Balancing the Books – November 2022

So November is no more. We remembered the 5th and stood outside (on the 4th just to be different), whilst we either celebrated that Guy bloke either failing to blow up the Houses of Parliament or celebrate him trying. Reading seemed to have been a bit slow but when I checked I had read more than October. I think part of it was trying to wade through a book I really wasn’t getting on with. I could have sworn 10 pages were being added for every one page I read. It had been a quieter month on the incoming too, though a Virago sale and doing my bit for charity pushed up the numbers.

Here’s what arrived this month:

  1. Ruth by Guillem Viladot, sent for review by Fum d’Estampa.
  2. Affinity by Sarah Waters.
  3. The Amazing Mr Blunden by Antonia Barber.
  4. The Rising Tide by Molly Keane.
  5. Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales by Angela Carter. These last 4 and a fancy hardback edition of The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter, (which doesn’t count as an incoming as I already had a copy), were bought from the Virago shop.
  6. Stories for Christmas by various authors, sent for review by The British Library.
  7. The People Before by Charlotte Northedge, a competition win.
  8. Home by Penny Parkes, sent for review by Simon & Schuster.
  9. The Late Americans by Brandon Taylor, sent for review by Vintage.
  10. Ghost Girl, Banana by Wiz Wharton, sent for review by Hodder & Stoughton.
  11. The Circus Train by Amita Parikh, sent for review by Sphere.
  12. Agatha Christie by Lucy Worsley, first book in my LoveMyRead subscription.
  13. The Murder Game by Tom Hindle, sent for review by Century.
  14. Eleven Liars by Robert Gold, sent for review by Sphere.
  15. Death of a Bookseller by Alice Slater, sent for review by Hodder & Stoughton.
  16. The Mysterious Mr Badman by W F Harvey, sent for review by The British Library.
  17. Dirty Laundry by Disha Bose, sent for review by Viking.
  18. Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm by Laura Warrell, sent for review by Doubleday.
  19. Dolphin Junction by Mick Herron.
  20. The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier.
  21. Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty. These three were charity shop finds.
  22. My Father’s House by Joseph O’Connor, sent for review by Harvill Secker.

In November I managed to read:

  1. A Sliver of Darkness by C J Tudor.
  2. Urgent Matters by Paula Rodriguez.
  3. Seven Days in June by Tia Williams.
  4. The Sanctuary by Emma Haughton.
  5. Welcome to Your Life by Bethany Rutter.
  6. Green for Danger by Christianna Brand
  7. Post After Post-Mortem by E C R Lorac.
  8. Single in the Snow by Helen Whitaker.

I also read half of another book but gave up (no I won’t say which book. I didn’t enjoy it, others will love it when they read it, and I don’t review books I’ve not finished). I sent off one book to a prize winner and one to another blogger. So that’s 22 in and 10 1/2 out. Not balanced but by now that’s no surprise. I hope you enjoyed whatever you read. On to December and lots of cosy nights in with a good book, hopefully.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. I read The Late Americans last week and really enjoyed it. Keen to read Death of a Bookseller, unsurprisingly! Happy reading, Janet!


  2. Interesting incomings, and you did read some interesting books!!


  3. BookerTalk says:

    The Lucy Worsley is getting reviewed very favourably. Unfortunately though the subject appeals, I can’t bear Worsley so won’t be reading this one.


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