The 5 Books I Finished in November and December

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After an unintentional hiatus from blogging (AKA an attack of laziness), I’m back to share the books I read at the end of 2016. Although I slowed down on my reading progress as the holidays rolled by, I did finish some great books toward the end of the year. Without further ado, here are the five books I read in November and December.


IT by Stephen King

My Thoughts: This book is a shining (pun intended) example of why Stephen King is THE king of horror. The creepy, crazy story of the haunted town of Derry, Maine and the gang of friends who confront the dreaded IT is not just terrifying; it’s so well-told that it’s almost believable.  King’s plot and character development are both phenomenal – as is his ability to make clowns petrifying. Unless you’re super squeamish, give this book a try; you will be sucked into the story – hopefully not literally.

Length: 1116 pages (Yup)

When I Read It: August 23, 2015-November 11, 2016 (I started and stopped a couple of times, but when I finally got going, I couldn’t put it down.)

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Placed a hold at the library; read it the old-fashioned way.

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell

My Thoughts: This was a fascinating exploration of underdog triumphs and what contributes to these seemingly unlikely victories. I especially enjoyed the examples Gladwell used from the field of medicine – the story of Dr. Emil J. Freireich, who went against the grain to pioneer a treatment for childhood leukemia – and the field of education. I’m not sure I would have stuck with this book in print form, but I coasted along with the audio version.

Length: 7 hours

When I Read It: November 15-17, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Borrowed the audiobook through Overdrive and listened on my phone.

Memorable Quote: “But so much of what is beautiful and valuable in the world comes from the shepherd, who has more strength and purpose than we ever imagine.”

The Likeness by Tana French

My Thoughts: After reading and loving French’s first book in the Dublin Murder Squad series, In the Woods, I was excited to read The Likeness, and book two did not disappoint.  French digs deeper into the character of Detective Cassie Maddox, who goes undercover to investigate the murder of a woman who looked exactly like her (hence, the book title). It’s a suspenseful read with interesting characters in an Irish setting. What more could you want?

Length: 466 pages

When I Read It: November 20-December 9, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Placed a hold at the library; read it the old-fashioned way.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

My Thoughts: When my favorite online book discussion group set up a readalong of Little Women for the Christmas season, I jumped at the chance to re-read it for the first time in almost 25 years. Although I know the story well from the movie starring Winona Ryder, I honestly remembered nothing from my first reading of the book, so it was such a treat to read it for (almost) the first time. I loved the experience of reading it as an adult and found myself resonating with the character of Marmee – the mother – even more than beloved Jo.

Length: 449 pages

When I Read It: December 3-24, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Downloaded a free Kindle copy; read it on the Kindle app on my phone.

Memorable Quote: “Watch and pray, dear, never get tired of trying, and never think it is impossible to conquer your fault.”

Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe

My Thoughts: I can’t say this book endeared Rob Lowe to me (he just doesn’t seem down to earth to me, even though he claims to be … I suppose I could give him a chance in person), but I did really enjoy reading Lowe’s stories of getting started in show business and meeting many fascinating famous people along the way. Prior to reading this book, I had no idea that Lowe has known the Sheen family since he was a teenager, and that factoid shed a whole new light on his relationship with Martin Sheen in The West Wing. Also, this book is worth purchasing for the awesome photos in the center – classic pretty boy Rob Lowe galore. I’ve heard that the audio version read by the man himself is excellent.

Length: 320 pages

When I Read It: November 12 – December 31, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: This was a traveling book club pick that I read the old-fashioned way.


I closed out 2016 with a grand total of 52 books read – more than three times my total in 2015. I was aiming for both quality and consistent reading progress, and I found that balance in reading, on average, a book a week.

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6 thoughts on “The 5 Books I Finished in November and December

  1. 52 books- a great reading year! I also find that I can get through a book that I’m not as excited about if I listen to the audio version. It always helps if authors read it themselves!

  2. I started It on Oct. 1 thinking I would finish it by Halloween. As of now I’m only half way through the 44 hour audiobook. Maybe I’ll finish by Halloween next year?

  3. I read Little Women in Dec-Jan and just finished it. It was my second time (the first as an adult) and I LOVED it! I resonated more with Meg this time around with all her newlywed blunders in the later chapters (and as an oldest sister). I borrowed the movie from the library so I will need to watch that soon because I loved watching it when I was younger and will find it interesting to see which parts are left out/changed since the book is still fresh on my mind

  4. I really need to read more Stephen King. I’ve loved everything I’ve ever ready by him but for some reason, I never think of him when I’m looking for my next read.

    I read Little Women at the beginning of last year for the first time and I LOVED it! Boy was I missing out! Now I just need to read the sequels!

    Good for you for reading 52 books in 2016!!! What an accomplishment! I can’t imagine ever reading a book per week in a year! You go, girl!

    Also, just wanted to let you know about a new “Reading Roundup” link up that I just started with a couple friends. We’d love to have you link up

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