As the end of 2017 approaches, I’m keeping a closer eye on my reading challenge progress. I have a comfortable number of challenge books left for these last two months, except for the fact that I keep picking up new releases and other books from farther back on my TBR. So at this point, it’s possible that I can finish my reading challenge, but only if I actually stick with the books on my list. For that reason, I’m filling this month’s TBR with about half of the books I have left (and a couple extras). Even if I end up picking up some additional titles, this list should help keep me on track. These are the books I’m aiming to read in November:
- Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. This is the sequel to Six of Crows, which was one of my reading challenge books. Even though Crooked Kingdom doesn’t count for that, I’m hooked on these characters and I must find out how it ends after the heist-gone-awry from book one. This is quite possibly the best YA fantasy series I’ve read all year, and the books themselves are as gorgeous as the story within.
- Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. Although this one also doesn’t count for my actual reading challenge, I set myself a goal back in January to read/reread all of Cassandra Clare’s published books this year. I only have two left now, and they’re the two I was most excited for when I started my Shadowhunter quest, so I’m planning to read this one in November, and Lord of Shadows in December to meet that goal. I think these two follow Emma Carstairs and her adopted family, which I’m eager to see more of after their appearances in City of Heavenly Fire.
- The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen. This book is a reread and one of my reading challenge books (a book from my childhood). I haven’t read this in such a long time, but once upon a time it was one of my all-time favorites. I’m interested to see whether a reread after several years have passed will change where I stand with this one, or whether it will still qualify as my favorite Dessen novel, even after I haven’t enjoyed Dessen’s latest releases as much.
- The Lover by Marguerite Duras. One of my reading challenge slots is “a book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t.” I don’t technically have any books that fit in that category because reading homework was my favorite kind of homework. But this is a short novel I only had to read half of for a class in college, and I liked the first half enough that I always intended to read the rest, but just never got around to it. So I’ll be reading the entire book this month for my reading challenge. It’s a romance about a young French girl and an older man that I believe meet on a ferry in a foreign land. If I remember right, it’s a sort of star-crossed relationship, and the writing is full of unmet dreams. I remember it being kind of dark but beautiful.
- The Iliad by Homer. This is my classic of the month for November, and also a reading challenge book. I started reading this once in college just for fun, but I had a borrowed copy that I ended up having to return before I finished. Now I have my own copy, and as the year wraps up I’m in a finishing mood, as well. I’ll probably start the story over, but it’ll feel good to finally make it all the way through. I’m also hoping to follow it up by reading The Odyssey at some point. I’ve also read excerpts from that one, but not as much, and I do think that is the one that will interest me more.
- The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. Here’s another reading challenge book, but it’s the first in a series (and an unfinished series at that), so I’ve been a little hesitant to start it while I’m still in the middle of other reading endeavors. I’ve heard this is a great YA fantasy, and I don’t know anything other than that, but I’m ready to give it a go and see how much of this series I might want to read sooner rather than later. I believe three books have been published so far, so I might come back to those sequels in early 2018 once I’ve wrapped up some more 2017 things.
- The Alienist by Caleb Carr. I came across this book as an extra from Book of the Month, and it’s set around the late 19th / early 20th century, which is one of my favorite time periods to read about. It’s a sort of mystery/thriller, I believe, and an early psychologist searching for a dangerous murderer. So that sounded intriguing enough, and then I realized it fulfilled a slot of my reading challenge that I had been having difficulty filling, so it’ll be doubly great to get through this one. It’s been on the back burner for a few months now, and it’s time to pick it up.
- The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter. I am not reading this one for any particular reason– I saw it on the new books shelf at my library, and it had caught my attention when it first came out, so I checked it out and now I have to read it. I wish I would’ve found it a little sooner and read it in October, which is a great month for thrillers, but I think I’ll enjoy it just as much in November. I love a good scary read, even if Halloween is passed. I don’t remember anything from the synopsis of this one, which is how I like to go into thrillers.
(Please excuse Lady Midnight‘s absence from this TBR pic, I acquired it mere hours after taking the picture, and the lighting was no longer sufficient for a redo.)
And that’s a wrap. I know I’m still going to be unusually busy for a while in the beginning of November, and there are other books I also know that I want to be reading, but these are my highest priorities right now. I really do want to try meeting as many of my yearly reading goals as I can, and I know that November is the time to work hard on those because otherwise I’ll be too swamped in December. I’m not giving up yet, anyway.
Have you read any of these books? What are you reading in November?
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