Reading Review: November 2020

Welcome to my Monthly Reading Review.
This post is my attempt to keep track of how I’m doing with my reading challenges and resolutions.

BOOKS I’VE READ

     

Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Total Library Books Read This Month: 0
Total Own Books Read This Month: 2
Overall Total Books Read This Month: 2

Total Library Books Read 2020: 18
Total Own Books Read 2020: 9
Overall Total Books Read 2020: 27

MY READ OF THE MONTH

     

No, I cannot do it, I cannot pick one over the other out of the two books I finished this month. They were both so good in completely different ways so it’s going to have to be a tie. Shades of Milk and Honey and Mexican Gothic will both feature as my Reads of the Month.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is currently 22 books read.   So far I’ve read:

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
The Six by Luca Veste
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Poirot #20) by Agatha Christie
Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi
The Poison Song (The Winnowing Flame #3) by Jen Williams
The Colour of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett
Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker
The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg
A Different Kind of Evil (Agatha Christie #2) by Andrew Wilson
Darkness There: Selected Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill
The Sleep Tight Motel by Lisa Unger
The Light Fantastic (Discworld #2) by Terry Pratchett
Pines (Wayward Pines #1) by Blake Crouch
Wayward (Wayward Pines #2) by Blake Crouch
The Last Town (Wayward Pines #3) by Blake Crouch
Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver
Endless Night by Agatha Christie
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Hallowe’en Party (Poirot #39) by Agatha Christie
Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal

Beat the Backlist Bingo is making another appearance this year. I have no idea how many categories I’ll manage to complete but it’s a little extra to add to my challenge.

           

              

               

              

       

Borrowed it for the cover – The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I wanted to read this from the moment I first heard about it, but I’m using it for this category because I never got tired of looking at the cover. I also think this may be a contender for the category of a top 10 read of the year.

Released in the 2010’s – The Six by Luca Veste

Written before 2010 – Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Poirot #20) by Agatha Christie

Wish you had read it sooner – Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi

Book you never finished before – The Colour of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett

One word title – Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker

Genre you never/rarely read – The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

Book with less than 200 pages – Darkness There: Selected Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Book with 600+ pages – Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

Cover redesign is better – A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill

New to you author – The Sleep Tight Motel by Lisa Unger

Shocking plot twist – Pines (Wayward Pines #1) by Blake Crouch

Owned for over 2 years – Wayward (Wayward Pines #2) by Blake Crouch

Author who writes multiple genre – Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal

GOODREADS

I’ve read 27 books so far this year.

GOALS

  • I read two of my own books this month.
  • Discovered two new-to-me authors, Silvia-Moreno Garcia and Mary Robinette Kowal. They’re both authors I would read again, so I’m pleased they both have more books already out there.
  • I added another book to my Beat the Backlist challenge and my current total stands at 22. I never thought I’d read so many books for the challenge and I hope I might be add to add at last one more before the end of the year.
  • I’m continuing my monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress.

So concludes November’s Reading Review. See you again next month.

3 thoughts on “Reading Review: November 2020

  1. @lynnsbooks says:

    You’ve done really well with your challenges, I’ve been absolutely useless this year and didn’t really sign up to anything, except to read 100 books – (which I might not achieve for the first time in forever) – and I think it’s a good plan that your two books this month tied – it would be difficult to choose one over the other given how much you enjoyed them.
    I’m currently reading Stoker’s Wilde West – thank you again for putting me onto those.
    I think I will eventually try the glamourist series – they’ve always appealed to me.
    In terms of Silvia Moreno Garcia you still have lots to look forward to and all her books are remarkably different. Gods of Jade and Shadow – I loved it, set in the 20s with one young woman on a mission travelling across Mexico with a God. It had a feel of Cinderella meets the Labyrinth meets American Gods. The Beautiful Ones is like a period romance with a hint of magic and my absolute favourite is Certain Dark Things which is vampires but with a different lore and Aztec influence. You may be able to tell that I’m very fond of this author 😀
    Happy December reading.
    Lynn 😀

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    • pagesandtea says:

      Thanks 🙂
      Wow, 100 books, I would love to be able to manage even half that amount over a year.
      I’m still happy you enjoyed Stoker’s Wilde as much as I did and cannot wait for your thoughts on Stoker’s Wilde West. I hope it’s as good as the first. I really like the idea of Bram and Oscar going to the Wild West.
      Gods of Jade and Shadow went right up the massive TBR list when you mentioned Labyrinth 😀 It sounds really good, but then so does Certain Dark Things if it features vampires. I will definitely have to read more by this author, I still haven’t quite got Mexican Gothic out of my mind yet.

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