I hope y’all are having a good Monday morning. Our cold snap finally got here on Friday and I am loving the cold weather. I had a very busy week last week, but this week looks like it might be a bit quieter. I have a lot of personal stuff that I have to deal with over the next couple of weeks, but we are also in the last four and a half weeks of school before finals which is a little bit scary to think about. November is one of those months where it could be extremely busy, or not much could be going on either. This semester has been oddly weird as normally I would be very busy but I really only have a lot of reading for my classes. I do have two projects coming up that I have to work on that are due toward the end of the month.
October was one of the weirdest months of reading that I have had in a long time. I wasn’t quite in a reading slump as I enjoyed the books that I was reading and have started, but I just seemed to not have much motivation to finish them as fast as I normally do. I don’t really have a TBR this month except to catch up on the books that I am currently reading. I might add a couple more depending on how busy things are, but we shall see. I also have a couple of reviews up from books that i had read in October that should be coming up over the next couple of days or so.
Number of books read in October: 3
Number of pages read: 956
Number of books read yearly: 79
Unearthed (#1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner – This one definitely surprised me. It reminded me a little bit of The Tomb Raider or Indiana Jones. I’m not sure if I like the romance of the characters (if there is one) yet but we’ll have to see in the second novel though I have heard mixed reviews about Undying. I am interested to see where it goes though and would definitely recommend this one (4 stars).
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson – I wasn’t going to pick this one up but then I realized that it would finish up a few sections of some challenges that I am trying to finish. I could definitely see the appeal to it, though it did feel like there was something missing that I can’t place my finger on. There were times where it was a bit cheesy, but overall I really liked the banter between the characters. Nimona was definitely an interesting character, and there was more to her than we initially think toward the end of the novel. I would recommend this one if you are looking for a light fantasy graphic novel (3.5 stars).
Underlying by Janelle Harris – I picked this one up from Amazon first reads and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It did drag a little bit at the beginning of the story, but the author does a good job of not telling us what is really going on until about 3/4 of the novel. This was released on November 1 so I will have a more detailed review up later this week.
Normally I add these in the order that I added them to my currently reading shelf on Goodreads, but this time I decided to switch it up and start with the ones that I was close to finishing or need to read.
Serena by Ron Rash – This was one of the novels that I started for my southern lit class and will probably finish it later tonight hopefully. I love the story, but Serena is definitely one of my most hated characters. I’ve never really had a least favorite character list started that I can remember, but Serena is going on the top of the list. I’ve been reading it in short amounts of time only because I end up wanting to throw the book across the room half the time. I would still recommend it though.
The last wish (#0.5) by Andrzej Sapkowski – I heard about this one on booktube about a month or so ago and couldn’t believe that I’d never heard of it. It sort of reminds me of Final fantasy which I love so I went ahead and bought this one. I also ordered the boxed set of the first three novels and hope to start them in January. I also chose this one for my project in one of my classes. I’m only a few chapters into the first story and I am planning to really get into it over the next couple of weeks since I have a lot to do for it. I’m also excited to see how the Netflix show goes as well.
The whisper man by Alex North – I picked this one up after hearing really good reviews about it, and I am really enjoying it. It definitely has a scary feel to it and it is already tense as well. I’m only about 34% into the story though I am not sure if I will be able to finish it before I have to return it again, but hopefully I will be able to.
The wicked deep by Shea Ernshaw – This was another book that I picked up on a whim because of booktube. I also discovered that Simon & Schuster Riveted had the full copy up so I just decided to read it. I unfortunately haven’t gotten very far into it, but it is all right so far. Hopefully it will pick up once I get further into the story.
The creeping by Alexandra Sirowy – Another novel I got through Riveted that sounded intriguing. There were too many novels to choose from so I just decided to focus on these. lol. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it yet, but I shall continue through it.
The bloodline by C.S. Feldman – Another book that I wanted to pick up for October but haven’t really gotten to yet. What I have read is very interesting though, and it feels like one that I would enjoy. I think I got this one through Amazon Prime.
Black Lagoon Vol. 1 by Rei Hiroe – I unfortunately haven’t been able to find this one yet and debated about finding another manga, but I am determined to read this one as it sounds like one I would really enjoy.
A gathering of old men by Ernest J. Gaines – I completely forgot that I was starting this one about halfway through the month and forgot to add it to the list. This is the last novel that I have to read for Southern lit. I have the link up to the Goodreads description in case anyone is interested in it.
So this is what I have for November. I have plans for the end of the year as well though it might be December before I am able to do anything. Im also still thinking about starting a YouTube channel though I may start it during Thanksgiving break. November can be a busy month for me but I am hoping to get in some reading as well.
Hope you guys have a great week,