This month has not been good for reading, because I’ve been writing a lot instead! Fortunately, I’ve almost reached my target of reading 50 books this year, so I could afford to dedicate the time to something else.

And what have I been writing? You may have seen my post about NaNoWriMo, and I must say it’s been going pretty well. I have fallen behind by about a thousand words (a weekend away disrupted my writing time a little), but still feeling confident about finishing the 50,000 words on time. Here’s my word count graph for the month so far!

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Earlier this month I went to a car boot sale. They’re always a goldmine for cheap books, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed this time. I found the fourth and fifth books in the Dune series – God Emperor of Dune and Heretics of Dune – as well as Spies by Michael Frayn and Murakami’s Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman.

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My friend Isis de Sousa, for whom I edited The Night of Elisa, sent me a hardback illustrated copy of that book and it is absolutely beautiful. And, to round off the books I received in November, First Impressions by Charlie Lovett popped through my letterbox a couple of days ago, from Alma Books. It’s a book about a book-lover and an antiquarian bookshop, so I’m definitely looking forward to getting stuck into that one!

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November’s book of the month has to be The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood: even though I haven’t finished it yet, it’s the only book I’ve even opened this month.

As for my charity, I will be donating to NaNoWriMo. My money will be used to bring creative writing programs to approximately 500,000 children and adults all over the world, which I think is an excellent cause!

I hope you had a wonderful month and are looking forward to putting your feet up over Christmas. I know I am!

- gildius -