November Reading Projects

It seems like there’s a reading challenge in November to meet all of your needs or interests right? I want to join all of them but I’m going to focus on the two that are really calling my name right now.

First is Novellas in November hosted by Cathy @cathy746books and Rebecca @bookishbeck. This month-long reading event is all about reading novellas (books are recommended at a max of 200 pages). Given how busy the end of the year is shorter books really are calling my name. There is a read-along, prompts and other fun ways you can take part in the event. Aside from reading, one of my favorite parts is of course coming up with some potential reads.

Here are my picks for this year:

Assembly by Natasha Brown. A story about race and class and I believe all taking place during the course of a garden party. 102 pages.
Boulder by Eva Baltasar; translated by Julia Sanches. A story about a couple and motherhood. 105 pages.
Among the Hedges by Sara Mesa; translated by Megan McDowell. A story about two outcasts and society’s prejudices and assumptions. 128 pages.
The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West. A story about the long-term consequences of war and the power of love. 138 pages. (Already Read and recommend it!).
A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers. A story about a robot and a tea monk and finding out what people need in the future. 147 pages.

The second reading event I’m joining is Margaret Atwood Reading Month hosted by Buried In Print. Back for the 6th year, this event is to celebrate Margaret Atwood’s upcoming 84th birthday. With an extensive list of work, you can read novels, poetry, nonfiction and even graphic novels.

I’ve read quite a few of her novels but because I’m pressed for time and the fact that I’ve fallen behind on my poetry reading this year, I’m selecting Dearly, a poetry collection. I haven’t read any of her poetry so I’m excited about this book.

So a big thank you to the hosts of the reading projects!

I’d love to hear if you are joining either of these reading events or any of the other projects going around. Two of the reading events I’ve enjoyed in the past are German Literature Month and Nonfiction November. Of course if you’ve read any of the books I’ve mentioned would love to hear your thoughts. Hope you have a wonderful November!

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