In November I finished 13 books.
While My Pretty One Sleeps by Mary Higgins Clark ✰3✰ I read this book because it was part of my 2020 goals to read all of the books I bought in 2017. It was okay. I enjoyed the story enough, but never found myself wanting to pick it up.
The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C Cherry ✰3✰ I read this because it is about a widow with a young daughter and a widower who lost his wife and young son in a car crash. They end up living next door to each other and the story is a romance between them. You can see my full review of this book here.
All I want for Christmas by Wendy Loggia ✰3✰ I chose to read this book because my local bookstore advertised it on their facebook page and I wanted to support the bookstore and also read a Christmas themed book. This book was just okay. It was fun and cute, but also really cheesy. A little too cheesy for my taste.
I Can’t Stop Crying by John D Martin ✰4✰ I read this book because it’s about grief. There was a lot in here that I highlighted to reflect on again later.
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo ✰3✰ I read this because it was the winner of the Booktube Prize this year. I enjoyed the story and was engaged while reading it, but it was another book I just didn’t find myself wanting to pick up. It was a little long and a little confusing because there were so many different perspectives.
Rocket City by Cathryn Alpert ✰2✰ This book I read because it was a book I purchased in 2017 and I was trying to read all of those books this year. This book was really weird. I don’t know how all of the characters connected, I don’t think they all did. Throughout the whole book I just keep saying “what in the heck am I reading.”
Sapphic in the Shadows by Leanna Headley and Alex B Porter ✰3✰ I read this book because I needed something that takes place in the 1920s for the Popsugar reading challenge and I wasn’t sure I was going to get to my original pick for that prompt. It was very short and not intriguing enough for me to continue the series.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune ✰5✰ My new all time favorite book. I read this book because it’s been everywhere and because the ebook went on sale for just $2.99. I loved it so much. I never wanted to stop reading this book and found as many excuses as I could to read just one more chapter. So charming. My full review is here if you want more of my thoughts.
Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam ✰2✰ I read this because it was my Book of the Month pick one month recently. The writing was so beautiful, decadent even. And I loved the characters. But the plot was meandering and it feels like the author lost his point part way through. The ending was such a disappointment.
Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab ✰4✰ I read this because I really enjoyed book one, City of Ghosts, recently and wanted to continue the series. This series is fun and a little creepy. I will definitely read book three when it comes out next year.
The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World by Harry Harrison ✰4✰ I read this book because it is part of a series that my late husband enjoyed. This is either book three or book six in the series depending on the order you follow. It’s just a fun science fiction series that makes me think of my husband. I like finding myself laughing at scenes or words that I know he would have laughed at as well. The books are all a little overdramatic and convenient and things just magically fix. At one point in this one our hero is literally unconscious for a large part of the solution. Totally ridiculous and lazy, but I really just love this series even with all of it’s flaws.
Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson ✰5✰ I read this book because it was short, by Jacqueline Woodson, and dealt with brain damage. It was such a powerful read. My full review for this one can be found here.
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan ✰5✰ I read this book because I mistakenly thought it was written in verse. Even though it wasn’t, I ended up enjoying the story. I liked how the music saved all of the children in each storyline and was very pleased to see how their lives connected in the end.
What was your favorite read in November?