Books to Read in November

Friday, 11 November 2016


A couple nights or so ago I was trying to get to sleep which just means I was thinking about every single choice I've made in my life when I suddenly realised it was November and pretty much gave myself a heart attack. I knew it was November but in that moment I realised that the year is almost over and I'm not ready to for 2016 to end.  With this months books I've actually started two of them already, I'm getting better at estimating what books I can get through each month.

The Angel's Share by J.R. Ward*
I started reading this after a period piece book so in my head in was set in 19th century Kentucky. That bubble burst when there was mention of a Toyota truck... Now that I've started picturing it in the present day I've really gotten into it and am enjoying it. It's the second book in the Bourbon Kings series and like always I wondered if I would be at a disadvantage in not reading the first. So far I don't feel like I'm missing out on something, it feels just like a stand alone book with backstory that takes place before the narrative starts. 

The series follows the Bradford family who are the creme de la creme of soceity. Their complicated lives and vast estate are run by a discrete staff that inevitably becomes embroiled in their affairs - especially now, as the apparent suicide of the family patriarch starts to look like murder...

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow*
This is the other book I've started to read and am also enjoying it so far. The story is set around Charlotte (Charlie Davis) who at seventeen has lost more than more people lose in a lifetime. But she's learned how to forget. Every new scar hardens Charlie's heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much.

The subject matter is very raw and honest and deals mental illness and how Charlie struggles with it. I haven't got much of the way through it yet but am captivated by Charlie's story. I also love the short excerpts/chapters which kind of illustrate her thought process.

Lord of the Darkwood: The Tale of Shiranoko by Lian Hearn*
The rightful emperor is lost. Shikanoko is condemned to live half man and half deer, an outlaw in the Darkwood. Yet the mighty lords who now rule the Eight Islands are prey to suspicion and illness, and drought and famine overrun the realm. Only Shikanoko can bring healing by restoring the preordained ruler to the Lotus Throne and only one person can bring him back from the Darkwood.

This is the last book in the Tale of Shikanoko series so once again I hope I'm not completely lost when I start reading. From reading the synopsis it sounds like fantasy with a bit of mythology which really appeals to me.

It was only every you by Kate Kerrigan*
This is one of the most recent books I've gotten and I was really drawn to the cover images as well as the premise of the story. The narrative is set around three women and one charismatic man set in 1950s New York. Both Ava Brogan & Shelia Klein are smitten with Patrick Murphy but do not know that his first great love from Ireland is on her way to New York determined to find him.

It felt kind of like a mystery to me, the outcomes of the tangled relationships. I love mysteries and really wanted to know the outcome.

What's on your reading list for November?

Ashley xx
*Review copies from Hachette NZ & HarperCollins NZ

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