11 books altogether in November, which is pretty good, given it was exam season (for my students and for me! I took and passed (found out yesterday!) a piano exam, for which I was practising fairly hard).
Total Expenses in Nov: ~127BND (my book expenses really ramp down towards the end of the year, which is great)
And two more notable books:
Julia Alvarez In the Time of the Butterflies Historical fiction based on the true story of the Mirabel sisters, three of whom died as revolutionaries in the fight for freedom in the Dominican Republic. It was the most female revolutionary novel I’ve ever read, and a wonderful counterpart to the writings of Junot Diaz. We had a good talk at Feminist Book Club about which of the sisters we would have been, which is to say we talked about the kind of person we hoped we would be if it ever came to crisis point, and the kind of person we thought we actually would be. I really liked this novel, it was very readable and – aspirational.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Thing Around Your Neck A collection of short stories from the acclaimed Adichie – to be frank, I have not loved her novels, but I did really like this collection (ala my feelings about Jhumpa Lahiri). Precise, firm, generous. I liked this very much.
To hit my 150 target for the year, I have to zoom through 19 books in December. So far I’ve read 1, haha and I’ve been drawn to Christopher Pike re-reads, which I don’t count. Well, what will be will be. Onwards!