Monthly Musings – November 2014

MonthlyMusingsThis is a where I look back at what I read (or tried to read) during the past month. I also plan on highlighting my experiences in any book club reads I from the month as well. I will always start with any books I would label as a surprise find/under-read books so if anyone missed my reviews for them, and don’t make it to the end of this post, they’ll be easy to find.



So, what did I do with my November? I’m honestly not real sure, it seemed to go by in a blink. I didn’t read quite as much as I have other months, but given my personal goal is only one book a week I did pretty good (especially considering I didn’t read much the last two weeks). I think I do that sometimes. Binge read every last waking moment (and what should be some non-waking ones too), and then kind of take a little hiatus. So, what did I do instead of reading? Besides all the normal real life craziness? Binge watch 5 and a half seasons of Vampire Diaries. Seriously. And honestly, as much as I feel like I shouldn’t admit it, obviously I liked it. I’ve also been online a bit less lately, I’ve found working from home full time is something I enjoy but occasionally when job stress builds up, I want to leave the office. Since my work office is also my personal office (and computer), I’ve been doing less online than normal. But I’m getting back, and am not going to let myself stress about it. I read for fun and I blog for fun, if I take a break or slow down for a bit, so be it because otherwise, it won’t be fun anymore and then I’d have to ask why I’m doing it.

Currently I’ve felt stuck trying to get through my current audiobook. I’m over half way through, so would rather not do a DNF review of it, but at the same time, I think its contributing to my lack of interest in reading as much lately.


Surprise Find/Underrated/Underread Book

The Heart Does Not Grow Back by Fred Venturini – I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one. I can’t say I was a fan of the cover, and the superhero theme in it could honestly go either way for me. But I loved it. It’s quite dark, and rather funny (in a twisted kind of way) and I also found it to be unpredictable. Hope to see more people discover this one.




Review Summary

Tough Traveling with the Tough Guide Tour

Backlist Burndown

I finished off my Liveship Traders read with a review of Ship of Destiny. Absolutely loved the series, so glad I read it. And if I don’t get out of my reading slump soon, I may have to dive into Rain Wild Chronicles.

Looking Forward

Hoping I can break my non-reading streak from the past couple of weeks, and get back into the swing of things. I have some great books on tap!

Golden Son by Pierce Brown – Quite excited I just got this one today! Really looking forward to continuing Darrow’s story (and may jump into it to help pull me out of this reading slump).

Broken Eye by Brent Weeks – I saw the Kindle book was at a really good price this week, so went ahead and bought a copy. I hope to get to it sometime soon.

The Warring States by Aidan Harte – I loved Irenicon. I’ve had this sequel for a while, but since it doesn’t release until April in the US, I’ve held onto it. But I’m starting to rethink that, and may read it sooner rather than later.

The Just City by Jo Walton – I’ve not read anything by Jo Walton before, looking forward to checking this one out.

City Stained Red by Sam Sykes – Many thanks to Orbit for the review copy of this! I have wanted to read something by Sykes and this looks to be a perfect opportunity (I’re read the first 10 – 15% of this and enjoying it)

The Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jesmin – This series has been on my TBR list, and with the omnibus coming I was thrilled to get a copy from Orbit.




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14 thoughts on “Monthly Musings – November 2014”

  1. I’ve read the Inheritance Trilogy before but the omnibus edition makes me want to do a reread, since it’s been a while since I sank into that world and had squee moments over various gods and godlings.

    I’m going to be reading Jo Walton’s “The Just City” this month, too, because I love Walton and everything she writes! :3
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  2. Just got Golden Son as well! So many books to read, I can’t decide which one first. Just started City Stained Red yesterday, almost one fifth of the way through and after a strong beginning, it’s sort of calmed down now but it’s still very interesting.

    I’m going to have to pass on Warring States just because I’m drowning in books here, but I’m very interested to see what you think if you read it early. The ending of Irenicon was sort of unexpected and that last line was one heck of a bomb to drop on readers and I’m just so curious what happens.
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      1. Totally yes – exactly don’t stress about it! I did the same thing I went a month without finishing a book and really I think that is just what I needed because the preggo funk was just awful. I literally somehow stopped caring – but its like I saved up all that caring because now I’m frantic now that my reading groove is back to try to squeeze in as many books as I can since I’m months and months behind!!
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  3. What is your current audio out of curiosity? You could just “set it aside” and “come back to it later” ;-). I’m going to try to finish the Inheritance trilogy in the next couple of months I think! I read the first and loved it and just haven’t gone back. I’m thinking about getting the audio of the second 😀
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