November Monthly TBR

Well hello there, November. I’d say nice to see you but you know… that would kind of be a lie. Because you mean that winter is just around the corner and ugh.

October wasn’t too bad! I read about 17 books, 8 of which were not comics/graphic novels, but that’s still a lot of reading considering my limited time. I already know that November is going to be busy at work, and then full of holiday stuff, so picking a lot of non-fiction for my November TBR probably wasn’t the best idea, but it couldn’t be helped…

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From the top down:

  • Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley – I think this graphic novel is something about a girl using magical mushrooms to change things in her life for the better? I don’t know, it’s gotten a lot of great recs lately and it’s by the author that did Scott Pilgrim, if that means anything to you.
  • In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang – This graphic novel is something about a girl who plays a massive multiplayer online game and befriends someone else… I  don’t know, it sounds good.
  • Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King – Something YA about girls who can start to see future events and it’s all very bad and women’s rights have gone down the drain. I like books with feminist-y messages, so sure, why not. BookRiot has been singing praises for this book and it’s got me curious.
  • Heaven’s Queen (Paradox #3) by Rachel Bach – Seriously, this is such a fun space sci-fi series. I’ve been flying through it. It kicks ass. Per the blurb on the cover, Felicia Day agrees.
  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson – I actually had this in my readathon pile last month, but I never got around to it. I still really would like to get it read this year though. It’s been on my TBR for about a decade. That’s not even an exaggeration, I remember seeing it on my shelf when I used to work at a bookstore and wanting to read it then. Le sigh.
  • How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson – Because it sounds interesting. I think the innovations are things as think of as pretty simple, like ice and accurate clocks. I might snag this one of Audible to listen to as well.
  • Dataclysm: Who We Are When We Think No One’s Looking by Christian Rudder – This sounds FASCINATING. Basically, it’s a look at how all of the data that major social networking sites (Facebook, dating sites, Google, etc) can be used to see how people REALLY behave, versus how they SAY they behave.
  • The Birth of the Pill by Jonathan Eig – I am SO damn excited to read this book. From what I’ve heard, it focuses on the four people who made modern birth control possible, from the scientist who struggled to create a drug that could prevent pregnancy to the Catholic who used his own influence in the Church to make it an acceptable concept within our culture. As someone who is thankful literally every single day for her birth control, I really can’t wait to dive into this.
  • Astonishing X-Men Collection #2 by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday – Finishing out this fantastic run! Hmmm… now what X-Men stuff to read next?
  • Reinventing Comics by Scott McCloud – Yes, another comic about comics! I really enjoyed McCloud’s Understanding Comics, and this was sitting on the shelf at the library, soooo.

On the Kindle: 

  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – I’m actually already reading this. It takes place 20 years after a super flu wipes out like 90% of humanity, and it’s about a girl who’s part of a travelling group of actors and musicians.
  • Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers – I this was one of the very first Kindle books I downloaded, and I still haven’t read it. And I keep hearing about how this is such a great fantasy YA series. So okay.
  • Adulthood Rites (Xenogenesis #2) by Octavia Butler – Because Octavia Butler. Although I forgot to bring this to the front of my Kindle, but it’s there.

More comics:

  • Rat Queens #9 by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch – Should come out mid-to-end November. I mean, I probably don’t even have to list this here. You can safely assume that I am devouring each monthly issue as it comes. But I love it so much it has to be mentioned.
  • Locke & Key: Omega (volume 6) by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodridguez – It was such a mistake to get the first five from the library and not the last one… getting my hands on this ASAP.

Audiobooks:

  • Yes, Please by Amy Poehler – Well come on, this was clearly what my Audible credit for this month was going to be spent on.

Yeah, it’s a lot. As usual. And several big books of non-fiction. *shrugs*

What’s on your TBR in these upcoming weeks?

~Sarah

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8 comments

  1. Mmmm tell us what you think of Gilead. I find Marilynne Robinson absolutely mind-numbingly tedious to read, but a lot of people adore her. I have lots of fantasy novels on the docket for November. It’s been way too long since I read some proper fantasy novels.

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    1. Marilynne Robinson does seem very… I don’t even know. Slow-paced? I started Gilead and was enjoying it, but I haven’t picked it up again in a couple weeks… but I think that has more to do with my ridiculous work schedule than the book.

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  2. Grave Mercy!!! So good! Though if you read that one, you must, must, must make sure to read Dark Triumph next because it is AMAZING! I just got notification that my order of Mortal Heart, the third book in the series, shipped … I can’t wait to read it!

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