November Wrap-Up! (In which I tackle my review pile)

Hi everyone! Sorry this wrap-up is a couple of days late; I’ve not been feeling well over the last week and it was a struggle to bring myself to blog or Instagram. Anyway, let’s look at what I read in November!


Review Books/Books I Was Sent

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

I pretty much hated this. I feel like it has scarred my brain. Heavy-handed writing aside, it was disgustingly misogynistic and had some of the grossest imagery I’ve ever come across.

 

The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby

I really connected with this one and thought the author gave a sensitive portrayal of teenage grief that didn’t come across as frustratingly angsty. I read this one in a single day and really enjoyed it.

 

The Promise by Katerina Diamond

This was a fun thriller that hooked me from the first chapter. It was a little open-ended for my liking but I did enjoy how all the seemingly-disparate plot threads were connected.

 

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

The third book in the DC Icons series, I didn’t love this as much as Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman but I liked it more than Marie Lu’s Batman. I’ll be reviewing this one in full very soon but, overall, my opinion is positive! I was pleasantly surprised.

 

The Lingering by S. J. I. Holiday

I read this one for a blog tour and it was majorly creepy! The author did a great job creating a Gothic setting and the tension was palpable from start to finish. A great spooky story.

 

Love is Blind by William Boyd

Another one that I’ll be reviewing soon but, sadly, I feel quite ‘meh’ about this one. I didn’t hate it, I just feel a bit apathetic towards it. It didn’t do anything for me and I feel like it will be easily forgotten.

 

Books from my TBR

Toil and Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft 

This was a great anthology of witchy stories. As with all collections, there were some hits and some misses; thankfully, I enjoyed a good percentage of the stories.

 

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

I seem to be in the minority with this one but I didn’t love it. I found it very confusing and it just didn’t hook me like I wanted it to. I think listening to the audiobook was the problem.

 

The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton

This adult fantasy was incredible and everything I never knew I needed. The writing was absolutely gorgeous and the use of flashbacks was masterful. There were just so many levels to this and I recommend it with my whole heart.

 

Rereads

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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Of course, I had to reread this one; it is the quintessential November book! I loved it just as much the second time around.

 

Non-fiction

hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy: A Practical Guide by Hellmut W. A. Karle & Jennifer H. Boys

Like a good student, I read a book related to my diploma course. I found this introduction to hypnotherapy to be very informative and, on the whole, clear and concise.

 

Stats

Total pages: 4324

Average pages per day: 144

Longest book: The Queens of Innis Lear (568 pages)

Shortest book: The Lingering

Favourite read of the month: The Queens of Innis Lear

Biggest disappointment of the month: Damsel

Male authors: 3

Female authors: 9

Books read towards Pop Sugar Reading Challenge: 1

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How many books did you read in November? What was your favourite? x

15 thoughts on “November Wrap-Up! (In which I tackle my review pile)

  1. Wonderful wrap up! The Other Side of Lost sounds really interesting and I’m so excited to read Toil & Trouble! I’m a little disappointed in myself for not getting to The Scorpio Races in November like I’d planned, but I still look forward to reading it. I think I’ll have to reread The Queens of Innis Lear eventually. I had mixed feelings about it, but it’s one that’s stuck with me. So many interesting characters!

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  2. I’m glad to hear your opinion of Seven Deaths. I’ll definitely stay away from the audio of that one, just in case it was the part that got in the way of your enjoyment.

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  3. Oh no I’m so sorry you haven’t been feeling well, I hope you’re feeling better now, I’m sending you tons of love ❤️
    It seems like you had a good reading month though,so many interesting books! I’m especially curious and impatient to read The Other Side of Lost, it sounds realy good 😀
    I hope you’re having a wonderful December! xx

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