wrap up: November 2017

  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater ★★★★☆ + review
  • The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor ★★★★☆ + review
  • Philoctetes by Sophocles ★★★☆☆
  • An Arrow’s Flight by Mark Merlis ★★★★★ + review
  • The Absolutist by John Boyne ★★★★★ + review
  • The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin ★★★☆☆ + review
  • Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman ★★☆☆☆ + review
  • Crooked House by Agatha Christie ★★★★☆ + mini review
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – ★★☆☆☆ + review

* I haven’t technically finished Wuthering Heights yet, but I’m 99.99% sure I’m going to finish it by the end of the day, and if I include it in this post that means I have to make myself finish it, right???

EDIT: I did it!

(Also, if you think I just scrolled through Goodreads until I found a random pink cover of Wuthering Heights to fit the aesthetic of the rest of my November books, you would be 100% correct.)

Best: The Absolutist by John Boyne
Runner up: An Arrow’s Flight by Mark Merlis
WorstWuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

YEARLY TOTAL SO FAR: 94 books (goal was 60)

The majority this month were 4 or 5 stars, so I can’t complain!

I’m currently reading Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee.  (Also The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride which I’ve been reading for like four months and which I desperately hope I will have finished by the end of December.)

I’m trying to not be so rigid with my TBR as I’m naturally a mood reader, but I have so many ARCs that need my attention this month: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin, Elmet by Fiona Mozley, Circe by Madeline Miller, I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes With Death by Maggie O’Farrell.  In addition I’m hoping to get around to a couple of these: A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee, Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis, Days Without End by Sebastian Barry, Medea by Christa Wolf.

What’s the best book you read in November?  Comment and let me know!

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26 thoughts on “wrap up: November 2017

  1. A great month of reading! Good luck with Wuthering Heights. It’s a tough one because of the old language! I need to revisit it again someday. Have a great December!

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  2. OMG you have an ARC for Circe????? I can’t wait for your opinion on this! I love The Song of Achilles with all my heart and I can’t wait for Circe to get published. Finally another Madeline Miller book 😍😍😍

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  3. I love the accidental colour scheme, it really is gorgeous! I didn’t want to say anything about Wuthering Heights until you were well into it and had made up your own mind, but obviously we are again on the same page. I’m utterly baffled by the love some people have for it. After that and Wuthering Heights I hope the next classic you tackle is more promising!

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    • I saw your 2 star rating before I started and thought ‘uh oh’ but hoped this would be one of our rare differences of opinion…. clearly not!!! LOL I know right, yesterday Hadeer was like ‘ok clearly I suck at picking our classics buddy reads, you pick the next one.’ So we’re doing Northanger Abbey in December… I’ve never read any Austen aside from a couple of chapters of P&P when I was like 13, but fingers crossed!!!

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      • I’ve never actually read any Austen either! I got about half-way through Emma several years ago, and I was generally enjoying it but the timing was really bad and I ended up having to abandon it, meaning to return. I really must read some Austen too!


  4. I am very much looking forward to your thoughts on many of your arcs. I have read The Immortalists and Everything Here Is Beautiful and enjoyed them both and hope you will too. Also, I am so very jealous you got an arc of I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes With Death because I REALLY want to read that and Knopf usually accepts my requests but not this time. and it sounds so great!

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    • I’m only about a third of the way through Everything Here Is Beautiful but I’m really enjoying it! It’s sitting at about 4 stars right now, the only thing that’s kind of irritating me is how the narrative voice in each POV sounds the exact same. But I do love her prose and characters and the unflinching portrayal of mental illness.

      Ahhh that’s so frustrating! I got an eARC of I Am, I Am, I Am through Penguin First to Read – do you have access to that in Germany? I’ve never read anything by O’Farrell and I don’t usually read memoirs, but something about the synopsis really captivated me… I hope it’s good!

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      • 4 stars is what I ended giving it as well. Will be interesting to compare notes here!
        Sadly, no Penguin First to Read in Germany so far. This whole living out of region is sometimes very frustrating. I do love good memoirs so very much. But I guess, I will just have to buy the book (I will wait for your review first, though).


  5. WOW what an aesthetic. And I love that The Absolutist is right in the middle. And OMG I really need to finish #Tabe lol IT’S GETTING THERE. I think it’s like 15 pages now.

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  6. Hello!
    That’s pretty amazing how many books you’ve read this month! You must have superpowers :’) I bought Wuthering Heights a while back, but so far I have heard mixed things about it, so I am not too enthusiastic about reading it.


  7. a) I am currently listening to an audiobook version of The Scorpio Races, which I was inspired to read by your review! I’m liking it so far!
    b) I really appreciate you finding a specific cover purely for aesthetic purposes, #relatable.
    c) I love that you added your Letterboxd to your social media links [heart eyes emoji]


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