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Reading Life: November 2018

November came and went, and maybe it’s the cozy weather or maybe it’s the long road trips that come with holiday travel, but it felt like I actually had more time for reading this month, which is always a good thing!

Read in November 2018

I’m still tracking and taking daily photos of what I’m reading, even if they rarely make it to the blog or social media. But if you want to see time-lapse videos of what I read each month, check out my Instagram feed @ladykatiestitchery!

 

November 2018 Thoughts

Finished:

Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng

Start date: 10/29/2018
Finish date: 11/5/2018
Source: Southern Festival of Books
Genre: Fiction
Format: Hardcover
3 stars

Well-written and character driven, a peek into suburbia and motherhood I found realistic. I liked the direction and insights brought up when an artist and her teenaged daughter enter the lives of a tight-knit family and start challenging their norms, especially when a controversial adoption forces the whole community to take sides, but I was disappointed that the ending felt so rushed.  There was a lot of telling instead of showing, and it felt like it wrapped up too neatly and quickly.

Runaways Vol 2: Best Friends Forever, written by Rainbow Rowell and illustrated by Kris Anka


Start date: 11/6/2018
Finish date: 11/6/2018
Source:
Genre: Comic Book
Format: Paperback
4 stars

The only comic I read! I liked this one even more than the first: less “getting the gang back together” and more character development and new relationships. The plot arc was fun but I’m mostly here for the dialogue that Rainbow Rowell always brings to the table.

 

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


Start date: 11/7/2018
Finish date: 11/21/2018
Source: McKay’s Used Books
Genre: Short Stories
Format: Hardcover
3 stars

Entertaining but tame, probably because Sherlock Holmes has permeated pop culture to an extent that the original version is no longer as shocking or intriguing as the modern adaptations. There were one or two particularly clever stories, but the rest were not very unique. This volume contains 12 short stories and as the first one kept referencing the A Study in Scarlet, I consulted Google to see if I would miss anything vital by skipping the first novel. Long story short: I was on the right path; but just in case you were wondering, there are many, many opinions on which order to read the four novels and (many) collections of short stories, and not necessarily in chronological order. But the consensus was that this collection is a good place to start, and indeed, although I enjoyed the mysteries, I think I get the gist enough to stop here. 

 

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson


Start date: 11/23/2018
Finish date: 11/30/2018
Source: Southern Festival of Books
Genre: Fiction
Format: Paperback
4 stars

I really enjoyed this surprising comedy of manners that feels lighthearted but manages a nuanced look at old and new England, when a cranky widower falls in love with the Pakistani widow in his small village. With enough depth for satisfying character arcs and plenty of poking fun at intergenerational relationships, the happy ending was well-deserved.

 

Still Reading:

Lethal White (Comoran Strike #4), by Robert Gilbraith


Start date: 11/14/2018

Source: Library
Genre: Fiction
Format: Library audiobook

I’m always excited when a new Cormoran Strike mystery comes out, but unfortunately the library hold lists were not in my favor this time around, and I had to return the audiobook before I could finish. So I’ll have to wait to pick up where I left off when the physical book is available at the library.

Books read in November: 4
Books read in 2018: 42
Still reading: 1

So that’s what I’ve been reading during the eleventh month of 2018!

I’m always looking for more book recommendations – are you reading any good books?

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