It’s already December!!! Christmas is so close I can smell it (literally, Woolies has live Christmas trees now and they made my grocery shopping trip smell so good).
Last month I mentioned I’d upped my reading goal to 52. This month I hit 53 books read! I’m anticipating the next couple of weeks might not be super productive on the reading front while work ramps up, but hoping the back half of December sees many days laid out in the sun reading to make up for it.
But anyway, let’s move on to the books I *did* read this month…
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han
You may have heard of this one when Netflix made a movie based on it earlier this year. I know I sure did (notably from my two work colleagues who are OBSESSED haha). The book was cute, very classic contemporary YA, but I did enjoy reading a non-white female lead!
Verdict: Cute, light YA contemporary read.
Bridge of Clay – Markus Zusak
He’s done it again! More than 10 years in the making, this almost-500-page brick of a book is well worth the read.
Dealing with themes of love, loss, and family, this is an epic Aussie tale you’ll get drawn in to.
Read my full review here.
Verdict: An epic tale with a fantastic narrative voice. Worth a read.
Dark Intent – A B Endacott
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this book, which comes out on December 10th on the Kindle Store. We’re back in the world of the Godskissed Continent, but this story isn’t linked to Queendom or King, so you can dive straight in to this one if you wish!
My full review for this one can be read here.
Verdict: Well-written urban fantasy, I definitely enjoyed this read (especially given how little fantasy I usually choose).
Circe – Madeline Miller
This was my most recent book club read, and we all ended up really loving it! I think the average vote was 4 stars, which I’d agree with.
An interesting take on Greek mythology, this retells the tale of Circe. I haven’t read much of these tales and had very little background on the mythology but I loved it regardless!
Verdict: A fantastic retelling that weaves together pieces of Greek mythology beautifully.
Vicious – V. E. Schwab
I didn’t know what to think of this one going in to it. I only really knew that my friend Liz (Straight Off The Shelf) adored it and was raving about it on her Instagram stories, so I had to give it a go!
It was a pretty gripping tale about EOs (ExtraOrdinaries) and two young men, best friends, who are determined to become them. But when they manage it, everything changes…
Verdict: A fabulous book, worth ranting and fangirling over. I’m keen to get my hands on the sequel!
This Will Only Hurt A Little – Busy Philipps
I LOVED THIS BOOK. Busy’s memoir honestly feels like you’re sitting down having a chat with her – her voice is so clear on every page of the book.
Heartbreaking, raw, hilarious, and incredibly honest throughout, this is a celebrity memoir like no other I have read. (This does come with a trigger warning for rape).
Full review coming Monday!
Verdict: Even if you don’t know who Busy Philipps is, this is a fascinating look at her life and the realities of Hollywood.
So I’m only just realising now how many books I actually got through in November. It might actually be a record!!! No flops this month either, I genuinely enjoyed every book I read (some more than others, and each in their own way). How good.
So, what did you guys read this month? Anything I need to get my hands on?
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