November Reads

Yet another great month for reading with twelve books read. And that puts me at 91 for the year so far. Which is still pretty insane for me to think about. I haven’t gone through books this fast in years. Especially with kids in the house distracting me and keeping busy. And I’ve been reading as well as listening to audiobooks. Now let’s get into the books.

The Black Tongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman
I know this author as Christoph the Insulter from the Scarborough Renaissance Festival, and he’s delightful. I recently discovered he also writes, so of course I had to read his books.
I loved this one.
The world building was fantastic and never felt like an info dump. The characters’ journey was quite amazing, and I laughed out loud several times.
I loved the magic system and the setting really came alive for me.
Can’t wait to read more in the series.

Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman
Thoroughly enjoyed this story. The build up to the creepy things across the river is perfect. When the monsters were revealed, it was not how I expected.
The miraculous escape from town is not the savior they expected, and I was a little heart broken.
I didn’t love the ending, but it didn’t ruin my enjoyment of the rest of the book.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
A great tale of horror and suspense.
The setting is beautifully written, and I really felt like I could see the house.
I had a love/hate relationship with Eleanor – but the times I didn’t like her were probably when the house influenced her. The doctor’s wife was my least favorite character, but she served her purpose.
I never would have guessed the ending and I wish I could know what happened next.

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
I found this an interesting read. Not exactly thrilling, and I wasn’t completely pulled in. But I didn’t hate it.
There were a lot of info dumps for the world building, but I wasn’t super bothered by it, because it was important to know. Just might have been a better way to tell the reader.
I wasn’t a big fan of Levi as the “bad guy.” He didn’t really pull it off. But I like Enne. She really took charge of any situation they put her in. Very strong-willed and determined.
I don’t know if it fully satisfied me with how the book ended, but I’ll read the next one to see how it goes.

Devil of Black Creek by Victor Methos
This was a fun audiobook. An outstanding performance all around. There was a lot of suspense and build up to the monster’s appearance. It had me on the edge of my seat. A quick book, but I enjoyed it.

Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards
I like this one more than I initially expected. I read it as a group read from the library without knowing much about it.
I’m a nervous passenger, so I felt tense throughout the entire book with the severe road conditions and the near accidents.
The stalker plot felt a little forced, and the author tried to plan clues to point at everyone. But I guess the book couldn’t just be about a scary drive home.
Wasn’t a big fan of the ending, but I enjoyed it overall.

Spellbound by Cate Tiernan
This book was a nice growing experience for Morgan. She took more responsibility for her power and had to make some tough decisions. Can’t say too much or I’ll reveal too many spoilers, but I really like how this series is playing out.

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard
I had a love/hate relationship with this last book in the series.
I didn’t care much for the chapters from Cal and Maven’s point of view. Iris was a pleasant addition and I still love Evangeline.
Mare grew a lot in this one and was less irritating. She really did her best to stick to what was right for the country/nation, whatever.
Even though there was so much description and redundant phrases as in the other books, it was still a nice finishing book.

Crazy Rich Asians and Kevin Kwan
Another movie I can watch now.
This was an entertaining book, with all the drama and subplots. The characters were delightful in their unlikable-ness. And I couldn’t wait to see what new torture they thought up next.
I also didn’t know this was a series, so I’m hoping the second book is at least half as amusing.

The Calling by Cate Tiernan
So many more discoveries about Morgan and her past. She makes some questionable decisions, as always, and gets in trouble, but she has the best intentions.
The ending was upsetting, but I’m sure it’s just what she needs to grow more as a person.
On to the next one.

Business for Author’s by Joanna Penn
This craft book was another helpful tool to add to my arsenal. Joanna Penn is always full of great advice and I’ve marked several spots for me to revisit. Some of it was similar to the book I read at the beginning of the year of hers, My Author Business Plan, but some ideas need to be repeated.

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One month left and I hope I can get over 100 books for the year. I know I varied a lot from my original reading list I made, but I still marked off quite a few. Looking back, I think I widened my scope of reading tastes and it has made me a more creative thinker. Reading outside the box will help me be a better writer, too.

My original book goal for the year was only fifty-five this year. I’m thinking I’ll set the bar at seventy-five for 2022. Even though I easily met that this year, there’s no telling what might happen in the coming months. I want the goal to still be attainable and even though this year was amazing; I want to be realistic.

I’m also working on a new method for my book journaling and tracking to start in the new year that will hopefully help me organize my thoughts for these posts better. And one of my goals for next year is to actually post my ‘reviews’ on Goodreads and Amazon. As a writer, I know reviews are helpful and it’s time I put my effort into it properly.

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