I must start off by saying that this is a very pathetic wrap-up, at least for me anyway. I’m not sure if it’s because of the books I read, it being holiday season, or my lack of desire to read lately, but I finished a whopping
two three (I finished Three Dark Crowns before I finished this blog post, but most of the information below still applies) books this month. *cringes*
This is rather unusual for me because I’m used to reading about four or five books a month. However, it got me thinking about what is going to happen when I go back to school in January and how I’ll have even less time to read for pleasure. I haven’t figured out what I want to do 100% yet, but I might have to cut back to only one or two books a month—if that.
As most of you know, I’m a Creative Writing major, which means I spend most of my time reading and writing material for my classes. Sometimes that can take up all my time, and I was never good at making time for both. What I mean is, when I’d set time for reading for pleasure, I’d stress about all the school reading I needed to do and couldn’t even enjoy the book I was reading for fun.
I’ll still always be writing my wrap-up and TBR posts at the beginning and end of each month, but the reviews might be a little sparse (i.e. only one or two a month). I wanted to let you all know now, however, because I didn’t want any of you to think I’ve disappeared or got hit with a bit of laziness (because sometimes that happens when I start binge watching a show like The Vampire Diaries). BUT be sure to follow me on my other social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads) because I will be updating those as much as possible.
So without further adieu, here are the three novels I finished this month!
Books Read in November:
- Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – A very interesting take on the classic Jack the Ripper murders. I’ve always liked to see how other people create possible scenarios to this unsolved mystery. I read The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson a few years ago, which is another Jack the Ripper story, but I think I like Maniscalco’s take on it much better because it seems more realistic to me. I ended up giving this four out of 5 stars—you can check out my full review here!
- The Continent by Keira Drake – I definitely FLEW through this novel. Lately, it’s been rare for a book to hold my attention to the point where I can’t do anything else except read the book, but this book captivated me from the first chapter. I personally really liked it and thought Drake did a wonderful job at creating realistic and likable characters without making them “too much” of one trait. This novel has received a lot of criticism regarding the portrayal of the Continent tribes, so I believe it’s publication date was pushed back. However, you can read my full review regarding the novel and the criticism here. I gave it five stars.
- Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake – This novel is definitely the most fresh in my mind, as I just finished it before finishing this blog post. I plan to do a full review of this novel, but I enjoyed the book overall. It had a slow start, and I still absolutely hate the point of view choice (will definitely be a major point of discussion in my post), but the conflict was interesting enough and once the author turned the focus of the novel on that conflict, it got better. This novel’s biggest flaw was pace, but I really enjoyed the character development of the three sisters. I gave this book a four out of five stars.
Links to Purchase
Stalking Jack the Ripper
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9780316273497/?a_aid=135811
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9781848456839/?a_aid=135811
Three Dark Crowns
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9780062564122/?a_aid=135811
December Reading List:
A bit of an odd selection for this month. I wanted to read a Christmas book because they’re always so light and happy, and it’s a nice break since most of what I read is dark and rather complex in terms of its characters and plot. Hence, why I chose the book on the left. I knew I wouldn’t have that much time to dedicate to reading this month with it being the Holiday season, which means I 1) want to spend as much time with my family as possible and 2) my hours at work will increase due to the time of year. I’ve given myself a goal of two books to read for the month of December. But one is a collection of twelve short stories, so technically I’m reading thirteen different stories for this month, right? 😉 Or is that cheating?
- My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins – I’ve had this book for a few years, but have failed to read the entire thing. I needed something lighter for this month, and I didn’t think I could read more than one or two novels—so I thought a collection of short stories would be perfect… gives me the sense that I’m actually finishing multiple stories (even if it’s just one novel).
- The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson – I haven’t heard much about this novel, but I’ve been gearing towards fantasy novels lately, so I thought this would be a great choice.
Links to Purchase: