Wrap-Up: October & November 2017

October &NovemberWrap-UpI am finally here with my October & November wrap-up! I got a new job in September and am still trying to find the best way to manage my time so that I can read, bookstagram and blog so bear with me! I read three books in October and four in November, and completed my Goodreads goal of 50 books!

October 

Because You Love to Hate Me edited by Ameriie – 4/5 stars.33843449

As with all short story anthologies, there were some stories I loved and some that I really did not. Overall my ratings averaged out at 4.07 stars, so I can definitely say I liked this book. It got off to a rocky start for me, but then I began loving the stories. It was interesting to see the mix of author + booktuber, however I must admit that some of the booktuber sections were a little dull. You can see my full spoiler-free review with mini-reviews of each story here!

Goodreads and cover image source here!

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi – 4/5 stars.33395234

I loved this Nigerian inspired fantasy and the world that Onyebuchi created with sin-eaters called aki, like the main character Taj, who are paid to slay sin-beasts. When they slay the sin-beast they take on the sin themselves and get a painful tattoo. I’ve never read anything like this before!! I loved the writing, the world and the idea of the aki but I felt like this book needed another 100 pages or so for more development. I was lucky enough to pick up an ARC at YALC 2017 and you can read my full spoiler-free review here!

Goodreads and cover image source here!

Call Me By Your Name be André Aciman – 4/5 stars.34930873

This book follows the summer romance of two bisexual Jewish guys in the Italian Riviera and, for the most part, I loved it. We read from the POV of Elio, who is 17 when the book starts. It’s definitely not for the faint hearted as Elio falls deeply in love with Oliver, who is 24, very fast. He is quite dramatic and I really liked that. Aciman’s writing was wonderful, although many of the references went way over my head. His writing made me long for a hot summer filled with swimming, midday naps and a summer romance – which is wild because I literally hate summer. It’s definitely adult, not YA, so keep that in mind. You can check out my spoiler-free review here! The trailer for the film really made me want to read this book, so I’ll put a link to that here!

Goodreads and cover image source here!

November

Cloaked in Shadow by Benjamin Alderson – 5/5 stars.n1

This book made me remember why I love YA fantasy so much. This is Alderson’s first book and I was lucky enough to read an early copy. I really liked the main character Zacriah, it’s always interesting to read from a male POV in YA fantasy as it’s not something we see as often. Zacriah and his love interest are gay, and it’s always amazing to read a book where sexuality isn’t a source of discrimination. You can see my full spoiler-free review of this magical book filled with elves and shifters here!

Goodreads and cover image source here!

Hygge and Kisses by Clara Christensen – 2/5 stars.n2

It’s not often that I give a book less than 3 stars, but I just couldn’t give this book any more. It was a fun and easy read, so if you’re a fan of contemporary and like reading about Denmark then I think you will enjoy this. I think this book was written to jump on the “hygge” trend and, this may not be true, but I can’t find any information about the author so I think it was ghostwritten and then given a vaguely Danish sounding name.

I really disliked the main character Bo, who’s POV we read from. She was an absolute hypocrite, very judgemental of others and ridiculously obsessed with the men in her life. Bo made some odd observations throughout about things like feminism, millennials, anyone who wasn’t white and anyone overweight. This book didn’t feel very hygge, the author simply threw the word hygge in to describe almost everything in Denmark. Unfortunately, this one just wasn’t for me!

Goodreads and cover image source here!

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert – 5/5 stars.thw

This book was wonderful and went straight onto my favourites shelf! I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was the perfect mix of dark fairy tales, harsh reality and unnerving writing. I really loved the main character Alice, who goes looking for her stolen Mum. It’s best to go into this book not knowing much, but the way the author combined stories and other realms with our world was brilliant. I was lucky enough to pick up an ARC at YALC 2017, though I have since traded it, so will definitely be buying the hardcover! You can check out my full spoiler-free review here!

Goodreads and cover image source here!

Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Søderberg – 3/5 stars.31129745

I absolutely love reading about hygge and Denmark so I flew through this book in one evening. Reading books about hygge always helps me feel more positive and this book was no exception. I didn’t love this book as much as some others I have read because the majority of it is quotes from others, I would have liked to have read more about what hygge meant to the author.

Goodreads and cover image source here!


I’ll be writing monthly wrap-ups throughout 2017. You can check out what I read in previous months here: JanuaryFebruary,  MarchApril & MayJuneJulyAugust & September!

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You can add my first book, The Changeling’s Journey, on Goodreads here!

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2 thoughts on “Wrap-Up: October & November 2017

  1. I am so excited to read Ben’s book! The cover is absolutely stunning ❤ I was looking at Hygge and kisses on Amazon Kindle as the price was quite low but I might not give it a chance because the main character doesn't sound like someone I would enjoy reading about.
    Yesss, books about hygge bring so much positivity into my life! I am glad I am not alone!

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