November Reading List!!!

Can you believe it’s November already??


I’ll be honest — I’ve been so busy prepping for baby that I haven’t read all the books on my October list yet.  But I’m still working on them and have a whole list of books I found this month that I want to read too!!


For those of you looking for something new to pick up, here’s what looks good:


The Paperboy

Although the movie has been received with so so reviews (I have to admit, I’m curious, though!!), the book actually sounds pretty good.

My opinion is, if a book is made into a movie, even if the movie is no good, the book must be pretty decent.  After reading reviews and the synopsis, I decided that I want to give this one a try…I’ll decide on the movie later.

The book, according to Barnes and Noble:

Ward James is a reclusive, obsessed young reporter, half of a famous investigative team in Miami, the son of a newspaper family. His younger brother, Jack, recently expelled from the University of Florida’s swimming team, and then from the university itself, drives a delivery truck for their father’s paper in northern Florida. The brothers are brought together when Ward returns home to investigate the case of a man awaiting execution for the revenge killing of the county’s legendary sheriff. Ward is accompanied by his opportunistic partner, Yardley Acheman, and Charlotte Bless, an inordinately sexual and determined woman who has fallen in love through the mail with the sheriff’s murderer. What is uncovered in the months that follow, in the exploration – and then exploitation – of the murder of Sheriff Thurmond Call, goes beyond the crime itself to the heart of the characters, and to the heart of the business of journalism.



I picked this up in the Young Adult book section of Sam’s Club, and brought it home but haven’t read it yet.  The reviews are great, and I liked the book Speak by the same author.

The book, according to Barnes and Noble:

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in fragile bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the thinnest. But then Cassie suffers the ultimate loss-her life-and Lia is left behind, haunted by her friend’s memory and racked with guilt for not being able to help save her. In her most powerfully moving novel since Speak, award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s struggle, her painful path to recovery, and her desperate attempts to hold on to the most important thing of all: hope.


An Invisible Thread

This book is a true story that I came across while browsing at the bookstore the other day.  I don’t read a ton of nonfiction, but this sounded really good.

The book, according to Barnes and Noble:

When advertising executive Laura Schroff was approached by 11-year-old panhandler Maurice, at first, she ignored him: “His words were part of the clatter, like a car horn or someone yelling for a cab. They were, you could say, just noise—the kind of nuisance New Yorkers learn to tune out.” A moment later, when she came to, she returned and invited her new acquaintance to lunch at McDonald’s, the beginning of a human connection that would change both their lives. An Invisible Thread picks up the progress of two very different people with strangely parallel stories of “complicated pasts and fragile dreams.” Uplifting, without an ounce of pretension.


The Yellow Birds

This book comes highly reviewed and was a National Book Award Finalist.

The book, according to Barnes and Noble:

A novel written by a veteran of the war in Iraq, The Yellow Birds is the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive.

“The war tried to kill us in the spring.” So begins this powerful account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. Bound together since basic training when Bartle makes a promise to bring Murphy safely home, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for.

In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger. As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare, Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes actions he could never have imagined.

With profound emotional insight, especially into the effects of a hidden war on mothers and families at home, The Yellow Birds is a groundbreaking novel that is destined to become a classic.


Of course, I am always looking for suggestions, so I’d love to hear about any good books you’ve read lately!!

Hope you enjoy the November List — happy reading!!

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    Corrie_Alexa says:

    My book-club read an Invisible Thread. We all really loved it. (That rarely happens!) :)

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    Hi, I’m hoping you’re safe in New Jersey. Thanks for meal plans and reading suggestions.
    I know you know cupcakes, so I submit a novel that glorifies baking, and features women who endure through enjoyment. The Bakery Girls is free for 2 weeks on KDP select.
    After I launched the book, readers responded with memories of homemade bread, pies cooling on window sills and birthday cake roses! Baking memories are powerful.

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    Erin Maree says:

    I have read wintergirls and loved it there was something about it that drew me in and I couldn’t put it down her book Catalyst is great too. You must read Alice in Zombie Land it is so good takes a few chapters to get into it but it is a great book.

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    Nicole says:

    Just finished an Invisible Thread (in one sitting) and cried my head off, but I loved it! Great for this time of year, reminds you what’s important in life.

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    Valarie says:

    Looking for gift ideas. Your comments help a lot, ladies. Thanks!!!

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