As December is upon us, in today’s post I bring you my reading wrap-up for November. I can’t believe Christmas is almost here… this year has gone by waaaaay too fast.
November was quite a fantastic reading month for me, I’m very proud of myself!! Not only did I read a lot of books, but all of the books I read were fantastic 4+ star reads, so I couldn’t ask for a better month of November.
I have posted reviews for most of these books, so I won’t go into too much detail about those. I’ll link you to my review, though, so you can read all about them – spoiler-free, of course!
Books read: 8 (I know!!! I can’t believe this number ♡)
Pages read: 1690
Favorite read of the month: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas ♡
Here are all of the books I read…
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
This is the first book in Maas’s Throne of Glass series, which I am now obsessed with. I read this book in about a day, so that already tells you something 😀
I really, really loved this book, way more than I expected – but still not more than the ACOTAR books!
This is pretty much the epitome of YA tropes, but listen: it’s so addicting, you will not want to put it down – at least not after page 80 or so, I was hooked by then! You can read my full review here.
★★★★☆ 4/5 stars
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
This is the second book in the Throne of Glass series, and it’s waaay better than the first book!
There is character development, there is good romance, there is badassery. I mean, what more could you want in a sequel? This book is absolutely amazing, just as I had been told it would be haha I remember someone told me on Instagram that it was the best sequel ever. I might say so, if I hadn’t read ACOMAF, which you know is my favorite book of all time ♡
Read my spoiler-free review here.
★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Educating Rita by Willy Russell
I had to read this play for my English C2 class and, surprisingly, I really enjoyed it. I usually don’t expect to like the books I’m required to read, but this semester my readings for school have been pretty damn good.
In Educating Rita, we follow Rita, a 26-year-old woman who has decided to take an Open University course, in an attempt to get the education she never got when she was younger, and Frank, who is her tutor.
I don’t want to go into too much detail, since this is a play, so it is quite short and easy to spoil. Just know that this will be a delightful 2-hour read (well, that depends on your reading speed, of course), and that you will laugh a lot with the things Rita says. Oh, and get ready for a Liverpool accent in written format – it’s great! – and the typical self-loathing British humor, which I live for.
In case you’re interested, you can read the play and watch the movie right after. The movie is actually very well done. I loved it, everything was just as I imagined – and some things were even improved in the movie by the author, who also wrote the screenplay.
★★★★☆ 4/5 stars
Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell
This is a tiny little book that contains two previously-published short stories: Midnights, and Kindred Spirits.
Both of these stories are delightful and sweet YA romances, and they are very quick reads that you will breeze through.
Honestly, this book is worth it just because of the beautiful edition, which includes illustrations – which the stories didn’t have before – and the glittery cover. Also, it’s on sale on BookDepository, so you might want to take advantage!
I go into detail on each of them in my review, which you can check out right here.
★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Atonement by Ian McEwan
This is another required read for English, and it was quite a surprise. I never expected to enjoy Atonement as much as I did. It is truly a brilliant book, and the more I think about it, the more I realize how well-written and well-thought-out it is.
It is a historical fiction, which I am not the biggest fan of, and yet I essentially devoured it in one weekend. It’s quite an immersive story, and it’s a very emotional and, at times, shocking read. Mind you, this takes place in the years prior to WW2, and during the war as well, so you can imagine the kind of thing that McEwan describes.
It broke my little heart into a million pieces, which is the only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars, I didn’t feel like that was an acceptable ending – I might change it one day though, I find myself reflecting on it quite often, and each time I feel like it deserves more. I’m not sure, though…
★★★★☆ 4/5 stars
The Seven Against Thebes by Aeschylus
This is a Greek tragedy from the 5th century B.C., which focuses on the conflict between Eteocles and Polynices, sons of Oedipus. What I’ll be saying next is probably a spoiler if you don’t know much about Greek mythology.
As you might have heard, Oedipus killed his father and married [and had children with] his mother. When he was exiled, he failed to decide which of his sons would be his successor to the throne, so they decided to rule in alternate years.
Eteocles went first, and then decided to be an asshole and not let Polynices rule when the time came. In response, Polynices, who had married the daughter of the king of Argos, attacked his own city, Thebes, along with six other men, with the help of his “father-in-law”. Thebes is often described as having seven doors, so there are seven warriors, one for each. What we see in the play is basically, from the point of view of the city of Thebes, a description of the men that Polynices brings with him, and a description of the ones Eteocles chooses to fight each one, followed by the terrible result of this battle, which I won’t spoil.
I don’t like to rate classics, so there will be no star rating for this one.
1922 by Stephen King
This is a short story that follows a man, Wilfred, who is writing his confession to a crime he committed in 1922.
He tells us everything that happened in detail: what he did, why he did it, and how he did it.
It’s a horror story, so there are scary scenes and gory descriptions, but it’s very well-written. It’s also historical fiction, as you can tell by the title, and Stephen King did a great job with the setting.
It has recently been adapted into a movie, which I also loved. You can read all of my thoughts on both of them in my review.
★★★★☆ 4/5 stars
Antigone by Sophocles
Another Greek tragedy, which is thematically related to the previous one. Also from the 5th century B.C.
This one focuses on Antigone, who is Eteocles and Polynices’s sister. Spoilers for the previous play ahead.
After their uncle, who is now the king of Thebes, buries Eteocles and gives him a proper funeral, but forbids the city to mourn or bury Polynices (because he had attacked his own city), Antigone, who loves both of her brothers, doesn’t accept this. She considers divine law and the gods’ will to be way superior to a human’s orders, and so she gives him the proper treatment, not letting him die inglorious.
From this, a series of shitty things unravel, and you want to throw the book across the room. It’s totally worth it, though, and Antigone is one courageous motherfucker, let me tell you. What a heroine!
Again, no rating. However, I might write a post dedicated to all the Greek/Roman classics I’ve read, and order them by preference. Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see that!
Well, that took a while didn’t it? 😀 I’m very happy with November, I don’t think I’ve ever read this much in one month… Hopefully I’ll be able to read this much every month in 2018 😛
What have you been reading? Let me know all about your last reads down in the comments! ♡
Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡