My Bookish Month of November 2021

Hi and welcome to another monthly overview!

November was such an emotional month for me! Without going into details, I had a pretty tough decision to make and I kept making up my mind only to go back on my decision moments later. With all the spiraling I did, and all the talks with the hubby who was patiently trying to help me untangle the knots in my head, I feel like I lost half a month. For the record: in the end I did decide, and stuck with it, and calmed down because I realised it was the right decision all along and I had just been trying to make myself do something that didn’t feel quite right.

In bookish terms, the above means that I read less than I usually do, there just wasn’t enough time or brain space left! However I did enjoy the books I read and listened to. With the Netflix show coming out, I finally picked up The Chestnut Man and it was every bit as good as everyone had been saying for years. And three of my most anticipated reads, Under the Whispering Door, Psychopaths Anonymous and The Twyford Code turned out to be fantastic as well.

For my Spanish challenge I chose a Spanish translation of a South Korean novel, The Good Son in English. You-jeong Jeong has been referred to as the South Korean Stephen King, I don’t know if I would go that far but I did love El Buen Hijo so much I snapped up one of her earlier books in a Black Friday deal.

What with the repercussions of how busy I was in October and with the above-mentioned decision taking up too much brain power, it was a quiet month on the blog as well, I’ve had to clear out the dust bunnies!

These were my favourite reads of the month:

In figures November looks like this:

Novels: 5243 pages across 17 books
Audiobooks: 55 hours across 11 audiobooks

And here’s what I did in November, and some of what I’ll be posting in December and January:

What I read:

The Curious Dispatch of Daniel Costello, Chris McDonald
The Haunting Season: Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights
Namesake, Adrienne Young
The Chestnut Man, Søren Sveistrup
The Thin Place, C.D. Major
The Lost, Simon Beckett
Circus of Wonders, Elizabeth Macneal
Jommeke in de knel én in de penarie, Jelle De Beule & Thijs De Cloedt
Under the Whispering Door, TJ Klune
Psychopaths Anonymous, Will Carver
Tall Bones, Anna Bailey
El buen hijo, You-Jeong Jeong
Fall, West Camel (review to follow)
The Twyford Code, Janice Hallett (review to follow)
Dead in the Water, Chris McDonald
My Heart Is a Chainsaw, Stephen Graham Jones
House of Hollow, Krystal Sutherland

What I listened to:

Macbeth: A Novel, A.J. Hartley & David Hewson
The Secret of Combe Castle, Matthew Costello & Neil Richards
Dracula, Bram Stoker
Never Saw Me Coming, Vera Kurian
Triflers Need Not Apply, Camilla Bruce
A Fatal Fall, Matthew Costello & Neil Richards
Midnight in Everwood, M.A. Kuzniar
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote
The Catch, T.M. Logan
The Last Puzzle, Matthew Costello & Neil Richards
Anatomy of a Scandal, Sarah Vaughan

What I read earlier but reviewed in November:

The Stoning by Peter Papathanasiou
Dead Mercy by Noelle Holten

I also had a look at my third bookish quarter in pie charts.

Let’s have a look at the books that landed on my lap in November:

Three gorgeous proofs from Orenda Books (well worth the two-month wait), a pressie from Eva (thank you!!!), a pre-ordered anticipated read (also well worth the wait), two FairyLoot novels with spredges and a beautiful hardcover review copy from Orbit:

A blog tour ARC, two 99p deals thanks to Jill @ Jill’s Book Cafe, the abovementioned Black Friday deal and two eARCS from Orenda Books:

Three credit audiobooks, a Black Friday deal prior to cancelling my Audible subscription again and a narration added to a bargain eBook:

I hope you had a good month and that you are safe and well! Thanks for joining me today and happy reading xxx

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