Monthly reading review – November 2020
This November I have read:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon ★★★★
Wayward Son (Simon Snow #2) by Rainbow Rowell ★★★★★
The Borders of Infinity (Vorkosigan Saga #5.3) by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★★★
The Scent of Shadows (Signs of the Zodiac #1) by Vicki Pettersson ★★★★
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux ★★
The Reclusive Earl (Marriage by Fate #1) by Ruth Ann Nordin ★★★
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories (The Folk of the Air #3.5) by Holly Black ★★★★★
When Beauty Tamed the Beast (Fairy Tales #2) by Eloisa James ★★★★★
Beauty (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #20.5) by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★★★
Ardeur: 14 Writers on the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★★★
1. How many books have you read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?
In November I have read 10 books. I read all five books for my Bookopoly TBR Game in first two and a half weeks and slacked for almost a week. I could have made more progress with some of the books I wanted to read by the end of the year so I’m in for a joy ride in December!
2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in November? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?
This November was full of great books for me. Some were a surprise and some exceeded my expectations! I was anxious about Wayward Son but was soon nicely surprised by very relatable characters and got very emotionally involved with the story as well. The Borders of Infinity provided me with more happy reading moments than expected and gifted me with newfound appreciation for the author and her writing style.
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories was a my happy surprise for November! I knw I would love it and I preordered the beautiful Waterstone edition and it was a first time I ordered anything from Waterstones ever! My preorder came almost a week early and I devoured it in two days even though I was trying to pace myself a bit slower and read some parts more than once!
Also my Kindle reads this month made the top marks for me as well. I am surprised at how much my reading experience in November was good.
3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?
The Phantom of the Opera started out promising but I had trouble getting into the setting of the story. The architecture and the theater were just so surreal to me. I could not stop pitting the writing style with the more modern books and it did not end well for The Phantom of the Opera.
4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?
I already mentioned that I went trough my monthly readathon challenge a lot faster than I anticipated and blown the rest of the month away not reading anything from my huge pile of books I choose for my personal reading challenge by the end of the year. I can’t stop thinking I could have done better but I guess now that I look at it I had way to much fun in my other reading to complain!
5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories was like a cake topping after reading the rest of the series and I loved it. Wayward Son got me really excited in waiting on the next book to come out. The Borders of Infinity reminded me that I still have so many book from the Miles Vorkosigan saga I still need to read! I started one new book series with The Scent of Shadows and I plan to continue it next year. Reading Beauty (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #20.5) helped me with going back on track and wanting to continue my reread of the whole series even though this particular novella is a bit out of order since I need to continue with another book of the series!
6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?
I have so many great books on my bookshelves and my goal of reading more books I own is something I am constantly working on. This is a personal goal and it helped me a lot with reading more books I enjoy and feel better about reading the books from my own bookshelves. My recommendation is to set more personal reading goals and reflect on books you enjoy more often!
Final thoughts on November 2020 reading
I was spazzing out and not making many posts this November and I get that way when I get lost in the books I read. I will have to work on this more actively! Wish me luck!