Oops i forgot to actually post this at the end of November….
How did your November turn out? Did you discover any fantastic must reads?
I knocked 25 books off my tbr pile this month. While a couple are novellas, i also managed to get to a few of the heavier non-fiction books during November. So mixed in with the romance, comedy, and vampires is some refugee stories, a holocaust memoir, some motivational/lifestyle books and even some science. The Female Brain was a standout for me. Following is what i crossed off the list during November.
The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine – 5 stars – very interesting reading and not too text-book like.
Loved by Morgan Rice – The Vampire Journals book 2 – 3 stars – it had a good dose of action and intrigue but i am not really getting swept away by it. I don’t think i’ll be continuing with the series.
The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood – 4 stars – utterly compelling and gritty. It only lost a star for me because i had a lot of unanswered questions.
We Should All Be Feminists by Ngozi Chimamanda Adichie – 5 stars – a great little read of relevance and importance.
Ready Player ONe by Ernest Cline – 3 stars – it had 5 stars reviews everywhere, and i really did love the 80s pop culture references and the treasure hunt aspect. But i just didn’t love the VR world and failed to get swept up in the story. I guess i’m not enough of a gamer to appreciate this one.
Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb – The Farseer Trilogy book 2 – 4 stars – well constructed and engaging. it only lost a star because of one part of the story where a character is having almost daily seizures and very noticeable symptoms, but then after returning home there are only a few minor incidents and then barely another mention all through the book. It seemed odd that it would go from so extreme to barely noticeable so fast. The ending threw me and i am eagerly awaiting my copy of book 3 so i can see where the story goes from here.
Six Toy by James Crow – 3 stars – a dirty little read with some serious level kink. Definitely not for those easily offended. Not as engaging as book 1, but still compelling.
L’art de la simplicitie by Dominique Loreau – 3 stars – it was well presented but there was nothing we haven’t seen before.
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur – 5 stars – another beautiful collection.
Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer (Southern Reach book 1) – 4 stars – weird in the best possible way.
Tales of the Beedle and the Bard by JK Rowling – 3 stars – a good little collection of shorts but not as engaging as her full novels.
The Dead Years by Joseph Schupack – 4 stars – a harrowing and heartfelt account.
How Hard Can It Be by Allison Pearson – 4 stars – unapologetic, mildly hilarious.
The Bravest You by Adam Smith – 3 stars – it was okay, but there are so many books that have almost the same content.
One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake – Three Dark Crowns book 2 – 4 stars – a good continuation of the story, but it didn’t capture me as fully as the first.
My Life To Come by Michelle de Krester – 3 stars – it was well written, but not really my cup of tea.
The Seventh Decimate by Stephen R Donaldson – 3 stars – it was okay, but i found my interest lagging at the halfway point.
Little Black Book by Tabatha Vargo – 3 stars – I failed to connect with the characters, but it was well constructed.
Rescued by Bailey Bradford – 3 stars – a decent m/m book, but not as engaging as Bradfords other works.
Irkadura by Ksenia Anske – 5 stars – a seriously disturbing tale of madness and abuse.
The Wrath of Sin by Tabatha Vargo – 3 stars – a decent short romance novella.
Human Cargo by Caroline Moorehead – 4 stars – a collection of heartbreaking tales from refugees. It lost a star because some of the content felt a little academic and less personal.
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood – 3 stars – i know i am supposed to love this as much as The Handmaids Tale but i just couldn’t. I really struggled to care about the main character and found it a little dry and slow at times.
Tempted by Midnight by Lara Adrian – Midnight Breed 12.5 – 3 stars – a decent novella to support the series.
The Power by Naomi Alderman – 4 stars – it was compelling reading for sure, but i did have difficulty believing that women would become just like the worst of men if the power balance were to shift.
Does anyone else find that they struggle to like books that everyone else seems to adore? Well i have a huge stack of books to read for December and i have yet to hit my goodreads annual reading goal of 275 books so i hope i can get through them all in time. Starting next month off with some YA fiction, but i am adding my classic selection of the month Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, and my non-fiction selection of the month Ebola by David Quammen to the pile.
Wishing you all a safe and happy december full of awesome new stories.