November Wrap Up

Hi folks!

November is already ending and I thought I would bring you what I read during this month. It feels like this month too just flew by and it’s already time for the last month of the year. To be honest, I am ready for this year to end because it has been very hard mentally. Anyway, this month I read 5 books and 2046 pages. In number of books this is less than last month but page count wise it’s more so I’m content with this reading month!

First book I read this month was actually a reread. After 9 years I finally reread one of my old all time favourite books, Battle Royale by Koushun Takami. I have posted a spoilery review, which you can read here both in English and Hungarian. Even though there are things that can be considered problematic, but I still really love this book and flew through it this time. I read all 738 pages in just 5 days. I honestly missed flying through a book like this.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Next up I chose to go with an audiobook to get over the book hangover that I kinda got from Battle Royale. I know November for many is already Christmas season, but I still very much consider this month something an in-between and like to read spooky stories in November too. So I decided to finish the Cassidy Blake series by Victoria Schwab and listened to the audiobook of the third book, Bridge of Souls. I still very much love all Schwab’s books even if they suffer from the “not like other girls” trope most of the time. I like this series a lot because, like her other books, there is a big emphasis on friendships (yes it is a middle-grade series so of course there is going to be more emphasis on friendships, I know). I quite liked the secret society aspect of the book as well. What I found rather tiring by the end of the book is the endless Harry Potter references. I think most of us know that J. K. Rowling is very anti-trans and thus it rubs me the wrong way to still see this many references in this book that got published this year. Originally I gave the book 4 stars but sitting on it for a couple of days more I think I lowered my rating a little.

Rating: 3.75 stars

The next book I got around reading was An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon. I read a book by them last year, The Deep, and absolutely loved it so when I found this book for quite cheap in Hungarian I was very happy about it. This book takes place on a space ship, Matilda and follows our main character Aster, who works as the assisstant of Theo who is the doctor of the ship. There are a lot of sensitive issues the book deals with (just like The Deep did). So I would say trigger warning for racism, slavery, sexual assault/rape, loss of child, loss of parent, body horror, homophobia, toxic friendship, abuse in all its forms. It is hard to read at times but I did like this book a lot still. There are a lot discussions about gender, ethnicity, sexuality and oppression as well as finding one’s self after losing a mother. I still don’t know what rating I should give to this book so for the time being I don’t have one for it, but I definitely do recommend reading it.

Every year I am also trying to get to books that I bought during the year too (I’m like half successful with it) and since there isn’t much left of this year I decided to read The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin. It’s been on my TBR for a while now, I even have it as an e-book but somehow I couldn’t really get into it. So I decided to get a physical copy of the book back in September and I finally got around reading it. At first I was very confused about everything. There are three different POVs, the timelines weren’t clear either and yet it had me absolutely hooked on the story. It does hit a lot differently now with global warming than it probably would have hit if I read this book back in 2015-2016 with all the elements regarding that. I really enjoyed the diversity of the book in every sense of the word. It was very interesting to see how the author portrayed different relationships and how everything came together at the end of the book. I have to say I’m astonished this book isn’t so much more hyped like it should be and deserves to be. I definitely plan on reading the rest of the trilogy next year!

Rating: 5 stars

And last but not least on the list I have the 5th volume of Demon Slayer. I finished watching the Mugen Train ARC in the anime series (not the movie) on Sunday and decided what better way to lead up to that episode is than getting closer to it in the manga series as well? I did completely forget where I left of as I read the 4th volume a month ago, back in October. So I was a little surprised that I was back at the spider demons ARC but I actually quite like that part (in spite of being arachnophobic) and this volume especially focused on my favourite thing of the whole story: the strong bond of the siblings. I absolutely adore this series, which is most certainly because of the sibling love that is in the focus. I definitely am planning on continuing reading the series even though the Mugen Train ARC that is comming up is one of the most painful ARCs I’ve experienced in an anime/manga series.

Rating: 5 stars

These are all the books I got around reading during November. I am quite happy with how this month turned out for me reading wise. Hopefully December is going to be similar as well. How was your reading month though? Let me know in the comments down below!

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