November was a really good month for me. While I did have some bad days, due to my mental health not being the best, the majority of the month was good for me. I couldn’t be happier about that! 🥰
During this month I managed to accomplish many things and I’m very proud of myself for that. I managed to both be productive and do things that I enjoy
(like reading, watching anime etc.). That is the best combination ever! 🥰 I did a lot of things for university this month and for my life in general, which I don’t feel like going into detail about (mostly because I don’t think it’s all that interesting).
I did a lot of blogging this month and I’m very happy about that! Basically I posted at least 2 times each week. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep doing that in the future as well! 😁 I did a lot of reading during November as well. I got back into reading high fantasy novels, which I took a bit of a break from
(I didn’t want to start any new series before finishing some I already started). I had actually forgotten how much I LOVE reading high fantasy books. I’m so happy to be doing it again! 💜
That was basically my November! As I already said it was a good month, despite a few bad days here and there. Hopefully my December will be great as well! With all of that being said, let’s get into the books I read during this month.
Theft of Swords (The Riyria Revelations #1-2) by Michael J. Sullivan
4 out of 5 stars
Theft of Swords was a very interesting and fast paced fantasy book. I found the writing style to be easy to get through. The banter between the characters was great and it made the whole reading experience a lot more fun. The two main characters were amazing and I can’t wait to read more about them. While I did have some minor complaints about Theft of Sword, I still found the book to be enjoyable and a very fun read. I can’t wait to get my hands on Rise of Empire, I really want to know how the story will continue. I definitely recommend picking this book up!
I have written a very long review for this book, which you can check out here if you are interested in more of my thoughts on it.
Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes
2 out of 5 stars
Well, this was a disappointment. I have had this book on my TBR for years, since I have heard amazing things about it. As you can see by my rating, I didn’t enjoy this book.
The writing style was fast paced and I managed to get through this book very fast, which is always nice. I didn’t care about any of the characters, they all were very flat and uninteresting to me. I didn’t connect with anyone in this book. The world-building wasn’t good either, aside from the fact that there are three kingdoms we don’t know much about it. The magic was explained even less. There were also some tropes in this that annoyed me a lot
(which I can’t go into because of spoilers).
Overall, Falling Kingdoms was underwhelming. I expected a lot more from it, after hearing about it for years. I don’t plan on continuing this series.
Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu
3 out of 5 stars
Warcross started our really strong, but as I continued reading I got more and more bored. I found a lot of the story to be predictable and I predicted the ending before I even reached the half way point. Marie Lu’s writing style is very fast-paced, which is something I enjoy. I did have fun with this book, but it also wasn’t one of my favourites.
I didn’t connect to the characters at all. I did like Emika as the protagonist, but I didn’t love her. Also, I liked her more in the beginning of the books than later but that can be said for all parts of this book. The romance in this book was completely unnecessary. I really didn’t see the point of it, plus I didn’t feel that kind of connection between the characters. It was my least favourite part of Warcross.
I don’t plan on continuing this series. I don’t really care what happens next in the story and I don’t care about the characters all that much.
The Deceivers (The Vale Hall #1) by Kristen Simmons
2 out of 5 stars
This is going to be a short review. I just realised as I was thinking about The Deceivers that I didn’t actually have all that much to say.
For a book that was marketed as Pretty Little Liars meets Ocean’s 11 I found The Deceivers to be rather boring. The story just didn’t manage to capture my attention, which was a surprise to me as the premise for it sounded amazing. And I usually tend to enjoy stories about con-artists. There wasn’t enough cons or heists in this book, which I found disappointing. I found the end to be confusing as well, so that didn’t help my overall enjoyment of the story.
I have written a full review for this book, which you can check out here if you are interested in more of my thoughts on it.
Spellslinger (Spellslinger #1) by Sebastien de Castell
4.5 out of 5 stars
I have wanted to read something by Sebastien de Castell for years now, as I have heard amazing things about his books from people whose opinions I trust. I was debating wether to start with this series or his Greatcoats series. Obviously the Spellslinger series won that debate
(mostly due to the fact that I got the first book as a birthday gift).
Anyway, Spellslinger was such a good book! I was very interested in the world, the magic and the characters. What more could I wish from a fantasy series? I had a lot of fun reading this book. Though I must warn you that there is explicit animal abuse in this book, so be aware of that if you decide to read it.
I plan on writing a full review for this book soon, so if you are interested in knowing more of my thoughts on Spellslinger look forward to that!
Daughter of Necessity by Marie Brennan
4 out of 5 stars
This was such an interesting short story! I love Greek myth retellings, which is why I decided to read Daughter of Necessity in the first place. I did find some parts of the story confusing, but I found my bearing very quickly. The writing style was very good and I definitely plan on checking out more from Marie Brennan.
Midway Relics and Dying Breeds by Seanan McGuire
4 out of 5 stars
This was such an interesting science fiction short story! I don’t tend to read that much science fiction so it took me a bit to get into the story. Once I grasped the concept of the story I couldn’t stop reading it! It was so interesting seeing the relationships within the group and how their society functions. The writing was amazing, as expected of Seanan McGuire. I really liked the main character of this story.
The Story of Kao Yu by Peter S. Beagle
1 out of 5 stars
I didn’t enjoy this story at all, as you can clearly see by my rating. I couldn’t really get into the writing style, which also meant that I didn’t connect to any of the characters. I found the story to be rather boring as well. Another thing that bothered me is that a character abused his power to sleep with a woman he desired. This story just wasn’t for me.
Crispin’s Model by Max Gladstone
5 out of 5 stars
This is the second short story that I have read by Max Gladstone and, same as with A Kiss With Teeth, I completely adored it. There is just something about his stories that calls to me and draws me in. I definitely want to read more of his works in the future. Crispin’s Model was such an interesting story. I was fascinated by the story and the characters. The fact that it centred around an artist and his model made me very happier, as I love stories about artists. I can’t wait to read more by this author!
How was your November? What did you end up reading? Let me know in the comments below!
Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!