Reading Round-up - November

It's Christmas next month.  CHRISTMAS.  This year has flown by so incredibly fast!  November was a pretty good reading month for me.  I started off thinking that I might actually hit 100 books this year, but then I slowed down and read some chunkier books, so we'll see where I end up at the end of the year.  I'm not too concerned either way.

1. Little Fires Everywhere
This book was INCREDIBLE.  I saw rave reviews popping up all over, and the hype is so so SO deserved for this book.  It centres around two families in a suburban town, and I was riveted from page one.  I already can't wait to re-read it; hopefully, with the Badass Book Bitches (my new reading crew on Instagram).

2. Felicity by Mary Oliver
Every since I read Love Her Wild during the summer, I've been searching for another poetry book to blow me away.  This one was very good!

3. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
After I finished Little Fires Everywhere, I could feel a reading slump coming on because I couldn't decide what I was in the mood to read.  I tried picking up The Name of the Wind and the second Mistborn book, but couldn't get into any of them.  Then I thought I felt like a contemporary, but couldn't settle on one.   So Marko picked a book off the shelf for me, and he chose this one.  I read The Shadow of the Wind on my honeymoon and LOVED it, but hadn't picked up either of his other two books.  I'm so glad it read this one, as it evoked a lot of the magic that the first book did.  I'll definitely be picking up the third book in the not-too-distant future.

4. For One More Day by Mitch Albom
The Five People You Meet in Heaven is one of my all-time favourite books and, although I've enjoyed each of his other books, I still haven't quite hit that WOW factor that I found in Five People.

5. Shadowlands by Kate Brian
So I randomly realized the other day that I picked up a cheap ebook of this book AND my OTSP Secret Sister bought me a copy, so reading this book knocked a book off both TBR piles.  And HOLY SMOKES this book was unputdownable.  It was amazing content-wise, but once I started I raced through to the end.  And then put the next two on hold at the library.

6. The Power by Naomi Alderman
I have a new reading group on Instagram called the Badass Book Bitches.  An amazing group of inspiring ladies, and we're dedicated to feminist reads.  As I've likely mentioned on here before, I have a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Women's Studies, so I've read a lot of feminist texts or read texts through a feminist perspective, but university was a long, long time ago, and it's been refreshing to discuss with these ladies and really delve deep into a text.  The Power was good, but not amazing, but our conversations were truly the highlight of the reading experience.

7. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
My book club picked this one, and I listened to it on audio.  The beginning was really dull and I contemplated DNFing the book, but it got better as it went on.  Although reading from the perspective of the mother was interesting, I think Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult did a better job of tackling the concept of school shootings and, possibly, no other book on the topic will ever compare?

8. It Happens All the Time by Amy Havatny
I picked this one up on a whim because I was buddy reading The Power and took my ereader to work, but needed another book to read after I'd finished the week's allotted reading.  I flew through the book, absolutely enthralled by the story and the dual narration.

9. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
OMIGOSH THIS BOOK.  It's been hyped all over, but totally lives up to the hype.  It's the book that I wish I could have read as a teen, because it's full of feminism and grrrrrrl power and all the things I wish I'd been exposed to at a younger age.  BUT, with that being said, I'm just happy that teens today can be exposed to this book and its awesomeness.

10. Shopgirl by Steve Martin
At the time of typing this, I'm not 100% sure I'll finish this by month end, but considering the fact that it's only 130 pages, I think it's possible.  I picked this up on a whim at a used bookstore, when I asked the bookseller for a recommendation.  At first I thought, Steve Martin, like the funny guy, and thought it couldn't possibly be that good; however, Steve Martin can WRITE.  It's very well written and I'm totally caught up in the plot line already.

11. Flora & Ulysses by Kate diCamillo
I was looking for an audiobook and wasn't quite sure what I wanted to spend my Audible credits on, so I hopped onto Overdrive instead and saw this.  Kate's other books, The Tale of Despereaux and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, are high up on the list of my all-time favourites, so I always have high expectations for her books.  This one is good, and the narrator is delightful, but I realized halfway through that the book is illustrated, and I think I might be missing out on the full magic of the story because the illustrations aren't a part of the audio experience.  SO, while I will finish this one (I only have 45 minutes left in the audio), I know that I'll revisit it in print format.



  1. Sooooo, I should read Shadowlands then? It's been on my list for the longest time but I haven't thought to pick it up in ages.

    I loved We Need to Talk About Kevin, but I haven't read Nineteen Minutes yet. I think I'll pick it up soon so I can compare the two. I'll let you know how that goes XD

    1. Ooooh, if you read Shadowlands, let me know! And, to pass on the wise words of a friend of mine, make sure you have the sequel close by when you finish it!

      Nineteen Minutes is SO GOOD. You will need all of the Kleenex though, just so you know. It's so much more emotional than We Need To Talk About Kevin. But since you read WNTTAK first, it'll be interesting to hear if you like it better! Can't wait to hear your thoughts XO


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