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It’s CHRISTMAS! Well, it’s not, but it is December, and that’s the same thing to me! I can’t believe November is over already. This year has absolutely flown by, which is really weird considering everything that happened. November wasn’t my best reading month, but I still got a fair few books read, which I’m happy about. Let’s take a look at how I did!
November Wrap Up
Books on the November TBR: 7
Books Read in November: 6
Books Read from the TBR: 6
Books Read Not From the TBR: 0
Left on the TBR: 1
- Weather – Jenny Offill. 4 stars.
I have to admit I have a soft spot for autofiction, and for fragmented narratives, so this one hit the spot in that regard! It explores the current political climate in a very clever way, without being too in-your-face. The characters let it down a little bit for me, however, so it wasn’t a five star read!
You can find my review here.
- (AD, gifted) The Education of Delhomme – Nancy Burkhalter. 3 stars.
The publishers contacted me to make me aware of this book, and I then received a free digital copy from NetGalley to review. It’s a historical fiction, following the fictional Beaulieu Delhomme, piano tuner to Chopin. The story takes place during a period of great political turmoil in France, and it’s obviously very based in real events.
Find my review here (AD, gifted review).
- (AD, gifted) Memories – Naim Attallah. 3.75 stars.
Another gifted book. This one I received directly from the publisher for review purposes. Naim Attallah, now retired, was a publishing entrepreneur. This memoir reveals all about his work, personal life, political beliefs, and the controversies that surrounded him. Scattered throughout the book are anecdotes/essays/memories from people who worked with or alongside him.
Find my review here (AD, gifted review).
- [PR relationship] Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie. 4 stars.
I didn’t expect to love this. It was the Let’s Get Classical Book Club pick for November, and I’m not usually a big fan of murder mystery books (or so I thought). I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this. A seemingly impossible murder takes place on a train… and all the suspects have water-tight alibis. Fortunately, Hercule Poirot is on the case.
Find my review here!
- [PR relationship] A Thousand Ships – Natalie Haynes. 4 stars.
A retelling of classical Greek epics, from the perspective of the women. Natalie Haynes offers the stories of war and glory a new perspective. In the eyes of the women, the men are little more than savages or barbarians. In the pages of this book, they are given a voice, and a new twist is put on one of the absolute classics of literature.
Find my review here.
- [PR relationship] Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World – Haruki Murakami. 3.5 stars.
For some reason, this didn’t really feel like a Murakami to me. It had the split narrative, and the uncomfortable approach towards men’s relationships with women, but other than that, it felt like a step out of his comfort zone. All the characters in this are unnamed, though the cast is sparse. It just felt too science fiction compared to his other books, and I enjoyed it less than I usually enjoy his work.
In December I’m going to have a go at a readalong! It’ll be my first time doing a proper readalong so I’m super excited. We’ll be reading the [PR relationship] Hannibal Lecter books (not very Christmassy I know). So, my TBR is as follows (plus finally finishing [PR relationship] IQ84…):
- [PR relationship] Red Dragon – Thomas Harris
- [PR relationship] Silence of the Lambs – Thomas Harris
- [PR relationship] Hannibal – Thomas Harris
- [PR relationship] Hannibal Rising – Thomas Harris
- A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens (Let’s Get Classical Book Club)
- [PR relationship] The Confession – Jessie Burton
- [PR relationship] Good Omens – Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett