Wrap-up: November 2017

Since I mostly read e-books this past month I don’t have a cute photo to start the post. Sorry, guys! I know a good photo draws the reader in but I guess I have to hope you’ll read through anyway. I managed to read 6 books in November and here they are:

  • Gregory and the Grimbockle by Melanie Schubert
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot 10)
  • Slammed by Colleen Hoover (Slammed 1)
  • The Ivory Rite by Johanna Hartford
  • Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover (Slammed 2)
  • Lyra’s Oxford by Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials 3.5)

Both Gregory and the Grimbockle and The Ivory Rite were given to me by the authors in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed reading both of them and I am grateful to both Melanie SchubertΒ  and Johanna Hartford for sending me an ARC of their books. I hope I get to collaborate with more authors in the future since I love reading and reviewing and find it quite an honor to be contacted by the authors. You can find both reviews on my blog, just skim through the review category.

I read Murder on the Orient Express solely because I went to see the movie and I wanted to compare it to the book. While I liked the book IΒ  did find it a bit slow paced whereas the film didn’t lack its dramatic Hollywood flare. Obviously. The actors were all really good but there was a lot of high profile names in the film and no one got to play the big part, except Michelle Pfeiffer. And there were some obvious mistakes in the film but let’s not get into that.

If I had to pick my favourite book of the past month, I’d go with Slammed but unfortunately the sequel was so disappointing that I started to dislike even the first part. I’ll probably give Colleen Hoover another try but I just hope her other books are like Slammed, romantic but not too cheesy and with obvious character development. I reviewed both books so you can check that out as well (no pressure though πŸ˜‰ ).

So the last book I finished reading in November was Lyra’s Oxford. His Dark Materials is one of my favourite fantasy trilogies and I can’t wait to read The Book of Dust (Christmas can’t come soon enough) but this short story didn’t impress me at all. It was okay but nothing special. I’m patiently waiting for the sequel to blow my mind away.

Well looking back at November it seems like I read mostly mediocre books that didn’t inspire me that much. But I just finished reading The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud and I loved it so much, I want to tell you all about it! But since it’s already December it’ll have to wait. Suffice to say that I forgot all about last month’s disappointment because it was just that good!

I’m planning on reading a historical novel next, perhaps the second part of empress Sisi’s story or a book by Susan Meissner, I haven’t decided yet. And then comes the big finale of 2017: the fourth book in the Outlander series. I’m afraid to even look at the book since it’s has like 900 pages. But this has been my tradition for the past two years, that I finish the year with Outlander. So Jamie Fraser, here I come!

Can you believe that 2018 is just around the corner?! I’m already starting to panic.

Wrap-up: October 2017

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Halloween has come and passed and it’s November already. Today we celebrate the Day of the Dead in Slovenia so I’ll be visiting the cemetery with my family after lunch. (What a nice dessert, right? πŸ˜€ ) But before I have to be social again, it’s time for my October wrap-up. I managed to read 5 books last month which is my personal average – I usually manage to read one novel per week. And here is the list:

  • Frostbite by Richelle Mead (book 2 in the Vampire Academy series)
  • Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead (book 3 in the Vampire Academy series)
  • The Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
  • Puffy and the Formidable Foe by Marie G. Lepkowski
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

The first two were my attempt to remember what exactly happens in the Vampire Academy series since I’ve forgotten pretty much everything. I watched the film (though pretty bad it had some likable moments *cough* Dimitri and the chemistry between Rose and him *cough*) and got sort of sucked back in the vampire world. Plus, my best friend is currently reading Shadow Kiss and so I was constantly around her books and I took that as a sign it was time to re-read them. When I got to the fourth book however, my enthusiasm vanished and so I decided to leave the series to rest for a while.

Around that time my copy of The Beauty and the Beast arrived and so I just had to read it! I really enjoyed the story, it was so different from the Disney version but different good. It didn’t hurt that the book is so pretty to look at as well. That’s why I love buying fairy tales because they make the prettiest books on my shelves. There’s a thought, perhaps I should write a post on fairy tales. Soon to come!

Puffy and the Formidable Foe was a short but lovely children’s book which I actually read in exchange for an honest review. I know I’m supposed to read ‘real’ novels at my age and all that but I absolutely adore children’s literature! The books are so funny and charming and magical and I will probably never feel guilty about reading them. (I can already imagine my sister rolling her eyes when she sees this.)

Last but not least, I finished reading Strange the Dreamer on Monday. Boy, was that exciting and heart breaking. I can’t wait for the second novel! Laini Taylor is one of my favourite YA authors, her writing style is poetic and enchanting and her stories expand the realms of my imagination. I highly recommend her books (Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and Strange the Dreamer duology), especially if you like epic fantasy, fairy tales and stories about star crossed lovers.

November is here and I’m already thinking about the books I’ll be reading. I have quite a lot of them on my bookshelves but I still have to decide which ones I’ll actually pick up. The next one on my to-read list however, is Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. I want to read the novel before I see the film.

I hope you had a productive reading month and that the next one will be even better. The new theme for my bookish photos is “strolling through a seaside town” so be sure to follow me on IG. Enjoy the rest of the week, lovelies!