November: Reading Wrap-Up

November was a bit of a washout – I caught a virus but it wasn’t one of those cute, sniffly ones that goes well with reading books and sipping honey and lemon. It was one of those ‘I can’t breathe, why has my brain slowed down to nearly nothing and will I ever have the motivation to get out of bed again?’ viruses. Yay.

Despite the mind black out, I did manage to read four books and started one but stopped around a fifth of the way through

  • Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng
  • The Girl With All the Gifts – MR Carey
  • DNF: Power – Naomi Alderman
  • Lullaby – Chuck Palahniuk
  • Bird Box – Josh Malerman

In October, I read Celeste Ng’s other book, Little Fires Everywhere and wasn’t sure what to follow two such great novels with, so decided to go post-apocalyptic in the hope that the genre shift would help with the adaptation. Unfortunately, I didn’t much enjoy The Girl With All the Gifts and then Power, my next attempt, was a bit too weird for me.

Lullaby has been sitting on my self since the Great Book Buy of June this year, so I decided to give it a go. It was definitely one of the more disturbing books I’ve read in quite some time, but will save my thoughts for a proper review (at some point – because let’s face it, I’m an inconsistent book blogger!).

Bird Box was a good end to the month – again, disturbing, but in a fascinating rather than ‘my soul has been battered’ way. I finished reading it on the train to Bath for the Christmas markets last weekend, and then watched the film over the weekend. Vastly different – I preferred the film’s portrayal of Mallory’s character but the book’s quieter depiction of a single adult survivor.

On the purchasing front, I treated myself to Early Riser (Jasper Fforde) which from the blurb sounds pretty good. It’s something to do with a parallel world in which dreams are handled by the equivalent of government agencies.

Any-hoo, I’ll end it here and will aim to get back here soon…!

Happy reading!

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