It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The temperature has dropped, my advent calendar is up, and I have started to wear my Christmas jumpers. November is one of my favourite months. My birthday is in November, it becomes socially acceptable to start thinking about Christmas in November, Thanksgiving is in November, and the wintry nights make a great back drop for football matches.
Last month, I read a small variety of books genres again, and continued that this month. At the beginning of November, I was still taking part in the House Cup Reading Challenge, so I have read and finished a random assortment of books to complete challenges, and to liven up my work commutes.
It may appear that I have read a large amount of stuff this month, but that would be deceptive. I started a few of these before the month began, and two are very short. I feel like I have had a poor reading month, simply because I struggled with my reading towards the back end. I optimistically signed up for Tome Topple, before quickly realising that it was simply one readathon too far. I then promptly stopped reading for a week! I’m glad I got back into the swing of things in the end though!
The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet Becky Chambers | 12 Sep 17 – 05 Nov 17 | Paperback | 4 Stars
You’d think that I didn’t enjoy this given how long it took to read it, but that couldn’t be further from the case. I haven’t really ever read anything that enters the Sci-Fi genre, so it was a nice soft entry.
I really loved the rich detail that the author had gone to in constructing political systems, character back stories, fictional worlds and planets, and complex relationships that book was wonderfully immersive. While it was great to experience, it also made it hard to read in chunks. I found I had to immerse myself and commit to reading without any distraction rather than scanning or quick reading it.
The Stag and Hen Weekend Mike Gayle | 05 Nov 17 – 08 Nov 17 | Paperback | 3 Stars
This book was simultaneously better and worse than I was expecting it to be. The gimick that the book is reversed and you can start it either way is one I have seen before but never indulged in, so I was quite looking forward to it.
I really didn’t love the book from the ladies hen do side of things and preferred it vastly from the male point of view in Amsterdam. Whether this is because it was less bitchy, or set in a pretty European city is to be decided, but, for me, it was simply because the book was written by a man. The points of view was better when the male characters were involved which is unsurprising when the author is male, and the women seemed to be somewhat stereo typically written and portrayed.
It was an enjoyable enough quick read, but I wouldn’t jump to read anything by him again.
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnus Nutter, Witch Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman | 31 Oct 17 – 08 Nov 17 | Audiobook | 5 Stars
This is one of my friends Emma’s favourite books, and as the new adaptation is currently being filmed to air soon, I decided to cast her speculations that I might not enjoy it aside and dive into the audiobook.
I quickly immersed myself in the unusual story, the matter of fact magical elements, and the brilliant narration, and just fell in love with the book completely. I wasn’t sure I’d like or get Pratchett, and wasn’t sure about reading something that Gaiman had written with him, and was delightedly proved wrong.
I can’t put my finger on why the characters are so good, and why such a ridiculous premise both works, and seems obvious, but it really does. I can’t recommend it enough, if you haven’t already picked this up, read it before the series comes out!
A Christmas Kiss Vicky Pattison | 08 Nov 18 – 11 Nov 17 | Paperback | 4 Stars
I didn’t think I was going to like this book that much given my completely irrational judgement of the author. That said, the whimsical nature of the characters, the amusing fashion world antics, and the use of the author’s local slang just brought the book to life in the most real way.
I felt like it was a more down to earth and accessible version of The Devil Wears Prada and didn’t even mind the formulaic nature of the storyline. I was pleasantly surprised at just how much I enjoyed this.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass Lewis Carroll | 19 Oct 17 – 12 Nov 17 | Audiobook/Flexibound | 2 Stars
Yes, I found it much easier when I was listening to it in some respects, but found that the most sense actually came from the nonsensical poems that I read during Through the Looking Glass. I was disappointed.
Chew: Vol #6 Space Cakes John Layman and Rob Guillory | 11 Nov 17 – 12 Nov 17 | Graphic Novel | 3 Stars
For the first time, I felt like there was a dip in quality and a rise in ridiculousness. I really didn’t love the fact that we weren’t focusing on Tony Chu, but his twin sister Toni. I just don’t like her or her ability as much, so didn’t love that fact that she was the central character.
I also didn’t like the interludes that came throughout with random posters of Po-yo, the unusually abled and special agent chicken that pops up every now and then in the story.
All of this said, I still enjoyed reading it and want to read the next installment, I just didn’t love this storyline.
Chew: Vol #7 Bad Apples John Layman and Rob Guillory | 12 Nov 17 | Graphic Novel | 4 Stars
I really liked the action packed return of Tony. I liked his hell bent mission on stopping the ridiculous egg worshipping cult, and I just felt like this returned back to the best of Chew.
Shadow and Bone (The Grishaverse #1) Leigh Bardugo | 25 Nov 17 – 30 Nov 17 | 5 Stars
I absolutely loved Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom that are spin off stories based in the Grishaverse. I have wanted to read more of Bardugo’s books for ages and was really unsure whether I would think that these lived up to the following books.
I absolutely loved this first novel. The characters and varied and unpolished, which I am a fan of. There is a strong female representation, as well as a varied portrayal of both younger and older characters. I love the Grishaverse in the sense of the construction of the lands and the people, and have been pleasantly engrossed in finding out more about the world Bardugo has created.
I can’t wait to read on with this series.
Books Read: 8 | Ave. Rating: 3.75
I think I have finally hit my peak amount of reading I can do in a year, and that I am limping to the end of the year desperately hoping I hit my revised Goodreads target.
What have you been reading? Have you read any of these works?