Bookish Post – November Reading Wrap-Up

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Teacup on top of vintage books.

Number of books read: 10
Number of rereads: 1
Number of physical books: 5
Number of ebooks: 4
Number of audiobooks: 1
Number of ARCS: 1

5* reviews: 1
4.5* reviews: 0
4* reviews: 6

Once again, I was worried that I wouldn’t finish all of the books that I needed to this month. November might have seemed like a long month but it also didn’t feel long enough. Thankfully, I finished my final book on the last day of the month. It feels like way more than 30 days since I read my first November read. It’s been a tough month. But what did I actually manage to read?

NIGHTBITCH BY RACHEL YODER

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’ve had this book for a little while and couldn’t put it off any longer. I’d only ever heard good things about it and it was such an intriguing idea. A take on Kafka’s Metamorphosis but with a mother turning into a dog. It sounded amazing. It wasn’t quite the flawless novel that many might claim it to be but I definitely really enjoyed it. It’s another that took me a while to get my head around.

MRS MCGINTY’S DEAD BY AGATHA CHRISTIE

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Of course, I had to try and fit in an Agatha Christie last month and this was the one I went with. Is it my favourite? No, but it’s always good to go back to these ones as well. It’s also better than I remembered. It suffers from a few of Christie’s traditional flaws but it’s still perfectly readable. I also do quite like the way Agatha treats Poirot in this one. It’s always fun seeing just how much she hates him.

THE ETERNALS OMNIBUS BY JACK KIRBY

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I wanted to prepare for watching the latest MCU offering and started by going back to where it all began with the legendary Jack Kirby. I get that Kirby is a genius and an absolute legend. I just think this was a huge undertaking. These characters just don’t have the same humanity as other heroes. It wasn’t really to my tastes but it was interesting.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I love Neil Gaiman, so I was excited to read his Eternals storyline. Unfortunately, I didn’t find it that gripping. Normally, Gaiman does great things when it comes to characterisation and plot. This time I just ended up being a little bored. Not because of the writer but just because of the characters. They’re not the most engaging bunch in the Marvel Universe.

ETERNALS, VOL. 1: ONLY DEATH IS ETERNAL BY KIERON GILLEN

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was my favourite of the three Eternals titles that I read this month. Not only do I love Keiron Gillen anyway but I think he did much better in terms of characterisation. I cared more about the characters in his story. They seemed more human, which I guess is actually against the point but I don’t care. This was just a much more enjoyable graphic novel to read.

THE VEGETARIAN BY HAN KANG

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is another of those books that have just sat on my shelf for far too long and I knew it was time to read it. Of course, it was partly due to the fact that I needed a V titled book but I did have other options. No, I really wanted to take this one off my TBR and I’m so glad that I did. It’s such a strange but unforgettable book. I’m still not sure that I’ve got my head around it.

THE FELL BY SARAH MOSS

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I read Summerwater earlier this year and immediately pre-ordered this book. I thought Sarah Moss was an absolutely astounding writer and couldn’t wait to see what she did with the pandemic. Although, I was still a little unsure about the idea of Covid fiction. It seemed too soon. However, I was blown away by this. The approach she takes is beautiful and tragic. A book that I won’t forget in a hurry.

BURNCOAT BY SARAH HALL

Rating: 4 out of 5.

My second Covid book of the month and another fantastic read. Sarah Hall offers a slightly alternative take on the Pandemic to Sarah Moss. She doesn’t actually talk about Covid itself but a similar virus. I thought this was another memorable read and one that had great depth. I’m not sure that I loved it quite as much as The Fell but there really wasn’t much in it.

OPEN WATER BY CALEB AZUMAH NELSON

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I read this as part of a buddy read with a fellow Bookstagrammer after having put it off for so long. I started reading it on Sunday and couldn’t put it down. It’s just one of those books that are so captivating that you can’t help but get drawn in. The writing is beautiful, the story is relatable and the themes are relevant. I’m so glad to have finally read it.

REBEL GIRLS CLIMATE WARRIORS: 25 TALES OF WOMEN WHO PROTECT THE EARTH

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I got this book thanks to NetGalley and was really interested to read it. I’ve loved the other books in the Rebel Girls series and think this Climate Change focused one is a fantastic addition. This is a short read that will be great for younger readers. The details are presented in a very simple and engaging way. I’m sure this will inspire many young readers to be the next generation of climate warriors.

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