Annnnnd somehow it’s already November (happy November!) and we are back with another reading list. But guys.. I didn’t read as much as usual this month. I’m really sorry about that. I can’t quite explain it, other than to say that I’ve had a lot going on and just haven’t had as much time to read. Promise I’ll be back on track next month. The books I did read were pretty great though. I really, really loved Waiting at Hayden’s. If are looking for a cute book similar to Love & Other Words you are going to love this one!
In case you’re new here! If you’re looking for a book, don’t forget that you can always check out my Book Club Page. Every month I update it, so it includes every.single.book I’ve read in the past few years. The best part is that you can filter + search by genre (memoir, light read, historical fiction, thriller, etc!) to find exactly what you’re looking for. (You can also reference October’s reading list – I do these every month!) Lastly, just in case you can’t wait til next month, I always add whatever it is that I’m currently reading to my Amazon Shop as I read.
AND! Please comment and tell me what you are reading… your suggestions are my THE BEST… I always shop off of your suggestions – you always have such good recommendations for me, which I really appreciate!
November 2018 Reading List
If you want to be really creeped out.
Our Kind of Cruelty, by Araminta Hall. It’s been a minute since I felt really disturbed by a book. Like not in the sense of a great thriller with a shocking twist, but more of… “I can’t sleep, I need to know what happens, holy sh*t the main character is insane.” That sort of creepy. This was a Book of the Month pick, Gillian Flynn had endorsed it, so I needed to read it. But somehow I forgot about it until now, when I read it in a single day. Mike Hayes grew up neglected by an alcoholic mother bought fought his way out to a successful banking career.
Fixated on his ex-girlfriend, he becomes more and more delusional by the day (she’s getting married). He becomes convinced it’s all a game (or maybe it is, I won’t spoil it for you). The book opens with him in jail so you know something bad has happened… then it goes back in time sharing bits and pieces of his relationship with V, cut to modern day. It’s really, really disturbing and upsetting but a great read nonetheless.
- Overall Score: B
If you loved Love and Other Words Last Month.
Waiting at Hayden’s, by Riley Costello. Okay guys hear me out. You know I’m always reallllly honest here. This is the first “shoppable book” which in all honesty was a pretty big turnoff, making me not want to read it. The author links back to her website where you can go and purchase outfits the characters are wearing. This annoyed me for two reasons. One, I like to picture the characters outfits in my head and certainly don’t need to shop them. Two, it felt gimmicky + distracting and I hate feeling like I’m being sold anything. YES, I see the irony here as a blogger but shopping the characters’ clothing from a book felt like a pretty big stretch. It makes sense for TV or a movie but a book not so much.
I guess to me, reading is sacred and one of the only times I feel like I’m not being sold something, so I was irritated by the idea of it. That being said, I’m glad I didn’t let that stop me (several of you kept recommending it) as the book is really, really cute and save for the call to visit her site at the end of each chapter, the shopping part isn’t too in your face or sales-y. I loved it and stayed up late one night to find out what happened. It reminded me quite a bit of Love and Other Words which I read last month and also LOVED.
This is the story of Charli and Jack – childhood best friends and college sweethearts. After college they’re madly in love but realize that they are young and need to follow their own passions (which lead them to opposite coasts). So they go their separate ways to follow those dreams (Jack heads off to play in the MLB; Charlie goes to Charleston to get her PhD). They promise to reunite in 5 years at their favorite restaurant. A lot happens along the way and we find out whether they actually meet up. Meanwhile there is Gianna, the 37 year old restaurant owner who is dating someone she’s not entirely sure about. (You know, the safe, perfect on paper guy.).
Thinking of Charli and Jack and how in love they are causes her to question her own relationship. Is there something bigger and better out there? Anyway, I really loved the book and could see it being a great romcom movie.
- Overall Score: A-
If You Loved Hunger Games or Divergent!
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyami is an amazing epic fantasy YA read. So many of you suggested it in the Bad on Paper Facebook group that we decided to read it for this week’s podcast episode. It did not disappoint. This takes place in a magical country that Becca and I both envisioned being a lot like Africa. It’s the story of Zelie and her family as well as the prince + princess of Orisha, which used to be a magical land.
The king destroyed magic in their land (and killed all of the magi – including Zelie’s mother. Then an artifact (that could bring magic back) is discovered and it changes everything. It’s hard to put the entire plot of the book into words (it’s so good, and 500+ pages of magic and adventure). It’s going to be a trilogy (book 2 comes out in January) and I hope they make it a movie as I really, really loved it! I personally think that this could (or should!) be the next big YA fantasy trilogy.
- Overall Score: A-