Love Your Library: November 2021

15 books this month, 12 from the library and 3 from Kindle Unlimited.

Library Reads are LATE this month, y’all. I try to publish these on the Saturday that is closest to the end of the month, but last Saturday was sort of consumed by Thanksgiving-weekend stuff, so here we are.

It was kind of an exceptional month, especially given that I finished the last countable book on the 24th. After that, it was all Follett, all the time. There is a reason that I don’t read a lot of long, dense books, and that is that they take up too much time! But I always make an exception for Follett, so here we are. I am finally 77% of the way through Never, and should finish this weekend, so that I may properly embark on my Christmas Rom-Com Project. Looking forward to that so much. I mean, don’t get me wrong—Never is great. But I’m constantly worried that Follett is about to kill someone, and, say what you will about RomComs, but they rarely kill off the protagonists.

Library Books I Read in November

Books that ended up abandoned were Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead, and Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell. But, to be fair, abandoned is a harsh word, given that I put them both back on hold immediately. They just got…I just ran out of time. I think that ‘do a better job of managing my library holds’ needs to be on the list of new year’s resolutions. Too many things were either not finished, or read in a panic with Wi-Fi turned off on my Kindle. Don’t need that kind of stress. .

Kindle Unlimited Books I Read in November

Currently Reading

Never by Ken Follett

Checked Out, Reading Soon

  • A Slow Fire Burning, Paula Hawkins
  • Malibu Rising, Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Holiday Swap, Maggie Knox
  • Always in December, Emily Stone
  • Leah’s Perfect Christmas, Catherine Beck

Returned Unread

  • Utopia Avenue, David Mitchell
  • Harlem Shuffle, Colson Whitehead

Favorite Library Book This Month

Beach Read, Emily Henry

Currently On Hold

  • Last Summer at the Golden Hotel, Elyssa Friedland
  • The Lions of Fifth Avenue, Fiona Davis
  • Sooley, John Grisham
  • How to Stop Time, Matt Haig
  • The Bounty, Janet Evanovich and Steve Hamilton
  • The Troop, Nick Cutter
  • A Time for Mercy, John Grisham
  • Detransition, Baby, Torrey Peters
  • Unbound, Tarana Burke
  • The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Apples Never Fall, Lianne Moriarty
  • Much Ado About You, Samantha Young
  • Just Haven’t Met You Yet, Sophie Cousens
  • Eight Perfect Hours, Lia Louis
  • Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Will, Will Smith
  • Never Fall for Your Fiancée, Virginia Heath
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me, James W. Loewe
  • Duke, Actually by Jenny Holiday
  • Christmas By The Book, Anne Marie Ryan
  • On Writing, Stephen King
  • A Marvellous Light, Freya Marske
  • In A Holidaze, Christina Lauren
  • Our Country Friends, Gary Shteyngart
  • The Singles Table, Sara Desai
  • Anna and the French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins
  • Main Street Dealmaker, Brighton Walsh
  • Storyteller, Dave Grohl
  • Leviathan Wakes, James S. A. Corey
  • The Christmas Wedding Guest, Susan Mallory
  • Utopia Avenue, David Mitchell
  • The Mother Next Door, Tata Laskowski
  • Last Girl Ghosted, Lisa Unger
  • The Christmas Bookshop, Jenny Colgan
  • All the Feels, Olivia Dade
  • The Girl with the Louding Voice, Abi Dare
  • Harlem Shuffle, Colson Whitehead

I recognize, looking at the ridiculous state of that pile, that something needs to be done. There will be a TBR clean out at the end of the year. I have to come to terms with the fact that it’s probably time to cut bait with some of these reads. There are SO MANY of them, that I can’t really even keep them straight. So. A purge is a-comin’. Look for a much more streamlined list in December.

So, that’s the current state of my virtual library pile. What do you have out from the library now?

The Library Checkout blog meme was created by Shannon of River City Reading and previously hosted by Charleen of It’s a Portable Magic. It has been hosted by Bookish Beck since 2017.

4 thoughts on “Love Your Library: November 2021

  1. Currently Reading
    Ruddy Gore (Phryne Fisher #7), Kerry Greenwood

    Checked Out, Reading Soon
    * Pyrrhic victory: French strategy and operations in the Great War, Robert A. Doughty
    * Url Burial (Phryne Fisher #8), Kerry Greenwood
    * Chaos Rising (Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy #1), Timothy Zahn
    * Greater Good (Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy #2), Timothy Zahn
    * Lesser Evil (Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy #3), Timothy Zahn

    Favorite Library Book This Month
    To End in Fire (Honorverse: Crown of Slaves #4), David Weber

    Currently On Hold
    (50 or so; too many to want to list out)


  2. I’d like to get the Dave one. Eight Hundred Grapes made me want to read more of her stuff but I haven’t yet. Malibu rising is one I’ve considered too. I’ve read one of her books… this seems to be a pattern! I’d probably try Daisy Jones next though…

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  3. ALL your books look wonderful! I want to read everyone of them. :). Just need a bit more time. I hope you like Malibu Rising, Taylor Jenkins Reid, I really liked that one.

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