November 2020 Wrap Up

November was a good month. I somehow managed to read more books than I have since July, and I enjoyed pretty much all of them! I am back on a big reading kick, which is a really nice feeling.

In total, I read 11 books this month! Let’s take a look at what they were.

5 Stars

  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett: The first book I read in November was also one of the best I read. It is a breathtaking story about twin sisters who run away from their small town to a big city and eventually split up. They are both “passing” as white, but one marries a darker skinned Black man, while the other pretends to be white. The story was so brilliantly weaved together, and I was so drawn in the entire time I was reading it. It truly left me speechless.
  • A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti: I was not expecting to actually get to this book this month, but once I started it, I finished it in a matter of hours. It is a story about a girl who decides to run across the world after experiencing an incredibly traumatic event a year ago. I was in awe of this story, and it was just so inspiring.
  • Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman: I have been a long time fan of Akemi Dawn Bowman’s books (Summer Bird Blue is one of my all-time favorites), so I was so happy to find this audiobook on Scribd. There is something so lyrical and beautiful about her writing, and this story was no different. It is about a girl who wants to be a trapeze artist, but her parents won’t allow it (despite owning their own circus). She runs away and joins a rivaling traveling circus instead. I ate this story up.

4 Stars

  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee: This was a multi-generational story about a family in Korea. It was really well written, and I feel like I learned so much about Korean and Japanese history by reading it. I did get a little lost at some points because there were a lot of characters to keep up with, but overall it was a phenomenal read.
  • Shit, Actually by Lindy West: I picked this book up on a whim from Libro.fm, and I was not at all expecting to love it as much as I did. I think I was just reading a lot of heavy books, and this provided me some relief from that. It’s basically just a commentary on popular films, and even though I haven’t even read half of them, hearing the author talk about them was so fun. It was wildly entertaining and made me laugh out loud a few times.
  • An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard: I wrote a review for this book, so I’m going to link it if you are interested in reading! I really enjoyed it, though, especially as someone who is not big on fantasy!

3 Stars

  • Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport: I am very interested in the idea of minimalism as a whole, and have recently been trying to live a simpler digital life as well. This book was good, but as someone who has been watching a lot of documentaries, Youtube videos, and listening to podcasts about this topic, it felt very basic. A lot of the Youtube videos and podcasts referred to this book, so I thought it would be more groundbreaking than it was.
  • Broken Things by Lauren Oliver: This was an enjoyable read. I have been putting this one off for a while, so I am glad that I finally got around to reading it. It’s a story about the murder of a young girl, and it was DARK and quite morbid. I didn’t really love the ending of it, which is what knocked it down a bit for me, but it was a good read!
  • The Museum of Us by Tara Wilson Redd: This was an interesting story that deals with mental illness in an interesting way. I was interested enough to continue reading it, but it felt a little off to me. I think it needed to be refined and edited a bit more in order for the story to flow better.

2.5 Stars

  • The House by Christina Lauren: The concept for this book was great- a house that’s alive? It was basically a romance version of Monster House. Except, the romance was bad, in my opinion, which is the most shocking part considering Christina Lauren are known for their romance books now! I just wish the overall execution of this were a bit better.

2 Stars

  • Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith: This is a book about a trans boy who goes to live with his aunt for the summer, and a girl who recently lost her sister. Unfortunately, the representation in this book is not done very well at all, according to own voice reviewers, and there were many parts of this story that did not sit well with me.

Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts on them? Let me know down in the comments!

8 thoughts on “November 2020 Wrap Up

  1. Agh I’m late yet again to posts so I hope you’ve been enjoying your December. And ah it seems like you had such a great reading month. I’m SO EXCITED to read The Vanishing Half, Harley In The Sky and also Shit, Actually which I also have on Libro. Love ya Jess xoxo

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