What I Read: November Edition

If you’ve been following along, I finished my Winter Reading Challenge. Additionally, I read a lot more books. If you wonder how I read so much, check out my tips for how I read so much! I hate to say that I actually chose TV over reading towards the ends of the month, which did cut down on how many books I read; however, I have started listening to audiobooks in the car, so that helps!

what i read last month october


beautiful ruins

Rating: ****

I read Beautiful Ruins as part of the Blogger to Blogger Book Club. You can read my full review here!


big little lies

Rating: *****

I waited on this book to come in from the library for months. It was very interesting. I always enjoy books by Moriarty because they make me glad that I don’t have kids or have to deal with a PTA. I overhear women at the gym reading each other snarky emails that other PTA moms have sent them and it just sounds horrible.



breakfast of championsRating: ***

I only read this as part of The Winter Reading Challenge because I needed a book with a meal in the title. Otherwise, it was kind of boring.


east of edenRating: *****

Wow. I loved this. Not only did it clear one book off of my full shelves, it was an amazing book.

fall of giantsRating: *****

My mom has been recommending this book to me for about a year. I read the first book of another trilogy that Follett wrote, which was just ok. This one was amazing. I loved that it took place right before, during, and after WWI. So, not only is the history fascinating, the way that the families from all sides of the war and from different social classes are woven together is fantastic! I highly recommend this book, if you don’t mind a long read!


fredericaRating: ****

This was more of a 3.5. I love Georgette Heyer, but I think that if I read too many of her books in a row, they start to blend together. I absolutely loved the first two books of her’s that I read, but I think that they get very predictable. My next Heyer book will be Cousin Kate because I read that it was Heyer’s only attempt at a Gothic novel. And I love Gothic novels!

gileadRating: *****

Again. Wow. I can’t believe that I kept putting this book off!

mr. penumbra's 24 hour bookstoreRating: ****

Such a fun read! Not a brilliant work of genius, but it was definitely fun.

one more thingRating: *****

Do yourself a favor and read this now. You should probably get the audiobook. I know that I love them, but B.J. Novak narrates this book with the help of an all star cast. It’s not family friendly, so don’t listen with the kids around. I could not stop laughing!


still life with breadcrumbsRating: ****

Not my favorite book ever, but I really did enjoy this. It felt like Quindlen was trying to get at some deeper points about domestic life, but the novel wasn’t quite long enough to really dive into the subjects that she hinted at. But, it was an interesting story!

the blind assasianRating: *****

I have owned this book for years, so I finally read it. It fits in a little bit with the sci-fi category, which threw me off. The novel switches back and forth between the past and present of the narrator, plus a fictional story that takes place on a foreign planet. The “novel” within the novel threw me off at first, but it really did fit with the novel. I loved it at the end. It turns out that I keep feeling that way about Atwood’s novels!

the burning roomRating: ***

I always enjoy Michael Connelly novels. They’re my guilty pleasure, I guess. This one wasn’t as bad as some recent John Grisham novels (note: please read B.J. Novak’s short story about John Grisham. So funny!), but it was not quite a Lincoln Lawyer quality novel. It kind of sloppily threw two unrelated cases into one investigation, which made it harder to follow.


the girl you left behindRating: ****

I read this novel for the Winter Reading Challenge. I absolutely loved it. I loved Moyes’s Me Before You, and I loved this book. I think it is great when an author can write fantastic novels that are nothing alike. That’s real talent!


the water is wideRating: *****

I loved this novel. I first heard of this novel in high school, when I took Teacher Cadet. We watched an excerpt from the movie. When I got to college, my academic adviser said that he read this novel in undergrad, which made him want to become a teacher. I am glad that he read the novel because he was a great professor and even SC Professor of the Year. He’s the best!


Thirteen at Dinner

thirteen at dinner

Rating: ***/.5

This book was part of the Winter Reading Challenge. I needed to have a book with a meal in the title. This was a lighthearted mystery, but it actually had a ton of murders. It was oddly light for how many people were killed.


everythig i never told youRating: ****

I received this free Audiobook through Goodreads. It had been on my list for awhile, so I’m glad that I read it. It is less about how Lydia died and more about all the circumstances and family history that led to her death. (Not a spoiler). I would recommend it!


liar temptress soldier spyRating: ****

I did decide to read this one partly based on the title and the cover. I know, I judged a book by its cover. In this case, I judged correctly! I love Civil War history. It was very interesting to read how women contributed as spies on both sides of the war. It was just a whole new part of history that was new to me, so I would also recommend it!

the good girlRating: ****

Again, I really enjoyed this novel! I did read it because it was advertised to be a thriller along the lines of Gone Girl. While definitely not of Gone Girl caliber, it was really interesting. I listened to the audio version of this, which was cool, because each chapter is told out of order. The chapter begins with the name of who is narrating (either the victim’s mother, kidnapper, or detective). The audio version has a different person reading each character, so that added to the novel!

the girl who played with fireRating: *****

I absolutely loved this follow up to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I read the first novel as part of the Winter Reading Challenge, and it drew me in so much that I had to read the follow up. The last novel is on hold at the library right now! I can’t wait for it to come in.


the secret keeper
Rating: ****

This was the second Kate Morton novel that I read. I thought it was only ok, until I got to the end. Holy twist. I loved it. I am curious to read more of her books because the only two that I have read involve people researching the pasts of their families. While it is in an interesting concept, I would like to know if Morton has a wider range in her writing.


bel canto
Rating: ****

I didn’t like the beginning of this book at all. That’s why I put it down several times. However, once it got going it was a really interesting look at terrorism, art, humanity, and love. I know a lot of people hate the ending, but I thought that is what made it realistic!

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I am also linking this post to Operation Read Your Shelves because I read FOUR old books!operation read your shelves december

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Also linking up with The Modern Mrs. Darcy for this list!

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