November was a pretty terrible reading month for me and I can feel myself heading into a reading slump. I stopped with my TBR halfway through the month, as I felt like it was pulling me even further in. So hopefully I have been able to prevent it, by mood reading rather than a set TBR.
That being said I did have good reading month in terms of books and pages which is something to be happy about. I also managed to hit 100 books in a year, which is the best I have ever done.
Number of Books: 8
Number of Pages: 2649
Pages per Day: 88.3
Average Rating: 3.875
The Haunting of Peligan City by Sophie Green
My first book of the month was The Haunting of Peligan City by Sophie Green. The Haunting of Peligan City is the sequel to Potkin and Stubbs, which I read earlier this year. I thoroughly enjoyed going back to Peligan City and the story of Lil and Nedly. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted too, because there was not enough character development as it felt like the main character went backwards. I will still finish this series, so hopefully, the third and final book will be better.
The Key to Fear by Kristin Cast
The next book that I read in November was The Key to Fear by Kristin Cast. The Key to Fear was an arc that I picked up on Netgalley, and while I did enjoy reading it, I wanted more from it. There were parts of the story that I liked, but it felt that there were lots of bits of context and background missing for me to be able to truly get into it. I may pick up the sequel when it is released, but I’m not entirely sure based on the first one.
Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptise
Rise of the Jumbies is the sequel to The Jumbies which I read earlier this year. I did enjoy reading Rise of the Jumbies but not as much as the first book. I found the storyline in Rise of The Jumbies to be a bit harder to understand and to get my bearings where the children were. The characters were something that stood out to me in Julie Baptiste’s writing, as all the children had some character development from the first book, which is what I felt was lacking in The Jumbies. I will definitely pick up the next book as soon as I get my hands on it.
Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James
Tilly and the Bookwanders was exactly what I needed this month. I loved how magical the story was and how immersed in the story I became. While I wanted a little bit more plot, I was just enjoying being transported into different books from my childhood. I especially would love to visit Tilly’s grandparent’s bookshop Pages and Co as it just sounds like the best place to sit with a book. I have just ordered the next book Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales, so I can’t wait to dive back into the story.
The Damned Society: Smoke and Mirrors by L J Elliott
I was asked to read and review The Damned Society: Smoke and Mirrors by the author Lotte. I wasn’t sure what to expect heading into it, but I ended up enjoying it. It isn’t like your typical kids with powers fantasy, as all the characters are fully aware of what the consequences of their powers can be. I especially enjoyed it being a UK based fantasy which usually is hard to find. I can’t wait to carry on with the series when Lotte has finished the next book.
Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan
I’m ashamed to admit that this was the first time that I have ever read a Rick Riordan book, but I am happy that I finally got round to it. I am a massive fan of books that are inspired by any type of mythology, and I think that Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief summed everything that I love about them. I can’t wait to dive into the next book in the series and see if I love that just as much.
Wonder by R J Palacio
Wonder is a book that will have a special place in my heart, as it covers a lot of topics that have had an impact on my life. I have a facial disfigurement like the main character August, so I felt a real connection to the book and the story being told. I would highly recommend that everyone pick up this book as while it is uplifting, it does deal with some serious topics.
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
The final book that I picked up in November was Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. I hadn’t heard of this book before someone recommended it to me, and I am now hooked on the series. It had just the right balance between realistic and unrealistic science to keep me hooked. It was also made better by it being told through a series of interview transcripts featuring a really unreliable narrator. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one.
There you have it, my November wrap up. I am a little bit disappointed by how much that I managed to read, but hopefully I will do a lot better with the books that I have planned for December.