Reading Round-Up: November

Hey Loves!
How are you all? Well, we are progressing our way through December aren’t we? Those jingly bells are definitely in my ears as I cling on desperately for the Christmas break. We just have to hang on in there! Mind you, whilst the world outside continues to turn, I’ve been trying to catch up with everything. Today, I want to share with you my round up post for November. One the one hand, November feels like a long time ago now. However, I did read some great books that month and I cannot wait to share them with you all. This month I managed to read a total of 8 books which I am quite pleased about considering it was mock season. You’ll see that the majority are children’s books. It’s not a secret that I love a children’s book, especially when I’m exhausted and marginally overwhelmed. It’s an easy way to switch off. I am also really pleased about the two non fiction books of this month too!

Without further ado, let’s check out the shelves!

My top three for this month were actually much easier to pick than previous months. Now, I can’t really explain why but I think it’s because I enjoyed all the books this month. It’s also a bit easier because I’ve reviewed two of them already! Check out Sooley here and Big Panda and Tiny Dragon here.

  1. Before & Laughter – Jimmy Carr. I know Jimmy Carr is controversial however, I learnt so much from this book. Inspired to write after becoming a father, it was amazing to see him being so unforgivingly honest. I am a fan of the show 8 Out of 10 Cats so when I spotted this I had to read it. But this book is so much more than the comedy. There’s some really insightful moments from Carr’s youth that I knew nothing about. I really enjoyed reading this and would recommend it for anyone who is into comedy, any fans of Carr and also anyone who wants to branch into more non-fiction.
  2. Drinking Custard – Diary of a Confused Mum – Lucy Beaumont. Another 8 Out of 10 Cats link here but this time focusing on motherhood. Now, I am not a parent but I found this book completely (and strangely for me) relatable. I think that if I were to become a parent, I’d be a bit like this. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found myself laughing throughout really. Love it!
  3. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens. Every year I teach this novella and every year my love for it grows. It makes me believe that we all have the ability to change and I always find myself wanting to do more after I’ve read it. For example, one of my classes are now writing letters to our local rest home for Christmas. Anyway, this is a short for punchy novella with one of the most iconic characters in the history of literature.

Overall, eight books are still a good number but I’m really pleased that I read more non fiction. I do really love non fiction but it’s never my first choice. I know that doesn’t make much sense but I do always enjoy it and then vow to read more. Yet, I end up going to my usual crime/thriller/psychological thriller novels.

I’ll see you in my next post where I’ll be writing my review of my book choice for November and December. I’ll try to get some Christmas reads in there too! See you when I break up for the holidays!

Big love all xxx

24 thoughts on “Reading Round-Up: November

  1. Florence @ Miscellany Pages

    Aww I love A Christmas Carol too – there’s definitely still time for me to reread it before Christmas! That’s really lovely that your class have been inspired to write some kind letters too 📚❤️ X x x


    1. Aw, yes I agree! I always enjoy reading it this time of year too. I must admit, I always think I’ll read more Dickens after but I always put it off. I don’t know why but I think the size of his novels do make me feel a bit like 😳😳 xxx

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      1. Florence @ Miscellany Pages

        Ha ha, you’re not the only one – I think a Christmas Carol will always be my favourite because it’s so much less intimidating! 📚❤️ X x x


  2. Hi Books and Bakes! Thanks for sharing your November roundup! I like your mixed collection of books. One summer early in my blog, I reviewed a lot of children’s books. Great children’s books have a lot of careful thought within them and I appreciate that very much. I think I would like to read Drinking Custard because I do like to laugh! 🙂


    1. Hey Book Club Mom. Thanks for always being so supportive. It really means the world.
      I think often that children’s books are really the next classics. There are so many exceptional ones out there. I remember that post and I think I said at the time how much I enjoyed it. I do like to keep an eye on the new children’s books too as it means I can promote them with the children at school.
      One day closer to the holidays! Xx

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      1. I used to work in the Children’s department at the library and saw a lot of new books there but I moved over to Reference. It’s exciting to see the new ones, but I love the classic children’s stories. 🙂


  3. A Christmas Carol is such a beautiful re-read during this time of the year. I also like reading Wuthering Heights again during this time.
    How was Big Panda and Tiny Dragon? I love that account on Instagram.


    1. I agree completely. Big Panda and Tiny Dragon is such a beautiful book. I really love it. I’ve also got it for my friend for Christmas because she loved The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse. It’s got very similar vibes to that but it’s amazing in its own right.


  4. Charley, glad you’re hanging in there and imagine today is the last day of term! Have a super relaxing winter break – and hope all goes okay for a return to school next year.

    I love the look of all your November reads. How can I not have read ‘A Christmas Carol’ – how remiss of me and one I must rectify immediately! I must get ‘Drinking Custard – Diary of a Confused Mum’ – just read the first couple of sentences and already laughing – and yes relating to it!

    Happy Christmas, Charley and wishing you a very Happy New Year! hugs xx ❤️


    1. Aw Annika! Merry Christmas my dear friend! How are you? I’ve finished school now and I’ve been in bed ever since. I’m completely wiped out. I’ve been really rubbish and not got round to cards or anything. But, I’m glad I’ve made it to the end.
      I really hope you’re well and getting into the festivities (safely!)
      Oohh you’ll be able to read A Christmas Carol in a couple of hours. Enjoy it. Speak soon dear friend xxxx

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      1. Charley, hope you’ve recovered a bit from the hectic (manic??) term and can settle down to a super relaxing Christmas. We are all well and very much looking forward to my son coming home for a few days! The house is shining with lights and festive decorations and Christmas Eve all planned!

        I’ve just finished A Christmas Carol and loved it -can see me rereading this every year as well!

        Take care and wishing you a wonderful Christmas. Hugs xx 😀❤️


      2. Aw Annika, that sounds utterly delightful! I made it back to my mum and dads (lateral flow negative) and I’m ready to bunker down now and hopefully avoid the increasing chaos once again. My dads put lights round our house too and we have trees everywhere. It’s just gorgeous. We have different lights on our main tree this year – purple and orange. I really hope you have a wonderful Christmas and such a special time with your family. Does 2022 hold the next book for you? I hope so!
        So glad you enjoyed ACC! Such a marvellous little text.
        With so much love xxx ♥️

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  5. Thank you for sharing!!.. hope you have a wonderful holiday filled with peace, love and happiness and life is all that you wish for it to be!.. 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May flowers always line your path
    and sunshine light your way,
    May songbirds serenade your
    every step along the way,
    May a rainbow run beside you
    in a sky that’s always blue,
    And may happiness fill your heart
    each day your whole life through.
    (Irish Saying)

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    1. This is one of the most beautiful comments I’ve ever had. Thank you so much.
      I hope you have a wonderful holiday too, a peaceful Christmas and a safe new year. I hope you have a good time and you get everything you wish for and more.


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