Saturday, December 2, 2017

November Reading Wrap Up

After a slow start to the month and teetering on a slump I managed to clawed it back. November wasn't my best reading month but it wasn't bad by any stretch. Books two and three were tiny but they still count.

This month I read 5 physical books and 1 ebook.
I also listened to 4 audiobooks.

My Goodreads ratings ranged from 'I still can't decide' right through to 5 stars.

Book one: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Rating: 4.5/5

Right off the bat I really loved the world building in this story. I think Laini Taylor's writing lends itself brilliantly to the whimsy and magic abundant in this Prague. I love the detail that went into character building, even beyond just the 'main' couple. Let's be honest, this is another ending that I totally didn't call! I immediately ordered the second and third so I wouldn't have to wait too long to find out what happens next.

Book two: Before You Sleep by Adam Nevill

This is essentially a taster of a short story collection.
It consisted of 3 short stories:
1)Where Angels Come In. Two young boys go into their towns creepy haunted house and stuff happens.
2) The Ancestors. This is like a horror version of Toy Story.
3) Florrie. Essentially a guy moves into a house and starts morphing into it's previous tenant...I think. I'm not going to lie, this confused me and I've already forgotten it.
The first story was freaky but I'm an absolute wimp and I had no problem reading these in the dark. The other two fell a bit flat for me.

Book three: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Rating: 5/5

Not really a book but I decided to read it when I was feeling slumpish (not sure that's a word?)... when I was in a slump and it helped pull me through so I'm counting it. I really enjoyed this, it was interesting reading about Feminism in another culture. Despite how far we still have to go it just highlighted how far we've already come in comparison to other cultures.

Book four: A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Rating: 4.75/5

I wish I had read this when I was younger!! This was such an easy read. I flew through it. I definitely think it helped a lot that I was familiar with the story from being a lover of the 1995 film adaptation. Sara Crewe is an amazing character, I adore her.
I will say that I prefer the twist the movie takes, it pulls at the heartstrings a bit more. It is still the most amazing magical story though and I can't recommend it enough.

Book five: The Martian by Andy Weir
Rating: 4/5

Yet another audiobook. I know, who am I?! I'd heard a lot about this through booktube and this was one of the first books I'd bought this year. It took the movie being added to Netflix to actually kick my arse into gear. It took me so much longer to get through than it would have done if I'd read the physical thing but I enjoyed having it read to me (ha!). It's absolutely hilarious and I think the narrator really brings Mark to life.
Let's be honest I'm no rocket scientist or botanist or (insert any other NASA job title) so whilst I didn't understand a lot of the technical jargon I found that everything was explained in a way that I could still sort of understand what was happening.

Book six: The Becoming of Noah Shaw
Rating: 4/5

So I'm very new to this fandom, like I only read the main trilogy in the past few weeks so thankfully I didn't have to wait as long as everyone else for this book. I'm on board the waiting train now though! I could not have been more excited to be back with Mara and Noah.
I've seen a lot of people saying that this book lacked plot and if we look at this as the fourth in a series then I agree. BUT if we look at this book as the first in a companion trilogy then I think it was amazing. This book was definitely more character than plot but it sets up well for the next two books.

Book seven: George by Alex Gino
Rating: 4.5/5

This is such an important read and I hope it's made available to all 10 year olds. Melissa was born anatomically male and named George. Only Melissa knows that she isn't George. It is so heartwarming seeing how she grows with confidence throughout the story and fighting for a female role in her school play. I'm not the best at descriptions but you all need to read this if you haven't already.
Also her best friend Kelly is brilliant, everyone should be more Kelly.

Book eight: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Rating: 4/5

Another audiobook. I really enjoyed Daughter of Smoke and Bone on audio so I figured that was the best way to continue the trilogy. I personally really bloody missed the love story but I definitely think it was key to the plot that they couldn't be together. I appreciated how we got to see the personal conflicts and read from both sides of the war. It's sort of like how Romeo and Juliet should have been. Zuzana is just brilliant!

Book nine: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

So many new people!! I really loved Zuri. I had to listen to this solely on audiobook because the physical thing scared me, it's huge! I think I drifted away one too many times with this one so I will definitely need to reread this.

Book ten: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

If i'm honest this wasn't a book I intended to read but after it came out it was getting so many rave reviews from people I follow on Goodreads so I caved. I don't think it was my cup of tea. The main focus of the story was Aza's struggle with anxiety and OCD and if you can relate to that then I imagine that would be the key selling of this book because nothing much happens outside of that.  I don't struggle with any of the issues that the main character does so I can't comment on the representation but it is own voices and I've heard really good things. If you are massively plot driven then I'd steer clear of this.

So those were the ten books I got through in November. I'm currently working on my end of year unhaul which basically means making room for new books! What have you read and loved recently?

Nikki x
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