Yes, I’m well aware that the month ended over two weeks ago. 😂 November has been an odd one for me and I’m having a difficult time sitting down to read or blog even though I have buckets of time on my hands now that I’ve found myself jobless. I’m used to rigid scheduling and working my ass off, so having hours upon hours to just do whatever is causing me to develop a bit of an eye twitch. lol Relaxing? What’s that? October was a productive month of reading but November isn’t shaping up to be real great. It is what it is.
Books Read = 24
That looks like more than it really was, I swear. Four of them were shortish stories and another four were graphic novels.
Apparently, I didn’t post a single review! lol Sounds about right.
There are a couple review books I read in October that aren’t listed since I’ll be reviewing them… eventually.
- Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire ★★
- Hannah-Beast (Dark Corners collection) by Jennifer McMahon ★★★★
- The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun ★★★
- There’s a Giant Trapdoor Spider Under Your Bed (Dark Corners collection) by Edgar Cantero ★★
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo ★★★★
- Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray ★★★★
- The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle ★★★★½
- The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson ★★★★
- X-Men: Gold Annual #1 by Marc Guggenheim ★★★
- The Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper ★★★★
- The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal ★★
- Saga, Vol. 9 (Saga #9) by Brian K. Vaughan ★★★★
- The Sleep Tight Motel (Dark Corners collection) by Lisa Unger ★★★
- Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier ★★★★
- Anthony Bourdain’s Hungry Ghosts (Hungry Ghosts #1-4) by Anthony Bourdain ★★★
- The Crucible (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1) by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa ★★
- She Rides Shotgun: A Novel by Jordan Harper ★★★★
- Where Should We Begin? The Arc of Love by Esther Perel ★★
- Talking In The Dark: A Poetry Memoir by Billy Merrell ★★★★
- Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook by Anthony Bourdain ★★★
- Roomies by Christina Lauren ★★★★½
- It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in History by Jennifer Wright ★★★★
- The Duchess War (Brothers Sinister #1) by Courtney Milan ★★★★
Best of the Month: The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle ★★★★½
This was my first LaValle and it’s not going to be my last. I have no idea why I waited so long to pick up anything of his up but this one was a perfect introduction. This was like dark Urban Fantasy + Lovecraftian horror and it was near perfect.
Least Favorite: The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal ★★
I bought both books in this series at the same time because I anticipated that I would adore this. I am so disappointed. I really loved the beginning of this but the love definitely died. Kowal really goes all out trying to cover all the things (women’s rights, race issues, religious issues) and while I love a good book on empowerment and focusing on issues that need discussing, it began to feel like the primary focus of the novel rather than the whole saving the world bit it was supposed to be about. Also, the sex scenes were super fucking awkward.
Biggest Surprise: Roomies by Christina Lauren ★★★★½
This has been the year of Christina Lauren for me (this is my fourth of theirs) and while not my absolute favorite due to a little sputtering at the end of this one, it still surprises me how much I love their books. I don’t read a whole lot of fluff but this is some real good fluff. Exactly what I’ve come to expect for this dynamic duo.
Biggest Disappointment: Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire ★★
I’ve loved pretty much everything of McGuire’s and (much like The Calculating Stars) everyone I know raves about this series but it super didn’t work for me. Everyone talks about how whimsical this series is and I really thought that I’d love it but I didn’t like the characters, the world-building, or the unnecessary gruesome aspects. This is, unfortunately, going in the series graveyard.