November Wrap Up

Statistics:

  • Books Read: 4
  • Books Purchased/Received: 31
  • TBR @ End of November: 390
  • Pages Read: 2183

Books Added to TBR:

  1. Memorial Day by Vince Flynn
  2. Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie
  3. Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie
  4. Night Watch by Iris Johansen
  5. Asylum by Madeline Roux
  6. Stay Hidden by Paul Doiron
  7. After the Funeral by Agatha Christie
  8. A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie
  9. Mrs. McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie
  10. Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie
  11. Crooked House by Agatha Christie
  12. Third Girl by Agatha Christie
  13. The Mirror Cracked From Side to Side by Agatha Christie
  14. The Clocks by Agatha Christie
  15. Towards Zero by Agatha Christie
  16. Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy
  17. Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie
  18. Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie
  19. Act of Treason by Vince Flynn
  20. The Devil’s Punchbowl by Greg Iles
  21. Executive Power by Vince Flynn
  22. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
  23. The Vampire Companion by Katherine Ramsland
  24. Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
  25. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
  26. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
  27. The Thirst by Jo Nesbo
  28. I Am Pilgrim by Teri Hayes
  29. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
  30. Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley
  31. Sadie by Courtney Summers

Books Read & Mini Reviews:

  • It by Stephen King (1153 pages)
    • So many emotions reading this book. I was constantly reminded of previous reviews that I had seen about certain sections, considering what other people had said in relation to the context of the story. So much about this story disturbed me: animal abuse, child abuse, bullying, domestic violence, adolescent sexuality, racism. As much as I was disgusted by some things, they felt integral to the story. How would we know how rotten things were in Derry if we didn’t see how that manifested in those pre-disposed to “evil”? I didn’t see any of what was written as encouraging or promoting these things; they didn’t feel like they were the personal beliefs of the writer. The writer is not interchangeable with the characters. My favorite part of the book was the formatting. I love how italics were used to indicate switches from past to present. And I loved that a section would end mid-sentence, and the next section would begin where the previous section left off. It made everything seem so connected, while it also blurred the lines between past and present. Mind totally blown.
  • Blood Communion by Anne Rice (256 pages)
    • I have heard so many people say that Anne Rice has gone too far, that any new books in the Vampire Chronicles are not necessary. Let me just say: I do not agree. Not at all. I fell in love with her books in high school. Not just the Vampire Chronicles, but also the Mayfair Witches and Ramses, The Damned and even The Feast of All Saints. As long as she’s writing books, I will be reading them. For me, Blood Communion felt like the start of a new era in the Vampire Chronicles. It was very short, but I think that had more to do with the lack of history. This story is very much in the present, not dwelling on the past. We already know the history of the characters present. This book leads the way for new characters to be introduced. I love that the story seems endless.
  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (427 pages)
    • I was so obsessed with the BBC miniseries with Richard Armitage, and I’ve watched it many times. I found the book at an amazing book sale (fill a bag for $3), but I’ve put off reading it for a while. I was worried that I wouldn’t love the book as much. I shouldn’t have worried. I loved the book. The story is so full of misunderstandings that I was constantly talking out loud to the characters. Even though I knew how it would end, I was so worried until the final pages that it would never happen. While some people might say that the ending wrapped up too quickly, I would counter that the entire book was build up to the ending. From the first moment that they meet, I was basically dying for them to figure it out.
  • Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (347 pages)
    • I really enjoyed this book. I was a little daunted by this book when I started reading it, but it went surprisingly quick. I loved the characters of Bathsheba and Gabriel and Mr. Boldwood. All the side characters were so well drawn, that I felt like we knew them as well. The story itself was so twisty and turny, but it was a nice ride. I finished the last 200+ pages of the book the night of November 30. I was determined to finish reading it that night; I couldn’t wait to finish it. I stayed up until after 1:00AM, and I am so glad that I did. It was wonderful.

Goals for December:

  1. Re-read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
  2. Complete 6 new books.
  3. Post at least twice a week.
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