What I Got Up To In November

Holy shit. Looking at this, I had a super productive month! My vacation in October must have really done me well and recharged my batteries. I’d felt like it did, but it’s really encouraging to see that translate into what I love–more reading and writing! Without further ado, here’s what I got up to in November!

Books I read

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

Paperback, 369 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Harper Perennial (first published April 15th 2003)
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I’m familiar with Lehane’s work and have seen movies based on his books (including this one), but I’m not 100% I’ve read any of his other books. I really enjoyed this one, even though I remembered how it ended from the movie! It was interesting, exciting, and had the perfect amount of twists and turns. If you like thrillers and weird psychological books, check this one out if you haven’t already. Then watch the movie. Because I mean, Leo.

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Harper
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After I read Shutter Island, I was in the mood for something else weird. This was not it. When I read the description, it sounded like this would be an interesting mystery with a weird twist. If I hadn’t been in the reading mood that I was, I think I would have enjoyed this a lot more. This is more atmospheric than action packed, more about character development than mystery. Usually, that’s what I go for. Sadly, this time I wasn’t feeling it. However, I don’t think this was any fault of the book. The writing is really good.

One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of this will Matter by Scaachi Koul

Hardcover, 241 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Doubleday Canada
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Oh this gem. On a Saturday off, I curled up in my living room with a pot of coffee and read this entire book. It made me laugh out loud, stop and think, and immediately rate it five stars upon finishing. This is an amazing essay collection about what it’s like growing up in Canada, “the land of ice and casual racism,” as the daughter of Indian immigrants. She observes Canadian culture and critiques it while chronicling her experiences. I loved this book and am super sad I missed the opportunity to hear her speak while she was in my city. Also, definitely follow her on twitter.

Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt

Paperback, 331 pages
Published January 24th 2017 by Mariner Books (first published January 5th 2016)
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This was me getting back on the weird books track. I remember Shaina from Shaina Reads and Julianne from Outlandish Lit rec’ing this one last year maybe. I immediately put it on my TBR… But you know how that goes. This was a pretty good and weird little read, though I sadly guessed something that was going to happen and wasn’t surprised. It’s really hard to talk about this one without spoilers, but I gave it a ⅗ on Goodreads if that helps you.

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) by NK Jemisin

Paperback, 468 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Orbit
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The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth #2) by NK Jemisin
Paperback, 448 pages
Published August 18th 2016 by Orbit (first published August 16th 2016)
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Right now, I’m about 100 pages out of finishing the third book. I’d heard great things about Jemisin…well, every time she or fantasy was ever mentioned. Ever. I’d been meaning to get around to read something by her forever, but hadn’t been in the mood for fantasy. This month, the prompt for my work book club was “a book that won a Hugo.” Well, both of these books won. Two years in a row. So, that pick was easy. And they are both sublime. I love everything about them. Read them. Naow.

Posts I published

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What did you get up to in November?