November Reads


Uhh, how is it already December? It feels like I just wrote my October reads post like a week ago. Plus I know the rest of December will fly by too. I can tell I was busy in November, as I only completed 4 books. I had one other book that I was reading and then my license to read it expired when I had like 20 pages left. That is one con of e-books, that is for sure!

The Martian by Andy Weir: I finally got a chance to read this and it did not disappoint. I loved Mark’s dry humored his innovative fixes. The interludes to what people back on Earth are trying to do to save him were fascinating too. I have read other reviews saying that the technical stuff was a little much, but I’m a geek, and loved it.
   Rating 5 out of 5  
   c/o Bloggin for Books

The Palace Job by Patrick Weeks: This is a fun book. You have a pretty bad-ass lead woman in Loch. And her “sidekick” has some pretty hilarious lines. There is magic, intrigue and all sorts of twists and turns. Plus a shape shifting unicorn who has a thing for virgins. How can you not like a book with that?
   Rating 3 out of 5  
   c/o Netgalley

Horizon by Tabitha Lord: This wasn’t a bad book. But it wasn’t a good one either. An empath, Caeli, saves a Derek when his spaceship crashes on her planet. She is running from a nasty past. They quickly (too quickly) fall in love and she leaves with with him when he is picked up by some of his crew. Then they go to another work that is almost in revolt due to a mean non-human race. They help save the planet using Caeli’s empathic ability. I will say that the world building was quite good. I just really disliked the insta-love.
   Rating 2.5 out of 5  
   c/o Netgalley

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey: Another one that I finally got to cross off my to-read list. And I’m happy to say it lived up to the hype. This is one of those books that kind of creeps you out, but in a good way. The world as we know it has changed due to worldwide pandemic of a fungus that changes people into zombies. This book follows Melanie, a girl who is more than what it initially seems. There is fantastic world building in this one. Plus the characters characters are darn good. I definitely recommend, but be ready for some heebie-jeebies.
   Rating 4 out of 5  


What have you been reading lately?


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16 thoughts on “November Reads

  1. Emma @ Ever Emma

    I’ve been intimidated by The Martian due to all of the reports of there being so much technical stuff. I saw the movie and enjoyed it, but I’m not convinced that I want to read the book yet! The Girl With All the Gifts in on my to-read, so I’m happy to see a positive review!

  2. Kristen

    I really liked The Girl With All the Gifts (and also gave it 4 stars). I don’t typically like zombie stuff, but this book was so much more than that. It’s also even creepier (and kind of amazing!) when you think about the fact that the fungus is based on an actual fungus that essentially “zombifies” ants.

    I’ve been on the waiting list at the library for The Martian for what feels like forever. I feel like I’ll be the last person in the world (or at least the blogging world) to finally read it, but I think it will be worth the wait based on all of the rave reviews!

    1. Alison C

      I’m usually not a big zombie fan either, but as you said, it is more than zombies. The whole book gave me the creeps, but in a good way. It reminds me of The Passage actually. I sort of felt that way about the Martian too!

      1. Kristen

        I haven’t read The Passage. I think I would like it, but it also kind of intimidates me due to the length. If a book is more than, say, 550 pages, I worry that I won’t be able to finish it in a reasonable amount of time. That being said, I’ve read a few books that were really long (including The Way the Crow Flies, which is over 800 pages) … So maybe I should just suck it up and give it a shot.

        1. Alison C

          You definitely should. It is very good. And I think it just flies by too. I’ve read the Wheel of Time series, so I’m not intimidated by much 🙂

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