So I was today years old when I realised I didn’t post my November Wrap-Up and it’s been in my drafts this entire goddamn time.
So despite it being very late into the month, here is my November wrap-up!
I managed to get a lot of reading done in November! I’ve had quite a bit of free time and put it to use by doing a lot of reading. All in all, I read __ which is so good and way more than I read in recent months. A few of these books were quite long too, and have been on my TBR for a while, so I’m stoked I finally got to them.
➼ Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
One of my most anticipated releases of 2019, so of course I picked it up as soon as I could when I received this. First of all, a big thank you to Ash who sent me a copy of this book!
I heard a lot of mixed things about this book but I ended up enjoying it a lot. It was definitely much more adult than her other works (obviously) but I liked this shift from her because I like adult fantasy a lot at the moment. I thought this was super atmospheric and tense, though the ending wasn’t my favourite. Can’t wait for book two.
➼ Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
This book was one I put on my must-reads for 2019. I’d meant to read it when it came out and just didn’t get to it. This book has everything I enjoy with fail in YA contemporary – queer main character, large friend groups, an awkward MC and teens making art online, and fandom drama.
I really enjoyed this for what it was. The main character had a really great character arc, the asexual rep was nice and I loved the fandom elements. Parts of this book were a bit predictable but the inclusion of those elements I love made it really enjoyable for me nonetheless.
➼ The Sword of Kaigen by M.L Wang
I did a full review and author guest post for this book as part of the Sword of Kaigen blog tour so please check that one out. This book is The Poppy War meets Avatar: The Last Airbender
This was a really unique fantasy with a lot of fresh and unexpected elements. The main character is a middle-aged woman, which we never see, and this is almost literary fiction concerns in fantasy.
But parts of it did drag for me and I wasn’t so convinced about some of the character arcs and relationship developments
➼ The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
This is another book I really wanted to read before the end of the year so I’m glad I got to it. This has been on my owned TBR for so long and I’d heard a lot of good things.
This was an interesting book. It was a bit slow and felt like a huge prologue, but I’m intrigued by the series. I like the main character a lot, she’s not exactly morally grey but she’s also not 100% moral either, and I can’t wait to see where her character goes. The setting was also doing something fun. Definitely continuing this series.
➼ I, Iago by Nicole Galland
I Did Not Enjoy this book. This is a retelling of Othello, focussing on Iago. The first half is Iago’s back story and the second half is the events of Othello from Iago’s point of view.
At first, this was just so boring. I wasn’t into the writing and Iago’s characterisation was so predictable and kind of one-note. But I stuck with it. When the events of the play started happening, I started hating this. It felt icky. There was a weird romantic undertone to the death of Emilia and Iago was too sympathetic for my liking.
➼ Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
I read this for non-fiction November and I enjoyed it so much. This was a bit of an off the radar pick for me because it’s not the usual thing I’d pick up but I’m so glad I did. This is just a biography about Leonardo da Vinci that follows him from his early life to his death and focusses on some of his biggest artworks and their creation. There was so much information I didn’t know about Leonardo in this book and I found the writing really engaging. I listened to the audiobook and it was great. I’ve been enjoying reading non-fiction so much lately.
➼ We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
This was my random tbr pick chosen by my twitter followers for the month. I wasn’t sure about this one going in but I ended up enjoying it so much. This reminds me of Girls of Paper and Fire and The Handmaid’s Tale but is a little bit more political and plot-heavy. It’s latinx-inspired fantasy witha n f/f romance that I LOVED.
I can’t wait for the sequel to come out, I didn’t have many expectations going in and I loved it so much which are my favourite kinds of books.
➼ The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This is one of those books everyone seems to have read and I hear about it all the time. It’s also on the 100 Books to Read Before You Die List. Unfortunately, I didn’t really get the hype with this one. It’s beautifully written and beautifully narrated by Jeremy Irons, but I wasn’t into this parable. The message didn’t really vibe with me, I couldn’t buy into what this book was selling. Also, for such a short book, it was surprisingly boring and predictable.
➼ No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison
This is a book I’ve heard a lot about in Australia and was one I just knew I had to read. This is a memoir about living on Manus prison, which is one of Australia’s illegal detention centres used to hold refugees indefinitely. This was such a personal and painful account it’s impossible to rate. It wasn’t what I expected – it was more political analysis than a memoir, but I am really glad I read it.
Books read: 9
Format: 4 physical, 3 audiobook, 1 e-book, 1 audio/physical mix
Genres: 5 fantasy, 2 non-fiction, 1 historical-fiction, 1 contemporary
Average rating: 3.25
Favourite book: I, Iago
Least favourite: Leonardo da Vinci + We Set the Dark on Fire