November 2015 Wrap Up

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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
The Martian by Andy Weir (audiobook)
Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Avelynn by Marissa Campbell
The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens

3 A.M. At the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens

Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick (Simon & Schuster Canada)
Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible Stan Lee (Simon & Schuster Canada)
Avelynn by Marissa Campbell (Raincoast Books)
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (Penguin Random House Canada)
Lost Oceans by Johanna Basford (Penguin Random House Canada)

As much as I hate to say it, November was pretty uneventful life wise! I suppose that can be a good thing too though! After co-hosting a baby shower for one of my best friends on November 1st, I was ready to start hibernating at home with my books and tea! And boy did I kick book butt this month! 6 books is pretty good considering how few books I’ve managed to get through these past couple of months. My husband and I also got hooked on the new Jessica Jones series on Netflix, so there was a lot of binge watching in between reading!

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After finishing up my horror marathon for October, I was in the mood for something a bit lighter, so I was pretty excited when I received a copy of Avelynn in the mail from Raincoast books. I LOVE the Vikings TV show, so I was excited to see the Viking period written as a romance. Unfortunately, the story fell a bit flat, and I struggled to get through it. In fact, I didn’t even finish it. I’m about halfway through Avelynn,  but the plot is so slow that I put it down to take a break and never managed to pick it back up again. Oh well!

I was successful, however, in finishing the Grisha series! Finally! I loved the first two books, but it took me FOREVER to finally get around to reading Ruin and Rising. As expected, Ruin and Rising was an enjoyable conclusion to a solid series, and I can’t wait to revisit Bardugo’s fantastic writing in Six of Crows sometime soon!

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In terms of YA books, I also decided to read Becca Fitzpatrick’s latest novel, Dangerous Lies, after receiving a copy from Simon & Schuster Canada. It was an enjoyable suspense/romance, although it didn’t have nearly the same thrills as her last novel, Black Ice. I’m hoping she sticks with the suspense writing though, because it seems to be a genre she excels at!

My audiobook choice this month was The Martian by Andy Weir, and boy was it a good one! After hearing that the narrator for The Martian had won an Audie for his performance, I knew that I had to listen to this one rather than read it, and I’m glad that I did! The narrator was FANTASTIC and I doubt I would have enjoyed the story as much if I had physically read it. He made the boring, science parts of the book more interesting to listen to, and really brought Mark’s humour to life!

Finally, my friends and I met on Skype for our second official book club meeting, which was a blast! November’s book club pick was A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, and I think it’s safe to say that we all enjoyed it! Unfortunately, I had the super tough task of picking the next book club pick for December!

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After spending literally 2 hours in Chapters browsing through books, I finally landed on The Mountain Story by Lori Lansen. The Girls by Lansen is one of my favourite books, so I crossed my fingers that The Mountain Story would be just as good! Wanting to get a head start, I began reading it early this past week, and actually ended up finishing it this afternoon! I won’t go into too much detail, because my fellow bookclub members haven’t read it yet, but it’s safe to say that Lansen didn’t disappoint!

Well, that’s a wrap on November! With December just a day away you can expect to see Christmas reads dominating my Twitter and Instagram accounts for the next month!  If anyone has any great Holiday book recommendations then send them my way!!



4 thoughts on “November 2015 Wrap Up

  1. This time of year is so great for cuddling up with a good book. I’m glad you read so many books and seem to have liked most of them. The back end of this month was not good for me. Now that Thanksgiving is over I should be able to read more and I really want to read the Grisha series. I haven’t even started yet!

  2. I totally should have listened to The Martian on audiobook; the science bits killed me. Curling up with tea and a book between binge watching Jessica Jones sounds like a pretty stellar month to me :). I’m glad to hear you liked the end of the Grisha trilogy! I loved the first book but somehow never continued.. not quite sure why. Hope you have a wonderful December!!

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