My November Reads

November Reads

What will I be reading this month?

October was a strange month; I started with such good intentions to read four books and then illness struck, the type of illness that makes you too ill to read, and everything changed.

However saying that, I did manage to get through two books

The first, Us against Them, was the sequel to Beartown, which I adored.

I did like the second book, but not as much as the first. The writing and the story is still superb, but I just felt it was a little long and drawn out. I don’t know if this book was written as a stand-alone from Beartown, but I felt like there was lots of repetition from the first novel and explanation that perhaps didn’t need to be there. What I loved though was seeing how the story and these beloved characters progressed, tying the story up from the first book and leading into a second and equally as heartbreaking story. Again it was brutal and made you think so much about people, how they behave and how actions have consequences. And I felt this book was tied up nicely. It did for some reason though take me ages to read, whereas I whizzed through the first one. I’m glad I read it; I loved it and as always I was so happy to spend some more time with the amazing and flawed characters that xxx created, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first.

House Swap

I wasn’t really expecting to like this; I thought I knew what it was about and I was just paying the book a courtesy before I passed it on. But it surprised me and I thoroughly enjoyed it; there were twists and turns galore, it was well written and gripping and the relationships felt real. I found it a really easy read and loved it.

The Hate You Give

I tried to read this, I honestly did. I got about 100 pages in and decided that I really hated it. I didn’t like the way it was written, it was hard to follow and it felt so stereotypical from all sides. It felt like a YA novel trying to tackle a nuanced topic badly. Now I could have missed the point here and I know that my police officer background may make me biased towards this book, which is why I kept going to page 100, but it was just making me mad and not it the way I think the author intended, so I had to put it down. I heard great things about this book and I will go and see the film but I can’t help feel that it is a very bad betrayal of a serious issue. And if people really want to understand the situation that happened in this book, they would do better to read Blink, which explains it with much less bias.

The Summer that Melted Everything, I didn’t get to but hope to soon.

So what am I going to read this month?

I’m trying to be diverse and read things I wouldn’t normally, but to be honest I don’t hold out much hope and think that out of the three books I have chosen at least two of them might be swapped out.

 Normal People

I heard great things about this one, love the eye-catching cover and I’m excited for this.

The other two I am reading are,

The Flatshare

I met the author of this book at a recent event and the rights of the books have already been TV-optioned. I can’t remember how many languages it has been translated into already. I have heard great things about it and it ushers in a new genre for me, known as uplifting literature. Anyone who knows me knows that I generally don’t do uplifting, but I’m going to give this a go.

When All is Said

This was a book that Bronte was sent which caught my eye, mainly because it seems to take place in a pub over whisky, which seems to me a good way to spend an afternoon. I don’t really know what it is about, I don’t know if it’s my thing or not but I’m going to give it a go anyway.

And as always I have a back-up plan in case the last two don’t go too well and they are The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and Kismet, two that I picked up from a recent trip to Waterstones that are right up my street.