I did not have the best reading month. As I have talked about elsewhere I am currently reading too many books I am not excited about and have forbidden myself from starting new books before I finish these. This might not have been the best idea.
Without much further ado, here are the six books I have read in November:
- Her Body and Other Parties – Carmen Maria Machado: 4 out of 5 stars
- Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro: 4 out of 5 stars
- The Uploaded – Ferret Steinmetz: 2 out of 5 stars
- The Girl in The Tower – Katherine Arden: 4 out of 5 stars
- Under the Pendulum Sun – Jeannette Ng: 3 out of 5 stars
- Autumn – Ali Smith: 3 out of 5 stars.
Favourite of the month:
I think I will have to say The Girl in The Tower. I just adore the world Katherine Arden has created so much. I find her voice so impressive and the way she builds her stories on familiar tropes but making them special is just brilliant.
I also really enjoyed Her Body and Other Parties and agree with every praise this wonderful short story collection has gotten. If you like short stories and haven’t picked this up, you really should.
- The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock – Imogen Hermes Gowar
- By Light We Knew Our Names – Anne Valente
- Authority (The Southern Reach Trilogy #2) – Jeff VanderMeer
- Dictatorland – Paul Kenyon
Like I said, I am still trying to finish all the books I have started and only then will I allow myself to start something else. I cannot remember the last time I had no book on my currently reading shelf on Goodreads and am kind of looking forward to that and to the feeling that comes with a bit of a clean slate. Wish me luck.
If I get through the books I am currently reading at some point (I am not that optimistic given my current reading pace) I am giving myself permission to just choose whatever the heck I feel like. No pressure, no fixed TBR, no “I should be reading this”. I want to end the year on a high.