A round up of all we have read, written and purchased in November
We started the month with Wundersmith the second outing of Morrigan Crow. Author Jessica Townsend’s imagination shines through as we revisit Nevermoor and the girl cursed to die on her 11th birthday. Old favourites return, as do some interesting new ones!
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell is a thought provoking novel written following the #MeToo movement. Was a relationship between a 15 year old girl and her forty odd year old teacher the love story that Vanessa thinks it was? Or was it something a lot more darker?
Next up we took a trip down F1’s pit lane to see what life is like behind the scenes of one of our most glamorous sports. The Mechanic written by former McLaren employee Marc ‘Elvis’ Priestley dished the dirt on diamond encrusted helmets, booze fuelled parties and why nothing handles like a hire car.
Dumplin‘ by Julie Murphy came with a trunk load of Dolly Parton, red lolly pops and Texan sunshine making it one of our favourite Young Adult reads all year. It avoided predictability and allowed positivity and acceptance to shine from its pages.
We finally got round to reading The Handmaid’s Tale by the legendary Margaret Atwood. It was well worth the wait to visit Gilead and meet Offred. It surprised with its very current feel despite being first published in the 80s. Goodness knows how long it will take to read The Testaments!
Finally a Blog Tour had us reading Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver set around the cheerful premise of 9 people jumping off Chelsea Bridge. It leaves an unpleasant taste in your mouth as it casts its critical eye over modern Britain. A true thought provoker.
Books of the Month in November
Our Book of the Month was A Gift For Dying by M J Arlidge. You can read all about it here.
Our children’s Book of the Month was Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Have a go at our book club questions here.
In the Footnotes
As well as the Lowdown on our Book of the Month we took part in the Kids Lit Quiz and continued with our new feature #IReadItInABook by beachcombing in November! If you have a book related challenge for us let us know. Elsewhere we featured a children’s book club and an adults only book club that only reviews children’s books with our #IdRatherBeAtBookClub feature and gave you our suggested Winter Reading.
Read of the Month in November
Our November #ReadOfTheMonth goes to… it would be very easy to give it to The Handmaid’s Tale as it is such a classic. My Dark Vanessa will no doubt be huge when it’s released next year but I personally loved Dumplin’ for its positivity and avoidance of cliches. It’s not often a YA makes the grade!
Added to the shelf
The bulk of book purchases this month were for Christmas presents. Which books are on your Christmas list? Elsewhere a proof copy of The Austin Girls by Lucy Worsley made the shelf, as well as a proof copy of The Foundling by Stacey Halls – will it be as good as The Familiars?
That’s our November, what was yours?