Reading Wrap-Up: November 2016


I think this may be the fewest books I’ve read in a month in…years? Thankfully, they were both brilliant and I hope to have some time to talk about them in depth a bit more soon.


Idaho by Emily Ruskovich
Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Listening To

I probably listened to 2/3 of Evicted on audio and picked up the rest in print. I’m finding I really, really love great narrative nonfiction like that in audio, so I’ll gladly take any other suggestions.


I’m finding the easiest thing for me to do when I get home, usually after class or several hours at the library, is to catch up on whatever TV show the husband and I are watching. My brain is too fried to read, trying to play catch-up with the insanity of news on Twitter makes me anxious, and sometimes it just feels best to keep my computer closed. We’re on to the final season of Parks & Rec, which is bittersweet, and just wrapped up the last episode of The Crown. We also managed to sneak away to see Moonlight one weekend, which was just beautiful and I can’t recommend it enough.

On the School Side


This has basically been my life for the last few weeks. SO. MUCH. WRITING. I actually only have time to sit down with this post right now because I’m waiting for edits on a draft before jumping back in. Two more exams, two more papers and I’ll be good for the semester. I’m also trying to plan and submit work for conferences which all seem to have deadlines in the next two months, but won’t actually take place until the end of next year. Very much this comic.

Looking Forward To

Vacation! Reading! We’re heading to Michigan for a bit, too, so there’s the added bonus of family and friends to look forward to.

How was your November?


  • You sound like you’re buried! Good luck on your finals, papers, etc. And, I’m so glad you’re finding an audio niche…it really expanded my reading this year, especially nonfiction. I unfortunately don’t listen to much narrative nonfiction, but if you want any recs for life improvement and behavioral economics type stuff, I’ve got some for you.

  • The good news is you still have the all time off from school ahead of you! I have a copy of Idaho and am looking forward to reading it soon. I’m so happy to hear you liked it!

  • Oh dear, minus the school my November was similar to yours. TV and re-reading backlist books was about all I managed.

    Glad to hear you liked Idaho and hope you have a relaxing time in Michigan. Will it be a difficult crowd?

  • You’re really going to enjoy your vacation this year! :)

  • I loved The Crown! I’m a big royalty nerd so I found it fascinating. On a book note, I’ve heard a lot of really good things about Evicted…I might have to go ahead and pick that one up!

  • Wishing you the best at school! Happy December!

  • Karen

    Loved that comic strip. I was thinking of doing a masters but you’ve just persuaded me against that!

  • Best of luck with all the grad school writing and exams! You can do it!

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  • Kailana

    The narrative nonfiction that pops to mind is Mary Roach, but you probably have read her before. I have really liked her on audio. (In a fun contrast, I listened to the narrator of Stiff again for Anne of Green Gables. lol)

  • Ceillie Simkiss

    I think you would enjoy H is for Hawk – it’s very informative but also personal to the author in a great way. Evicted looks really interesting – added it to the list! My november was slamming busy, and December’s gonna be the same way. I do get to travel a little for a few days of vacation with friends, so I’m excited for that!

    • Seconding this! Loved it on audio.

  • Meaghan Walsh Gerard

    Hahahahahaha! I love this comic!

  • Poor fried Shannon! I’m excited for you to have a break and have everything nice happen to you during the break. My November’s been so impossibly hectic that it’s hard for me to believe that there’s a new month happening. It feels like still November. A long, dark November.

  • I feel you on the “light reading” month (though I don’t have finals and finals and finals and FINALS to busy me, just regular ol’ stuff), and turning to television. Any chance you’re watching Westworld? I NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT WESTWORLD.

  • Thx for the Moonlight recommendation; I hope to see it soon. Also we have seen a few episodes of The Crown, which seems quite good too. We will likely finish the season of it. What did you think? Keep following, or abandon ship?