I wanted to get this out earlier, but things got pretty crazy toward the end of November into December with finals and papers. I’m finally free for break now so I am trying to catch up on monthly posts and end of the year stuff. I haven’t done much this year, but next year I have some reading goals that I am thinking about. I’ll talk about it more in one of my posts coming up after my December TBR (also getting out late).
Oh, I’m also trying out a new graphic for my stats information for the month. I’m not sure if I like this one or if anything needs to be changed, but I think I might continue this into 2020.
November was a very good reading month, considering I was doing a lot of reading in school and had a couple of papers. It was kind of a weird semester because I had a lot of stuff to do, but no big projects at least until December. Thanksgiving was a pretty busy week, so I wasn’t able to get a ton of reading done but I did get some in. I did have to DNF two books that I just didn’t like, but other than that it was an overall good month.
- Serena by Ron Rash – I love Ron Rash and especially after getting to meet him last spring for one of my English classes, I was really curious about his other books. For my southern lit class we had to read Serena, and while I was a bit excited about it, I was also a bit weary of it. It was a good thing that I was because I really disliked Serena. I didn’t mind the other characters, though Serena got added to my top least favorite characters of all time. Overall I would recommend this book if you are interested in Rash, but Serena can be an interesting and difficult person in the story (3.5 stars).
- The whisper man by Alex North – I’m not quite sure how I heard about this one, but I saw it on my Overdrive and placed a hold on it. I’m so glad I did because it ended up on my top favorite books of the year. October/November has always been the mystery/horror months for me, and it was the perfect time to pick it up. It’s one I would highly recommend (4.5/5 stars).
- The last wish (The Witcher #0.5) by Andrzej Sapkowski – A few months ago, I started watching Booktube and heard about this series being talked into an adaptation. I’d never heard of it before which surprised me, though I am slowly moving into Adult Fantasy so I’m also kind of not surprised that I did. That probably doesn’t make sense, but anyways, this year YA Fantasy has not been the best for me and I was a little weary getting into it because I’d also heard that it was a set of fairy tales introducing the Witcher. I was pleasantly surprised by how I enjoyed it though, and ended up getting the rest of the series (4.5 stars).
- The wicked deep by Shea Ernshaw – I’ve seen this one around for a while, and I was trying to remember if I’d read it before but wasn’t really sure. I decided to pick it up and while I thought the plot was interesting it definitely felt more character driven. I also predicted the mystery right before we found out about it, so I really lost interest in it after that and decided to DNF it. If you like the paranormal genre I would recommend this one, but I am not sure if I will try to read it again. I think I had too many mystery/horror novels at the time to really invest in it (2 stars).
- Flipped by Van Draanan Wendelin – I really liked The running dream (I think that’s what it is called), and while I thought this was a great growing up story, I did find it really cheesy at times. I definitely think it’s more on the middle grade side and would highly recommend it for someone who loves reading contemporary novels. I think if I was still in high school I might have enjoyed it more, but I am glad I read it. It allowed me to take a break from the other books that I had picked up and was a short fun read (3 stars).
- Dumplin’ (#1) by Julie Murphy – I was a bit apprehensive going into this one, but I’d thought I would try it to see if I would like it. I had to DNF it about 20-25 percent into the story because I did get tired of the main character. I thought the plot was good and the mc had good intentions, but the things she did got kind of repetitive. I won’t say that you shouldn’t read it, I’m just not entirely sure if I would recommend it or not (2 stars)
- The bloodline by C.S. Feldman – I usually don’t pick up free books on Amazon prime, but apparently this was exactly what I needed to read before Thanksgiving. I love stories about houses with vengeful spirits and a background, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. There was a hint of romance between the main character and one of the other characters, but it didn’t take up the whole plot of the story, which was a refresher. I tried to find this book elsewhere, but so far I haven’t found it on other than Amazon. I would highly recommend this one though if you are looking for haunted houses.
- A gathering of old men by Ernest J. Gaines – This was the last classic that I read for my Southern lit class (we had to read three books), and it was pretty good. This one was a new one for me and I am glad that I read it. I loved learning about the culture and the times that it was set in. It was definitely an eye opener for me and I am glad to have been able to pick it up when I might not have picked it up before. Overall it’s one that I would highly recommend (4.5 stars).
- Black lagoon Vol. 1 by Rei Hiroe – I have a ton of manga that I am interested in picking up and eventually watch, but for some reason I always go for the one’s I”ve seen and read a million times (Naruto, Vampire knight). This was a new one for me and I loved it. I’m definitely planning to continue it after I pick up a couple of others and would highly recommend this one (4 stars).
So this is my November Wrap-up. It was a good reading month, though I am hoping to catch up in December. I have an ambitious TBR for December and I’m hoping to pick up some good ones too.
Hope y’all have a good start to the week.
(I’ll add in the links to Goodreads tomorrow when I post my December TBR).