November was a bumper month for me in my 2016 Reading List challenge, with an extra five books added to my total!I had thought that my reading would slow down as the end of the year approached. But this month has ended up being one of my busiest reading months of the year. I’ve read a combination of fiction and non-fiction in November, and the fiction books have all been quite different.
These five books take my running total up to 47 books read so far this year, and I’ve got two more books on my TBR list. So I’m really hopeful that I might actually tip my total over the 50 books mark for the first time!
Let’s take a look at what I read this month…
I started off the month with this fun romantic comedy. It’s the story of Alice, who decides that it’s time to start dating after two years of happy singledom. Her friends in the Short Book Club try and set her up with various men, but the path of true love definitely does not run smoothly!
Instagram is hugely popular, and show no signs of losing popularity any time soon. This book is full of tips and hints on how to up your Instagram game, from Aimee Song who has over 3 million followers.
A lot of the tips are aimed at people who are fairly new to this social media network. So if you have been using it for a while, you may find that you already know quite a few of the tricks. But I still learned quite a lot from it and now I’m busy planning how to put them into action.
As you’d imagine, there are a lot of photos in this book so it’s quite a quick read. But definitely one that is worthwhile if your resolution for 2017 is to improve your Instagram photos. I included this book in my Christmas Gift Guide for Bloggers and Vloggers.
My next read for November was this fantastic dystopia. It’s a crime thriller set in the near future, when all crime is punished with an effective death sentence. A judge is kidnapped by someone with a grudge, and as more men are kidnapped, the investigation becomes a matter of life or death.
Zero is the first Detective Kate Swanson novel by Matt Brolly. I was very excited to be the first step on this book’s blog tour, and you can read my full review here.
One of my goals this year was to increase the number of non-fiction books I read. And I particularly wanted to read books that will help me improve this blog. When I bought Capture Your Style, this book showed up in the recommended items below it.
How to Style your Brand takes you step by step through the branding process. From mood boards and the psychology of colour, to fonts and illustrations, each step is carefully broken down and explained. It’s a very useful book, whether you are developing your brand style yourself or working with a professional.
The final book I read this month is a novella by the authors of Cherringham: Dead in the Water. I reviewed that book last month (you can read my review here), and was very happy to be asked if I’d like to take a look at Secret Santa.
As you can guess from the title, it has a Christmassy theme, and I’ll be reviewing it here on the blog next week.