Hey guys, how you doin’?
Today I bring to you my November Wrap Up. So here’s the thing, this month was half failure, half success. Now why is that? Well, the truth is the slump hit me in the head and I read only 4 books. That’s not so bad for a slow reader like me, but I had bigger plans for my reading this month. I guess that’s life. Now the success part was that all those 4 books that I read were part of my November TBR. Can you believe that super mood reader me didn’t deviate at all from a TBR? I’m honestly shook.
Anyways, here are my November reads:
The Dead Zone by Stephen King
Omg, now I can actually say that I’ve read at least one of Stephen King’s books. It was an interesting experience, I’m glad I picked this up. I chose The Dead Zone because I like the TV show, and this didn’t seem like a horror book. I’m not a fan of the genre (which is why I’ve stayed away from King‘s books for so long, even though people praise them so much). His writing is good, but he also writes a lot of filler that won’t do much for the plot. That’s okay if your writing has substance enough to keep the reader’s attention, but that still slows down the pacing anyways. I think what I liked the most is that his writing paints a vivid picture. It’s very atmospheric, and despite the slow pace, I think I can see why people like his work so much. I think I’ll read Green Mile next, because I like the movie and it’s also not horror. Maybe I’ll give Mr. Mercedes a chance in the future too.
rating: 3 stars
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
I did it! After three TBRs, I finally read and reviewed this book. This was a surprise – to be honest I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Probably because of my experience with Tahereh’s Shatter Me series. But I was right to think she would do better with a contemporary book, because character driven stories are her strength. I even cried when I finished reading it – this story really pushed my buttons, but I explained my feelings better in my full review.
rating: 4.5 stars
Sadie by Courtney Summers
I listened to the audiobook (which was full cast) like everyone recommended me to and I’m glad I did it. I think this book was well written and engaging. The whole premise is really sad and delicate, but I think it was handled well. For some reason, though, I expected this book to be even darker than it actually was. I don’t know if because of people’s warnings I imagined worse, or if it was because I was reading Stephen King at the same time and there was something in the same vein happening in his book (and it’s Stephen King so of course it was pretty dark) so I was not as moved by Sadie as I thought I’d be. Don’t get me wrong, I was engaged during the whole book, just not in a 5 star read kind of way. It was a good book, though.
rating: 4 stars
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)
This was better written than the first half of The Mortal Instruments. I was glad to see that Cassandra Clare‘s writing improved. The plot itself was okay, but the characters were better developed. Tessa, thank goodness, was a better protagonist than Clary, but Will reminded me to much of Jace (and he was so very rude). Jem is so nice, I really like him. I don’t quite understand why everyone makes such a fuss about Will Herondale, though. Maybe I’ll find out on the next book, whenever I get the chance to read it.
rating: 4 stars
review: to come
That’s all I got for you guys. Now tell me, what have you read this month? Did you find a new favorite? Let me know in the comments. 😀