Read in | November 2019

Posted december 1, 2019 by Laurie in Boekenpraat, Booktalk, English / 3 Comments

November has come and gone, so it’s time to put up the Christmas tree and all the other decorations. For some of you it might be the month to try and complete your reading challenge. I didn’t set myself a Goodreads challenge this year, but I’ve read quite some books this past month. Even though I have some kind of genre related reading slump. I found not much Young Adult books interesting or exciting this past month and trust me that’s annoying. So, without further ado, let’see what I’ve read in November!

  • I started the month with reading the dutch version of We are Displaced by Malala Yousafzai for an onlne book club. It’s non-fiction and I usually rate that genre 3 stars. I gave these 3 stars to this book too. I felt something was missing. This book could have been better when there was more space to learn more about the background of the conflicts the home countries of these girls are facing. We just learnt about their journey as displaced girls, but we didn’t learn much about the conflict. For a book with young readers as the targeted audience, this is – in my opinion – quite essential to understand these girls and feel connected to them and their stories. The 2.5 pages per girl are just too short for these important stories to tell. Furthermore, I think that Malala’s own story about being displaced – how terrifying being displaced might be – could have been limited to just a few pages as it’s a complete repetition of the part in her memoir I Am Malala. This space could have been used to give the other girls more depth to their stories.
  • I started The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh in the last few days of October and was utterly disappointed by what I got. It totally didn’t match my expectations and quite frankly, I was bored. Hello historical fiction/murder mystery when the book was supposed to be about vampires? Nope nope nope. Unfortunately this book got 2 stars.
  • I read Scars like wings by Erin Stewart from start to finish in one day and this is such a strong, powerful story which I rated 4 stars.
  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare is also known as the “Jem book”. I liked this one a lot – especially after the first 2 books of the month – and rated it 5 stars.
  • Next up was The girl the sea gave back by Adrienne Young. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Sky in the deep, but wanted to give this book a chance. Well, it was a DNF at 35% because I was bored out of my mind. The big 2019 releases have been mostly underwhelming so far.
  • Sparrow by Sarah Moon was surprisingly nice to read and I rated it 4 stars.
  • Probably the most two-faced book of the year is The starless sea by Erin Morgenstern. I really didn’t like the audiobook, but the story started out quite strong. However, the last 120 pages or so were incredibly weird and I didn’t understand what happened at all. Morgenstern’s writing boosted my rating up with at least one star, but overall this was really underwhelming. Thanks to the writing it got 3 stars.
  • Finally, another great read was there for me. Circe by Madeline Miller has been on my TBR for more than a year, but I managed to read it and rated it 5 stars.
  • The only original Dutch book I read this month was Meer dan ooit by Marina Folkers. It was a nice book for in between, but not really exciting. I managed to finish it in about a day, but it was a 3.5 stars read for me.
  • Because of my kind of reading slump which was still dragging on, I decided to reread a book. Actually I reread two books, both Shatter me and Destroy me by Tahereh Mafi. I managed to fly through these books again and that was such a great feeling.
  • The queen of nothing by Holly Black was finally there and I dove into that book straight away. I have some issues with this book, but I still liked it. Not as much as I expected, so I gave it 3.5 stars.
  • After that book, I read Now is everything by Amy Giles. I heard good stories about it and they were right, I rated this book 5 stars.
  • I really liked “The Royals” by Erin Watt, so I was curious for their stand alone novel One small thing. However, the Dutch ebok costs €17,99,- and let’s be honest, that’s a ridiculous price. So, I decided to listen to this one on Scribd and I’m glad I did. I quit at chapter 4 because I didn’t like this book. It just wasn’t inviting me to continue reading, I didn’t like the story and found it poorly excecuted already. I have read that in some reviews, but it’s actually true. It’s a pity, because my expectations were high.
  • I still noticed that my Young Adult slump was there, so I decided to read The seven or eight deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames. It’s general fiction based on the life story of the author’s grandmother and I enjoyed this more than expected. I rated it 4 stars.
  • Finally, I read Radio silence by Alice Oseman this month. It took me a very long while to get into this story, but when I got into it, I liked it. However, I like Alice’s third book better. The writing of Radio silence was kind of simplistic and the chapters were really short. Therefore, this book gets 3.5 stars. Still a slump?

Have you had a good reading month this November?

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3 responses to “Read in | November 2019

  1. I’m reading The Beautiful now and it is a little bit slow. I’m only about a hundred pages in, so hopefully I like it. Sorry to hear you didn’t like it!
    Haha, my friend and I are wanting to start a Shadowhunters Universe buddy read and we’ll be starting with The Infernal Devices!
    You read a pretty good deal in November! Hopefully, there’ll be more in December!

  2. Jennifer Pletcher

    Circe has been on my list for a long time. I hope to get to it in the new year. You had a great reading month!

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