There is just one month left in 2017, a crazy thought, and the penultimate month has just come to an end. November was a much better reading month for me, despite my reading time being greatly reduced in order to make time for NaNoWriMo. As a result, while I have not read quite as many physical books as usual, the books I did read were focused on the formats most suited for travelling and busy lifestyles: kindles and audiobooks.
I read a total of 8 books in November, the majority of them were books which I liked or really liked, there weren’t any major standouts. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie was easily my favourite read of the month, but that is, in part, due to it being one of my overall favourite books. This particular version was brought more alive by the narration of Dan Stevens, which was phenomenal, and really allowed me to experience this book in a whole new way. The book which received the lowest rating was Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury, but that by no means implies that it’s a bad book. I enjoyed reading it and Ray Bradbury certainly can write; it just did not hit home with me the way I was expecting and others may get more from it than I did.
The full list of the books I read is below. For reference, the way I rate is as follows:
1-Unable to Finish ; 2-Did not enjoy ; 3-Liked ; 4-Really Liked ; 5-Loved
Best Served Cold by Jo Abercrombie – 3.5/5
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie – 5/5
Priestess of the White by Trudi Canavan – 4/5
The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – 4/5
The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz – 4/5
Rise of the Phoenix by Jamie Mclachlan – 4/5
Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury – 3/5
The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz – 4.5/5
Those are the books I read in November. My goal for 2017 was to read 100 books and, with 83 books under the belt, it’s looking like December is going to be quite reading-heaving if I am to reach my goal. Fortunately, at the time of writing, I have already read 4 books and am close to finishing my fifth. It will still be quite difficult to meet the goal, but I am hopeful. I have two weeks off of work and a couple of long train journeys coming up which will allow me to get into reading properly. I’m still going to try and read a varied selection of books but I am not going to decide in advance which they will be, rather just choosing to read whatever I happen to be in the mood for at the time. That being said, I imagine my usual Winter reading themes will dominate – magic and murder. What more can you want in December?
Bring on the challenge of reading 17 books in one month.