Reads of November

November was a busy month, with NaNoWriMo writing every day and the holiday season, and I didn’t have much time to read. I only ended up getting through four books, and just barely. I don’t know if I was in a funk or what, but I was just not in the mood for reading. But I’ll try to do better in December.

Everyone Here is Lying by Shari Lapena
An interesting story with an okay twist. The tension and stress of the characters was palpable. But the reveal happened too early and then the book took too long to wrap up.
There were also too many POV characters. I feel like half of them could be cut and the unknown would have added to the tension, not to mention made the reveal stronger. But other than that, it was an enjoyable read with great descriptions.

The Block Party by Jamie Day
This was a great book. It starts a little slow, but the back and forth of the storyline keeps you hooked to find out who dies and who did it.
Everytime I thought I’d figured it out, I was wrong. There were a few of the small twists I guessed, but the big ones at the end stopped me in my tracks. Amazing writing.
It was also refreshing to only have two POVs tell the story (unlike the last read) and it definitely added to the mystery.
Fantastic book.

Writing the Shadow by Joanna Penn
Another great book for authors of Joanna Penn. When I tell you I ran to back her kickstarter the minute I found out about it – I ran. Can’t wait for my signed copy and the workbook to arrive (it was delivered the day I posted here! And it’s just as beautiful as I anticipated!).
I feel like this book will help me unlock more of my potential once I start working in my shadow. I related to a lot of what she talked about – especially about being called lazy.
You can really tell how much work she put into this book. A great and informative read.

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this one. It started out a little bland, but grew into something exciting.
With every twist and turn, I knew I had to get to the end to find out what was the truth. The first big reveal gave me whiplash. And then the end had me wishing for at least one more chapter.
An overall great read.

I’m hoping to get more reading done this month, but I’ve already reached my goal for the year so everything else is just icing on the cake. And in the new year, I’m hoping to give myself more time to sit and read. I’ve done better this year, but I still need more focused reading time. If you’ve read any of the books above, I’d love to hear your thoughts.