Good morning and happy Sunday! Also, happy Daylight Saving Time and first day of NaNoWriMo, NaBloPoMo, and all the other November Writing Challenges. I did have to manually set back one wall clock as well as the stove clock and my coffee maker clock, but of course my gadgets did it automatically. Oh, I need to remember to turn back my wristwatch…

I spent the last couple of days (read: weeks) brainstorming NaNoWriMo ideas, and among doing laundry, cleaning my apartment, and keeping track of my Fantasy Football team today, I am expecting to pump out a wonderful array of words.

Third paragraph in and I’m finally getting down to the nitty gritty of this post: my November Reading Challenge. Among these other tasks that will keep me busy I’ve [already] decided to up the ante in my quest for reading everything I can get my hands on by reading two books this month. I don’t know if it’s my first-of-the-month determination or sheer craziness to fill my plate until it’s overflowing that sparked this idea train, but regardless, two books are in the spotlight this month.

The first – oh, I should explain. I’m going to read one at a time. I did my fair share of reading multiple tomes at once for classes in college, and for the most part I’ve strayed away from that practice. Maybe I’ll save that for a later challenge.

So the first, which I’ll read within the first two weeks of the month is Mindy Kaling’s second, Why Not Me? This was just released at the end of September, and much to the dismay of my bank account and adult financial obligations I purchased it right away. If you haven’t read her first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) I recommend you do ASAP.

The second will be covered in the  last two weeks of November. Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been out since 2003 and was adapted as a play that premiered in 2012. I am told via multiple sources that it is a type of mystery, a genre I’m not usually inclined to pick up. But the title intrigues me and and as I flip through the pages there are non-word designs and symbols that draw my curiosity.

You can check out both of these on my Goodreads page, and if you’re reading them as well comment or let me know – I would love to hear your thoughts. And, check back in a couple of weeks for a recap of Why Not Me?

Happy reading, friends!

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