The holiday season is among us! You can’t go to any store around here without it looking like someone vomited Christmas everywhere and you hear the Christmas carols playing over the intercom. To me, Christmas doesn’t start until after Thanksgiving, when Santa arrives at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, but hey, that’s just me. I will continue to enjoy the fall until then. Though, with the mild weather we have been having, it feels like we are going back a season rather than forward.
I am starting November with a focus on my mental health. Work has been crap and it has severely impacted me mental health. I am working on lowering my stress and getting my anxiety under control. Thankfully I have books to help.
My November reading list is light primarily because I don’t want to cause undue stress by creating an unrealistic TBR and also because the holidays are in a few weeks. With my husband and I hosting Thanksgiving and the family coming in early, I highly doubt I will get barely any reading in.
Book Club picks
“Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty” by Patrick Radden Keefe
This is the November read for the Capital District Book Club and it is definitely interesting. It’s about the Sackler family who made a name for themselves in the pharmaceutical industry. It is the same family who owns the company that made oxycontin, which today has become the forefront of the opioid epidemic in the US. I am definitely enjoying this book so far, though I am not that far into it. I did read Keefe’s other book “Say Nothing” earlier this year for the same book club which was also good.
“Gringos” by Charles Portis
This is the December pick for the Modern Library Book Club and I don’t much about it except that it takes place in Mexico. Everyone in book club is looking forward to this read so it must be good. Charles Portis is also the author of the book, “True Grit” of which movie adaptations were made, most recently in 2010.
“The House of the Seven Gables” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
I started this book a few weeks ago but I have yet to finish it. I enjoy it while I am reading it but then I put it down and forget to pick it up. I really want to finish it so I am moving it on to this month’s TBR. I really want to learn the secret behind the house. I am getting Shirley Jackson vibes right now but I don’t think I am correct. Hoping to be done sooner rather than later.
“The Cartographers” by Peng Shepherd
Another book leftover from last month but since it’s on my seasonal TBR as well, I figured I might as well get to it. Besides it’s a bookish mystery. This is right up my alley. It is also on my personal shelves and I need to get the number of unread books down.
What are you reading in November?