November brings us two of my favorite blogging events, Witch Week (see our discussion of Black Water Sister, also counting for the Support Book Bloggers Challenge) and Nonfiction November (see my Year in Nonfiction, Book Pairings, and Worldview Changers posts). These kept me busy, along with the continued Dark Is Rising Readalong (see Death by Newbery). I also reviewed the new Folio Society edition of The Tombs of Atuan for Shiny New Books.
I read a number of new fiction releases, about all of which I had mixed feelings. Can someone suggest to me a must-read fiction book of 2022 that I should try to get to by the end of the year?
Here’s what I read in November, with links to my post or Goodreads review:
- The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn
- The Dance Tree by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
- The Grey King by Susan Cooper – Reread, Dark Is Rising readalong
- A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger
- Breath by James Nestor
- No Bad Parts by Richard Schwartz
- Falling Upward by Richard Rohr – reread
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – review to come for Shiny New Books
This month I started teaching on italki again. I have one student who really wants to learn by reading literature and we’re reading My Antonia together, which is lovely. I also heard from a former student in China who has repeatedly asked me to teach on her own platform of workshops and courses for Chinese students. I was dubious at first but it seems legit, and I agreed to teach a 7 week course on American poetry, starting in February, if the minimum of 10 students sign up. That will be an exciting new venture, if it works out!
My son got his braces off this month, bringing a three-year ordeal to a conclusion. I thought he’d be simply thrilled, but he says he misses them! I guess one can get used to almost anything. We are not going to miss the astronomical bills though.
I wrote about my One Word journey in Connecting with people. I’ve decided not to choose another word for 2023, but I have appreciated the exercise this year. One more month to wrap this project up.
Where should I write about my own writing? I guess I’ll put it under “life” because it’s part of my life goals to write more and submit more for publication. I did a course this month from Authors Publish, sort of a NaNoWriMo support group except I wasn’t writing a novel. I worked on a nonfiction project, though, completed a draft and am working on an excerpt to send to a publisher I have in mind. I also sent out some poems and was gratified to have four of them accepted by online journals. None have been published yet, but I will let you know when they are!
What have been your milestones this month?