wrap up: November 2019

  1. Cleanness by Garth Greenwell ★★★★☆ | review
  2. The Body Lies by Jo Baker ★★★★★ | review
  3. The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy ★★★★★ | review
  4. Cove by Cynan Jones ★★★★☆ | review
  5. Know My Name by Chanel Miller ★★★★★ | review
  6. Notes to Self by Emilie Pine ★★★☆☆ | review
  7. The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan ★★★★☆ | review to come

Favorite: The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy
Runner up: Know My Name by Chanel Miller
Least favorite: Notes to Self by Emilie Pine


Other posts from this month:

Currently reading:

Among all the other books I’ve been reading since August/September, I’ve also added Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips, and I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya (which I should have finished by now but only I could manage to drag out a 2 hour audiobook to last over a week).  Both are great so far.

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

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22 thoughts on “wrap up: November 2019

    • I’m really really enjoying it! It’s interesting in that each chapter is like a vignette from a different POV character so some chapters are working for me more than others but I’m really interested in what Julia Phillips is doing with it.

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  1. I’m glad you enjoyed The Ruin! I often recommend McTiernan to police procedural fans. My favourite book of November was a tie between a thematically very relevant pairing – The Handmaid’s Tale and Ammonite.

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    • Interestingly enough I don’t even like police procedurals! At least, they’re my least favorite style of mystery/thriller. But I can handle them in small doses and when I picked up The Ruin it was exactly what I was in the mood for. Cormac made no impression on me beyond Generic Jaded Cop Guy but I liked McTiernan’s writing and ideas quite a lot, so I’m still excited to pick up the next in the series.

      I’m glad you had a successful sci-fi month!

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      • Carrie plays a much more prominent role in The Scholar, which I really liked. I agree that Cormac isn’t an especially vivid character, but I still liked the fact that, unlike most fictional detectives, he manages to sustain a reasonably healthy and respectful relationship!

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      • Oh, I liked Carrie! I liked McTiernan’s female characters in general. Maude was necessarily a bit thin but I thought Aisling was a great character. And I feel like Cormac’s relationship was only ever hinted at in The Ruin so hopefully it’ll be nice to see that a bit more fleshed out.

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  2. Ooh, I’m so eager to read Disappearing Earth, I’m very much looking forward to your thoughts on that one! And it looks like there are still a couple of reviews I haven’t caught up to yet, so I’ll follow your links- I’m intrigued by the look of The Body Lies!

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