I did read in November, really, although the meager two titles may not seem like I spent much time with my nose buried in a book. I was distracted by grading writing assignments, out of town visitors, and several have-to-finished-last-week-even-though-we-told-you-not-to-start-until-today projects at work.
Absolute Monarch: A History of the Papacy by John Julius Norwich Fun and easy-to-read papacy history light. Sure, Norwich focuses on the not-at-all-holy, er, shall we call them, activities of the popes, especially the salacious Middle Ages popes. He does a good job of simplifying some of medieval European history, convoluted as it is, with abundant handy footnotes. It is a big tome, though, and took most of November to finish.
The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells My nineteenth-century literature book club's November pick. Awesome! Accurate depiction of how people interact during catastrophes. Surprising solution to the invasion of England by the Martians. Very modern prose and action-oriented, which should keep a modern reader used to the nonstop Dan Brown-esque level of action interested. I totally enjoyed every second of this book and recommend it heartily.