What I read: November 2016

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November was a busy reading month for me. With a couple holidays in the month and lots of driving  I had time to complete several books. I also met my Goodreads goal for the year this month.

15181417_10105835031971002_995180526767701722_nIn 2016 I challenged myself to read 50 books. I am happy to say that by the end of the month I was at 53.  :)

Anyways I was able to read three non-fiction this month which is about on par. I like to alternate fiction and non-fiction to kinda keep things fun and informative.  I am working on a non-fiction now so that will help even things out.

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
This was a fun young adult book that takes place during the holiday season in New York City. If you enjoy light teen romances and John Green style characters then you will enjoy this book. I am a huge John Levithan fan so I knew this would be a fun way to kickstart the holiday season. I also have The Twelve Days of Lily and Dash to read next month. (yay!)


Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty (The Husband’s Secret) has been pretty popular as of late.  I had never read her, but figured i’d give her a try with her newest novel.  I enjoyed the sense of mystery in this novel as well as how real the characters felt.  I am looking forward to reading some of her other titles to see if the are also this good.  Bonus: The author is Australian and this title takes place in Sydney which was a fun almost cultural experience.


All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I know, I know, I know. I am the LAST person to finally finish this book. I started it all the way back in September! I love how this book took the lives of two people during World War II and shares how their lives intertwine.  It is a long book, but if you have the time I strongly recommend you read it, if anything just for the social aspect of knowing the story. I know some people said it was the best book they have ever read, and while I cannot go that far, I do feel that it is a solid read and a modern classic.


The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

This book came to me as a recommendation from a colleague and I am glad I gave it a read.  Although it was not my favorite this month it was a great bit of insight into a sport I knew nothing about.  Wether you enjoy crew or not this book will be informative as well as insightful into the collegiate system, the 1930’s and the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.


Buffering by Hannah Hart

Have you ever watched My Drunk Kitchen on YouTube? If so you are probably familiar With Hannah. Buffering is her autobiography about her life so far. Hannah grew up in poverty with a mother who struggled with mental illness. The book explains how she recovered from her childhood, made it into college, understood her sexuality, and created My Drunk Kitchen. I love how open and honest Hannah is about her struggles with family and mental illness and how life isn’t always fun.

Paris for one by Jojo Moyes

Paris for One is a short story about a girl who plans an trip to Paris for her and her boyfriend and surprise, he doesn’t go.  (I’m sure you didn’t see that coming.) Anyways, she decides to live life on the edge an enjoy the trip herself and ends up meeting a  great French man in the city. Looking for something you can start and finish on a flight? This is the perfect length.  Many copies of this title include other short stories however I did not read those this time around.


#Girlboss by Sophia Amrouso

As someone who considers herself a girl boss it was surprising that it took me this long to read this book.  I guess it is because i never shopped her store, NastyGal so i wasn’t a fan or anything. One thing I will say about this book is that is is more of a memoir then tips on being a great power female.  However, sofia has a great rags to riches story that is quite inspiring, so read it for that. I enjoyed learning about her time selling on eBay as I was doing a bit of selling back in the lat 00s as well.  Anyways, read it if you enjoy her company or want to hear about its origins.

Well, that is is for November. Look for a best of 2016/gift ideas post coming up in the near future.  Have a great week! -Amber Downs

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