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 Schubert 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 I 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 😉 ).
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.