November and December’s wrap-ups will be short and sweet, as I haven’t been supremely involved in the community lately, and what’s worse, I haven’t been reading as much as I wish I could. This month, I’m just going to do a quick review on the books themselves and a smidge of life. 🙂 Thanks for always being so cool about the flightiness of my wrap ups! <3
Also, just a reminder from Friday that I’m Bahama-bound so I want to talk about this month’s books! But I can’t reply to comments under next week. </3
Preorders rolling in this month! I’m really excited and nervous about The Guinevere Deception because I’ve had hit-or-miss experiences with Kiersten White… and I love Arthurian legend. I have high expectations for this retelling and I’m looking forward to it… and I’m also nervous!
The only books here that aren’t preorders are I Am Malala and Day After Night– both of these I picked up from the book sale at work. Which I basically have to buy books from because, um, it’s the closest thing I get to a Scholastic Book Fair as a grown up. I pulled Milk and Honey and Eleanor & Park from this same book sale day last year – unfortunately no YA for sale this year, but I have hugh hopes for both of these! I Am Malala has been on my TBR for a while. 🙂
Then, of course, at long last… The Starless Sea is here!
You guys know how determined I am about sticking to my TBR Jar. Well, The Starless Sea is one of the few books that take a pass on that because I am SO INCREDIBLY EXCITED.
I made myself wait until I went on vacation to read it.
Which is where I am now. If you’re reading this on publication day.
So The Starless Sea is on the boat with me and it’s my vacation relaxation book and I’m really excited to talk about it when I get back, assuming I’ve had as much downtime to read as I’m hoping. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Actually, a lot of decent reads this month! The last couple months have been pretty “meh” as far as reading and I’d been struggling with a slump. November’s been a lot better, with a lot of different types of books rolling in. Saints and Misfits, I think, is what broke the slump for me and I absolutely loved it.
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter / ★★★★★ – So obviously I’ve already spoken about this one a couple times – once in my review and once in my buddy read questionnaire, so you know I’ve spent a bit of time thinking about it. This was a great discussion of a lot of different issues and a protagonist who stood out to me, so id you’re on the fence about this one, I recommend it!
The Madwoman Upstairs / ★★★★ – So. I mean, this one was a tacky romance as all get out, but it was also really good. I think my happiness theme for November was imperfect protagonists. There’s a lot about the Bronte sisters woven in as well, enough to pique my interest in revisiting their works. Really fun and fascinating, as a while.
The Red Tent / ★★★★ – Even though I’ve dropped the rating down from five to four stars, I cannot deny that The Red Tent is still one of my all-time favorite books. I love the opening section where Dinah talks about her mothers and is a child herself – it only loses a star from me because I personally am a bit bored in the second half. But the first half? I love it so much.
Woo, so, as mentioned above, I am on vacation.
And I am so, so grateful. I started pining for this cruise back in July and the days have been crawling ever since. It’s really well-situated for me this year as Mattie and I are moving into our new home (hey, we bought a house!) right before Christmas and have spent a lot of November getting stuff ready. Not to mention all the busyness of work, which is pretty standard this time of year. When we booked this trip in January, I don’t think we realized exactly how much we would need to get away for our own mental health by the end of November, and I am super grateful.
December will be packing and moving and I am sure plenty of audiobooks as I’m going to be pretty busy – perhaps too busy for reading, but never too busy for listening! The one thing I bemoan of our new home is that the library is doubling as a dining room because it’s the only room that would situated both items well. Fortunately, we keep formal dinner parties to a minimum. But I will miss the library/office I was so proud of when we moved to our current apartment.
What’s been going on in your November? I would love to hear about everyone’s adventures, or (for Americans) how you spent your Thanksgiving! Tell me all in the comments. 😉