November went by so unbelievably fast! Wasn’t it Halloween yesterday? What the hell is up with this whole “getting old” thing and how do I make it stop?
Anyways! I had a surprisingly good reading month. I completed everything on my November TBR sans one book. That’s pretty good I think!
November Wrap Up
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: 4/5 Stars
Sadly I didn’t like Fangirl as much as I would have hoped. I really didn’t connect to Cath that much. I think I’m being a bit generous in giving it 4 stars even. But what I did like outweighed the didn’t like. I still enjoyed the writing, the intent the book had was really special in a lot of ways. What I enjoyed most was how well the book described how Fandoms can effect your life in a very big way. That’s what I took away from this book.
Menagerie by Rachel Vincent: 4.5/5 stars
This was my monthly book club’s pick for November (per my suggestion). I really enjoyed this book in a lot of ways. The writing first and foremost was magical, you really got a sense of the main characters situation and how confined/trapped she really felt. It’s originality really stuck out to me and it was a very strong example of Magical Realism.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: 5/5 stars
I feel like I jumped on this hype train a little bit late. But what matters is that I got here! I’m not even a little bit disappointed in the results. I REALLY loved Celaena for so many reasons. Of course she’s witty, a badass and doesn’t really let anyone tell her what to do. But what really stuck out to me was that she wasn’t a trope. She as an assassin, but she didn’t conform to that normal female assassin mindset of “I’m not like other girls! I don’t like wearing dresses!”. No, she embraced who she was while still being kick ass assassin. Can’t wait for the next one!
The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters: 3.5/5
Kind of like Fangirl, I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. Unfortunately I found the characters to be very dry and boring. Our main character Olivia is suppose to be a somewhat rebellious girl who wants to join the suffrage movement. But I didn’t find a thing about her interesting. She was so busy trying to be rebellious that she didn’t even have a personality. She was sort of a blank character. I get that it was somewhat needed for her to be altered throughout the story for the hypnotism plot to work, but it stuck out to me like a thumb.
There are parts that I DID enjoy, even though I typically judge books based on their characters. The setting and the time period were very well written. I really could get a sense of the excitement of the suffrage movement and just the general feeling of oppression that the women felt. I am a history major at University, so a lot of times historical fiction bothers me for inaccuracy. But this book didn’t really have much. That for me gave it the extra half star to go from 3 to 3.5.
December TBR is coming soon! (I just haven’t fully decided on one yet. Could be tonight, could be tomorrow. Who knows?)
As always, Happy Reading!