Reading Wrap Up: October & November


I am back with my reading wrap up for October and November. I did a lot of reading in October and finished many books thanks to Sbooktober. Then I hardly read anything in November only completely two books but it’s all right. 

October Wrap Up               

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
October Wrap Up

  • 4 Stars
  • Enjoyed the beginning and the ending. Middle was a bit boring
  • Liked that their friendship wasn’t perfect and was realistic
  • Heartbreaking

All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
October Wrap Up

  • 4 Stars
  • Audiobook
  • Enjoyed the writing style
  • Interesting premise and felt like it was done well
  • Wasn’t expecting the plot twist

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
October Wrap Up

  • 3 Stars
  • Audiobook/ enjoyed the full cast of characters
  • Fun, enjoyable read about a kick-ass female assassin
  • Don’t have too much to say about this one


The Hypnotist by Lars Keplar
October Wrap Up

  • 3.5 Stars
  • This book was quite different than what I was expecting but still enjoyable
  • Wasn’t that crazy about the writing style
  • Thought the story would revolve more around the detective Joona Linna but the focus is around the hypnotist. Which I guess makes a little sense since it is called the hypnotist.
  • Short chapters, So even though it is a big book you get through it fairly fast

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica
October Wrap Up

  • 4.5 Stars
  • Conflicted on the ending, on one hand I give props to the author and on the other was expecting something different and let down
  • Mary Kubica is a great story-teller
  • Great Character development, pacing and plot

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

October Wrap Up

  • 5 Stars
  • I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook and didn’t want to stop listening to it
  • It was thrilling and action-packed
  • I know it might not be the best piece of fiction out there but was just so fun to read/listen to

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

October Wrap Up

  • 5 Stars
  • Audiobook
  • Slower-paced but not boring
  • Character driven
  • Gritty

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

October Wrap Up

  • 3 Stars
  • Honestly, I think I read this one to fast and not a lot sunk in
  • I would like to re-read and take my time with it

Christine Falls by Benjamin Black

October Wrap Up

  • 2 Stars
  • Boring
  • Unsatisfied with the ending
  • I did like the sinister dealings between the Irish High society and the church

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

October Wrap Up

  • 2.5 Stars
  • Unique and Strange
  • Didn’t connect with the characters
  • Not a huge fan of how it ended
  • I wanted to love this but sadly it was just an okay read

Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

October Wrap Up

  • 4 Stars
  • Re-read
  • Slow-pacing but not boring
  • Told in four parts with no chapters
  • Character Driven plot
  • Loved the complex characters

November Wrap Up                 

Fires of Autumn by Irene Némirovsky

  • 5 Stars
  • Great Story-telling
  • Wonderfully Written
  • Powerful, tragic and a must read

November Wrap Up

Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick

  • 1 Star
  • Audiobook
  • Not what I was expecting. Thought it was going to be more humorous
  • Mostly, was about female writers that she admired who are from where she grew up and were sometimes spinsters.
  • Was bored and just couldn’t get into the book.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you liked this wrap up. Let me know your thoughts on the books mentioned in the comments below. 😊

Bookish Matters


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