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
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
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
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
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
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
- 5 Books on my Christmas Wishlist
- The Ten Best Books I Didn’t Read this Fall
- Huge, Wildly Overdue Fall Book Haul
I reported on some fun bookish news about:
- A Paperbag Princess Film Adaptation with Elizabeth Banks at the helm
- All Harry Potter Movies coming to all HBO platforms
- A Catch-22 Mini-Series with George Clooney Directing and Starring
- The 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize
- The First Full Length Love, Simon Trailer! (the Movie based on Simon Vs. The Home Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli)
I also posted about:
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What did you get up to in November?
Beth O’Brien is a library assistant and book blogger. Born and raised in Atlantic Canada, she lives in picturesque Nova Scotia with her cat Edith. You can often find her rocking double denim with her nose in a book and a craft beer in her hand. Follow her on Twitter @fuelldbyfiction.