It is absolutely wild to think that we are already planning NOVEMBER TBR lists! I’ll be the first to admit that my progress on my Goodreads Reading Challenge has been a bit slow this year, but I think I’ll make it, and I’ve also been reading some GREAT books this year, and when faced with the choice of quantity vs quality, I’ll choose quality everyday.
THAT SAID, I’m also planning to participate in #NaNoWriMo for the first time this year– more on that later!– so I’m tempering my reading expectations to accommodate for plenty of writing time as well. I’ve picked three books for my November TBR, each of which excites me in its own particular way, and each of which seems like it’ll be quite a substantial read!
The Dutch house– ann patchett
Number one is The Dutch House. I was SO excited for this release, and I popped down to Barnes and Noble last week to pick it up and felt absolutely electric from the moment I picked it up. I really enjoyed Commonwealth and I was lukewarm on Bel Canto, so I’m curious to see where this will stack up, but the plot certainly sounds interesting! Here’s a little bit of the Goodreads blurb:
“Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they’re together. Throughout their lives, they return to the well-worn story of what they’ve lost with humor and rage. But when at last they’re forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested.”
Intriguing, no??? Can’t wait for this one.
The water dancer– ta-nehisi coates
“Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her—but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he’s ever known.
So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia’s proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the deep South to dangerously utopic movements in the North. Even as he’s enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram’s resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.”
Goodreads has categorized this into historical fiction, magical realism, and fantasy, so in addition to looking forward to Coates’ legendary and infamous prose, I’m really excited to experience the intersection of these three genres that tend to frequently rub shoulders with each other. I anticipate this being quite a hefty read and I *cannot* wait!
wuthering heights– emily bronte
The last book I’m planning to read this month is Wuthering Heights! My New Years’ Resolution for 2019 was to read more classics, and I’ve been moderately successful with it, so I’ve decided to add this piece to my line-up before the year’s end. This is one that lives in infamy and I look forward to experiencing it! My preconceptions are few and my excitement is high, so I think it’s about time I take a crack at it 🙂
In addition to these, I’ll of course be reading whatever book is selected for my December book club meeting and I’ll be making whatever progress I can on NaNoWriMo, AND I’ll be rehearsing a production of Hamlet, all mixed in between work and gigs and whatnot, so November will be a jam-packed month!
Have you read any of these? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? How’s your reading challenge coming along? Tell me everything below!!