Blogmas Day 1: November Wrap Up & Favourite Book of the Month

Blogmas Day 1: November Wrap Up & Favourite Book of the Month

I had a solid start to my 2019 reading challenge, but as we got further into the year, my reading slowed down quite a bit (I can’t complain though, as I still have managed to read over 130 books so far). November quite possible was the slowest month for me in terms of numbers. I’ve read a total of 9 books this month, which still sounds like a lot for some, but for me, it’s quite a bit less than I would have liked for myself. 

The majority of books I have read this month where Middle-Grade novels. Reading this many was all due to me participating in Believathon this month. Believathon is a month-long readathon hosted by Gavin from the YouTube channel Gavin Hetherington. Gavin created this readathon to encourage people to read more children’s literature. 

I have managed to read a total of 6 books for this readathon, and I couldn’t tell you which one was my favourite, as I loved them all (although Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly is close to being my favourite, as it pulled at my heartstrings so much!). 

Song for a Whale

In the spirit of modern-day classics like Fish in a Tree and Counting by 7s comes the story of a deaf girl’s connection to a whale whose song can’t be heard by his species, and the journey she takes to help him.

From fixing the class computer to repairing old radios, twelve-year-old Iris is a tech genius. But she’s the only deaf person in her school, so people often treat her like she’s not very smart. If you’ve ever felt like no one was listening to you, then you know how hard that can be.

When she learns about Blue 55, a real whale who is unable to speak to other whales, Iris understands how he must feel. Then she has an idea: she should invent a way to “sing” to him! But he’s three thousand miles away. How will she play her song for him?

Full of heart and poignancy, this affecting story by sign language interpreter Lynne Kelly shows how a little determination can make big waves.

November Statistics

I have read a total of 3.164 pages this month with the longest book being A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer which had 496 pages.  

3 * = 2 books
4 * = 5 books
5 * = 2 books

Next Month

I don’t have a fixed plan or TBR for December. It’s going to be a very busy month, with exams and work. We are also getting the keys to our new home in December, so we are going to be buried in work for the next few months. I can’t wait though until we can finally move in!

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