Thursday, December 1, 2016

November Reading

I've been trying to do a lot more reading in the last few months. I love to read, but often don't make enough time for it. So, I started making a real effort to put a dent in my huge list of books I want to read.

I read six books this November, one of which was my book club selection. Here goes:

Georgia's Kitchen
Jenny Nelson

A disgraced NYC chef moves to Italy to work in a restaurant where she is not the head chef. Along the way, she meets some interesting characters, a possible love interest, and has to decide if Italy is really the place for her. Not great literature, but a nice read.

Fablehaven (book 1)
Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star (book 2)
Brandon Mull

I really enjoy reading children's literature, so I picked up book one of this series and was not disappointed. All kinds of fairy tale good guys and bad guys inhabit Fablehaven, a secret refuge for magical creatures in Connecticut. The first book was very good (they can't all be Harry Potter!), and so I quickly reserved a copy at the my local library of book 2. I'm enjoying the books and would love to introduce them to my grandson when he's a bit older. Looking forward to book 3!

The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins

I would imagine most of you have read this book if you are into the mystery/thriller genre. We read this for our November Book Club selection. I didn't love it, but it wasn't hard to read. You want to know who did it, so it made dealing with an unlikeable cast of characters and the much talked about "unreliable narrator" easier to push past. Do I recommend it? Yes, I guess so.

Go Ask Alice

I picked up this book at a garage sale a while back and decided it was time to put this one on my finished list. I went into it believing it was a true story, but the abruptness of the ending prompted me to look into the background of the book. Turns out it is not quite what I thought. I won't say much more because regardless of the background of the book, it is a powerful book about youth and drug addiction. Well worth it.

Timebound: The Chronos Files, (Book 1)
Rysa Walker

Another young adult novel, this one about time travel. I love time travel stories, and this was one of Amazon's "Kindle Deal of the Day" options. So, I gave it a shot. I did like the story, but there were too many versions of the time travelers in the past to make it clear as to what was going on in some parts of the book. There are other books in this series, but I'm not sure if I'll continue with it.

Currently, I am reading J.K. Rowlings Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I'm just barely into it, so I'll let you know what I think. It is written in play form, so a lot of imagination is required. Hope to see the movie once I finish it.

Click on the book images to read a description of these books on Hope you are finding time to read!


Anonymous said...

I am into YA fantasy as well! I think there are a lot of good books being written. I am on Book 2 of The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. First book is Shadow and Bone. Another series I am enjoying is the Girl Genius series starring Agatha H. It's by Phil Foglio. First book is Agatha H and the Airship City.
Glad to hear about the Girl on the Train. I won't read it!
Life is too short; I don't finish books I am not enjoying. My cousin feels she must finish a book she has started but not me. There are so many books I want to read!
Goos post!

Woolly Mammoth Woolens said...

I agree. If I start a book and it just isn't working for me, I move on to something else. I have way too many books that I want to read. Glad to hear someone else likes YA fantasy. I'm really enjoying investigating that genre. I have found a lot of good recommendations on booktube (access through you tube). I'm hoping to do a once a month recap of the books I've read. I just love sharing good books with other people.