We’ve made it to the last month of 2021, which means it’s time to wrap up my reading in November. It was a weird one, I’ll tell ya that! I found myself in a strange, slumpy mood which means I didn’t read nearly as much as I usually do. Still, I’m happy about the books I did read because I enjoyed all of them. Seriously, I didn’t read anything under four stars.
But I’m getting ahead of myself, aren’t I? Let’s get to the post!
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Book: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Thoughts: This was such an interesting read. It was my first time reading a graphic memoir and I really enjoyed it. It was heartbreaking and incredibly moving at times. I also enjoyed the art style. I definitely want to continue the author’s story!
Book: Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen
Thoughts: I read this book for a blog tour run by TBR & Beyond Tours. I absolutely loved this Black mermaid tale! It had a bit of a slow start, but it certainly gripped me by the end. And the world-building was great! You can read my full review here.
Book: Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark
Thoughts: This was such an intense, short read that completely gripped me from beginning to end. I loved the writing style, the characters, and the concept. And it packed quite the emotional punch. It definitely made me want to read more from this author!
Book: You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus
Thoughts: Karen McManus does it again! I have enjoyed every single book I’ve read by her and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint. Though it leave me completely enthralled like her first book, it was still a wild ride. I can’t wait to read whatever she puts out next! You’ll get to read more of my full thoughts when my spot on The Write Reads tour comes around.
Book: Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe
Thoughts: Lore Olympus is a webcomic I’ve been obsessed with for quite some time. When I found out it was getting a hard copy, you know I had to have it! It’s so interesting starting from the beginning and seeing how much Rachel Smythe’s art style and storytelling has developed. I adore this series and can’t wait to get the next installment!
Book: Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch
Thoughts: In this seventh installment of the Rivers of London series, a lot of threads get pulled together and I ain’t mad about it. What I am mad about is that ending. I mean… I loved it, but it also made me rage 😂 It’s always a good time seeing Peter in action and this go-around was no different. I am intrigued to see where things go after the events in this one, though.
I also finished my first BBNYA finalist in November, but I must wait until a winner has been crowned to discuss those books. Just know, I loved it!
Book of the Month
In a month where nothing I read was under four stars, this is a tough question to answer! I mean, the obvious answer would be Lore Olympus as that’s the only book that reached five star status. But I feel like that’s kind of cheating since it’s a re-read and I already knew I was going to adore it. Which means I’m going with a book that was super close to that fifth star (I’m honestly considering bumping it up). The Book of the Month for November is…
It was just so good! I don’t want to gush too much here as I don’t want to spoil my tour post, but it just ticked a lot of boxes for me. Karen M. McManus has certainly earned her title as the Queen of Teen Crime!
Ya know, I don’t have a lot of reflections for my reading in November. As I mentioned, I ran into a strange reading mood/slump that had me not wanting to read at all for a good week or so. It’s my fault because I saved books I knew I needed to have done by a certain time until the last minute. Stress and I don’t mix well because when I get stressed, I tend to become the laziest person on the planet. I don’t know why my body/mind thinks that’s a good way to reduce stress as it just makes me more stressed… but here we are. I managed to muddle my way out because my stress-induced laziness will never win out over my need to not disappoint people who have put their trust in me.
This reflection is getting a little deep… suffice to say, I’m a mess, but I’m figuring out how to be less of a mess! I think? Moving on!
As we come into the end of the year, I have a few blog tours and BBNYA books to complete, but other than that, I’m leaving this last month of 2021 open so I can finish a lot of the books I’m halfway through right now. Which is… a lot. I want to go into 2022 with a clean slate! I’ve already finished quite a few of the books I need to get done, so I think this is definitely do-able. And maybe I’ll take January to just… chill on any reading responsibilities, lol. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a month of mood reading. I think that’s just what I need to fully recharge my reader batteries. We’ll see how I feel once December is over and we’re officially into a new year!
How was your reading in November? Did you find a new favorite? Make any progress on some challenges? Let me know in the comments!
And, as always, happy reading!