November Wrap Up + December TBR

Hello readers!

I can’t believe November is over! Reading-wise this has been an incredible month, but also my mental health worsened somewhat (no worries, I’m taking care!) so reading as if it would save my life was to be expected, as it is my coping mechanism. I hope as things improve for me personally, my reading will worsen! Yay?

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November Wrap Up

My planned TBR for this month was (the books I read are marked in bold):

  1. Milk Fed by Melissa Broder
  2. Lovely War by Julie Berry
  3. Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore
  4. The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi
  5. The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida by Clarissa Goenawan
  6. Little Gods by Meng Jin
  7. The Endurance: Schackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander (Portuguese Edition)
  8. The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story by Hyeonseo Lee
  9. Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron
  10. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

I also read the following books which were not on my TBR for this month:

  1. A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova
  2. A Man by Keiichiro Hirano, trans by Eli K. P. William
  3. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
  4. Evil Has a Name by Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, Peter McDonell
  5. So Sad Today by Melissa Broder
  6. Permafrost by Eva Baltasar, trans by Julia Sanches
  7. Silent Scream by Angela Marsons
  8. Mostly Hero by Anna Burns
  9. Big Damn Hero by James Lovegrove and Nancy Holden
  10. Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier
  11. Autumn by Ali Smith
  12. The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall by Mary Elise Sarotte
  13. We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper (just started)

This makes for:

  • 21 books read in total
  • 8 books read out of the 10 on my TBR (yay!)
  • 2 translated books & 19 in original English (I am counting Endurance as English, although I read it translated to Portuguese)
  • 7 eARCs, 4 recent releases & 10 backlisted titles
  • 8 non-fiction and 13 fiction books

I also had the objective of getting my TBR below 170 books. Funnily enough, this was supposed to be an easy task because I was at 175 when November started, but somehow I just barely made it and now I’m sitting pretty at 168, despite reading so much!

What I also realized is that a huge majority of my non-fiction reads are in English and as a result I read books in English overwhelmingly this month and not a single Brazilian book (shame!). So next year I will try to do Non-Fiction November with more translated and Brazilian titles (I have a few in mind already!).

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December TBR

  1. We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper (already started)
  2. The Burning God by R. F. Kuang
  3. The Animals in that Country by Laura Jean McKay
  4. A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

December is my birthday month, so my planned TBR is very short because I will just read whatever I want! Yay! I barely know what to do with so much freedom!

I am sure I will be getting lots of new books this next few weeks (I bought myself a few hehe) and considering we’re stuck at home with a pandmic for Christmas, my husband and I will probably spend a lot of time reading. My TBR stands NO chance against my reading prowess (yes, it does, my reading prowess comes nowhere near my adding-books-to-my-TBR prowess. Oh, well). I look forward to choosing what I read as I go, I haven’t done that in a while. Hope everyone has a nice Christmas and stay safe! Tell me in the comments if you have any reading plans for this month 🙂

7 thoughts on “November Wrap Up + December TBR

  1. Looks like you had a great reading month!
    I hope December is just as good! I’m currently reading The Burning God and loving it!



  2. What a great reading month! I can definitely sympathize with adding books to the TBR as fast (or faster, oops!) than you can read them; 168 books on your TBR sounds amazing to me! I believe I’m around 850, and that’s after I culled nearly a hundred this month. But I’ve embraced the chaos by now, I guess. In any case, I hope you’ll enjoy your reading freedom (and your birthday!) this month, to end this outrageous year on a much-needed high note. 🙂


  3. Happy Birthday Month! I tend to relax my reading goals in December just because the holidays can make things crazy. We’ll see if a quieter holiday season leads to more or less reading time this year!


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