November has gone by so fast! It’s been a great month though, and certainly not a bad one for reading at all. I pretty much read all the books I planned to and really enjoyed them as well. I also finished watching Sons of Anarchy (WATCH!), started watching Westworld (omg) and binge watched the two seasons of Lovesick over a weekend (where season 3 please!) I also went to see a play called Blood Brothers and went out to the cinema to see Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (MAGICAL) with my boyfriend. So, overall it’s been a great month for entertainment :P.
Books I Read
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
I didn’t love this book as much as I hoped to. Which is a massive shame because the plot/topic is so important, needs to be recognised as such and I am really interested in Transgender stories/culture and learning more about that kind of life. However, as much as I admire Russo and everything about her confidence to write this novel and be who she is, just like I admire anyone who is brave enough to be who they are, this novel just didn’t connect with me. It didn’t feel like a new story to me, it felt like the same story thats been told about so many LGBT people in YA novels. It didn’t surprise me enough and I felt that the plot was unbalanced. There were certainly good things about it, like Amanda/Andrew was well portrayed and her struggles felt real and true, but the other characters were just pale in comparison, and some I even downright hated (namely her Dad and the love interest…). For many reasons, this novel just didn’t sit right for me, but it’s still worth reading if you haven’t already read quite a lot of YA LGBT themed novels.
My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels 1) by Elena Ferrante
This was given to me for my birthday by my boyfriend’s mum and I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did, I think largely because I judged it too much on its cover. It is actually a fascinating and hilarious and clever and sad first instalment about a friendship between the narrator Elena, a girl who is trying to find her self, and the mysterious and strange Lila. It’s a book about belonging and growing up in a poor village in Naples, where everyone is searching for happiness and security, and is so easily jealous of or manipulated by those who hold shiny jewels. Can’t wait to read the next one!
The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard
What I liked most of all about this book was the whole concept of the plot, being magical reading powers, something I can’t really explain properly in a mini review like this. I found it incredibly interesting and original and suggest you read it just to delve into this world where transmitters and receivers delve into the magical world of storytelling. However, the good versus evil kind of plot was fairly predictable and it wasn’t the best translation from a LOTE into English that I’ve ever read. But, still, those are minor problems with this rather entertaining and worthwhile read.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
I finally decided to join the craze train and got a hold of a copy of the first of the Miss Peregrine books and I’m really glad I did. I enjoyed this book quite a lot, actually. It has twists I didn’t expect, humour, an interesting plot and a group of fascinating, (and peculiar) characters. I loved the photographs and how they added to the narrative throughout the story and just generally enjoyed the time I spent reading this. Definitely keen to see what happens next to Jacob and his friends! 🙂
Meant To Read/Still Reading
This is just getting funny now… I haven’t even looked at this book this month. I’ve been reading it since September…who knows when I’ll actually finish it! I just have other books I want to read more than this one atm…So ON HAITUS with this book 😛
My boyfriend finally talked me into reading Stephen King’s The Stand and I started it a week ago. He was so excited to see me start it, adorkable! It’s such a massive book (1300 PAGES!) so I’m a bit daunted, but I am enjoying it a lot so far!!
These are the books I’m hoping to read before 2017 begins. There are so many books I want to read though….it was difficult to decide on reading these ones! I have no idea if I’ll get through them, especially since The Stand basically counts as three books!! But I think at least two of them should be easy binge-worthy reads so hopefully I’ll manage it!