀

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  2. Congrats on the strong year so far. I particularly like the (w)holistic reading goals you have–not just about getting books done, but about your whole life. I would like to have a hyggelig reading session every weekend (especially in winter)!

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