November Wrap-up & December Plans

Posted December 3, 2013 by in Monthly Wrap-ups / 29 Comments

November 2013

It’s almost the end of the year, can you believe it? I hope this winter goes as fast as the rest of the year has gone by. It’s only the beginning of December and I’m already sick of being cold all the time. I’m not usually a fan of wishing the time away, but spring needs to hurry up and get here already.

First things first, I have some big news…I am now a contributing member of Insatiable Booksluts! [throws confetti] I’m very excited to be a part of the great team over there. If you aren’t reading their our blog already, you should be. Great articles, great people–it’s a fun time.

Now, I didn’t post much in November, but I have a valid excuse. Heh. I was dealing with an abscessed tooth and the dental work that came with it for most of the month of November. I’ll tell you what, the pain that comes with an abscessed tooth is the absolute worst pain I have ever experienced–or will ever experience again–in my whole life. It was excruciating. I couldn’t concentrate on anything. My reading even suffered because of it, and it takes a lot for me to skip out on reading. Whoa. But the tooth has been taken care of and the pain is gone. Hallelujah.

Funny story about that, though…

I am terrified of pain and needles and doctors and dentists and all that stuff. I was happy to make the dentist appointment if it meant not being in that much pain anymore, but I was terrified at the same time. Thankfully, our family dentist and everyone who works in his office are the most wonderful, and they were super understanding of my fears. So they gave me a prescription for Ativan to take before each appointment. Ativan is an anti-anxiety medication that also causes amnesia. So not only did I not care about anything they were doing to me, but I also don’t remember much about the tooth-pulling appointment at all. Well, I remember it, but it’s a dream-like memory. It feels like it happened to someone else. I was totally disconnected from what they were doing. And again, I just didn’t care. They could have said, “We’re so sorry, Heather, but the only way to fix these teeth is to decapitate you,” and I would have answered, “Okay! Cool!” Hahaha! That Ativan is a wonder drug, I tell you.

Anyway, my reading suffered a bit, so my stats for November look pretty ugly (to me). I’m sure some of my readers will chuckle at what I consider “ugly,” though. Heh.

November stats:

Books finished: 10
YTD: 193

Hours listened: 9 hrs

  • Patternmaster, Octavia Butler
  • Someone Elseโ€™s Love Story, Joshilyn Jackson
  • Skeleton Crew, Stephen King
  • I Remember You, Yrsa Sigurdardottir
  • Video Kill, Joanne Fluke
  • The House of Rumour, Jake Arnott
  • The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins
  • The Red Queen, Philippa Gregory
  • Blindness, Josรฉ Saramago
  • Marina, Carlos Ruiz Zafรณn

My favorites this month were The Moonstone and Marina. Keep your eyes open for my review of Marina–it should be up soon.

Pages read: 3,856
YTD: 65,150

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Currently reading/listening:

  • It, Stephen King
  • The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein (audiobook)

December plans:

  • Winter Solstice, Rosamunde Pilcher (#TuesBookTalk)
  • Once We Were Brothers, Ronald H. Balson
  • The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman (Lit Collective–didn’t get to it last month)
  • The Labrador Fiasco, Margaret Atwood (also passed over last month)
  • Song of Susannah, Stephen King (I might get around to actually reading this in December)
  • Murder of a Stacked Librarian, Denise Swanson (library book club)
  • The Eyes of the Dragon, Stephen King (Read All the SK project, if we have time this month)
  • Flowers in the Attic, V.C. Andrews (IB group read–announcement coming soon!)

For those who get together, I hope everyone had a nice I-Had-To-Touch-A-Raw-Turkey-And-It-Grossed-Me-Out Day! For those of you who don’t “celebrate” that holiday, I hope you had a nice November in general. What were the best books you read in November, and what are you looking forward to reading this month?

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  • HN

    I was curious about that novel Marina…looking forward to your review! I’m also planning to read The Left Hand of Darkness but haven’t gotten around to it. I hope it’s good and let us know what you think of it.

    • Heather

      Marina is very good. This is the first of his books I’ve read, and I’m looking forward to reading more.

      The Left Hand of Darkness is also quite good so far. It’s been some time since I’ve read a classic scifi novel, so it’s been fun.

      • HN

        That’s very encouraging. I’ve read a couple of Zafon’s books, ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ and ‘The Prince of Mist’ and both were pretty good. Shadow of the Wind irg a trilogy but I haven’t gotten around to reading the other 2 books.

  • Glad to hear you’re feeling better! I was wondering what happened to you – I was going through old posts wondering if I’d missed all of them in November (which I’m sure I did too). I’m one of those people who scoff at your ugly stats ๐Ÿ˜› Just started W&P (don’t tell my boss – love the Chrome Kindle app) and it’s going to be a LONG month.

    • And don’t forget to add MaddAddam to your Atwood list! (I just noticed it directly to the right of my comment when I posted ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Heather

        I won’t forget! I keep changing the months on that list, so I decided to wait and see when I get to it. Hahaha!

    • Heather

      How nice to know that we were both worrying about one another. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I won’t tell your boss. I do wish I had time to read it with you.

  • Congrats Bookslut!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!

    • Heather


  • Oh wow, that tooth sounds horrible! I hate the dentist, too, and haven’t been in much too long. Glad you’re all patched up!

    And congrats on being a Bookslut!

    • Heather

      Thanks, Jenn!

      The Ativan made it a rather pleasant experience. Weird, huh?

  • Yikes–that abscessed tooth sounds really painful! Thank goodness for good drugs. Hope you have a great reading month in December.

    • Heather

      Thanks, Beth!

  • Good month! Iโ€™m looking forward to your review of Flowers in the Attic. I remember reading it years ago but have no clue what it was about. Maybe youโ€™ll remind me!

    • Heather

      I read it when I was maybe 14? I don’t remember anything about it, either.

  • I’ve read one Carlos Ruiz Zafon and absolutely loved it! I’m looking forward to your review, although this is on my TBR regardless because his writing is that good.

    • Heather

      You’ll love it.

  • I’m sorry to hear about your tooth! My mom is a dental hygienist which means I know about all sorts of dental work I haven’t had done. I hope you’re feeling better! Also, congrats on your new Slut status! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Heather

      Thanks, Katie! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Also, I know you’re not one to do awards, but I mentioned you in a blog post where I awarded your blog Blog of the Year 2013 because I love reading your blog and you’re awesome.

    • Heather

      Oh. My. Goodness. If you hadn’t told me, I would have seen it tomorrow around 6:30am and might have had a small heart attack. Hahaha! You just made my year, Karen. Really. I’ll save more comments for your blog tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Congrats on joining Booksluts! I look forward to reading your posts … and so happy your tooth woes are over.

    • Heather

      Thank you, C.J.!

  • Congrats on becoming a slut, Heather ๐Ÿ˜‰
    And that tooth sounds terrible – good thing the drugs helped!
    I’ve read The Shadow of the Wind and really liked it. Is Marina a new children’s book or is it for adults?

    • Heather

      Thanks, Christina!

      Oscar and Marina are teens, but the book is just as enjoyable for adults to read. I guess it’s YA, but it feels more like a book for all ages (except young children–there are some graphic, scary parts in it).

  • Heather, I’ve missed you!! I know your pain. I had a broken tooth before and really bad insurance… ugh. ๐Ÿ™ Glad that’s over with for you. Congrats on joining Booksluts! What did you think of Blindness? It’s one of my favorite books. Happy reading in December! I hope it’s a much “prettier” month.

    • Heather

      Thanks, Vasilly!

      I really liked Blindness. I don’t think I’ve read a Saramago book that I haven’t liked.

  • Two days after I had my last child I had the most terrible tooth ache in my life. I tell you the pain was worse than the birth pains! So I know what you mean! Sorry you had to go through it and am glad you are ok now!

    • Heather

      Thank you, Celestine. I hope I never have to go through it again!