November Book Roundup.

November was an interesting month in that I finished my job as a swimming teacher, I was horribly sick for an entire week, and then started a new full-time job as a library assistant. It’s been hectic, and I still somehow managed to read 7 books!

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Read:

Wires and Nerves – Marissa Meyer. Easy. ★★★★★

This is the first in a series of graphic novels set after “The Lunar Chronicles“. It was great! And I truly loved being back in that world, and seeing the characters again. I also loved how Iko was the main character. She’s hilarious, and her scenes with Kinney were perfect. The art was beautiful, and also quite unique. The dialogue and story were wonderful, and I’ve already pre-ordered vol. 2 which doesn’t come out until the end of January 2018.

“I misread the romantic tension, didn’t I?”

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Nevernight – Jay Kristoff. Medium. ★★★★★

The first book in a new bloody series, “The Nevernight Chronicle“, I FINALLY got around to actually finishing this. I started it back in January, and ended up restarting it. I loved it though. It was gritty, and dark, and bloody. The writing style was unique, and easy to get sucked into. The characters were varied, and each was interesting in their own way.

The world was great also. It was vivid. I found the occasional footnotes provided great background information. And I didn’t think they took me out of the story, like they could have.

“The brighter the light, the deeper the shadows.”

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Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor – Rick Riordan. Easy. ★★★★★

This is the second book in Riordan’s “Magnus Chase” trilogy. It was perfect. I love Riordan as an author. I always forget just how much until I open up one of his books again. It progressed Magnus’ story well, in a fast paced, easy to follow way. It has fantastic action, creative modernisation of Norse mythology, witty and funny dialogue, and a plot which kept me on my toes and always made me want to know what happened next.

I also absolutely loved the inclusion of a gender fluid character. Remember, representation matters!

“The fact the she hadn’t yet choked me unconscious was a sign of our deepening friendship.”

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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (Illustrated Edition) – J. K. Rowling. Easy. ★★★★★

I did read the original when it first came out. But it was nice to give this a re-read, even though I’m not sure exactly which bits are new. The illustrations are amazing!!

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The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle – Rick Riordan. Easy. ★★★★★

This is the first book in a new Riordan series which follows the now human Apollo, as he tries to figure out why he is no longer a god, and how to become one again. Apollo is a great new narrator! He’s hilarious, even when he’s being a bit annoying or narcisstic. And he goes through a LOT of character development.

I’m really enjoying the set up of the overarching plot for the series. It looks like it’s going to be fresh and interesting.

“While I had invented mansplaining and was it’s foremost practitioner, I had no answers to give her.”

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Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead – Rick Riordan. Easy. ★★★★★

The thrilling conclusion to the “Magnus Chase” trilogy, this book just made me really happy. Magnus is a great main character, and narrator. He’s a bit dopey and naive sometimes, but means well and is totally lovable. I love his friends, and the other supporting characters. They’re a diverse bunch. Alex was even more amazing in this one. And I really love the LGBT+ representation; particularly with regards to romance!

As usual with Riordan’s books, it had a great plot, pacing, action, humour, and writing!

“I always say, eat chocolate first, destroy the world later.”

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The Book Thief – Markus Zusak. Medium. ★★★★★

This historical fiction classic was our November BOTM for “The Book Corner“. It was an incredible, moving story about a girl living in Germany during Hitler’s rise to power, and the Second World War. It was refreshing to see a normal German town and regular German people during this time period. I loved everything about this book, and can definitely see why it is so widely praised and loved.

“I have hated the words, and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”

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Currently Reading:

Begin, End, Begin : A #LoveOzYA Anthology – Danielle Binks.

50 Events You Really Need To Know: History of War – Robin Cross.

I will not end the year with any currently readings; either because I’ll read them, or because I’ll take them off the currently reading list, and re-start them another time.

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I am sooo close to 80 books for the year. I hope I can manage at least three, because then I will do it!

– Gabi

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