I’ve got two featured reads for you, plus a list of the six other titles I finished in November 2022, and then we conclude with the list of books I’m studying for a class.
Hoping you find something in this roundup that sparks your interest, and I’m happy to hear what your recent fave reads were!
“Be the Serpent”
- Author: Seanan McGuire
- Author URLs: https://seananmcguire.com/ and https://twitter.com/seananmcguire
- Related Works: This is book sixteen of the October Daye series. https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/series/BK8/october-daye
- Notes: “Be the Serpent” is fast-paced; like an action or disaster movie. SMG grounds the epic stakes of this October Daye urban fantasy tale with characters & relationships that are heartbreakingly real in their complexity & brokenness.
- Author: Bram Stoker
- Book URLs: https://draculadaily.substack.com/about and https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dracula
- Notes: I have a fond connection to “Dracula.” Father picked my first name (“Mina”) from this book. Yes, I was named after the Final Girl in a horror novel. I learned about this when I was five, and Father was reading to me from “Dracula.” (My bedtime reading from him also included the poems & stories of Edgar Alan Poe, so Father displayed a certain consistency.) If you want to go beyond the book, there are many adaptations of Dracula, including the superb stage play by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston, and an excellent film adaptation of this stage adaptation, which stars Frank Langella and includes a score by John Williams. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dracula_(1924_play) and https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dracula_(1979_film)
- “The Mapmaker’s Daughter” by Laurel Corona (Fiction)
- “Skeleton Song” (Wayward Children Universe) by Seanan McGuire (Short Fiction)
- “Like a Dream” (October Daye Universe) by Seanan McGuire (Short Fiction)
- “On Repentance and Repair” by Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg (Non-Fiction)
- “WatchTime: December 2022” (Magazine)
- “WatchTime: 2023 Special Design Issue” (Magazine)
Books for Judaism Class
Normally, I only put books in a Reading Roundup that I’ve finished; however, Beloved & I are taking a twenty-week Judaism class, which means both that the number of books I finish in a month has diminished, and that I’ll be reading the class’s assigned books for the next few months.
So, here are the books for our class:
- “On One Foot: An Intro to Judaism Coursebook” by Rabbi Adam Greenwald
- “To Life! A Celebration of Jewish Being and Thinking” by Rabbi Harold Kushner
- “Aleph Isn’t Tough: An Introduction to Hebrew for Adults” by Rabbi Linda Motzkin
- “Jewish Literacy: Revised Edition” by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
- “A Short History of the Jewish People” by Rabbi Raymond Scheindlin
- “The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays” by Rabbi Irving Greenberg
- “The Sabbath” by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
And that’s my Reading Roundup for November 2022.
Did you find something that you’d like to add to your To Be Read pile, or do you have a title to suggest to me?
Either way, I’m curious to hear.
Your Library Girl, Mina
Thank you for reading.