My niece, Elizabeth, challenged me at the beginning of the year, saying she could beat me in books read. We're neck-and-neck right now. I've read 154 books, and Elizabeth has read over 150. I have the feeling she'll beat me by the end of the year.
I hope Elizabeth enjoyed the books she read during November as much as I did. Here's my list of books read.
Once Upon a Thanksgiving by Holly Jacobs. Samantha Williams, divorced with 4 kids, finds the school's interim principal is a childhood friend in this enjoyable romance.
Bitter Recoil by Steven F. Havill. Undersheriff Bill Gastner, recuperating after surgery, gets involved in Deputy Estelle Reyes-Guzman's murder investigation in another New Mexico county.
'Tis the Season by Lorna Landvik. A poor little rich girl lives her life in the tabloids, until she disappears to dry out, and finds two old friends.
Twice Buried by Steven F. Havill. Burglaries, shootings and the death of an elderly woman bring Estelle Reyes-Guzman back to Posadas County.
Wesley the Owl by Stacey O'Brien. The story of O'Brien's nineteen years raising a barn owl.
Murder with All the Trimmings by Elaine Viets. Josie Marcus, mystery shopper, goes through a terrible period when she gives a bad rating to her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend's Christmas shop, and Josie's ex ends up dead.
Ghost at Work by Carolyn Hart. Introducing a new series with Bailey Ruth Raeburn, a ghost who comes back to help a preacher's wife, who finds a body on the rectory steps.
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech. Juvenile novel in poetry form about Jack, a boy who objects to writing poetry in a class, but finds himself interested, and writing about his dog.
Pony Express Christmas by Sigmund Brouwer. Christmas story about ranchers, a Pony Express rider, two gunmen, and faith.
Blueberry Hill by Marcia Evanick. Jocelyn Fletcher took a break from her job as a lawyer, ending up as a housekeeper for a lonely sheriff with three kids in another romance.
A Berry Merry Christmas by Marcia Evanick. Ian might have started the ad campaign to help his late partner's widow with her berry business, but when Amber is overwhelmed, he's there to help her out.
The Book of Nonsense by David Michael Slater. Juv novel about twins who fight a bookseller for a mysterious book.
Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech. Juv novel in which Jack writes more poems about his love of his dog, his feelings about cats, and his mother, who is deaf.
The Diva Runs Out of Thyme by Krista Davis.
Debut mystery introducing Sophie Winston, an amateur chef, whose Thanksgiving is a mess because of family and murder.
Harbor Nights by Marcia Evanick. Norah Stevens and her mother, Joanne, moved to Misty Harbor, Maine after Norah's father hit her. Can the two women move on to find love?
The Secret Papers of Madame Olivetti by Annie Vanderbilt. After her husband's death, Lily Crisp goes to their French home, and pours out her memories to her typewriter.
My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvath. Juv novel about Jane Fielding's summer when she's 12, searching for answers through her so-called adventures.