Nine Books For November

Nine Books For November

Nine Books For November

I know it’s been so long since my summer reading post, but I have not stopped reading! In fact, I’m really proud of my reading life this year! I made a choice last spring to do the things I love. I always said I loved to read, but my daily life didn’t show that. I was “too busy” and “couldn’t find the time”. Well, I realized that I make the time for the things that are important to me and my reading life wasn’t going to change unless I changed it. So, I’ve been turning page after page, and I always have a book with me. Any chance I have, I read, and I can truly say that it’s made me a happier person. 

Always Reading

I keep books everywhere. I always have one with me in case I have a spare few minutes waiting in the car while Jordan runs into a store, or I squeeze in a few pages while I eat my lunch. I just am always reading. In my mind, if I have time to read my Facebook feed, I have time to read a book. 


One thing I finally started doing was bailing. I’m not kidding. If I pick up a book and realize, it’s just not doing it for me, I bail. It’s not worth losing my hard earned reading habit to finish a book for the sake of finishing a book. There are so many books out there, it’s best to just move on. The books I bailed on sounded so interesting, and I may go back to them in a different season of life, but for one reason or another, I bailed on them this time around. I still included them in this list because just because they weren’t great for me, doesn’t mean they wouldn’t be great for you! 

Read what I like

That’s another thing that really has made my reading habit stick. I read what I like. No apologies about it. I don’t try to impress anyone with my reading list or change my taste. It’s my reading life after all and I want to read what is going to make me keep reading.

Here is the list of Nine books for November

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Language of flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh- This book! I loved the tone of this book. The main character is an orphan who has been tossed about the foster care system. She is an outcast and doesn’t communicate well with words. So, she uses flowers and their meanings to discreetly convey her feelings to others. The plot has some well developed threads and characters that draw you in and you truly care about the well being of each of them! Really well written and a good one to listen to as an audio book! Guess what, they even have the companion book which is the Victorian Flower Dictionary. Maybe I’m just a geek, but this stuff was absolutely compelling. 

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson- I was looking to try and add some diverse authors and writing styles to my list and this one was highly reccomened. The whole book is written in a spoken word style but still brought me through a story from start to finish. It was a quick read but definitely a rich one. 

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler- I was NOT expecting the turn in this one! Wow! I actually had to go back and reread a bit with the new information after the plot twist. Don’t read any spoilers on this one! It’s worth holding out to see how Fowler presents the story.  This story dives into the dynamics of one very unique family. It challenged my concept of family, nurture, nature and made me think critically and ethically about scientific research. Great great story.  

Ursula, Under by Ingrid Hill- I was excited about this book. The story line seemed so promising and rich, but when I got the book in front of me, it just didn’t hold my interest. Some of the plot lines that it jumped to just dragged on and on. I couldn’t get into it. I still want to know what happens to the little girl in the opening chapter, so I’m going to try listening to it on audio and see if the plot seems to go by quicker when I’m just listening in. 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes- I am a very sensitive person, so I only allow myself a tragic story once in a while. This one was recommended by so many readers with similar tastes that I had to try it. It was great and terrible and touched on some topics that I don’t agree with, but that’s part of why I read. I like that it forces me to think about things from someone else’s perspective, even if it doesn’t change my mind. Aside from the sadness, the plot is riveting and I couldn’t put it down. Such a good read overall. 

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin- I can’t help it. I love the self-improvement type books. This one really challenged me! Gretchen Rubin is someone I have started following closely since reading this. I love how she writes creatively and in an approachable way, all while weaving in compelling research. I’ve read her book The Happiness Project 

The Thornbirds by Colleen McCullough- BAILED. I didn’t enjoy this book. In fact, I had to bail on it because it was making me loose my habit of reading. 100 pages in, I just was dragging my feet about reading it. The bottom line is, if a book doesn’t make me want to read, I’m not going to force it. There are too many great books out there to waste time on one that doesn’t do it for me. Better to move on to something more fitting to my taste. (which I’m still figuring out) 

Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah- Ever heard of a child raised by wolves? Not this way. This story was riveting, challenging, engaging and heartwarming. It had a great point of view, a page turning mysterious plot, and a whole cast of relatable characters. You should read it.  

The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels– A Love Story by Ree Drummond- This was SUCH an adorable story! I love the Pioneer Woman. I love her shows and her blog and this story just totally sucked me in! If this isn’t the sweetest love story ever, then I don’t know what is. I couldn’t put it down! My friend Katie lent it to me and I’m so glad I read it. It is so positive and quirky and heartwarming and just dang romantic! You just have to read it! 

What about you?

I would LOVE to hear book recommendations from you! It would make me so happy if you’d comment any suggestions! What about you? Have you read any of these? Are any of them on your list? I’d love to hear what you think! I have so many more books that I’ve read and want to share with you and more that I’m reading. So, hopefully I’ll have another books post for you soon! 


  1. Pam Moore says:

    I’m a really sensitive person, too. I keep hearing how awesome Me Before You is, but I’m scared I’ll end up going through a box of kleenex and be in a funk for a day and a half after it. Should I steer clear or is it not as bad as all that?

    I’m really becoming a fan of Kristin Hannah. You MUST read The Nightingale. SO good! A couple of other books that I highly recommend are The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom, Secrets of a Charmed life by Susan Meissner (great twist at the end), and Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. That one was a bit different than I usually read, but really fun. Everything I’ve read by Kate Morton has been excellent as well.

    Thanks for the recommendations. I added several of these to my library wish list.

    • DearDarla says:

      Pam! Your comment made my day! Thank you for writing 🙂 I am loving Kristin Hannah! The Nightingale was amazing. It was a tough read emotionally, but it was all for the sake of the story, so I was okay with it. I remember staying up late on the night that I finished it because I just needed closure. I cried through the last 100 pages.
      I think if you saw the beauty of that story, you’ll like Me Before You. It reads quick and I think it’s a well calculated story.
      The Kitchen House and 24 hour are both on my to read list! I’ll bump them up closer to the top!

  2. Pam Moore says:

    Thanks so much for letting me know about Me Before You. I think I’ll give it a try then. Although I cried at the end of The Nightingale it was a beautiful and redemptive story in its own way, so I could handle it.

    I love your blog (although I don’t comment usually). I always look forward to your posts.

    P.S. Congratulations on your new bundle of joy. 🙂

  3. Katie says:

    I love your reading list. 🙂 I’ve been devouring books too lately. My favorite time to sneak in a few pages is while I’m brushing my teeth or stretching after a run. I just accidentally read 100 pages of The Light Between Oceans. And I just finished a few non-fiction reads about long road trips. I’m excited to read Barkskins. I read a few Annie Proulx books a few years ago and was particularly struck by Shipping News. Oh, I just love a good book!

  4. DearDarla says:

    I’ve been wasting brushing my teeth time! I haven’t heard of those reads but I’ll check them out.
    I love a good book too. I always have a getaway within reach 🙂

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