I started preparing for this post, thinking I’d barely read anything this month only to go through my list and see that I actually read six books, which isn’t bad at all. I’ve written reviews for a few of these so I won’t go into too much detail on my thoughts of those ones but rather leave a link to the review post for you to check out if you wish. Without further ado, let’s get into the books I read in November!
Outside by Sarah Ann Juckes
I saw this book on NetGalley and requested it as the synopsis gave me major Room vibes. Just like Emma Donoghue’s book, Outside is most interesting because of the perspective it is written from – a child who knows nothing about the real world – and, again just like Donoghue’s, Juckes’ writing is expertly done. I found it fascinating reading about how Ele observes the world and the conclusions she makes about it. The book also explored literature and fairytales and how they can be used as a point of reference for our own world. You can read more about my thoughts on Outside here.
Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls
When I visited my local Waterstones and saw a YA novel tackling such an important subject, I had to pick it up. Nicholls’ novel follows three different young women involved in the Suffragist and Suffragette movements. I loved how Nicholls explored such a difficult and hard-hitting issue while making it accessible to younger readers. Not only did the book give a good portrayal of these movements, but it also delved into issues of sexuality, war and masculinity. I really enjoyed Things A Bright Girl Can Do and I feel it is a book that all young people should read and understand.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I absolutely adored this book and I have been singing its praises to anyone who will listen. Again, this is an important topic handled in an expert way and one that needs to be read and discussed. I went to bed at night after reading this book unable to sleep because I was so angry at the injustice taking place in this world. Some would say “well just don’t read it if it’s going to upset you” but it’s so important that we do. We all need to know what is going on in the world around us and what we can do to help. I laughed and cried reading THUG and I urge anyone who hasn’t read it to get on it…now! I can’t wait to watch the film but I already know that it won’t live up to this five-star read.
An American Family by Jackson Baer
Jackson Baer got in touch with me and provided me with a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed An American Family and found its exploration of the meaning of family and how it can adapt through different circumstances very interesting. I am currently reading the second and final book in the series and will be posting a review on Sunday. For more of my thoughts on this book, read my review here.
The Christmas Lights by Karen Swan
This was another book that I requested on NetGalley and was lucky enough to be approved for. I actually requested it without reading the blurb (bad move, I know), purely because the cover and title made me think it would be a lovely Christmas read. While it was that, it also covered a lot of more difficult issues and was a more complex story than I had expected. That said, I am glad things panned out the way they did as I was pleasantly surprised by the plot and loved the book’s exploration of love, destiny and social media. For more of my thoughts on The Christmas Lights, read my review here.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
I know, ’tis an absolute travesty that it has taken me this long to begin The Mortal Instruments. As soon as I started this book, I knew I was going to love it and love it, I did. One of my favourite things about it, however, was the relationship between Clary and Jace and the blossoming of their love. After that ending though, well, I have a few questions and I’m desperate to speed my way through the rest of the series.
Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts? Are any of them on your TBR? Let me know in the comments below!