Looking back at November, I think it is safe to say I reached an all-time low for total number of blog reviews, as I was only able to review 5 books. Interestingly, though perhaps not in a positive way, I definitely felt the reduction in reading impacted my mental wellbeing, so it just goes to show how important reading can be for coping with life’s challenges. Hopefully I will be able to increase my reading time back up this month.
I suppose the upside of having read fewer books is that it is easier for me to pick a book of the month. That accolade goes to Anthony Berkeley’s The Wintringham Mystery (1927), which was reprinted back in September. Berkeley delivers a puzzling country house mystery, with wonderful Wodehousian tones and I felt this was a good book for fans and novices to this author’s work. I’ve not seen any reviews of this title, so I look forward to finding out what others made of this story.
There is no travelling in to the past to look at previous Book of the Month winners in November, as I have come full circle now with that particular theme. Perhaps in another five years I might repeat the process.
If you are looking for a tantalising puzzle to exercise your little grey cells, then you might want to check out this post I put up in November: Murder Stalks the Village: Can You Spot the 36 Classic Crime Titles in this Deadly Village? It is a classic crime picture quiz inspired by the Hidden Books Game produced by National Book Tokens.
I also want to mention that on this Saturday I will be re-opening the Reprint of the Year Awards, so keep your eyes peeled for that post as it gives you the chance to offer your own nominations and it also will include all the key dates, including when the poll will open.
Finally, dare I tempt fate and share what books I hope to read this month?
There are many more I could name, but I don’t want to get too ambitious!
What titles have you enjoyed in November? And what books do you plan to read this month? Do you have any festive themed ones lined up?