November was made up of creepy reads, plain wtf-did-I-just-read? reads, and even an audiobook. I had friends join me for Thanksgiving at a cabin where I had ambitious dreams to read beside the fireplace. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen as I had way too much fun playing with the kids and taking my dogs for long walks.
The Magician’s Nephew (C.S. Lewis) ♠♠♠
I struggled with which book to read first in this series. I decided to go with chronological order rather than publication order and thus this was my first C.S. Lewis novel. I am happy I chose this book as it provided a lot of background information, but unfortunately, it was a bit boring. The most exciting part was toward the end when I learned about how to wardrobe became to be – this also made me really look forward to the next book!
The Summer Book (Tove Jansson) ♠♠♠♠♠
I’ve known Tove Jansson’s work from her moomins’ children stories and thus I was really looking forward to reading an adult book by her. And let me tell you, I loved it. I have a soft spot for novels dealing with death and grief and this one combines coming-of-age and nearing-the-end so beautifully and so raw, that I couldn’t put the book down. I know Tove wrote the book to deal with her own mother’s passing and that really shone through – everything felt so true and real and full of love. I would highly recommend this book to anyone dealing with those emotions. Many passages reminded me of A Monster Calls and I am really starting to appreciate literature as a means to cope with death.
The Next Always (Nora Roberts) ♠♠♠
As it nears the end of the year, and thus the end of the PopSugar reading challenge, I always have to scramble for books to fulfill the categories – and nothing promises a quick read more than Nora Roberts. And she delivered again. This trilogy is her usual spiel – three brothers and three best friends – well, of course, they’re all going to fall in love, and I will be center stage for that. This was a solid first book in the series. It held me captivated and made me emotional (enough) at times. I am looking forward to reading the next two.
Dark Harvest (Norman Partridge) ♠♠♠♠♠
My Goodreads review says it all – this is full of depravity, much too real human interactions, and creepy Halloween spookiness. I loved it. This book is dark – both literally and figuratively (although the Oxford dictionary doesn’t distinguish between them anymore, tsk, tsk!) and is only for you if you don’t mind reading about the deepest and coldest places of humanity.
33 Snowfish (Adam Rapp) ♠♠♠♠
WTF did I just read? I don’t even want to summarize this. While Dark Harvest can be chalked up to being fantastical and just a Halloween story (and thus we can overlook that humans are assholes), this book does not let you ignore this. Some people have it hard. Some people need to fight to stay alive. Some people will never win in life. But the protagonists of this novel are so low on the totem pole that even a glimmer of hope just gets shoved in their faces. This book is not for the faint of heart but I am so thankful that Adam Rapp had the courage to write this, and especially to write this for young adults!
Lisey’s Story (Stephen King) ♠♠♠
This is what happens when Stephen King writes a love story. The book was decent and the content imaginative – I would expect nothing less from King, but I just couldn’t get into it and I blame it being an audiobook for this.