I can’t believe that it is already December, November went by in such a blur. I had a decent reading month that was highlighted by the formation of the greatest SQUAD to ever be formed & updating my blog’s graphics! Please excuse the mess while I update old posts to match my new aesthetic, and while it is meant to be my winter theme… I don’t think I will be changing it again.
November was a month full of buddy reads and video games for me, but also a lot of sadness. My thoughts go out to everyone that was affected by the California wildfires. I am so thankful that both of the fires are fully contained and I hope that recovery for the region and those affected will be quick. Through the tragedy it has been truly inspiring to see the region come together and help one another. I was able to donate some needed supplies to the Camp Fire victims last weekend, and if you would like to help KQED has a list of charities that are accepting donations.
So in November I managed to read ten books, which surprises me since I had a ten day reading slump! I read a few ARCs last month, but most of my reading was mood reading from my physical TBR (which is nice because, uh, my Black Friday haul). As always, you can click on the title links to be taken to the Goodreads page, and if my review has been published here on the blog I will also provide a link to it. ARCs/copies from author or publisher are noted above by an asterisk *
- This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada: This was by far my favorite read of the month, an experience that was heightened by the SQUAD coming together for this buddy read! It’s been a long time since a book has set my soul ablaze, leaving me anxious to devour its pages but wanting to savor every word. I loved this book with every ounce of my being: this is the epitome of why I love the science fiction genre all wrapped up into one. Fantastically written with masterful exposition and worldbuilding; the characters are complex, scarred, and so perfectly human.
📖 Read my full review of This Mortal Coil here.
- * The Sorrows by Jonathan Janz: Another winning read from one of my favorite horror authors! I enjoy that Janz juxtaposes supernatural horror elements with the horror and depravity of the human condition. I also appreciated the many allusions, implicit and called out, to the work of Edgar Allan Poe.
📖 Read my full review of The Sorrows here.
- These Precious Scars (Mortal Coil # 0.5) by Emily Suvada: This was an enjoyable, fast-paced, and brief read into what I think is approximately seven years prior to This Mortal Coil. This novella doesn’t really add anything to the story and isn’t required to jump into This Cruel Design, but it does provide a glimpse into the experiments.
- Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda: I was completely sucked in on the first page and captivated until the very end. There are so many different layers of complexity here and Alameda crafted a really good book. The writing style flows well and this is an excellent combination of the horror and sci-fi genres. The technology included is really interesting but doesn’t overtake the narrative either. If you like infection/mutation science fiction stories, I definitely recommend this book to you!
📖 Read my full review of Pitch Dark here.
- * The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi: I am a sucker for historical fantasy, and this book delivers an action-packed story with a diverse cast of characters that I treasured with every ounce of my being. A secret society that pulls the strings of society (Illuminati?!)? Hunting for artifacts? Magic and technological invention when the world was on the cusp of Industrialism? Heck. Yes. If you are in the mood for an adventure with a precious found family, this book might be for you!
📖 ARC Review to come!
- Asylum by Madeleine Roux: This was a fast paced, enjoyable read. Unfortunately I found the plot predictable, unbelievable, and I saw the bad guy coming from a mile away (aka the first chapter?).
📖 Read my bullet-point review of Asylum here.
- The Cry of the Peacock by V.R. Cristensen: This was a re-read for me to get rid of my reading slump. This is a historical romance story where the girl winds up having a choice, something that I appreciate.
- * Night Shift by Robin Triggs: This is a plot-driven whodunit mystery with some underdeveloped science fiction elements (which is a shame because I was REALLY interested in the world). I enjoyed this story, which is a spin on the And Then There Were None motif of a group of strangers are isolated from the outside and are picked off one by one. 13 people are working in Antarctica for what is known as the night shift: a six month period where the sun doesn’t rise and inclement weather isolates them completely from outside help.
📖 Read my full review of Night Shift here.
- Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard: I finally did it, I have succumbed to reading the series! It is honestly so weird to read the book for a TV series you were very invested in and picked apart for clues (before you realized that the writers had no clue and it was wasted effort). This is a light read but enjoyable, and you can tell that the story and mystery have been plotted well. This is a young adult book that handles some sensitive topics and also captures the feelings of being in the awkward teenage years.
- Confessions of a Queen B* by Crista McHugh: This was… an experience. For some reason I nabbed the eBook for free when my friend Soph posted it into the Discord server. I was struggling with my current read and picked this up. It’s a light and fast-paced read, but not really enjoyable for me. I didn’t like the main character, who was just as vapid and self-centered as TifAni in Luckiest Girl Alive, but she does experience some character growth that was nice to read. This just wasn’t the book for me.
DNF – Did Not Finish
Total Books Read in November:
Total Books Read in 2018: 124
Goodreads Reading Goal:
50 100 125
Awesome Community Posts
- Shruti’s post The Crimes of J.K. Rowling: Why won’t she leave the Potterverse alone? is a really well written example of how we can love the art but not the creator.
- Kat @ Novels and Waffles’ post Why I Still Read YA in My Mid-20s: A Call To Action Regarding New Adult Books offers a fantastic perspective on why adults still read YA that really resonated with me.
- Claire wrote a beautiful post about why representation matters that everyone should read. What it Means to Be Seen: Why Crazy Rich Asians, Searching, TATBILB Matter
- Siobhan shared a list of Books with Nonbinary, Genderfluid, and Trans Characters that you should check out!
- If you are looking to have a good cry, Heather @ Sassy Book Geek has a post for you! Book Recs | Tear Jerkers
- Gayathri @ Elgee Writes has a useful post on How to hide Pinterest images from your post in her blobbing solutions series.
I had a wonderful time during Sci-Fi Month! I didn’t read as much sci-fi as originally planned, but I really enjoyed what I read.
Thank you everyone so much for visiting, liking, commenting, and sharing your bookish thoughts with me! I hope that you had a fantastic November, and I wish you happy reading this December!