I’m trying to do too much all at one time. Currently I’m getting ready to exit the hotel where the Red Cross hosted me ever since the Slater Fire burned my home to the ground.
My November Word of the Month
My November Haiku of the Month
Knowing good times are coming
Bible Verse of the Month
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28
My November reading diary is at the bottom of this page, after the book list.
My Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/lindajm
☆ – I own the book and am ready to read.
★★ – I’m reading it.
✓ – I finished reading it. Yay!
DNF – I did not like it or finish it.
Books I want to read in November
★★ Ghost Fiction: Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders
☆ Historical Fiction: Ireland, by Frank Delaney
I’ve tried to find time to read this novel for the last two years and am going to try again to get it read.
I actually have a much better setup for reading right now, so there’s hope.
★★ Juvenile Fiction: Other Words for Home, by Jasmine Warga
A novel in free verse tells the story of a Syrian refugee child. I started this in September and will continue in November. This is a 2020 Newbery Honor Book.
My classic book reading project
All three of these are on my list: 101 Books Recommended by the College Board
★★ Classic Fiction: Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman
I chose this book using a random number generator. It is #97 on my list. I’ve read some of it during September… it is a hard-to-fathom poetic book that I’ve found it hard to get through – especially that long essay about how great and important poets are! I will have to do some research to learn more about how others feel about it.
My November 2020 Reading Diary
November 1 – Struggling. I’ve been audio-reading The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie.
November 2 – Audiobooks! I always want to have one to listen to while driving. I finished audio-reading The Mysterious Affair at Styles and started Spinning Silver. This page is deficient. I haven’t listed these books here yet. There’s no art – no images. So sorry, but I’m just not myself right now because my life is transitioning. I hope when I get used to vanlife again I’ll take time to do something to upgrade the condition of this page. Tomorrow is the day I have to leave the hotel after 7+1/2 weeks here.
November 15 – A long transition time – I’m temporarily settled in a way – I put my cargo trailer into a place near my daughter where I have wifi. I’m still sleeping in the van, and am hoping for a travel trailer soon, which would be my temporary housing situation while waiting for the opportunity to rebuild on the property I own. It is still in wretched shape with burned buildings. The state should start cleaning it up possibly in December. Meanwhile, reading is going well. I finished Spinning Silver and another novel, The Glass Hotel. I also audio-read a nonfiction book called The Jesus Revolution by Greg Laurie. I’m reading a nonfiction book called Conviction & Compassion – a readalong about Christians involved in politics… the ethics of that. I’m finishing up with Lincoln in the Bardo and reading a Kindle book, Single Gay Christian… a memoir of a Christian man who is gay but single by choice. I think that covers all my reading activities for now. I may have forgotten something – but don’t know… it has been a crazy month so far and isn’t likely to get better anytime soon.
Recorded this a few days ago:
November 26 – I’m still reading Single Gay Christian on my Kindle and Conviction & Compassion in hardcover. I finished Lincoln in the Bardo yesterday. My next fiction will be hardcover… but I need an audiobook to audio-read. Not sure what to do about that. It has been a hard week. I got a molar pulled on Tuesday… that was an ordeal.. and it still hurts… hope it heals soon. After that I drove to Yreka and back, just to get away and have a change of scenery. I did my laundry while I was there. All of it. I miss having my own washer and dryer – that was so nice while it lasted… but of course, they burned in the Slater Fire in September. One of these days I’ll get that again. Right now I have to focus on making the interior of my van more livable. I fed cats on my property this morning. Mostly ferals, I believe. There were three black and white spotted cats, one black cat, and three tabbys: gray, orange and blackish. I still have never seen my cat, Robie, again. So sorry, because he was a great cat.