Well, it’s that time of the month again.
Some of you may have read my To Be Read list for October, and I apologize for those of you who did, because I didn’t read a single book from that list. To be fair, I did admit that my patience when it comes to finishing TBR lists is non-existent. I just have SO. MANY. BOOKS. Many of which, I haven’t read before. And my reading habits are based solely on whims. Sometimes I’ll be sitting on the couch in the middle of a crime novel, when all of a sudden I’m struck by the urge to read a classic. So, I’ll put down the book in my hand in favor of Bronte or Austen or Fitzgerald.
I think reading should be fun, so I try to keep things as fast and loose as I can. I want to always enjoy what I’m reading, and reading one book when you’d really rather be reading another is not a way to fully enjoy either book. So, with that said, here is my TBR for November.* I’m in the midst of National Novel Writing Month, so I’m going to try my best to make time for reading, but getting the first draft of my novel done is my main priority for the time being.
*List subject to uncontrollable mood swings, urges, and whims of the reader.
1) Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
This has been a long time coming. I’ve loved any sort of adaptation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland since I was a little girl. If I’m being honest, Wonderland is probably my favorite fictional place (sorry, Hogwarts). I read Lewis Carroll’s story for the first time a few years ago, but I never made it to Through the Looking Glass. So, I figured there is no time like the present, especially since Disney just released the teaser trailer to Tim Burton’s adaptation of it (video below)!
How good does that look?!? I'm so excited. Sacha Baron Cohen as time? Helena Bonham Carter as the Queen of Hearts? Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter? Yes please. Yes please. Yes puh-lease.
2) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay Part 2 comes out November 20th of this month in theaters, and I’m beyond excited. I remember reading all three of The Hunger Games books over Thanksgiving break my freshman year of college. I literally couldn’t put them down. However, it has been almost four years since I’ve last read this book, and I don’t remember it super well. Of course, I remember the main things, but I want to be able to sit in the theater on November 20th and tell my husband every single detail in the movie that doesn’t match the book. Because, as you know, that’s what readers are supposed to do when we go to movie adaptations of books.
3) The Dinner by Herman Koch
I actually received this book as a review copy from Penguin Random House through the Blogging for Books program, and I’m super excited to read it. It has been called the “European Gone Girl”. Now, I haven’t actually read Gone Girl, but I did see the movie. (*GASP* I know. I so should have read the book first. I had no idea I was going to like the story as much as I did.) It was fast-paced and intense, so I’m down to read any book that is favorably compared to it. The Dinner takes place entirely during a dinner the main character is having with his wife and his brother and sister-in-law. So, I’m very excited to see how a mystery plays out over the course of the meal. I’m already 100 pages in and the beginnings of the mystery are being unfurled, so hopefully I finish soon.
In hopes of actually completing this list, I’m going to stop my TBR there. With NaNoWriMo and Thanksgiving going on, I just don’t see myself having time to finish four books.
What are you reading this month? Let me know in the comments!