Not a stellar month for reading, but I managed to read some pretty stellar books that were added to the top of my 2018 favorites list!
I also have an Instagram giveaway going on right now for a copy of the much anticipated 2019 thriller An Anonymous Girl. Followers here get an extra entry if you’ve already entered there – so comment and let me know your IG handle so I can make sure you get your extra entry!
NOVEMBER READS: Audiobooks: 1 | eBooks: 5 | Print Books: 5
The Winters by Lisa Gabriele
I really enjoyed this crazy suspenseful novel, and just actually found out AFTER I read this, that it’s inspired by duMauriers Rebecca. Which I haven’t read. Sigh…. I can’t believe I still haven’t read that classic tale, but THIS has made me move it up to the front of the list!
Fetish Girl by Bella LaVey
If you’ve ever wondered if crushing snails is a sex thing, well, look no further. Although Miss LaVey does not partake in the mass murder of mollusks for pleasure – it IS a thing. Aren’t you glad you know that now?? Read the full review here!
Rough Passage to London by Robin Lloyd
If you thought that dude on the rum bottle was the coolest Captain Morgan – think again! This guy runs circles around him! Captain Ely Morgan is one of those characters (who is a REAL LIFE captain from the 1800’s btw) that you immediately respect, you long for his happiness and success, and you most definitely will want to sit down and have a bit of rum with him! Read the full review here!
The Spiritual Vixen’s Guide to an Unapologetic Life by Maureen Muldoon
I think everyone should definitely give this book a chance. And DON’T judge it by it’s cover! Sorry Maureen – you are GORGEOUS! But my husband immediately looked over as I was reading and was like… “Are you reading a dirty book!?!” lol To me, this book is VERY SFW! Not NSFW! It’s not naughty, as her pose may suggest – these nothing juicy or raunchy about it. And even if you aren’t looking for any sort of spiritual guide – it’s still a really great, inspiring story, and I feel just a little bit like a Spiritual Vixen myself – just from having read it. Read the full review here!
A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
New favorite book alert! This one is SO. DAMN. GOOD. I cannot even put into words how much this book enthralled me, how much I LOVED to hate Maurice, how beautiful the writing is, how creepy and riveting the story unfolds. Amazing. Just a pure literary delight.
November Road by Lou Berney
So, I might be in the unpopular opinion minority of this one. Sorry friends. I’m not too big on conspiracy theories or historically heavy fiction, but I love thrillers and mysteries. So, I thought I’d give it a go. It wasn’t a terrible book, but I just left feeling – well, meh. That about sums up my feelings – might just be a case of ‘not the book for me.’
An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Wowsa! Was this a thrilling ride on the crazy train! This was definitely not like any other thriller I’ve read – and it hooked me in right away. The suspense, the twists, it’s all very unnerving from start to finish and I found myself gripping the book trying to figure it all out. Win a copy of this book here! (entries accepted until Wed. Dec 5th at 11:59pm)
Into the Night by Marin Montgomery
Equal parts thrilling, disturbing and insanely suspenseful, Into the Night is a wild and crazy terrifyingly engrossing vacation story, that literally makes you want to crawl into bed, hide under the covers and never leave the country again! I mean, OK I lie, of course I’m going on vacation again, but remind me never to read a book like this any time close to my departure date!
Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Don’t hate me! I know there are so DIE-HARD TJR fans out there… I haven’t read anything of hers YET. I plan to, but I couldn’t help but feel like this one’s been done before. So, while I thought the letters were clever, the story was just OK. So I gave it an ok 3 stars rating. I SO look forward to reading more of TJR, in all her glory in a full-fledged book that shows her depth and creativity as a writer!
The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
This is most intense emotional roller coaster I have ever rode on, and I never ever want to get off. I laughed, I cried, I was thoroughly confused, and shamefully jealous, and angry and disgusted, and fearful and surprised… Did I miss anything? I’m sure I did… just add them to the list because if there is an emotion to be had, this book will bring it out of you. And in the most intense ways you can imagine. They all connect and mesh together into one big hug. This book IS a really big hug and man, did I hug back!
OK Mr. Field by Katharine Kilalea
I’m not really sure how to describe this book. It’s very odd, a bit sad, somewhat quirky, extremely claustrophobic, and very unnerving. It made me feel uncomfortable, and I do believe that may have been it’s intention.
Looking forward to December reads! Feel free to leave some suggestions!