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November Reading Wishlist (aka TBR)

My November TBR is, like last month, really a reading wishlist. ๐Ÿ”ฎ It is crazy ambitious, and I truly doubt I will get to all of these, but Iโ€™m going to do my best. ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿป


I do plan to read one other book, not pictured here, Art as Therapy, inspired by @reading.far.and.wide โ€˜s beautiful posts about it. It fits perfectly with my theme this month, and I just REALLY want to.


As for this mysterious theme I speak of…

Lately, I find myself not making enough time for creative writing. For me this takes the form of fiction and poetry. Because I very much want to make it a priority in my life again as we careen toward the end of another year, Iโ€™ve decided to focus mostly on books that speak to this goal of deepening my writing life.

Books to inspire creativity, and creative production.ย  Some are about the act or process of writing or art-making, some are stories about writers or artists (both fictional characters in novels and real folks). There is a collection of short stories, bc nothing inspires my own fiction writing more than reading masterfully written shorts. There is also a poetry collection, included for the same reason. Memoir, personal essays, fiction, and poetry all have their place here.


My Goodreads reading challenge goal for the year was 52 books, and Iโ€™m exactly 20 away from that goal at 32 books. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

I would really like to meet it. So, while I donโ€™t typically put pressure on myself as to the quantity of books I finish each month, Iโ€™m going to really push myself for November and December and see if I can get there.


Here are the twelve ๐Ÿ˜ณ books Iโ€™m going to give a serious go at this month:


๐Ÿ’ซ Books that fit my theme of writing and creativity:

The Idiot – Elif Batuman

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel -Alexander Cheeย 

The Curtain – Milan Kunderaย 

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows – Balli Kaur Jaswal

The Lonely City – Olivia Laing

Art as Therapy – Alain de Botton

Like Life – Alice Munro

Calle Florista – Connie Voisine



๐Ÿ’ซ The Others:

Putney – Sofka Zienovieff (November book club pick for our TGBP read-along! ๐Ÿ“)

Circe – Madeline Miller

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

The Vanishers – Heidi Julavits


Wish me luck! ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿค“

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