What I Read: November 2015

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I keep putting off this post because it usually takes me so long to write! But you know what? I didn’t read that many books in November. So here we go.

Winter by Marissa Mayer

Winter by Marissa Meyer – I actually reread all the Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress) books leading up to this one because I wanted to have all the plotlines fresh in my head. I am glad that I did! I loved reading them all together, and I finished Cress two days before Winter was released. I will fully confess that I ignored all but the absolutely necessary to finish Winter in a 36-hour span. And it’s over 800 pages. The story moves quickly, although with all the build-up I found the ending just a little abrupt. But still, a fantastic ending to a superb series that I adore and love to recommend. It’s clean other than brief kissing and a few milder curse words, so I feel good about recommending for younger teens, but it’s just as absorbing for the older crowd!

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier – And now for something completely different, am I right? Rebecca is the 1938 classic novel that has imprinted itself on literature. Rebecca is the first wife of Maxim de Winter, deceased, who still seems to haunt the mansion of Pemberley, even as a year has passed and Maxim has remarried. Our narrator is the young second Mrs. de Winter, whose name is never revealed.

The novel is beautiful and haunting, as expected. Perhaps a little slow to start, as many older works are for me, but I zoomed through the second half. I love how it resolved and ended and was thrilled that I had no foreknowledge of the plot. Now I want to see the old movie, too!

The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay

The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay – I actually preordered The Bronte Plot for my Kindle, because I’ve been such a fan of Katherine Reay’s other two books. (See reviews of: Dear Mr. Knightley and Lizzy & Jane.) But I just wasn’t feeling The Bronte Plot. I didn’t feel connected with the main character, I felt rushed into the romance, and the spiritual aspect wasn’t really there, either. The story is interesting, and it was a fun travel narrative, but I would pass on this book of Reay’s. And reread Lizzy & Jane instead. 😉

And that’s it for November! I actually abandoned two books (Honeydew and The Secret Chord), for various reasons. You’re welcome to e-mail me if you really want to know why! Grown-ups shouldn’t finish books they aren’t enjoying, right?

What did you read in November? Anything to recommend?

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