November 2022 Book Update

The end of the year is almost here! I’m getting very close to reaching my goal of reading 100 books in 2022.

This past month I’ve been reading more from Fredrik Backman and Sue Grafton who I have previously read this year. I also brought back George R.R. Martin and Vince Flynn/Kyle Mills. So lots of great, known-to-me authors. Rebecca Scherm, the author of Unbecoming, published her second book, A House Between Earth and the Moon, earlier this year. I found this one in the new book section of the public library and was really pleased. I also got a fancy hot coffee from the library cafe that day, so double win.

It was tough to choose a favorite this month for several reasons. First, I was looking forward to the new Mitch Rapp book for many months. I love this series and always eagerly await the next addition. It met all of my expectations but went by way too fast. Before I knew it it was over and I was back to waiting for the next addition.

Then, I found another of Fredrik Backman’s books and I fell in love with his writing all over again. He is a writer that writes characters. The plot was great too, but the cast shines above everything else.

Then right at the end, I was recommended Tuf Voyaging. I can’t believe I waited so long to read this considering it was published in 1986. It’s amazing. I’m putting it right up there with some of my favorite sci-fi books of all time.

So, overall, November was a great reading month and I made some progress toward my goals. Next month, the school semester will be finished, and hopefully, work will slow down, but I’m still going to have to push to read my last few books. December gets tricky with travel, parties, shopping, and celebrating, and I don’t want reading to get left behind.

For now, here’s my November reading update and stay tuned for the final update of the year!

F.Y.I. if you haven’t seen it yet… the Spine & Leaf Books 2023 Reading Challenge has been released! Get yourself ready during the month of December so you can hit the ground running on January 1st to read 50 books in 2023!

A Man Called Ove

by Fredrik Backman

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I highly recommend this book! It was witty, the characters were funny, and it was all-around charming. The Swedish movie version has been out, but an American version titled A Man Called Otto will be released right after the new year in 2023. Tom Hanks will star in this adaptation and I’m sure he will nail this role!

Oath of Loyalty

by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Mitch Rapp is back again in the next thriller in the famous American Assassin series. I love these books and generally devour them in one day as soon as I get my hands on them. Oath of Loyalty was no different. Great action, lots of mental chess games, and my favorite characters made reappearances.

A House Between Earth and the Moon

by Rebecca Scherm

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This was a great find for a unique sci-fi book. I have not yet read Scherm’s first book, Unbecoming, but I stumbled onto her second and was pleased. I think the plot could have been a little more scaled down because it seemed like it was pulled in two directions, but the idea was interesting and I still liked the book.

“B” is for Burglar

by Sue Grafton

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This is the second book in Sue Grafton’s alphabet murder mystery series. Maybe someday I’ll make it through the whole series, but for now, I’m happy reading about Kinsey Millhone’s adventures whenever the urge strikes. Like the first book, Grafton gives the reader just enough so they can mostly figure out what happened. Then she lets Kinsey come in to solidify the details of exactly how.

Tuf Voyaging

by George R.R. Martin

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Go read this book if you love sci-fi and amazing characters! This book is absolutely stunning! The ending may surprise you, but it will definitely make you think about morality and the power of those in charge. I’ve really been thinking about this book a lot even though it’s been a few days since I finished reading it. Highly recommend.

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