On my bookshelf in November

It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas at the Fournier Farm House! Between decorating the house, a busy season at work and having less daylight, I’ve found myself reading a little less this month. Perhaps the train has been lulling me to sleep more often than I thought! Or maybe this time of year has me wanting to spend more family time with Will and Oliver.

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The books from this month were very enjoyable and were a good mix. My selection of books is getting fairly slim because I still haven’t found time to go to the library, but in my defence, it’s only open on Tuesdays and Saturdays, which doesn’t give me a ton of time to play with!

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Here are the books from this month:

Essentialism by Greg McKeown | This is more of a business/personal development book, and a good read. It discusses ideas that really relate to me like trying not to do a million different things, but instead focusing all your energy and efforts on one specific thing. It’s also about cutting the excess stuff out of your life, which is something Will and I are trying our best to do by living the simple life out in the country. This book really speaks to me, because I always have a number of different projects on the go at the same time instead of going all in on just one. Highly recommend this read!

The English Girl by Daniel Silva | This was a super interesting read that really felt like 3 books in one, and not necessarily in a good way. It was a cool story that felt a little like the TV show, Scandalbut went on a little too long, without the big interesting finish that I was hoping for. It is a decent read, but not my favourite of the month.

Cataract City by Craig Davidson | This is a Giller Prize book that was from my office book swap. It was a good Canadian book that I felt I could really get into because I am familiar with Niagara Falls, where this book is based. There were some parts of the book that I expected I wouldn’t really like (it involves some hard core dog fighting), but because there was a purpose to including it for the story timeline, I felt like it wasn’t put in there distastefully. Definitely an interesting read.

And that’s it for this month! I am taking a Staycation the first week of December and I can’t wait to finally get a library card and make some trips to add to my book list. One that I am especially looking forward to trying in time for the new year is a book called Do Big Small Things by Canadian travel expert and dream achiever Bruce Poon Tip.

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Speaking of which, is anyone thinking about their New Year’s resolutions yet? Mine will definitely include some type of exercise plan, but still haven’t decided what exactly that will look like. Regardless, I hope the book helps me with whatever I decide!

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