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What I read in November

Hellooooo! Today is Jólabókaflóð so I thought it’d be the perfect time to write about books. (If you’re wondering what Jólabókaflóð is, you can check out this post on Goodreads ;)) My November continued on mystery and thriller wave for me with one exception, which I now find really funny between the crime stories. You’ll see what I mean in a bit. I finished 5 books, bringing my total to 42/30 on my Goodreads challenge. Hmm, based on that, what do you think I should aim for next year?

Also, I was thinking that next year I’d like to devote a whole post for each book rather than cram a month into one post. I reckon it’d break things up quite nicely. Let me know your thoughts on that. For now, let’s get started with my November books and as always I’ve included links to their respective Goodreads pages in case any of them catch your eye.

  1. The Hanged Man (The Bone Field #2) by Simon Kernick. I haven’t read the previous book in this series which I think would’ve been beneficial in understanding the characters better. I was really struggling to understand the reasons behind their often peculiar thoughts and decisions. As far as the story goes, The Hanged Man touches on the previous events a lot, giving the background information that I missed out on. The book was rather fast paced and full of action, making it quite an easy read. I just didn’t enjoy it that much as I was having a really hard time getting on the same wavelength with the characters. Overall I’d say that if you do decide to read it, I’d say maybe go for the first book first (sounds kind of obvious when I put it like that, but often you don’t need to read the previous books in a mystery/crime series). 
  2. Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan. I found Anatomy of a Scandal a very well written book on a very difficult subject. I thought it was very current, realistic and believable. I found some of the relationships between the characters somewhat unlikely, but like I said it was still believable, so it didn’t bother me. One of my favourite things about this book was how the disappointment and hurt were conveyed. It was so gritty and raw, it really drew me in and made me feel all kinds of things for the characters and the story that was unfolding.
  3. Mindfulness: The Most Effective Techniques: Connect With Your Inner Self To Reach Your Goals Easily and Peacefully (Positive Psychology Coaching Series Book 0) by Ian Tuhovsky. So, that’s the book that’s a bit of an odd one out on my list. If you’re a regular visitor here then you know I’ve been struggling with anxiety which is why I reached for this particular book. I must say that it was a good read. It flowed well, I got some useful tips from it and could relate to a lot of the examples the author had used. If you’re not yet sick of hearing the word mindfulness and are curious about how it could have an impact on your life, then I’d say this is a good place to start.
  4. The Trophy Taker (DC Charlotte Stafford #2) by Sarah Flint. That’s the second book featuring DC Charlie Stafford as the main character. It’s about a serial killer that keeps a finger from each of his victims as a trophy to admire. At first there seems to be little in common between the victims, but somehow they’ve got to lead back to one killer. What that connection is, is what DC Charlie, along with the rest of her team, need to figure out before it’s too late. I enjoyed this book as much as the first one of the series and must say I didn’t quite see that ending coming!
  5. Cut To The Bone (Riley and Harris #1) by Alex Caan. It’s a story about Ruby, a popular vlogger on YouTube, who goes missing and is suspected to have been kidnapped. As the detectives delve further into Ruby’s life and her past, things get murkier and the possible motives for Ruby to be kidnapped (and killed?)

Overall I’d say it was a bit of a hit and miss that month. There were books that I really liked and some that I could’ve done without. I guess nobody can like every book they read though so I was bound to come across a few I wasn’t too keen on every now and then. I’ll just focus on the books that I do like as they outweigh the ones that I don’t by a mile anyway. (Can something outweigh something by a mile? Hmmmm) 

I also want to thank Netgalley and the publishers Random House UK, Cornerstone
Century and Simon and Schuster UK Fiction for giving me books to read and review.

In any case, enjoy Jólabókaflóð, let me know what you’ve been/currently are reading and I’ll see you soon!

G.

 

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