Guys, I am so ready to give 2016 a proper send off! Man, this year was strange, brutal and insanely chaotic! And judging by the posts everyone has been putting up on their social media profiles, I am not alone in feeling this way. Although, 2016 has also brought lots of good things too; like the saying goes: “You can’t expect sunshine if you’re not willing to put up with the rain.”. All I’m saying is that I am really excited to see what the new year has up its sleeve, but not until I milk this month of December for all it’s worth.
During the month of November I managed to read a total of 6 books – 4 paperbacks and 2 ebooks – so all in all it’s been a lovely month in terms of reading. Here are the books I managed to read during November 2016:
STUCK-UP SUIT BY VI KEELAND AND PENELOPE WARD
There’s nothing like a romantic book to get you back into reading after dealing with a slump. And after my soul was basically destroyed by Empire of Storms last month, this was exactly the palette cleanser I needed.
Stuck-Up Suit is about a woman who sees a business man on the morning train, and she is instantly intrigued by him – queue the instalove gagging. Upon exiting the train, he drops his phone, which she happens to find, and plans to return it to him. He refuses to see her when she shows up at his office, so she leaves his phone with his assistant after taking a few risqué pictures to leave him wondering. He then reaches out to her out of curiosity, and the two begin exchanging texts until the point where he figures out who she is. The book continues from there, sharing the development of their blistering relationship and the secrets that threaten to tear them apart.
I gave this book 3/5 stars on Goodreads.
ROOMHATE BY PENELOPE WARD
After reading Stuck-Up Suit, I felt like reading another romance and found that Penelope Ward released Roomhate as well. I always enjoy angsty romances that have a bit of conflict woven into the plot line so this seemed like a good one to get stuck in for a while.
Roomhate is about Amelia and Justin, who were childhood friends that drifted apart due to some fall out that happened years ago. The story picks up after Amelia discovers that she and her estranged friend, Justin, inherited a house together from her late grandmother. The two find themselves sharing the home one summer and they end up facing everything that has happened in the past. Something suddenly happens in Amelia’s life that forces her to live in the house permanently, and this is where the romance sparks.
I found this book to be quite enjoyable and I gave it 3/5 stars on Goodreads.
EVERY DAY BY DAVID LEVITHAN
I absolutely adored this book. The storyline, the characters, the writing style; just EVERYTHING about this book was lovely.
This book is about a sixteen year old boy who wakes up each morning in a different person’s body. Each chapter takes on a different day and we get to explore the life of a totally new person every time, which I found really interesting. The boy then falls in love with a girl, and the story becomes a tangle of lies and schemes to bring this pair together. What was interesting to me in this book was how David Levithan exposes the reader to these different people, from all walks of life, and we get to take a walk in someone else’s shoes.
Even though I found this book to be absolutely brilliant, a part of me really wishes that it was a stand alone, because I’m struggling to think of a way that the story can end without it being predictable. For this reason, I gave Ever Day 4.5/5 stars on Goodreads.
WHISPER TO ME BY NICK LAKE
I wrote a full review of this book over here, if you would like to read it.
Whisper to Me is a love letter from a girl who hears a voice after a traumatic incident, explaining the sequence of events that lead her to breaking someone’s heart. I found this book to be one of the best takes on mental health issues that I ever read, and I thoroughly enjoyed everything about it.
Again, if you would like to read the full review – and I highly recommend that you do – then go ahead and click here. I gave Whisper to Me 5/5 stars on Goodreads.
NOTES ON BEING TEENAGE BY ROSALIND JANA
Notes on Being Teenage is another fantastic book that I read this month, after Pan MacMillan sent me a review copy. I posted a full write up over here, where I explain why I feel you should read this book.
NOBT is a nonfiction book about Rosalind Jana’s experiences growing up, and I gave it 5/5 stars on Goodreads. I highly, HIGHLY recommend this book, especially if you are a young adult trying to figure things out.
A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES BY SARAH J. MAAS (RE-READ)
I read ACOTAR again because I read ACOMAF for the second time last month and felt it would be interesting to give it another go. When I read it for the first time it was such a rush because I just wanted to know what was going to happen next; I didn’t pay much attention to anything else. Reading it for the second time however, I realized that there were a lot of subtle warning bells that I never picked up during my first read; and now after having read the second book it became clearer to me. After knowing the deeper meaning behind certain things in book one, it became such a meaningful experience for me this time, and my heart just broke in half especially during those last few chapters where everything becomes chaotic. Of course book two is just a million times more intense, but now I find that it also gave me a different kind of understanding and appreciation for the story as a whole.
I wrote my full review of this book over here, and I found it interesting that a lot of my opinions have changed. Yes, this is largely due to book two, but looking back now I see that my first impression of most of the characters in book one are distorted. My feelings toward Tamlin, Lucien, Alis, Rhysand and even Feyre, have all changed so dramatically that I find myself wondering what on Earth Sarah J. Maas has planned for us in the next installment.
I am currently reading Heartless by Marissa Meyer which was another book sent to me by Pan MacMillan South Africa, and I look forward to completing that one soon.
What books have you read during the month of November? Were there any books you found to be especially good? Let me know, I’m always interested in new and exciting recommendations!