Wrap-Up: November

  • Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao (★★★★☆)
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte  (★★★☆☆)
  • Bird Box by Josh Malerman (★★★★☆)
  • The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman (★★★★★)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 4
YEARLY SO FAR: 69

A fairly average reading month – more on the slow side, actually.  Wuthering Heights was definitely a slog and took me a while to get through.  I also had a week off work, which you would think would translate to more reading, but I get like 90% of my reading done on my commute, so I ended up reading little to nothing during my week of.  For some reason I tend to have a very difficult time concentrating on reading when I’m home? I have to wonder what will happen when I stop using public transport every day…. I did read Bird Box fairly quickly though, which is why I really thought I had read more this month. Oh well.

Oh, and I actually struggled through another book this month, which I still haven’t finished: The Bloodprint.  What was one of my most anticipated releases of the whole year has turned out to be the biggest let-down. I’m nearly halfway through the book and struggling mightily. I try very hard not to DNF book but this one is seriously testing me. I really want to try to to finish it by this weekend.  Hopefully I can sit myself down and force myself to get through it, but if not it might last until the end of the year. We’ll see.

The good news is I discovered  The Dark Days Club and am actually reading its sequel now! I have a feeling I’ll finish that fairly quickly since I can’t stop reading it. I’m so pleased I discovered this delightful series! And despite not loving Wuthering Heights I’m feeling a great sense of accomplishment at having read one of the most well-known classics of English literature!

Other than those two books I’m not reading anything else – I haven’t touched my non-fiction book (Before They Were Belly Dancers: European Accounts of Female Entertainers in Egypt, 1760–1870), simply because I only read it at work and there hasn’t been any time! But I’m not too upset about that, because the book is turning out to be the sort of book you use as a reference and flip through, sort of like a coffee table book, more than a straight-shot read. I might relegate it to my ~hiatus~ books. I’m thinking I might want to purchase it to have it for reference (and it has so many useful historical illustrations/photos).

I’m trying not to be too rigid in planning out my TBR these days…I have vague thoughts of reading The Hate U Give or The Library at Mount Char and will likely do a buddy read of Northanger Abbey with Rachel, but otherwise who knows!

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