Eek! It’s almost December, and you all know what that means… Christmas time! Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year. I have found that I love Christmas more as a parent than I did as a child. There is just something about watching your own children experience the magic of Christmas 🙂
November was a good month for me both in reading and blogging. I am very pleased with my productivity, especially after my sporadic blogging month in October. I managed to read 10 books in November! My goal in November was to have a “NetGalley November” and only read NetGalley approvals. I read 4 out of the 6 NetGalley books on my November TBR, which isn’t great but not bad either. The remaining 6 books I read this month were all audiobooks I listened to while working on my NetGalley TBR.
Best of all, I posted a few of my favorite posts I’ve ever done in my short blogging career. Hopefully I have not just jinxed my December…
What I read in November:
Summary of feelings: While I loved the concept for this one, I struggled with this book. This is my second Ray Bradbury book, and he has a very distinct writing style that I find is hard to follow at times. I think this would make for a great film adaptation however…
» Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Summary of feelings: I thought this book was unique and clever. I really enjoyed the photographs included, which really helped to set the tone. I wasn’t a big fan of the romance in this book, if you’ve read it you may guess why. I’m curious about the movie adaptation now.
» James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra by Colm McElwain
Summary of feelings: Cute middle grade read. Similar themes and elements as Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia series.
You can read my review here → Kids’ Corner: Book Review of James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra by Colm McElwain
» The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. OBrien
Summary of feelings: This was an enjoyable YA science fiction. I was fascinated with the concept of “dream mining,” but would have liked to see more science fiction elements, particularly in the technology department. The book was supposedly set in the future (2050’s maybe?) but it felt like it was set in the present day…
» The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Summary of feelings: I think this is one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read. Going through some of the bad reviews for this one, I think some people are missing the purpose of this book. You should go into this book paying attention to what Whitehead is trying to convey with this book: the brutality and oppression of slavery… I literally read a bad review that said they didn’t like this book because it was too tragic… Seriously?! Of course it’s tragic! Obviously the truth is too hard for some people to hear.
» Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Summary of feelings: Don’t get me wrong, I really did enjoy this book. Actually I would give the second half of this book 5 stars! What a beautiful book about self discovery. HOWEVER I struggle with the pacing in the first half of this book.
» The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Summary of feelings: I LOVED the concept for this one. Time traveling through maps? Yes, please! Unfortunately, I had to dock it a star for the love triangle…Ugh! I would also like to add that this book has my new book boyfriend, Kash 🙂
» The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Summary of feelings: This is my 4th Neil Gaiman book and like all the rest, I loved it. I think this one is tied with Stardust as my favorite NG book thus far.
» The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Summary of feelings: This was a quick and fun little read. I really enjoyed the storyline, which was a historical fiction with mystery elements. I am not sure if you could consider this steam punk or not? I guess I am not exactly clear on what classifies a book as steam punk, but this book includes lots of machinery. After doing some research, I didn’t realize the print version of this book has gorgeous illustrations… I actually listened to this via audiobook, so I am wondering if I would have enjoyed this more had I read it in print form. I must admit, I am now curious about it.
» The Girls by Emma Cline
Ok, so technically I haven’t finished this YET, but I only have 10% to go and will be finishing this tonight. I have very conflicted feelings about this one. On one hand, it is fascinating, and on the other hand, it is horrifying.
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Favorite Posts of November:
November Book Haul:
In anticipation of Christmas, I restrained myself from buying books this month. My husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas, and I sent him my Amazon book wish list which included over $200 of books… Go big or go home right? I did bring in 3 books this month. One I won from a giveaway, one is from Blogging for Books, and the last one I purchased… but I have good reasons.
I won The Summer She Was Under Water by Jen Michalski in a giveaway hosted by my friend Melanie @Grab the Lapels. It was even signed by the author and included a hand written card from the author. Thanks again Melanie!
I couldn’t help myself. I purchased this copy of A Treasury of Classic Stories while I was in my local Cracker Barrel.
I mean, do you see this beautiful illustrations? I really didn’t have any other choice but to purchase it. Plus it was on sale, so that was that. While purchasing this, I thought of my friend Millie @Milliebot Reads who has a lovely collection of beautiful children’s books. I hope she gives me her stamp of approval for this buy 🙂