November Wrap-Up

Hi friends! I am so sorry for the lack of posts. Work has been really crazy because of the pandemic and I’ve been taking an online class and trying to focus my spare time on that. I’ve been reading, just not posting, and I hope in the coming days to get a few review posts up that have been in the works for a while. Thank you all for your continued support of this blog and for reading my posts. I really appreciate it!

Anyway, here’s what a managed to read this month:

What I Read

The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White (ARC)

Pages: 400

Format: E-Book (ARC)

My Rating: Definitely Worth the Read

This is the second book in White’s “Camelot Rising” series. I received a NetGalley ARC of it and I was super excited to read it because I loved the first one. This is a solid second, but it was slightly less enjoyable than the first. I’m hoping White doesn’t take things where I’m sure she is, but I’m hooked enough that I’ll keep reading. I’m a sucker for Arthurian legend.

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong (ARC, YARC)

Pages: 494

Format: E-Book (ARC)

My Rating: Definitely Worth the Read

Check out more of what I want to say about this book down below (it’s my favorite read of the month!), but I will say that I’m always here for a R+J retelling, and this one definitely takes the story to new and exciting places. So, so good.

Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson (Book Riot 2020)

Pages: 323

Format: Audiobook (Library Copy)

My Rating: Ok, But Not My Cup of Tea

Boy, I really enjoyed my first Larson book (The Devil in the White City), so I had higher hopes for this one, but I didn’t really enjoy it very much. I also wasn’t super excited about this prompt (Read a book about a natural disaster), so I thought picking Larson would help things, but sadly no. It was okay, well researched and written, just not interesting enough for me.

Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s by Tiffany Midge (Book Riot 2020, Diversity Reading Challenge)

Pages: 216

Format: Hardback (Library Copy)

My Rating: Definitely Worth the Read

This was a fun collection of essays! I will say that Midge loves writing satire and sarcasm. I think quite a bit of it flew over my head, but I would still recommend this book because it’s quite funny and is a different take on things that what you’d normally come across.

Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer

Pages: 662

Format: Hardcover (Personal Copy)

My Rating: Ok, But Not My Cup of Tea

Ugh! I finally finished this monster of a book! 600+ pages of Edward brooding! I brought this on myself, but curiosity killed the cat and I just went with it. I’ve always been #teamedward, so I was hoping to really dig this book, but it’s entirely too long and Edward can only be distraught over Bella so many times before it all just becomes white noise.

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (Book Club Pick)

Pages: 337

Format: Hardback (Library Copy)

My Rating: Definitely Worth the Read

My friend picked this book for our book club and I really enjoyed it! I’ve never read Patchett before, but she’s definitely a solid writer. I wouldn’t say that I loved the book, but I would recommend it to others. The characters and the story itself are really well structured and the story could appeal to a wide audience.

The Woman Who Would be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt by Kara Cooney (Reading Women 2020)

Pages: 298

Format: Hardback (Library Copy)

My Rating: Definitely Worth the Read

My fascination with ancient Egypt brought this book to my attention and it’s so good! Cooney does a great job of bringing Hatshepsut to life and her book is clearly well researched. I had a great time learning more about this often forgotten King of Egypt (yes, that’s right, she was a King not a Queen, she co-ruled with her nephew-husband!)

The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood (Reading Women 2020)

Pages: 275

Format: E-Book (Library copy)

My Rating: I Want My Money Back

Look down below for a little more into my views of this book (it was my least favorite book of the month). It’s a dystopian tale about captured and kidnapped women who are brought to the middle of nowhere to labor. It’s really surreal and bleak as hell. Not a fan.

Finding My Voice by Marie G. Lee (Marie Myung-Ok Lee) (ARC of the Month, YARC)

Pages: 192

Format: E-Book (ARC)

My Rating: Definitely Worth the Read

This is actually a re-print of this book, which was published twenty years ago. Lee’s story is a realistic YA high school tale, with a little light romance, that tackles racism in a small town (Ellen, the main character, is often insulted and made fun of for being Asian). It’s a really quick, light novel, but it’s really good!

Total Pages: 3,197

Total Books: 9

Favorite Book of the Month:

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong is an historical YA re-telling of Romeo and Juliet, set in 1920s Shanghai. If that hasn’t hooked you, then there’s also a supernatural monster on the loose killing people. Gong’s writing is really superb and it’ll definitely punch you in the feels repeatedly.

Least Favorite Book of the Month:

The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood was on my radar because of Reading women, it fulfilled the prompt “book that has won The Stella Prize,” so when I was looking for books to fit this category, it sounded the most interesting but…woah, what a depressing, abstract read and it just leaves you feeling…utterly hopeless. I couldn’t get into it and I despised the overall thing. Not worth my time and I really don’t recommend it.

How about you?

How was your month of reading? Did you meet any of your goals? What was your favorite book you read this month? Least favorite? Let me know in the comments!

5 thoughts on “November Wrap-Up

    1. It’s really good! I did not realize it was going to be as long as it was, so it takes some time, but it sure is worth it!

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