November was another slow reading month, mainly because I had ambitious writing goals for the month. I didn’t take part in NaNoWriMo but I aimed to finish and edit two books – Time Management for Writers, and first under my new pen name.

I did both of those (yay!) but there wasn’t much free time left for reading.

My grand total was three books read, al novels, and all of them really good reads.

Here’s the list:

  1. The Cortlandt Boys by Laura Vanderkam. I’ve read all of Laura’s non-fiction books and was interviewed on her Best of Both Worlds podcast earlier this year, so I was intrigued to read her novel. It was an excellent read about a small town and the people who escape it, or don’t. Very atmospheric.
  2. Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg. In the early hours of the day of her daughter’s wedding, the main character’s house burns to the ground, killing everyone inside – including the bride and groom. This is the story of what really happened that night, and what happens next. A really moving read.
  3. Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane. This was a really touching story about two neighbouring families, the friendship of their children, a tragedy that reverberates over four decades and the power of forgiveness. A beautiful read.

I almost finished Bookbub Ads Expert by David Gaughran last night, but not quite. I guess I’ll finish that today.

So, December is here, huh? Last month of the year!

I’m taking some time this weekend to work on planning my schedule for 2020 (always exciting for a geek like me!), and will be working on a balance between having a productive month and throwing myself into the festive season.

I love this time of year for lots of reasons – the music, the decorations, the magic of Santa, the chance to buy meaningful presents for the people I love. The main thing I love is that it feels like everyone is excited about the same thing, and we’re all friends who don’t know each other yet. As a total introvert I don’t feel like that normally, but any time I can feel we’re all united is really special to me.

I can’t get too carried away with Christmas just yet, though. I have a book to write and a different one to launch.

Here’s to a festive and productive December for us all!

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