Sarah Anne’s Bookshelf: November 2017

Noel Diary John Adams Grace for the Good Girl Murder on Orient Express Horse Dancer Middle of the Mess

October was a good reading month. I feel like I read a variety of books. I learned more about Thomas Jefferson, read more of the Wonder stories, was inspired in my faith and parenting, read some good fiction and read the newly-released biography of Martin Luther.

I have 99 books on my have-read bookshelf so far this year – a lot more already than my usually 52 books a year! I think I may hit 120 for the year! I really think that setting reading goals each month is not only helping me read more, but also read a wider variety of books. I’m glad those books include a variety of classics, inspirational, historical and biographical books. I have learned a lot this year so far from the books I’ve read and have been starting to make a dent in the to-read bookshelf.

In the past, I would usually just grab a book from my to-read pile or start reading what is available from my hold list on Overdrive. Instead, I am choosing a fiction, historical, biographical, inspirational and classic to read each month and then after I have read those five, I can read whatever I find that’s available. I will also have book club books to read from a moms group and the online book club on this site. Oh, and there are the advanced copies I receive to review. Lots of reading going on here!

In October, I read the following 11 books (reviews to come soon):

For November, here is my to-read list:

 Noel Diary Life As We Knew It

Fiction: The Noel Diary by Richard Paul Evans
and Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Richard Paul Evans is my favorite author and I pre-ordered The Noel Diary several months ago and am very much looking forward to it coming int he mail next week!

I am also reading Life As We Knew It because a local librarian recommended it to me. It’s a young adult dystopian novel.

 John Adams

Historical and Biographical: John Adams by David McCullough

I always learn a lot about history when I read a McCullough book. I’ve had this one on my bookshelf for a while, so I’m excited to see what I learn this month by reading it. I’m counting this in two categories for the month because it’s a long book.

 Grace for the Good Girl

Inspirational: Grace for the Good Girl by Emily P. Freeman

I really enjoyed reading Simply Tuesday by Freeman in October and I’ve actually had Grace for the Good Girl on my to-read list for a while, so I’m reading it this month.

 Murder on Orient Express

Classic: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

I read this book years and years ago and saw there is a movie coming out based on the book. I am planning on re-reading the book before I see the movie. I truly hope they do the movie well since it is Agatha Christie!

Horse Dancer

Moms Book Club: The Horse Dancer by JoJo Moyes

Many in our book club love JoJo Moyes, so this should be a good one!

Radium Girls

Online book club: The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

Read more about this choice at the link above and then join our discussion on the blog and on Facebook on Nov. 29.

 Grown-Ups Guide to Teenage Humans

Non-Fiction: The Grown-Ups Guide to Teenage Humans by Josh Shipp

I don’t have teens yet, but they will be soon and I’m read to start getting advice on the next stage of parenting.

Requested Reviews/Advanced Copies/Book Launch books:

Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Talking to Kids About God

Talking with Your Kids about God by Natasha Crain

In the Middle of the Mess

In the Middle of the Mess by Sheila Walsh


Aura by David Meredith

If you’re curious about what else I’ve read this year, you can visit my monthly bookshelves: January, February, March, April, May, JuneJuly, August, September and October.

What are you reading right now?

What are you planning to read this month? Comment below!



About Sarah Anne Carter

Sarah Anne Carter is a writer and reader. She grew up all over the world as a military brat and is now putting down roots with her family in Ohio. Family life keeps her busy, but any spare moment is spent reading, writing or thinking about plots for novels.