Best book in November + NaNo Confession

Best book in November

Wow! A whole week into December and I’m just now getting to my best book of November post. While I enjoyed many books this month—Shadow Over Kiriath by Karen Hancock, Solstice Wood by Patricia McKillip, and (a beloved December favorite—read early this year) Pilgrim’s Inn by Elizabeth Goudge, my favorite read this month was Tony Hays’ The Killing Way, a murder mystery set in the court of King Arthur.

I learned of this book over a year ago from an editor at the Willamette Writer’s Conference. Having been a long time lover of all things King Arthur and a fairly recent convert to the mystery genre, I knew when the book came out I would need to hunt it down and read it. The Killing Way did not disappoint. A novel with a decidedly historical, Celtic setting, it was not just a mystery that happened to take place in King Arthur’s court, but story of the deeply personal struggle of one of his warrior’s and a crime that could potentially derail Arthur’s reign. I very much enjoyed this book and recommend it.

NaNo Confession

And now it’s sad confession time… I wrote my 13,000 words for NaNoWriMo, thoroughly enjoyed doing so, and quit. Starting a new job, I discovered is not a wise commitment to mix with the NaNoWriMo endeavor. Something had to give and, content with the start of a novel that would have been nowhere near finished at the 50,000 word mark, I decided to set it aside. It remains a story I am eager to tell, but one I am not equipped to invest in at this time.

So, NaNoWriMo was fun. I would like to take a crack at it some less complicated November, and I definitely will return to the novel I began. Just not today.