Today is December first, which leads me to reflect on the books I read during the month of November. I was amazed when counting back that I had read eleven books: a book about books, an inspirational book, a memoir, a mystery, a non-fiction book, a Newberry Award winning kid’s novel, three novels, and two YA novels. This floored me, for also during the month of November, I graded 23 research/argument (7-10 pages each) papers; my students finished and presented their Literacy Projects; I caught a four-day virus, which I promptly shared with My Better Half; my brother from Virginia came for a visit; I turned another year older, and we celebrated Thanksgiving.  Whew!

Here is a quick list of titles and authors I read:

Academic Curveball by James J. Cudney (to be reviewed here soon) Kindle

And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hasseini (reviewed on this blog recently) audio book

Books For Living by Will Schwalbe (reviewed on this blog recently) borrowed from an e-library

Compulsion ( a YA novel) Kindle

For One More Day by Mitch Albom (to be reviewed here soon)

In The Shadow of the Statues by Mitch Landrieu ( to be reviewed here soon) Book club selection for November

Jesus by Max Lucado borrowed from church library

The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (reviewed on “Saturday Mornings for Kids” on this blog)

Never Stop Walking by Christina Rickardsson (reviewed recently)

Nightbird by Alice Hoffman, which resumes my Alphabet Challenge

Raising Lazarus (to be reviewed here soon)

With the Christmas Holidays fast approaching, I may not do as much reading, but there are still so many books on my TBR shelves, and my “little brother” gave me a Barnes and Nobel gift card for my birthday!





Author: Rae Longest

This year marks my fiftieth year in AAUW (American Association of University Women). The Alvin chapter was begun in 1947, and as a new, green teacher to Alvin Independent School District, I joined in 1968. In the 80's we began a book group to share our love of reading, books,and fellowship with other women and girls who loved the same. We resurrected the group on-line in September of 2015. Eventually Powerful Women Readers folded as an on-line book club, but I kept the title and turned it into a blog. (See "Introduction,"first blog). This is my first experience at blogging or publishing anything and is becomes more fun with each blog posted. I have just completed 30 years of teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This is after three years at Alvin Community College and an almost-twenty year career as a classroom teacher with Alvin Independent School District, adding up to a total of teaching 50 years in all. Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog.

3 thoughts on “NOVEMBER WRAP UP”

  1. Anyway you look at it, that’s been an awesome month in which you’ve achieved a lot. I have also read Academic Curveball and am going to be reviewing it during December:)). Have a great week, Rae and enjoy December! It seems to me that you’ve earnt something of a rest…

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