Monthly Musings – November 2014
This 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.
- [2 Nov] The Heart Does Not Grow Back by Fred Venturini ★★★★½
- [4 Nov] Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb ★★★★½
- [11 Nov] City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett ★★★★
- [12 Nov] Gleam by Tom Fletcher ★★★½
- [24 Nov] Revival by Stephen King ★★★½
- [25 Nov] Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury ★★★½
Tough Traveling with the Tough Guide Tour
- [6 Nov] Tough Traveling – Novices
- [13 Nov] Tough Traveling – Named Weapons
- [27 Nov] Tough Traveling – Bugs
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.
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.