November in Retrospect

The year’s almost over. Just one month left, and 2014 will be done with and we’ll be on to a new year. It’s so weird to think of things that way.

Then again, looking outside my window right now, it already looks like January, so maybe it shouldn’t be so surprised.


(Okay, so maybe most of this melted in last night’s rain, but it still looked like this for days!)

But enough talk of the snow, because there’ll be more of that before there’s less! Let’s look at the books!


The Tropic of Serpents, by Marie Brennan
White Space, by Ilsa J Bick
Closer to Home, by Mercedes Lackey
Horrorstor, by Grady Hendrix
Dangerous Games, edited by Jonathan Oliver
The Flight of the Silvers, by Daniel Price
Myth and Magic: Queer Fairy Tales, edited by Radclyffe
The Invisible Orientation, by Julie Sondra Decker

Wow, I didn’t actually think I’d made it to my goal of having 8 books reviewed this month. I thought for some reason that I was only at 6, and was starting to fret because I’d been somewhat lacking in content this month.

Of course, I didn’t think I’d managed to read a full 10 books, either, since it feels like I’ve barely had any reading time after returning to work a few weeks ago. But my spreadsheet confirms it; 10 books read. I guess I should know better than to trust my own perceptions by this point; they’re nearly always wrong when it comes to tallying up what I’ve actually done versus what I only think I’ve done.

Other Stuff

I did another On the Watchlist post, which I can happily say has ended with me having read one of the books and acquired two others!

I wrote an article about sexism in fiction, and what it ultimately means for those who demand to keep writing women in demeaning or confining ways.

I asked asking for opinions about adding new content to Bibliotropic, and through various responses here and across social media, I’ve decided to add more about the SFF movies I watch and the video games I play. The focus here will still be on books, but since SFF spreads across many forms of media that I also enjoy, I figure it’s worth a shot to talk about them a little more, too.


December is a time for lists! I’m been compiling my lists of top books of the year, books I wish I’d read, books I want to read in 2015, and all the other fun lists that I don’t doubt will be floating around dozens of other books blogs at this time of year.

I also have one, possibly 2 guest posts planned, which I’m quite excited about.

Since December will have a lot of those year-end lists, I’m not going to aim for my usual number of reviews. I’ll go for 4, maybe 5, because there’ll be plenty of other things to talk about other than just reviews. And since I don’t plan to cut back on my reading any, that’ll mean I’ll be able to stockpile a few reviews for the new year, so that I’m not scrambling for content or anything. (Though with my decision to also discuss video games and movies, I somehow doubt that I’ll be doing the desperate content dance again any time soon.)

So what about you? How was your November? Read anything good you want to recommend to me? And do you have any awesome bloggy plans for the last month of the year?

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