Monday, 4 December 2017

November Reading Wrap-Up//December TBR

November was something of an epic month for reading, then. Not only did I manage to hit my 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge of 110 books, with time to spare, but I read a sum total of 21 books in November! That's got to be a personal best! Of course, it helps that 12 of those 21 books were short stories; coming in at 100 pages, or just over. That still leaves something like 9 full sized books read in the month, though, alongside those 12 shorts. Still pretty amazing, I'd say! Here's what I read in November...

This post would become rather ridiculously long if I were to provide a mini-review of all 12 James Patterson short stories I read in November. Instead, here's a list of the BookShots I read in November, and my star review of each.

Killer Chef by James Patterson **
The Dolls by James Patterson *****
The Shut-In by James Patterson ****
The Medical Examiner by James Patterson ***
Deadly Cargo by James Patterson ***
Let's Play Make-Believe by James Patterson ****
The House Husband by James Patterson ****
Chase by James Patterson **
Break Point by James Patterson ***
Come and Get Us by James Patterson ***
Hunted by James Patterson ****
Taking the Titanic by James Patterson **

As you can see, some were better than others. I particularly enjoyed The Dolls, The Shut-In and The House Husband. I started November in a bit of a reading slump, but these BookShots were the perfect remedy to that.

Sometimes I pick up a book, start reading and find myself struggling with it. 99 Red Balloons, by Elisabeth Carpenter, was one of those books. So I put this book aside, back in October, and only picked it up again in November. I'm glad I gave it a second chance; it was definitely a case of wrong book, wrong time. Because when I reread it, I found 99 Red Balloons to be totally gripping, thrilling and horrifying. I just could not put it down! A fantastic read.

Rating: ****

Tortured, by Victoria Spry, did not make for easy reading. What Victoria went through at the hands of her so-called mother. Well, it's just heart-breaking. It's not one of those books you can really say you enjoyed, is it? But it was a well-written, emotional, heart-breaking read. Which is why it gets 5 stars, and a place on my favourite books of 2017 list!

Rating: *****

Behind Closed Doors, by B. A. Paris, was just fantastic. Chilling, gripping, unsettling and totally addictive. B. A. Paris knows how to write a great thriller!

Rating: *****

The Diary of a Bookseller, by Shaun Bythell, was nothing like I expected. Somehow, I got the wrong end of the stick, and thought this was fiction. It reminded me, vaguely, of the Adrian Mole diaries. And as I loved them, I decided to try something a little different to my usual reading tastes. It turns out that The Diary of a Bookseller is nonfiction/biographical; which only made it better, honestly. A fantastic, funny, involving read. I've been recommending this to so many people!

Rating: *****

I'm becoming something of a James Patterson fan, it seems. The Store is, in my opinion, very much reminiscent of Stepford Wives. Anyone else remember that film? Creepy, chilling and haunting. This was a fantastic read, made better by the fact that the world Patterson writes about in The Store doesn't seem too far from becoming a reality. Scary. But a great read. 

Rating: ***

I went into The Treatment a little blindly, really. I didn't know what to expect, even though I've read C. L. Taylor's adult fiction in the past. I was totally impressed by Taylor's YA debut, though, and found this to be a really exciting, addictive read. 

Rating: ****

Copy Cat, by Alex Lake, is a book that deserves a lot more attention than it currently has. This is a really chilling look at how much we reveal online, and how that information can be used against it. This book really raised the hairs on my arms, and sent shivers down my spine. I couldn't put it down, and devoured it in a matter of hours! 

Rating: *****

Arrowood, by Laura McHugh, was another fantastic novel. I'll definitely be looking for her previous novel, The Weight of Blood, after reading this one. Laura knows how to write a gripping, chilling thriller. A truly fantastic read!

Rating: *****

Mirror Mirror, by Cara Delevingne, was another of those books that was a case of wrong book, wrong time. I think I wrote it off in October after only a few chapters, partly because of it's author. I had this preconceived idea that, because it was written by a supermodel, it would be shit, frankly. But I was wrong, and when I picked it up again a few weekends ago, I loved it. An unexpected, gripping, and chilling read; I'm hoping Cara brings out a sequel to her debut, Mirror Mirror.

Rating: *****

I read some fantastic books in November. A few that particularly stand out for me? Mirror Mirror, which I should not have been so quick to dismiss because of it's authorship. Copy Cat, which was a really shocking, haunting read. The Diary of a Bookseller, which was nothing like I expected but surpassed any expectations I might have had for it. And, Behind Closed Doors, which was a debut thriller like no other. Now, here's what's on my TBR pile for December!

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King
Asking For It by Louise O'Neill
Remember Me This Way by Sabine Durant
They All Fall Down by Tammy Cohen
In A Cottage In A Wood by Cass Green
The Good Mother by Karen Osman

What have you read recently? 

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