Monthly Wrap-Up: November 2020

Hi everyone! Welcome to my October monthly wrap-up post. I am sure these will evolve over time, but for now I’ll include Book Coven book club, fave books you can buy now, books to look out for and books I want to read soon. November has really been about me applying for a promotion so it has been a bit light on the reading side of things. I have my interview tomorrow morning though so hopefully after that I can get back into things!

Book Club

Every month the mods of the Book Coven get us to suggest books that make up the book club bracket. We then vote all the way through to a final, and that’s the book we read together over the course of 3 weeks. Then the amazing Paragraphs and Pages asks us some super insightful questions and off we go. This month the club read The Once and Future Witches by Alix. E. Harrow – but I decided to skip this book having not been impressed with The Ten Thousand Doors of January.

Next month we are reading Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur which I’m really excited about. Look at the gorgeous cover!

Favourites

I did get to read a few really good books this month! The first one that really captured my attention was Piranesi by Susanna Clare. It has the same sort of vibes as The Starless Sea so if you loved that you will probably like the mind-twisting Piranesi. You can find my review here.

I read a couple of contemporary novels this month but my favourite was The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. It’s historical fiction but more recent. It’s a book with great social commentary and rich character development – I was gripped from start to finish despite it being character driven. You can find my review here.

The last book I’m going to put in my favourites is The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – a book I decided to re-read this month. I think this one got me out of a bit of a slump – it was really fast paced and the last 100 pages or so are WOW. The only reason it didn’t get 5 stars from me was the info dumping at the beginning. You can find my review here.

Books to Look Out For

I did read one a couple of eARCs this month – The Awakening by Nora Roberts and Just the Two of Us by Ryu Hyang. The Awakening is a fantasy set in present day that I found really sweet. It had super innocent vibes and felt a bit like a warm hug.

Just the Two of Us is a romance that is so, so heart-warming. It is grumpy and sunshine at its best. The characters really made this book, which has been described as a k-drama in book form.

Next month?

I’m not sure what I’m going to read in December. My friends are doing a re-read of A Court of Thorns and Roses so I might join them for book 2 and book 3 since I read the first one earlier this year.

I will also read more of The Bone Season series, I can’t wait to re-read The Mime Order and read The Song Rising for the first time in preparation for The Mask Falling in January.

Anyway, wish me luck in my interview. I’m really nervous, but a good friend told me to pretend I’m excited about it and I think it works? Hope you guys had a great November! On to the last month of 2020.

Book Review: The Bone Season

Sorry it’s been a while again! I have an interview for the job I applied for on Tuesday so the prep is taking most of my brain space right now. I did manage to sneak in reading The Bone Season again! It’s been a long time since I read this book and I was interested to see what adult me would think of it.

The Bone Season is an urban fantasy – a genre that usually isn’t my favourite but I really enjoyed this book. There is a lot of info dumping at the beginning as part of the world-building and world history, but once you get over this hurdle it is a really fast paced, amazing book!

Star rating: 4 stars

Paige Mahoney is clairvoyant – unnatural, as the Scion government would call her. She’s not just any clairvoyant though, she’s a rare dreamwalker operating in a small gang called The Seven Seals under the notorious Jaxon Hall.

One day her luck runs out and she thinks she’s been captured by Scion, only to end up in Oxford, a town that was previously thought to be wiped out. Instead, it’s been invaded by an alien species (well, more supernatural than alien), who made a deal with Scion to be provided with clairvoyants to help them fight a threatening invading species.

What I love about this book is the romance. Honestly, it’s so, so good and definitely kept my attention the whole way through. It’s a master / apprentice kind of relationship which I love, and also paranormal! Love that. The guy in question is Warner, who there is a lot more to than there seems at the beginning. The scenes where Warner and Paige interact really bring this book alive.

The plot is very fast paced after the initial info-dumping which meant I finished this in less then 24 hours. I have read the sequel, The Mime Order, before too, but it has been so long and I’m really excited to get to it next!

Have you read any Samantha Shannon books? If you like high fantasy more, I highly recommend The Priory of the Orange Tree, it’s one of my favourites!