Its time for a November Wrap up!
Alright guys so I’m sorry for not updating the blog as much and not writing reviews I feel so drained of reviews lately the more a like a book the more pressure I feel write a great review and then I just don’t write one….also I don’t just read romance and I wanted to only post reviews for the romance I read but if you’d like me to write a review for every book no matter the genre leave a comment below.
So I managed to read 7 books this month, which I think is pretty darn good, especially considering I didn’t rate anything lower than 4 stars and most of the books I read in November ended up on my favorites shelf. I read 2 eBooks, one audio book and the rest physical books so let’s get to it!
First book I read in November was
The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken (middle grade, physical, 4 stars)
This was so unique! It defiantly had serious Halloween vibes especially Halloweentown atmosphere. In this book you follow Prosper Redding who inherits an ancient demon and escapes his family trying to sacrifice him. Reading this was just all around fun and light with the right amount of serious that at times I forgot it was a middle grade. As I don’t read much middle grade books I pictured the younger characters older. Every character is just so well fleshed out but all the points go to the history and atmosphere woven into the story. I could feel, taste and smell everything and I felt like I was in Salem right along with everyone. I recommend this for anyone who wants a light Halloween read.
Next book I finished was Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christy (Audiobook, Mystery, 5 stars) I listened to the newly released audible full cast production of this audio book and omg it added to the experience a thousand times over. This is already an incredible mystery book but with actors playing all the parts it was like listening to a movie. I did no guess who did it at all! And this book is not long so its just cozy, well written and vastly entertaining. I already added 3 other Agatha Christie books to my TBR pile. Also, Hercule Poirot is a legitimate badass and I want to be his best friend.
3rd book is My American Duchess by Eloisa James (ebook, historical romance, 5 stars) This one ended up on my favorites and re readable shelves. Man this was magical. There wasn’t a single thing I didn’t love about this book. I kept kicking myself for not picking up Eloisa James sooner because this book just blew me the fuck away, honestly. It was filled with so much GUSH and SWOON. I highlighted so much! for more of my thoughts check out my review on the blog.
Next is Without Merit by Colleen Hoover. (YA, Physical, 5 stars) Leave it to the queen to stun us all with her newest book. Ok so I haven’t read every Colleen book because they are so impactful and stay with me days after I finish that I’m not always in the mood for her books so they stay unread for a while. But this one I knew I had to read ASAP. I’m so glad I did, this is the most important book I’ve read all year. There is so much representation in this book that every single teenager should read it. But first and foremost this book is about mental health and its probably the best mental health book besides the bell jar by Sylvia Plath that I’ve ever read.
Kissing Tolstoy by Penny Reid (New Adult, ebook, 5 stars) this book and the hating game are punching themselves in my head for the top contemporary spot. This was fucking amazing. I couldn’t stop smiling reading this book and I basically told everyone I know who reads books to read it because it was THAT GOOD. Penny Reid never lets me down, as an author she writes books that I feel like are made personally for me. I wrote a review for this one so check it out for more rambling.
Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6 ) by Sarah J Maas (New Adult fantasy, Physical 4,5 stars) I wasn’t going to read it because I’ve been so disillusioned by SJM mostly because of the disaster that was ACOWAR. But this book was a diamond in the ruff. It was so good! It surprised me how good it was this is my favorite SJM book besides ACOMAF and this is defiantly the strongest SJM is as a writer. This book follows Chaol in the southern continent and its enthralling. The sights, smells the people. Finally there are POC and ethnic food! I never wanted to leave the southern continent. Honestly trudging through the first book in the series which is one of the worst books I’ve ever read, and the 2nd and not so good 3rd are worth it to get to this book. And I think I might be warming up to SJM a little but only if she keeps this up because this was impressive.
Last but not least, The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, (fantasy, historical fiction, physical, 5 stars) Every time I think about this book I shiver, and not because it’s a book about the magic of winter but because this book is winter. This book is magnificent. Its swirling with Russian magic, otherness, fear and acceptance. I want to re read this book every single winter. Katherine Arden understands folklore and magic like few authors do and I will gladly gobble up every single thing she writes. This was such a dazzling debut. A fresh retelling of Vasilisa the beauty meshed with so many other aspects of Russian folklore to leave you stunned by the weirdness and magic of it all. I can’t stop thinking about this book please go read it.
That’s it for my November wrap up guys! Now that I look at it all written out I had a great reading month every if I didn’t read too many books. I would usually write a TBR but I’ve been having an identity crisis when it comes to TBR’s I don’t stick to them and they’re constricting to me. So I haven’t written one in a while..but if you guys want them I will write them just write a comment saying that you do.