Welcome to my November reading wrap-up:
Total Books Read this month: 13
4 were Library Books, 8 were E-books and only one was from my physical TBR pile
I discovered 5 ‘new for me’ authors.
2 of the books read were written by Australian authors
Best Book(s) of the month: my best book this month was SHADOW OF NIGHT by Deborah Harkness. I was so scared that the previous book in the trilogy, A Discovery of Witches, was a one off and that Deborah Harkness may not be able to keep the momentum going. Well she could and she did – Whoo Hoo!!! Now the long wait for the final book – which I will have on pre-order as soon as the publishing date is announced!!! An honourable mention has to go to THE SNOW CHILD by Eowyn Ivey – a very good fantasy story based on an old Russian fairy story. A wonderful piece of writing and only marked down because The ending left me with many unanswered questions.
Least Favourite Book(s): I say least favourite because my lowest ‘score’ is still very readable. It is only average in my opinion; but that opinion may not be shared with others! I read two books that fitted this category. The first one was INDIAN SUMMER by Will Randall, a non-fiction memoir of the author’s time teaching young kids in the slums of India. The second was for a group read and it was BLUE ASYLUM by Kathy Hepinstall, a historical novel that plenty of potential to be a great story but just failed to grab me.
General Summary: As you can see a few Christmas themed books snuck in as I prepare for my full Christmas reading onslaught in December. My Australian authors this month were Paul Moxham and Johanna Nicholls, they were also new for me authors. Both of them have written more than one book so will have many more enjoyable reading experiences them. An Australian author is defined by me as either an Australian born author no matter where they live and write in the world now, or an author who currently lives and writes in Australia even though they may have been born elsewhere. Finally, the new authors for me this month were Deborah Donnelly, Eowyn Ivey, Paul Moxham, Melody Carlson, Robert Goolrick, Johanna Nicholls, Will Randall and Kathy Hepinstall – all of them, except the last two, I would happily read again.
A = Excellent Stuff – a real page turner and hard to put down
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness – Paranormal Adventure
B = Really Good Read
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – Fantasy
You May Now Kill the Bride by Deborah Donnelly – Mystery
Silent Night by Deanna Raybourn – Christmas/Historical
A Reckless Witch by Debora Geary – Paranormal
The Mystery of Smugglers Cove by Paul Moxham –Mystery/Aussie Author
A Witch Central Wedding by Debora Geary – Romance/Paranormal
The Christmas Bus by Melody Carlson – Christmas/Christian
Ghost GumValley by Johanna Nicholls – Historical/Aussie Author
Christmas at Harrington’s by Melody Carlson – Christmas/Christian
C = Above Average – very readable and enjoyable
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick – Historical
D = Average – it was OK, a bit of a struggle to finish
Indian Summer by Will Randall – Non-Fiction
Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall – Historical
So onward to December – which means I will read Christmas themed reads almost exclusively until December 25th; my annual blitz. Will also be busy downloading Christmas e-books ready for next years blitz!!! Whoo Hoo!! What book goodies will I discover in December?