Saturday, December 1, 2018

What I Read: November

Posts two days in a row? What is this madness?? :)

November was another good reading month. I read seven books total: four physical books and three audiobooks. Only one reread this month! As always, click on the titles to read my Goodreads reviews.

The Dream Thieves, by Maggie Stiefvater. (Audiobook, not pictured.) I didn't like this one nearly as much as the first, but I'm still definitely going to continue this series! My feelings about this one are probably because of the fact that I don't like Ronan, and this book focuses on him. Also, Kavinsky is one of the most horrid characters I've ever read and I despise him.

The Forgotten Sisters, by Shannon Hale. I finally read the last book in the Princess Academy series! I wasn't loving it at was just okay. But I ended up really enjoying it, and I loved the end. The first book will always be my favorite, and while I like the other two, they just don't feel necessary to me.

Becoming Mrs. Lewis, by Patti Callahan. (Audiobook, not pictured.) This was so, so good. At the time I was listening to it, it didn't blow me away. But I've been thinking about it ever since I finished it. This is a novel about the relationship between C.S. Lewis and the woman who he would end up marrying, Joy. Lewis is one of my favorite authors, and I thought I knew a decent amount about his personal life, but apparently not? It was just so interesting to me, and even more importantly, it's making me want to reread a ton of Lewis' books. This is one of those audiobooks where I feel like I missed some things, so I definitely want a physical copy so I can reread it.

Worn Stories, by Emily Spivack. A mixed bag, my one real disappointment of the month. Some of the stories were very poignant and interesting, but more of them were just pointless.

The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien. I'm making progress, you guys! I finally made it through the second LOTR book, for the first time in years. :) It has its dragging, boring moments, but I feel like overall this one was easier to get through than the first one. More excitement and action helps! Read more random thoughts in my review.

Evolving in Monkey Town, by Rachel Held Evans. (Audiobook, not pictured.) I'd read one of this author's other books previously (A Year of Biblical Womanhood) and really enjoyed it. This one wasn't as good, but still interesting. I don't agree with everything she says and she's a lot more liberal than me. But as a memoir it's interesting, and I like how honest she is about questioning difficult parts of Christianity.

The Murder at the Vicarage, by Agatha Christie. As always, so good! This is the first Christie book featuring Miss Marple, who of course is a favorite of mine. It had great humor and good twists, and I really enjoyed it!