There’s something about November than just does not bode well for me in terms of reading, however, these are the book that I managed to finish.
Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons) by Sarah J. Maas
Soulstealer follows a young Selina Kyle as she arrives in Gotham, freshly trained, and re-invents herself as socialite by day and cat-burglar by night. I was utterly enamoured with the Gotham that Mass gave us in this story. It was a little softer that you might expect, but this is YA so I’m willing to let that slide. It would be easy to nitpick various things that “weren’t right”, but they worked in the context of this book, and I loved it. Luke Fox/Batwing was fantastic and I would love more from him as well as Selina. I reduced my original KoA rating as I was reading because this was that good.
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
This was FairyLoot’s October book of the month and I’m sorry to say that I just didn’t enjoy it. We follow Lei, as she is taken to become one of the king’s concubines, but ends up falling in love with someone else. It started off pretty good, there was a lot of exposition but I let it slide because it’s fantasy and sometimes you need that heavy exposition. Ultimately there didn’t seem to be a reason for such heavy, cumbersome, fantasy elements. It’s the first F/F fantasy I’ve read so that was interesting, but I’m glad I’ve finished it and won’t be reading the sequel.
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The Secret History by Donna Tartt, read by the author
Finally, I have finished The Secret History, and while it’s only taken me two months it feels like so much longer. Clearly this is not a book made to be a quick read. In fact I think I would have enjoyed it more had a had a hardcopy alongside the audio. On the whole I really enjoyed it, but I did get a bit lost at times in the middle (potentially because my mind does wander when I’m listening to an audiobook). However the ending pulled it back which left me with a positive impression, despite the fact that it could have been shorter.
I also read A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, The Fall of Arthur, In Parenthesis, At Fault, and The Once and Future King for school.
As you can see it’s been a slow reading month, with a lot more school reading than usual. Apparently, even without NaNoWriMo November just is not a good reading month for me.
What did you read this month? Did we read any of the same books? If you participated in NaNo, how did you do?
Thanks for reading!