National Novel Reading Month

The past two years, I attempted to participate in NaNoWriMo, writing a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. The conclusion? I am definitely NOT a novel writer.


I AM, however, a novel reader. So when I heard about National Novel Reading Month (NaNoReadMo), started by Austin Kleon, I knew this was the November challenge for me. Unfortunately, I didn’t hear about it until November 4th, so I’m a bit late, but whatevs.

For the rest of the month I’ll be sharing my favorite novels on my Instagram account (@jberryjohnson) and tagging them with the hashtag #NaNoReadMo.

The first novel I’m sharing is A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. Way back in the olden days when I was young, I was a huge fan of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. When my dad lived in Mississippi and he asked what we wanted to do during our summer visit, my obvious answer was “see New Orleans.” I managed to find Anne Rice’s home address and stood in front of her house, marveling that I could see her globe, visible behind her in so many television interviews, sitting in an upstairs window. I’d never heard of A Confederacy of Dunces, but a friend, knowing how much I’d loved New Orleans, bought the book as a birthday present. I’ve never laughed so hard reading a book. I’ve let go of many beloved books in my life – moving often has that effect – but Confederacy is one that will always have a home on my shelf.

If you love to read, I encourage you to join the fun. Leave your IG handle in the comments so I can follow you, too.

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