November wasn’t that great a reading month for me, but that’s because I was a bit slumpy (and still kind of am). However, I did finish 6 books which is still great!
The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage; Philip Pullman
This is a prequel to the Northern Lights trilogy in which we follow a baby Lyra and the dangers she faces due to her parentage and prophecy.
This was such a pleasure to read!! I love being back in this world. Malcolm and Alice are fantastic protagonists. Malcolm is absolutely wonderful and definitely had a special place in my heart after reading this! He is such a lovely little boy. And Alice, though she does take some warming up to, is certainly a force to be reckoned with. Bonneville was one of the most terrifying villains ever! And it was so fun seeing several characters we have already met in the Northern Lights trilogy.
I mostly listened to this book on my commute to work which is why it took a little longer than I would have liked. Michael Sheen was the voice actor and it was such a great listening experience! He has such a great voice haha ^^”
Also can we appreciate how precious Michael Sheen’s message to Philip at the end of the audiobook was?! So cute 😭💕
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; Douglas Adams
Arthur Dent has one main problem: his house in going to be knocked down for a new motorway. This problem loses all significance when the planet get blown up by aliens. He then finds himself hitch hiking through space and getting involved with the ultimate question.
This was a funny little book. I’m not overly sold on the super sci-fi elements. There was so much information that I didn’t need. However, I am intrigued to continue on, mainly for the witty writing and Marvin. Who doesn’t love a manically depressed robot who thanks to the film will always have the voice of Alan Rickman in my head?! haha 😂
Lady Friday; Garth Nix
Lady Friday is the 5th book in the Keys to the Kingdom series. This one tales place mostly in Lady Friday’s part of the House. I enjoyed meeting new types of Denizens, but this one took longer to get into and a lot of the action seemed easily solved. Finding the Will normally comes with a lot of challenge or thought, but this book had none of that!
I’m happy that Arthur is taking more of an active role with the Keys and his role of Heir and of course I’m still excited to see what happens next.
Blue Bloods; Melissa de la Cruz
Schuyler Van Alen is a 15yr old rich girl who suddenly finds her life altered by the knowledge that she and many of her classmates are Blue Bloods: a vampire race. And with this comes the attention of the most popular boy.
I don’t know how to rate this book. On the one hand it wasn’t that well written, it was cliched and full of tropes. But on the other hand I had a great time!
This plot is ridiculous, although with a refreshingly different take on vampire lore, and the characters are absurd. None of the characters act their age, which isn’t too much of a problem for me as I grew up with Gossip Girl 😂
Overall, this was super enjoyable and I’m excited to read the next book.
Due to my commute I picked up two of my favourites on audiobook in November!
Skulduggery Pleasant; Derek Landy
I love this book so much! It will always have a special place in my heart ♥ I love the characters and I’m glad that Phase 2 isn’t lessening my enjoyment of my children haha
Pride and Prejudice; Jane Austen
I’m P&P trash okay, don’t judge me. I adore this story and the characters! And now I want to watch the BBC version and the film and read it again 😂♥
What did you read in November?
Thanks for reading! I hope you’re having a lovely day~