What I Read in November 2021
Unbelievably we are at the end of the month and it’s time for me to share my reading wrap-up. So today I’m sharing what I read in November 2021.
I managed to read a lot in November! After a prolonged reading slump – since July (which is long for me!) I’m glad to finally be back to reading. I read 10 books this month – although one of them was for work and I can’t talk about it yet…
But here are the 9 books I can talk about!
A strange one to kick of the month, but I really enjoyed this book on Lagom. Very similar to the art of Hygge, Lagom is more about natural living. I definitely want to go to Sweden at some point in the future, and this book makes me want to go even more. Lagom sounds heavenly and yet is so simple.
Of course, The Snowman is a famous story by Raymond Briggs. This Snowman is a reimaging of the exact same tale, but with a few new characters. The story now includes a grandmother and a deeper look into the family life prior to the Snowmen’s party. It’s very sweet, and an easy read for Christmas.
I’m in the process of recruiting a new assistant and I wanted to touch base with how I line manage. This was a really good read. Very simply put, but effective. With lots of great examples and case studies to support various techniques. And by techniques, I mean things like ‘handling awkward conversations’ and ‘ways to praise colleagues’ etc
This year seems to be the year of Juno Dawson for me! Earlier in the year, I read her memoir The Gender Games and this month I read (and loved!) Stay Another Day. I’ve been craving some contemporary Christmas stories and this fits the bill perfectly. Oddly it’s marketed as a book for 12-15 years old – but this is very much a YA or above read. There is a lot of references to sex, drugs, and eating disorders – all of which added to the story and I’ve no problem with – but hardly a story for a 12 year to read before bed… Still an excellent read I’ve been recommending to everyone and will keep recommending for Christmas’ to come I expect.
Miraculously I’ve managed to complete another Charles Dicken’s book! I’m aiming to read one Dickens book a year. And this year I’ve managed two! These are not short or easy reads. And Oliver Twist was really not an easy read. It’s so problematic for the modern era and incredibly dark. Potentially too dark to be called ‘enjoyable’. Not my favourite.
For our latest Books before Boys Book Club choice, we read Glubbslyme by Jacqueline Wilson. This early Jacqueline Wilson story from the 1980s is about a little girl called Rebecca, who discovers a frog in a pond who can talk. The frog, Glubbslyme, is from the 16th century and is the familiar of witches – the former also being called Rebecca. He attaches himself to Rebecca (the new) and together they get up to mischief hexing all of Rebecca’s enemies including her next-door neighbour and the girl who bullies her.
As always, I read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. And by read, I mean listened to. I listened to the Audible Original adaptation narrated by Hugh Grant. Go to admit it wasn’t my favourite. I love the story – as ever – but Hugh didn’t really try and differentiate on the characters and his voice wasn’t really suited for a Christmas ghost story. Still, always worth a read/listen to at Christmas.
I’ve never read this story, and it was only a few Christmas’ ago that I saw the movie for the first time. It’s a sweet little tale and you can currently get a special 35 year anniversary edition at Sainsbury’s for just £4.50. A cute little read for Christmas.
And finally, for November, I read The Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig. I read the second book in this series – The Girl Who Saved Christmas – about 3 years ago, but never got around to reading the first book in the series. With the movie recently released, I wanted to get to it asap. And the fact it was ‘free’ on Audible’s Plus Catalogue (‘free’ as I still pay £7.99 a month) I couldn’t help myself. It was pretty good – a bit grittier than your standard children’s story, but that’s very Matt Haig.
But that’s what I read in November. Much better than the last few months. Dare I say that I think I’m coming out of my reading slump? I hope so!
Here’s to December and Christmas holiday reading. It will be good to have a break. What did you read in November 2021? Let me know in the comments below.