Happy November everyone! I adore this time of year so much, bonfire night, warm cider, leaves falling, cold, bright and frosty mornings and Christmas is just around the corner!
I’m also taking part in NaNoWriMo this year if you’re not sure what this is let me tell you: Nanowrimo is NAtionalNOvelWRitingMOnth and it takes place from the 1st of November through to the 30th. It’s basically a month-long writing sprint in which you aim to write a novel, add to an existing one or just write a whole bunch of nonsense for a month. The main idea is to write 50 thousand words but you can pretty much set yourself any goal you wish and write every day.
I’m taking this as an opportunity to write the first draft of a Young Adult Fantasy novel I’ve had in my head for the past 3 years or so and so far, things are going well – don’t want to jinx it, mind, you know how it is, you think stuff is going well and then something happens to knock you off track.
Anyway, it’s because of Nanowrimo that this post is going up so late – I’ve been writing my socks off and not really had much time to put thought into anything else, unfortunately.
I’ve decided to limit myself to four books this November, and I’m not going to beat myself up should I not finish them all.
The first book is a middle grade novel by Kelly Barnhill – The Girl Who Drank the Moon. I’m not going to go into too much detail about it because it was included in my WITCHATHON TBR which I took part in last month.
This was the group read which everyone taking part in the readathon is supposed to have read – unfortunately after a great start reading-wise I ended up only completely 3 out of the 5 books – again, I blame Nanowrimo – I spent the later part of November prepping away like a good little wannabe author.
Anyhow, I adore the premise of this book – a town set in swampish woodland who sacrifice a newborn baby by leaving it in the woods for the evil witch who’s not actually evil at all.
The babies are taken in, fed starlight and sent on their merry way. One of the children is accidentally fed moonlight, named Luna and the witch keeps her – raising her as her own.
Goodreads rates this book 4.1/5 and I think I’ll rate it a 4.
Next up I want to finish reading another book I started in October – The Walled City by Ryan Graudin.
This is a book about 3 people who live within a walled city which is rife with prostitution and crime, it’s told from alternating perspectives – one of which comes from a girl who is trying to pass herself off as a boy in order to stay safe. They hope to escape the wall – something no one has been able to do alive.
As I say, I already started this novel but put it to one side when starting the WitchaThon – it’s good so far, I’m about 40% through and although not blown away, it’s an entertaining read. On Goodreads, this book is rated 3.87 / 5 and I think I’ll end up rating it 3/5.
The next book I hope to get to this month is a book called Talon by Julie Kagawa.
I’m really excited to read this book – it’s been on my TBR since last Christmas and I’m ashamed to say I haven’t really looked at it since then.
It seems to centre around two factions, Dragons and Dragonslayers who are at a vicious war which humanity know nothing about. A teen called Ember must integrate herself into the human world as part of a test set by the Dragons of the Talon – meanwhile The Order of St George have sent out one of their soldiers to hunt her down. It seems they both have a lot to learn about one another, and perhaps what they have been taught as part of their training is not exactly the whole truth after all.
Goodreads rates this book 3.76 out of 5 stars and I hope to rate it 4/5.
Finally, I want to finish a book I started earlier this year and just haven’t had chance to finish yet – it’s a book I was sent a free copy of by the author for an honest review. I feel bad that I haven’t managed to finish it yet because I was very much enjoying it.
This is a collection of short stories by Varun Sayal and they are all Sci Fi stories about parallel universes.
There are 6 short stories altogether and I’ve read two of them, both of which shared an interesting concept and were well written, I’m hoping the rest follow suit!
This book is rated 3.8 out of 5 on Goodreads and I hope to rate it 3 out of 5.
So that’s my TBR for November, apologies for the lateness of this but as I say, things have got hectic!
Happy reading bookworms and until next time, have yourself a really good one.