Monthly reading review – November 2017

november-2015

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 ★★★

quote-madame-michel-has-the-elegance-of-the-hedgehog-on-the-outside-she-is-covered-in-quills-muriel-barbery-39-19-49

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.

19728610

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!

a-good-book-stendhal-quotes-sayings-pictures

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.

131391a.jpg

 

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

6294549

Finished reading

Rosemary and Rue

(October Daye, #1)

by Seanan McGuire

★★★★

Expectation

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…

5725f78d16bdbe069430e7d12b8ad08a--books-to-read-violet

Summary

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.

15202586_10155055511129026_8115242602276247248_nMy cat Cicero after her exploration of the all nooks and crannies our attic had to offer

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.

Conclusion

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.

 

TBR Jar Draw October 2017 Part Two

happy-book3

After finishing my TBR Jar Draw for October in record time I decided to make a new draw from the jar. I am very pleased with having read my last book for the TBR Jar Draw and having an opportunity to maybe even read two books for this challenge in one month!

26053031._UY1001_SS1001_

A book for October TBR Jar Draw was a kindle freebie The Frog Prince by Elle Lothlorien.  I do believe that the digital format helped with faster reading since I’ve lately been reading a bit more digital books. I’ve made a short review and you can read my thoughts on this book HERE.

The two draws I have not read are going back in the jar:

# Belladonna (Ephemera #2) by Anne Bishop

# The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu

My three new TBR Jar draws are as follows:

3488375

1 # Wait Till Your Vampire Gets Home (Broken Heart #4) by Michele Bardsley

This book was one of the presents my boyfriend brought back for me from his business trip in Nairobi, Kenya. I’ve never read anything from this author before and haven’t even heard of this book series. The title was an inside joke of ours since he was a really pale Caucasian man in the heart of Africa. While I was looking at the book on my bookshelf I realized it is still wrapped in foil cover from the store. I consider this book as a very dear present with meaning and haven’t really put it at the top of my reading list at the moment.

6294549

2 # Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1) by Seanan McGuire

This is the second time I’ve pulled this book out from the jar. The first time I pulled it out was earlier this year in May. What makes me hesitant on reading this book is the fact that it is the first book of the series of which I own only the first book. It is an excuse I use that in case I like the book I would have to go and order the next books from the series and then I would have to wait for them to arrive and then that would be buying new books instead of reading those I already own….excuses…excuses…

half-a-king-uk-hb

3 # Half a King (Shattered Sea, #1)  by Joe Abercrombie

This is another first book of the series I have not started reading. I remember my boyfriend enjoying reading it a great deal. I own a hardcover copy of a very beautiful British edition. In fact I like the cover and binding so much I’ve decided to get the whole trilogy and make a shelfporn set I could enjoy looking at! As for why I haven’t read it until now it goes the same excuse as for the previous book. I actually expect to like the book quite a bit and funding for the purchase other two books in the trilogy in the exact beautiful hardcover edition is not something I can afford right now…

Back to school

I am kinda leaning toward the Half a King book even with all the excuses I mentioned above. I will make my choice as soon as I finish with the digital books reading streak I am currently on.

TBR Jar Draw April 2017

IMAG0404

Last month I started a little project I like to call TBR Jar Draw. I’ve listed my owned books I have not read yet and written their titles on little pieces of paper. They were all put into a little bluish jar. Each month I draw three titles from it and choose one I will be reading. Last month my three draws were:

1 # Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden Vol. 01 by Yu Watase ★★

2 # The Undead Pool (The Hollows #12) by Kim Harrison

3 # The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan

From the titles above I’ve finished the Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden manga and I’m currently reading The Undead Pool. I said to pick one but since one was a manga AND I really liked the titles I’ve draw I decided to pick two instead!

While finishing Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden Vol. 01 was bittersweet I was reminded how good it feels to read a good manga and how much I loved Fushigi Yûgi universe. What pained me is that I had only the first volume for reading and I’m still undecided about trying to collect the rest of the series or not. The Undead Pool I’m still reading each night before bedtime.

nightly-ritual-478-pillows

TBR Jar Draw April titles:

6294549

1# Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1) by Seanan McGuire

Spikeidwseries

2# Spike: The Complete Series (Angel: After the Fall) by Brian Lynch, Nicola Zanni

7441947

3# Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 1 (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1 #2-3)
by John Vornholt, Arthur Byron Cover, Alice Henderson, Joss Whedon (Creator)

the-full-cast-of-buffy-the-vampire-slayer-reunite-for-a-20th-anniversary-photo-shoot-social

This March was a 20th Anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show. I’m still an avid fan of the show and I’m actually glad I got not one but two books related to it to read in April! I’m going to finish The Undead Pool before I decide my pick for April. I’m leaning towards one of the two Buffy themed books. Depending on how long it takes me I might decide to read both!