For once it actually feels like it is time for the end of the month, as unlike so many other months this year, November definitely did not fly by for me. It was probably the busiest month of the year for me, and so I am more than ready for it to be over and to welcome in December and Christmas.
Because of the madness, I unfortunately didn’t get round to a ton of reading this month. In total I finished three books in November, most of which I enjoyed, as well as starting two more, including my most anticipated release of the year.
So here are all the books I read in November!
I finally finished my first Neil Gaiman book about a month after starting it, and I can definitely now see why people are in love with his stories. I can’t believe it took me this long to read this book as I have been interested in it ever since I first heard about it, and so I am very happy that I finally got around to reading it this month.
Despite this being the first time I’ve read this book, throughout reading it I constantly felt a very nostalgic feeling, as it felt very similar to old children’s books that I would read when I was younger. I loved how Neil Gaiman managed to capture this sense within an adult story, as I felt a constant sense of almost comfort and adventure whenever I picked this book up. I quickly grew to love all of our unique characters, and I am now even more excited to read so much more from in the future!
(tw: Violence, Murder, Death)
Next up was a book I wasn’t expecting to read, at least any time soon, but ended up picking it up after my friend lent it to me earlier in the month. I had heard so many things about this book as it has become super popular since its release, and so I definitely had some high expectations for it. Unfortunately, this book did not live up to them.
Firstly, I do have to say that the actual story of Lale and Gita was a very harrowing and beautiful one to share, as stories of this kind almost always are. However, as a regular reader who is perhaps a little more critical of what I read than others, the way this book was executed and written missed the mark quite hugely for me. The writing was very sparse and skipped over any key detail, quickly skipping from one scene to the next at an extraordinarily fast pace. Therefore it made so much sense to me when I later learned that Heather Morris is screenwriter, as that is exactly how this book reads – like a outline or script of a story that needs so much more detail and character development for it to be an engaging and good story.
(tw: Torture, Starvation, Murder, Genocide, Rape)
I first started listening to this one in October as it seemed like the perfect audiobook for the spooky season, and I was more than right about that. I have been putting off reading this book for a while now simply because of its size, so I’m very glad that I chose to listen to it!
This 1920’s supernatural murder mystery was a creepy story filled with so many gorgeously individual characters, all of whose stories I loved delving deeper into. The supernatural elements were so well woven into this perfectly paced story that I was always eager to keep listening to. Overall, this was just a super fun little story with a gorgeous setting, and so I can’t wait to see what the sequel has in store.
(tw: Violence, Death, Murder)
The one film I watched in November was of course the film that everyone is talking about, Frozen 2, as clearly I am still a child at heart. I loved the first one, and this one was just as magical, with some more gorgeous songs and beautiful moments to wonder at.
I have also been loving the recent TV adaptation of Phillip Pulman’s series, His Dark Materials, even if I am still a little behind on it. As someone who hasn’t ever read the books, I don’t know how true of an adaptation it is, but what I do know is that it is such a beautiful series that is so well shot and produced, and I can not wait to watch more of this gorgeous show.
If I thought last month was busy, I had no idea how much busier I was going to be in November! I don’t know how I have managed to cram so much into this month, but all I know is that I am desperate need of a weeks worth of sleep after it all!
First off, university decided to get that much more stressful, as I had several exams and quizzes, all of which I had to revise for whilst also completing my usual assignments and notes. Reading week, which should have meant a little less chaos as I had no lectures, actually brought more, as I went back to my old job for a couple of shifts, and may have also went to Paris for a few days!
So overall, a very busy November, and its certainly not going to slow down as we head into December!
What books did you read in November? What was your favourite book that you read during the last month? Have you got any reading plans for December?