Monthly Wrap Up | October 2021 + Reading List | November 2021

I did pretty good at focusing on reading what I want .. although my library holds list did dictate some of what I read in October. It’s a lot of fun of to go through and put holds on library books but then that creates the tricky problem of having to check out so many books at a time and hopefully read them in the 2-3 week window you get. Luckily, I just picked up my last library hold at least for the next month (fingers crossed).

The Books

I read 7 books in October amounting to 2,288 pages read. I mostly read mysterious and dark books with some tense, challenging, and adventurous themes thrown in. Most of them were medium paced books and all of them were fiction.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke was as good as many claimed; I went in only knowing the blurb and while it wasn’t quite what I was expecting, I still highly enjoyed it. Being able to go along the journey with Piranesi as he discovered things was a lot of fun!

Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan wasn’t quite the adventure that I thought I was going to get. Too many ‘twists’ I saw coming way in advance and the writing, particularly the dialogue, felt off (I wrote more thoughts on it in this post).

Who is Maud Dixon? by Alexandra Andrews was quite the twisty story … while I didn’t fall in love with it, I did think Andrews’ writing was really good and I liked that she blurred the lines a little with good/bad and moral/immoral choices.

Notes From the Burning Age by Claire North was an interesting read; it falls under the new eco-fiction genre with a little dystopia thrown in; though I don’t know that dystopia is really the right word. It’s mostly speculative fiction that focuses on a world after the effects of climate change and environmental disasters takes its toll. It’s also part spy thriller. There are a lot of large elements that I think North did a great job weaving together .. it just got really slow in the middle and nearly lost me. It’s a book not for everyone.

After enjoying The Silent Patient so much, I was excited to see what The Maidens by Alex Michaelides would bring. Not quite as engaging as The Silent Patient unfortunately. While I was one of the few readers who did not see the big twist coming towards the end, I felt the tension needed for a book like this was missing or just falling flat throughout the book. I enjoyed that there were red herrings, but there a couple too many in my opinion; I think they ultimately took away from the story in some parts.

The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang was a highly anticipated novel for me. I loved her first two books and knew that I was going to enjoy this one too. While the tone was more serious in this book, I still really enjoyed it. My only thing is that I wish we got more page time of Quan, both with and without Anna.

Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor is my first novel of this author’s. I really enjoyed the storytelling of this one and the way Okorafor bring imagery to life without overwriting details was beautiful. This is also the first novella that I’ve read and I have to say that I like them!

Reading Challenge Updates

  • Beat the Backlist: 2
  • Mount TBR: 1
  • NetGalley Reading Challenge: 0
  • PopSugar 2021 Reading Challenge: 4

As we near the end of the year, I’m pushing to finish the PopSugar Reading Challenge. This is my second attempt and I honestly wouldn’t be so close to finishing this year’s (just two books to go!) without the reading challenge function on StoryGraph. At this point, I’ve gotten behind on reading books that are from before 2021, that I own and the ARCs that I have. I’m hoping to tackle a lot of the ARCs over the upcoming holidays.

What I’m Currently Reading

November Reading List

Like many of you, there’s always the huge change that I won’t read any of the books on my monthly reading list. But here are the books that are at the top.

  • Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce
  • Small Favors by Erin A. Craig
  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  • The Switch by Beth O’Leary

The first two are ARCs, The Golden Compass is set to be my last PopSugar read, and The Switch is a recent library checkout.

What was your October reading month like? What are you hoping to read in November?

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