My Bookish Month of November 2023

Hi and welcome to another monthly overview!

Another month bites the dust, and I can’t say I’m sorry to see the back of it. A month of very little sunshine, way too much rain, and last week: a furry friend who was feeling very poorly indeed and turned out to have a bladder infection. A round of antibiotics later, he’s back to his old self, although he still has to take this rather foul-smelling syrupy stuff, and oh the joys of forcing medication down a cat’s throat 🙈

My bookish month was not as great as it could have been. Partly because I read less due to fatigue and worries about my ill feline (the trips to and from the vet’s didn’t help, as listening to audiobooks is quite impossible with a howling cat next to you), but I also had quite a few 2 and 2.5 star ratings, which is rather rare for me. Fortunately, I did read a few fantastic books as well.

Honourable mentions to The Fake Wife, Dead Sweet, Halfway House, Helle And Death and The Seventh Bride, but these were my favourite reads of the month:

In figures November looks like this:

Novels: 4793 pages across 15 books and 1 novella
Audiobooks: 63 hours across 11 books

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

What I read:

Nanny Wanted, Lizzy Barber
The Female Factor, Hazel Wallace
Starling House, Alix E. Harrow
Set in Stone, Stela Brinzeanu
The Fake Wife, Sharon J. Bolton
Little Eve, Catriona Ward
Dead Sweet, Katrín Júlíusdóttir
Confessions, Kanae Minato
The Secret Life of Fungi, Aliya Whiteley
The Beauty, Aliya Whiteley
The Winter Spirits: Ghostly Tales for Frosty Nights
Defend the Dawn, Brigid Kemmerer
Children of the Sun, Beth Lewis
Halfway House, Helen Fitzgerald (review to follow)
Criacuervo, Orlando Echeverri Benedetti
Helle and Death, Oskar Jensen (review to follow)

What I listened to:

The Three-Body Problem, Liu Cixin
The Simpler, Slower Life, Charlie Brown
Emotional Transformation, Rachelle McCloud
None of This Is True, Lisa Jewell
Machines Like Me, Ian McEwan
The Drowned Man, Matthew Costello & Neil Richards
Zero Days, Ruth Ware
All These Bodies, Kendare Blake
The Trail, M A Hunter
The Atlas Six, Olivie Blake
The Seventh Bride, T. Kingfisher

What I read earlier but reviewed in November:

The Gardener’s Almanac 2024, Greg Loades
RHS Garden Almanac 2024

I also posted an extract from His Favourite Graves by Paul Cleave and Upstairs at the Beresford by Will Carver.

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

A short story collection and a highly anticipated fantasy / horror novel (featuring my favourite birds on the cover to boot, how could I resist), one for the Orenda collection and three FairyLoot special editions:

Two eBooks that had been on my wishlist for ages and were half price on Kobo, two 99p deals, five eARCs courtesy of Orenda Books and five NetGalley digital proofs:

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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