Monthly reading review – November 2017
This November I have read:
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery ★★★
Rosemary and Rue (October Daye, #1) by Seanan McGuire ★★★★
The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1) by Rick Riordan ★★★★
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf ★★★
Saga, Vol. 4 (Saga, #4) by Brian K. Vaughan ★★★★
Saga, Vol. 5 (Saga, #5) by Brian K. Vaughan ★★★★
Saga, Vol. 6 (Saga, #6) by Brian K. Vaughan ★★★★★
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg ★★★
1. How many books you’ve read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?
This November I’ve read eight books. This is a slight rise from last month and I am pleased with the amount. I just happen to have many books I want to read nearby and ready!
2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in November? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?
The best character this November is undoubtedly Ghüs. He is one of the characters from graphic novel series Saga. While not one of the main characters he is one of the characters that steals the show in most scenes he appears. He is a lovable bipedal seal-man who herds cattle resembling walruses on the planet Quietus. I’ve loved him in all the scenes he appears in but this last volume 6. he made me laugh out loud.
3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?
Mrs Dalloway has been a rather depressing influence this month and I had trouble shaking it off. The Elegance of the Hedgehog has been mostly pensive but the character of Paloma just rubbed me the wrong way and I felt irritated reading parts of the book from here perspective. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe I managed to enjoy from time to time and every time I did one thing or the other in the book made me angry.
4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?
The general plan was to read more and enjoy what I’m reading more. I read all the books for both book club reading groups and I’ve even read one ahead of time. Everything I read in between was quite enjoyable.
5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?
I was planning to read the last book from the Magnus Chase series but when I started with the introduction I realized there were some things from the Apollo series I did not start reading yet. So I went and started a new series with the The Hidden Oracle. I treat most of the Rick Riordan’s book series as a one big book serial. They mostly intertwine with characters and stories that build on the universe the author created. I have now another from the Apollo series and the Magnus Chase book three on the ready and hope to start them soon. Aside from that I did catch up on with the Saga graphic novel series and will be waiting on the next three volume omnibus that comes out next year in translation. Also I read the first book in the UF October Daye book series. While I liked it quite a bit it will have to wait for the opportunity to get the other books from the series.
Soo yea! With the exception of book club reading I was all into catching up and getting back into some good book series!
6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?
Getting back into reading the things I love has made me a happier person. I recommend enjoying more books and getting back to the characters we love since there are so many great book series out there. Rick Riordan and his characters will always have a place on my book shelf and I’m happy to recommend them to anyone! Saga is a wonderfully designed story in the form of a graphic novel. Some might find it a bit crude and it is intended for a bit more mature audiences. It tells some great stories and introduces some great characters for those willing to see them.
Final thoughts on November reading
I have posted three book reviews in November:
Rosemary and Rue (October Daye, #1) by Seanan McGuire ★★★★ – REVIEW
The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1) by Rick Riordan ★★★★ – REVIEW
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf ★★★ – REVIEW
I have been more productive in November than in the previous months. I hope I will continue with this pace. I have few happier books planned in December. The numbers are not going up for the books read but I am happy with the books I’ve read. Again I am reminded to enjoy books I own and have placed on my TBR long ago.