So, in November, I’d ideally really like to finish the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge; I only have 3 tasks left (read a middle-grade book, read a book out loud to someone, and read a book by or about a person from Southeast Asia) and I think it’s a reasonable plan. I’m planning to actually, finally finish Furthermore for my middle-grade book, even if I have to resort to audio for part of it; I’m hoping to read some books out loud to one of my little cousins for the reading aloud task; and I’ve already started Sorceror to the Crown, whose author, Zen Cho, is from Malaysia.
Beyond that, I’m also planning on taking part in the Tome Topple challenge, which takes place during the last two weeks of November (Nov 18-Dec 1). This challenge is sort of a response to all of the readathons where your goal is to read as many books as possible (which many people respond to by reading lots of really short works and graphic novels) and the goal is to tackle books over 500 pages. It’s nice because it’s very low-pressure; you’re aiming to read as much of one of those giant books as you can, and if you don’t end up finishing a book during the challenge, that’s OK. I personally love really long books, and this challenge is giving me an extra push to try and read one or two before the end of the year. I’ve been thinking that I’d really like to read 1Q84 before 2016 is up, but I have a lot of other options; The Bone Clocks is another strong contender. I’m going to hold off on setting an official TBR for this readathon because it’s not until the end of the month and I’m expecting a new tome in the mail before then (the first book in the Mistborn trilogy) which might demand me to read it immediately.
I did set a loose TBR for November as a whole, which also includes Gutshot by Amelia Gray, which is a book of short stories that are supposed to be dark and disturbing. Amelia Gray is actually doing a reading in my city tomorrow that I’m planning on going to, so I’d like to get my copy of her book signed and then start that one. I found out about the reading just the other day or I’d have tried to read it beforehand! I’d also really like to finish my re-read of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo so that I can finally get to Crooked Kingdom, and I’d love to also finally pick up Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, which I have heard nothing but amazing things about.
For my audiobooks this month, my top two priorities are Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed, which I’ve already started and is already just wrecking me emotionally, and A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, which is so ridiculously popular that I’ve gotten really curious about it. My audiobook listening tends to be sporadic; I listened to 4 audiobooks last month, but who knows how many I’ll get to this month. I do have a road trip coming up in mid-November with about a six-hour drive to get to my friend’s wedding and six hours back. That means 12 hours of bonus audiobook time, and I plan on taking full advantage.
I’ve been hearing a lot lately about Nonfiction November, and it sounds like a really great reading challenge–essentially your goal is to read as much nonfiction as you can in November, or to read more than you usually do, and there are specific tasks involved. I decided that I won’t be participating, though; I do like reading nonfiction, but I’m still a mostly fiction girl at heart. I typically read 1-3 nonfiction books a month, and that seems like a good amount for me.
What are you guys planning to read in November? Let me know!