Monthly reading review – November 2017


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.



Rosemary and Rue – Book Review


Finished reading

Rosemary and Rue

(October Daye, #1)

by Seanan McGuire



This book caught my eye when it first came out over seven years ago. The title alone drew me in for some reason and the author was someone I heard good things about and wanted to try out. I did not seek it out right away and some years have passed until it caught my attention again. When I saw it on sale I grabbed it and bought it. Only when it came up on my TBR Jar Draw did I finally got to reading it. While knowing I will enjoy it I was also apprehensive about diving into another urban fantasy book series that I will have to find rooms on my shelves for. So far there are over ten books out already…



For me this book was very easy to get into from the start. Lots of things happened right from the beginning but the pure enjoyment of a good urban fantasy book series made me dive right in without much problems. At first I kept thinking how the story progressed like watching a TV series.

I had issues with grasping the measure of the main character October “Toby” Daye. She is so many things at once and her complexity amazed me at first. The character has history and many layers starting from origins and family all trough profession and infamy among other characters.

“I’ve never liked being looked at like I was a hero. I always wind up letting someone down. Sometimes I get lucky. Sometimes the only person who gets hurt is me.”
― Seanan McGuire, Rosemary and Rue

I found that most fantastical characters in the book were well represented as quirky and at the same time dangerous fairy creatures. Even though most of the characters were deadly in their own right they were kinda endearing as well.

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Author has channeled her love of cats in many ways trough the book. With cats being well represented as they are in reality; there were a few fantastic cat like creatures as well that enriched the story.

And this may come as a possible spoiler but while the main character remained blissfully unaware of one cat in particular being in love with her – the love interest for one of the many books after this one for me was more than obvious.


The story came to a bit of a dramatic ending toward the end and that is the reason I gave it four stars instead of five. I truly enjoyed this book and was pleasantly surprised by the main heroine. While I hope to get the next books soon It will probably have to wait for a bit until I finish at least one of the ongoing urban fantasy series I follow.