Books of November

Bit delayed on this one, but it was still a good month for books. Or I read several at least. The no gainful employment definitely helps with that and the number is higher for November also because I picked up a lot of fiction fun/easy reads as a break from some of my other normal topics.

Seven total and in no particular order here they are.

  • “Life From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family and Forgiveness” – Sasha Martin: I enjoyed this one. It was an easy to engage with personal story. The author cooks a meal from each country of the world over a few years and both blogs about the experience and works in bits of her own history and journey. I saved a couple of the recipes and look forward to trying them.
  • “Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home” – Rhoda Janzen: In case you hadn’t noticed I gravitate towards memoirs sometimes. I like peoples stories. This was just ok. It was a quick easy read with a few good moments, but nothing overly remarkable that pulled me in.
  • “While Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate Change” – M. Jackson: Yet another sort of memoir. This one by the friend of a friend who researches glaciers and leads National Geographic excursions. This is an excellent and captivating memoir that links the author’s experience of loss alongside her research and love for glaciers. It is heavier on the memoir/personal dimension of the story then it is on the science, but I think that’s ok and also what makes the book so readable and accessible. Thoroughly enjoyed this one and finished it in just a few days. READ this one.
  • “Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women” – Sarah Bessey: This didn’t dive as deep as I had hoped it would and at points was slow to get through, but I still enjoyed it. For much of my life Christian and Feminist seemed like terms in direct conflict and contrast to one another. Over the past few years I’ve found myself claiming both and sorting through a bit of what that means. This also led to a couple good conversations with my husband and a discussion of why the word Feminist is feared and the importance of not giving up on the word, but of reclaiming it for what it really means — the women are humans as well. And the importance of the feminist movement having space for global feminist women, not just a western vision of what that looks like.
  • “Paper Towns” – John Green: We listened to this on a road trip to visit our families. It was meant as a light easy road trip listen several people had recommended and it lived up to that expectation. It had a few insightful moments and kept us interested throughout.
  • “An Abundance of Katherines” – John Green: We picked this one up as another road trip listen after enjoying “Paper Towns.” It was less engaging and more formulaic, but still entertaining.
  • “This is What Happy Looks Like” – Jennifer E. Smith: I was looking for a light engaging easy to read story and this fit the bill. I enjoyed the author’s “The Geography of You and Me” and the way she story tells in that one. This was less engaging and just ok, but I still finished and sped through it.


Apparently I’m a coffee drinker now. Once again at my favorite coffee shop enjoying the most likely numbered days I have left to enjoy their coffee and atmosphere. A Burundi single origin that’s one of my favorite’s and rarely in their rotation.


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