Monthly Wrap Ups

Monthly Wrap Up: November 2019

It’s nearly time for my December wrap up, but because of my trip back to California to see my family and all the normal Christmastime festivities, I’m a little behind on my blogging. One of my 2020 resolutions will certainly be to keep up with my blog more!

During the month of November I read a wide range of books across several genres, although I didn’t finish as many as I’d hoped. Ah well, I’ve still surpassed my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal of 85 books so as long as I keep reading books I actually enjoy, I’m not as bothered about the number. In the end it’s about quality, not quantity!

Nemesis Games (Expanse #5) by James S.A. Corey


I held off for quite awhile before reading more of this series because it’s so incredible I never want it to end. Because I finally started watching the equally amazing television series, though, I decided to read the next book. Then I immediately read the next one. Then the one after that. Then the one after that one.

I finally had to exercise serious restraint to stop myself there so I didn’t blow through all the books because there’s only going to be nine of them and when I finally finish the entire series I have no idea what I’m going to do with my life.

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1)
by Rick Riordan


The Percy Jackson series was utterly delightful so I decided it was about time I started on the Asgard series. It was cute, I enjoyed it, but I listened to it as an audiobook and really didn’t like the narrator so I don’t think got as as much from this book as I would have if I’d read it in print. I’ll give the next one a go, but definitely not as an audiobook.

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe


A devastating but wonderful account of how powerful the written word can be even in the most dire of situations.

The Boy in the Suitcase (Nina Borg #1) by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis


Scandi-noir is a genre I’ve really liked reading even if I haven’t read that many. So far I’ve read ones from Sweden, Iceland, Greenland and Norway so I figured it was time to get a Danish one in there. The Boy in the Suitcase was thoroughly grim but also fairly interesting, although I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the main character Nina yet.

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben


I learned so much from this book, far more than I ever expected to learn about trees. We certainly take them for granted since they’re essentially everywhere. While I think most of us know that they are important to our planet’s survival, how much do we really know about trees themselves? We might be able to identify a few, and we know they have roots, but did you know that trees can scream? Yeah, that’s a factoid I’ll never forget.

The Companion by Kim Taylor Blakemore


An ARC due to be released soon, The Companion is reminiscent of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace. Dark and compelling, watch this space for my review.

Babylon’s Ashes (Expanse #6) by James S.A. Corey


See above about Nemesis Games. This is the book where I finally had to put on the brakes otherwise I would have read them all.

Have you read any of these? How did your reading go in November? Let me know in the comments!

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