Spell the Month in Books Linkup {November 2021}

The goal is to spell the name of the current month by using the first letter of book titles (skipping articles like A, An, and The). This can be done with books you have on hand, creating a physical bookstack, or by building a virtual bookstack. Sometimes I share themes a few months in advance to focus your book search, but following the theme is entirely optional. Once you have your stack, share it whatever way is convenient for you. Some bloggers do this by creating a post and adding the link in linkup widget toward the bottom of this page (the blue button that says “Click here to enter”). You can also share your list in a comment (with or without a link) or share a picture of your stack/list with the hashtag #SpelltheMonthinBooks on your preferred social media. Regardless of how you participate, feel free to grab the button from the bottom of this page to include with it. This is a new button as of February 2021!

There is no formal theme for the time being, but this month I tried to go with nonfiction books for November as a personal challenge!

NOVEMBER

The New Plant Parent: Develop Your Green Thumb and Care for Your House-Plant Family

N – The New Plant Parent by Darryl Cheng

Gardening/Indoor Plant Care

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is a book I read last year, and according to Goodreads it’s the best book about houseplant care that I have read. I don’t specifically remember what is in it, but I do remember finding it very useful.

On Liberty

O – On Liberty by John Stuart Mill

Philosophy, Political Science

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

I read sections of this work for several different classes throughout high school and college, but if pressed, I would struggle to provide a succinct description of JS Mills theory and philosophy. Might be worth a reread at some point, when I don’t have a deadline or assignment looming and can read at a better pace for truly digesting it.

Vintage Christmas

V – Vintage Christmas by Marlene Campbell

Memoir

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Vintage Christmas stumbled into my literary life a few years ago while I was participating in a Christmas-themed reading challenge. I greatly enjoyed the nostalgia and getting to know some of the people of Prince Edward Island and their recent historical traditions.

The Elements of Style

E – The Elements of Style by Strunk & White

Writing

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A classic and useful guide for any writer.

Mend!: A Refashioning Manual and Manifesto

M – Mend! A Refashioning Manual and Manifesto by Kate Sekules

Sewing, Sustainable Living

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I like most of the ideas from this book, but I am still not entirely sure how to implement them. Perhaps I’m too accustomed to my expectations and personal fashion sense for what the author would prefer. Still, it is one I would like to come back to when I have some time on my hands and any clothes that are no longer wearable, but could be with a little help.

The Balcony Gardener: Creative ideas for small spaces

B – The Balcony Gardener by Isabelle Palmer

Small-Space Gardening

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Another useful book for those who enjoy plants and gardening but don’t have a yard or plot at their disposal.

Ethics

E – Ethics by Baruch Spinoza

Philosophy

My Rating: ⭐⭐

I am fairly certain that I rated this book so low because of its density and the difficulty that I initially had reading through it. However, it’s one of the few that I read for my philosophy minor that I still remember and occasionally refer back to. Another that might be worth a reread when I have more brain space available.

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women

R – Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore

History, Biography

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Radium Girls is one of the most frightening books I have read because it details how so many young women were unwittingly disfigured and sickened through a seemingly harmless occupation. It’s interesting, and well-written, but not actually enjoyable to read.

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Ironically, I am not reading many nonfiction books these days despite being in school. Currently I am trying to get through You Are Not Your Own by Alan Noble by reading a little each morning, but other than that my reading is almost entirely children’s books! So, it was nice to take a break from that and think about some of the more serious books I have read.

Can you Spell the Month in Books? Please link your post here if you do so that we can all see the books you come up with!

Until the next chapter,

Jana

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