Read in November 2014


Thanks to Nonfiction November, I read a good number of nonfiction books last month – and perhaps more importantly, wrote about them! The challenge also added to my now-burgeoning nonfiction TBR list! Such good books all around!

Some of my favourite reads this month were The hand that first held mine by Maggie O’Farrell and Gossamer by Lois Lowry (see below for my thoughts).

November was also the month in which I finally finished Drood, a monster of a book at 775 pages, that went on for far too long although it did make me want to read Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens, who are the two main characters.

And I finally read my first John Scalzi book, Old Man’s War, a fascinating book set in the future, where, on his 75th birthday, John Perry joins the army. And not just any army, but an interstellar one, fighting aliens for planetary space. How does it all work? Well nobody on Earth really knows. It was a fun ride, but I am pleased to note that the second book, Ghost Brigades, was even better! Yes, I was so into the first book that I immediately borrowed the second one after I was done.

Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds was a fun graphic novel read set in a restaurant and has magic mushrooms. But not those kind of magic mushrooms, these mushrooms will fix mistakes and change the past. Great graphics, loved the colours, it was a fun and sometimes funny (other times dark) read.

French Kids Eat Everything – Karen Le Billon
Men we reaped: a memoir – Jesmyn Ward
A crack in the edge of the world: America and the great California earthquake of 1906 – Simon Winchester
L.A. Son: My life, my city, my food – Roy Choi
Can’t We Talk about something more pleasant? – Roz Chast
Worn stories – Emily Spivak
A visit to Don Otavio Sybille Bedford
Cleopatra: A life – Stacy Schiff

The hand that first held mine – Maggie O’Farrell
Gossamer – Lois Lowry
Drood – Dan Simmons
The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) – Maggie Stiefvater
Anatomy of a misfit – Andrea Portes
I married you for happiness – Lily Tuck
Old man’s war – John Scalzi
The Ghost Brigades – John Scalzi
War Horse – Michael Morpurgo
Life after life – Jill McCorkle

Graphic novels
The guild – Felicia Day; Jim Rugg
In Real Life – Cory Doctorow, Jen Wang
Seconds – Bryan Lee O’Malley