Spell the Month in Books // November 2020 + Update!

Hello and welcome to November’s Spell the Month in Books post! For this challenge, use the first letter of each book title to spell the current month (skipping articles such as A or The). Some months I try to use a certain genre, cover color, or type of book. Since this month has the daunting letter V, I’m just going to go the classic route and use books I have read and enjoyed.

Update

To my surprise, October’s Spell the Month in Books post became very popular, to the point that I am considering making this a formal linkup! We’ll see how the next few months go. I have been doing this challenge inconsistently for over a year, and I don’t really know why it has taken off all of a sudden, but I am excited to see how this continues to develop! If you would like to make your own Spell the Month in Books post, I highly encourage you to do so. I would love for you to include a link back to my blog and share a link to your site in the comments of this post so that I and others can see the books you choose. Full disclosure: I got the idea for this challenge from a hashtag on Instagram, which I am not able to trace back to the original creator. As far as I know, I am the first person to bring it to WordPress.

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NOVEMBER

Neverseen (Keeper of the Lost Cities, #4)N – Neverseen (Keeper of the Lost Cities #6) by Shannon Messenger

Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult Fantasy

About: I just finished book 8 in this series yesterday, and it continues to blow me away! This is adventure in the highest sense. Despite fantasy being one of my least favorite genres, Messenger continues to draw me into this world and keep me needing to know what happens next. I strongly recommend this series to all range of teens!

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Out of the Blue: New Short Fiction from IcelandO – Out of the Blue: New Short Fiction from Iceland by Various Authors

Author: Various

Genre: Various, including Contemporary and Magical Realism

This collection was quite a deviation from what I usually read. The stories were somewhat a mixed bag, and overall rather strange, but worth the read for gaining a little perspective on literature in another culture.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Vintage ChristmasV – Vintage Christmas by Marlene Campbell

Genre: Nonfiction: Stories of Christmas on Prince Edward Island through the 1930s-60s

About: Is it too early to talk about Christmas books? No, definitely not! I had so much cozy fun reading this collection two years ago for the Literary Christmas reading challenge. If my TBR list weren’t so long, I would consider rereading it again this year. All of the stories are true memories, and by the end I really felt like I had gotten to know many of the people from their stories. I recommend this book for winter and family-themed feel-good feelings. You can read my review here.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Enjoy the Poodle SkirtE – Enjoy the Poodle Skirt by Kate Willis

Genre: Short Story, Middle Grade Mystery

About: First of all, yes this counts as a book because it is published on its own. Second, this is one of the most enjoyable stories I read in 2019, and it was a pretty great reading year! If you enjoy fun short stories about light-hearted mysteries and siblings, this is a great choice. You can read my review here.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

MaudM – Maud by Melanie J. Fishbane

Genre: Fictionalized Biography

About: Anyone with any interest in Anne of Green Gables or its author, L.M. Montgomery, should read Maud! This fictionalized account of Montgomery’s childhood is enjoyable on so many levels. If you don’t know (or care) who Montgomery is, them the story is fun on its own. For those who do know, it’s fun in a different way to see how Montgomery grew up. This is written on a middle grade reading level, so it is very accessible and a pretty quick read if you can focus on it. 

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Blue Skies Tomorrow (Wings of Glory, #3)B – Blue Skies Tomorrow (Wings of Glory #3) by Sarah Sundin

Genre: Historical Fiction – World War II

About: This is the series that made me fall in love with Sarah Sundin’s historical fiction. The first half of the 20th century has always been my favorite time to read about (thanks, American Girls series), but reading this trilogy is where my “favorite” narrowed into the middle decades of the 40s and 50s. Sundin’s writing fits the stories she writes so well. Each is perfectly crafted to share a unique message while telling an engaging story, and this is no exception! There are some heavy topics in this one, but I feel they are well managed and do not bring down the ability to enjoy the story as a whole.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Every Soul a StarE – Every Soul a Star by Wendy J. Mass

Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary

About: Every Soul a Star is such a well-written book. Somehow, it manages to capture the reality of middle/early high school angst and turn it into one of the most calming, feel-good books ever written. It features a high does of astronomy and discussions on friendship and family. Overall it’s just a really good book. I reviewed it a few years ago on my previous blog.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Rain ReignR – Rain Reign by Ann Martin

Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary

About: I didn’t mean to have so many middle grade books on this list, but I stand by all of the titles I’ve discussed! This one was the last book I read in 2019, and while not quite as heartwarming as some of the others listed above, it is still just as good. Rain Reign tells the story of Rose, a girl with high-functioning Asperger’s syndrome. The story, however, is about her family, dog, and life overall. It’s an interesting look at a way of life that I know almost nothing about. 

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I just recorded my last presentation of this semester, and now I cannot wait to reach the end in a few weeks! This first semester of grad school has been so many things: intriguing, tiring, fun, boring…but I digress. I just wanted to note that the end of the semester is rapidly approaching and I am ready for a break, but also looking forward to next semester’s classes!

Have you read any of the books on my list this month? What books do you want to talk about this month?

Again, if you write your own Spell the Month in Books post, drop a link in the comments below! I try to make my way to all posts that link back as much as possible.

Until the next chapter,

Jana

31 thoughts on “Spell the Month in Books // November 2020 + Update!

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  1. Hello! Though I would check your challenge out since you checked mine, and then I realised you are the one who came up with it! Sorry, my mind is a bit tired from everything and doesn’t notice everything immediately. 🙈 Thanks for creating this challenge, and I had fun seeing your November in books.

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