I know my Novemebr TBR was sparse, but I defiantly didn’t stick to it…
Night Film by Marisha Pessel 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
This was a re-read from around the same time last year, and the thrilling magic of this book did not diminish over time one bit. I adore Night Film, in the same way that people like horror (I get scared too easily to commit to actual horror) and was captivated once more by Scott’s investigation into the suicide of a reclusive, cult, horror director, Stanislas Cordova. However I do have one tiny flaw, and that is the final chapter, I’ll probably write a full review to explain this better, but I cannot stand it. Despite that this book remains one of my favourites, as it’s compelling, almost hypnotic writing chews you up and spits you out. Do you dare?
Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett 🌟🌟🌟🌟
This was FairyLoot’s book in their September Box and I’ve only now gotten around to it, but I’m so glad that I finally did. Admittedly when I initially read the description I was not sold, as it just didn’t immediately appeal to me. However I trusted FairyLoot and it definitely paid off as I found myself unable to put it down, and needed up reading the final 300 pages in one sitting. the story follows Kamzin, who is tasked with leading the Emperor’s explorer to an cursed mountain. There were a couple of minor things that irritated me about this, which I will talk about more in my review, but for the most part this was a wild, plot- driven book, that I’d recommend again and again.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Finally, the first book for my Ness-vember TBR was A Monster Calls, an urban fantasy, middle grade novel. This book follows Conor, as a monster visits him with the promise of telling him three stories, before Conor has to tell a fourth. This is the third time I’ve read this book, and I cry every time. I would recommend the illustrated edition because, though not essential, the illustrations really add to the story. I can’t really imagine a time where I won’t love this books, and need to be reminded of the message that it carries with it, no matter how old I am.
The Martian by Andy Weir 🌟🌟🌟🌟
In this modern sci-fi classic, the Ares 3 team are busy with their Mars mission, when, during an emergency take off they accidentally leave one of their crew, (mistakenly) believing he’d died. I loved this book just as much as I love the film, so it didn’t come as a surprise. Mark is a fantastic protagonist, and is so entertaining, which is a relief considering how much time you spend with him. I also really liked that you got a NASA POV, I thought it was great to see things from the other side. However, and I say this as someone who loves alternate POVs, there was one omniscient third person, that cropped up every now and then, and really removed you from the story. Other than that a new favourite!
Emma by Jane Austen 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Remember me Summer of Austen? Well, it’s still going, more of a winter of Austen by now, but I’m persevering. I’m a quick reader, and usually it kills me to have a lingerer on my TBR but with Emma I was happy to be along for the ride. Unless Mansfield Park seriously surprises me, which would be a surprise in itself, I can say that Emma is my favourite Austen novel. There is just something really special, that struck me on my first read. Or should I say listen, as I listened to probably 80% via the audiobook, read by Juliet Stevenson. I can already tell that I’m going to be re-reading this yearly, and can’t wait till the next time!
And, that’s all I read because I was so busy with NaNoWriMo… Well, not really, but you’ll hear more about that in my wrap-up, coming soon!
Thanks for reading,