The Bookshelf: November Reading List

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What I Read in October

Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling

The Answer to the Riddle is Me by David MacLean

The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris

At the beginning of October, I decided that going forward I wanted to use my commute each morning to read more.  I set a goal of three books to be read, and at the start of the month that was seeming pretty easy.  In the last couple weeks I’ve had more trouble finding and sticking to one book, but I did manage to get through my “required” three books!

My November Reading List

If I Stay by Gayle Foreman

I bought this book over the summer, and haven’t gotten around to actually reading it yet.  What I have read of it has been wonderful though, and I’m really excited to get through this book by the end of the month!

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

This is another book that’s been sitting on my shelf for a while now, and I honestly can’t remember when I did buy it.  I brought it home with me after my latest trip to my parents house, and I’m determined to finish reading it before seeing the movie!

Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This must be a month of previously-owned books, because I’ve own the complete Sherlock Holmes since high-school and have always had trouble getting through the stories.  I love them while I’m reading them, but somehow I always get distracted with another book and Sherlock Holmes lies untouched on my bookshelf.  So far I’ve gotten through A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, and a bunch of the short stories.

  • Jae

    I seriously hope there’s a ‘like’ button here because this is my favorite part on your blog. You know, anything that has something to do with books, I like!

  • Ashley Gabrielle

    I bought If I Stay awhile back too but have yet to read it. I’ll have to start reading it so I can watch the movie and see how it compares.

  • Llinos @ The Lilac Linnet

    I love Sherlock Holmes too. You can’t beat a good mystery!

  • Camila

    Would be very interested to know what you thought of Kaling’s book?

  • Jenn @ Business, Life & Design

    Tell us how they were! In particular Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me. A lot of people seem to be reading it and I’m undecided about whether or not to pick it up.

  • Kasey Decker

    I’ve heard great things about If I Stay + This Is Where I Leave you! I really want to read Sherlock, I think I’ll have to put him on my reading list too!

  • Jessica Marie

    If I Stay is VERY popular at the library now. Once it stops constantly going out, I want to read it. It looks like such a great book! Let me know what you think. :)

  • Lulu

    This is Where I Leave You is a very good book. Super twisted and fucked up, but good. And while the movie was also pretty decent, keep in mind that it has a totally different tone than the book. If you like dark, read the book. If you like dysfunctional families that also give you warm fuzzies (e.g. Arrested Development), watch the movie. If you like both, go for both!

  • Alissa

    If I Stay is one of my faves! I enjoy the movie too!

  • Elle Vee

    The commute is always a great time to read, though it’s about the only thing I miss about it…

    haha swapping around, I used to do that but I now have a rule I can’t open another until I have finished the one I’m on

  • Kenzie Smith

    If I Stay and This is Where I Leave You are on my list of to-read also! Great choices!

  • Kari @ The Kari Diaries

    I’ve always wanted to read Sherlock Holmes. I just feel like I always hear so many references to the series that I don’t get because I haven’t read it. I don’t like feeling out of the loop. :)

    • Kelsey F

      The stories are definitely worth reading! Although the best ones are all before “The Final Problem” was written, because after that, Doyle didn’t enjoy writing Sherlock Holmes as much.

  • Taylor Shiff

    I loved Mindy Kaling’s book! I read it last January, and I laughed so hard. I wish I could have lunch with her–she is so funny. And I really want to read “If I Stay”! If you haven’t seen the movie, you should check it out when it comes out on DVD. It’s a tear-jerker, but I loved it. It is a beautiful, tragic story.

    • Kiersten McMonagle

      It was hilarious – I was literally laughing out loud on the bus at some points!
      I haven’t seen If I Stay – I want to read the book first. Though I have heard it’s an amazing movie, so I’m definitely excited!