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What I Read in November!

I refuse to believe that 2022 is almost over, this year has gone way too quickly. I read a total of 11 books throughout November. I seemed to jump from genre to genre this month. I read some fantasy, some romance and even some non-fiction. I am back with another what I’ve read this month post. It is a bunch of mini reviews for the book I read in November. Here they are!

And Away… by Bob Mortimer

Although his childhood in Middlesbrough was normal on the surface, it was tinged by the loss of his dad, and his own various misadventures (now infamous from his appearances on Would I Lie to You?), from burning down the family home to starting a short-lived punk band called Dog Dirt. As an adult, he trained as a solicitor and moved to London. Though he was doing pretty well (the South London Press once crowned him ‘The Cockroach King’ after a successful verdict), a chance encounter in a pub in the 1980s with a young comedian going by the name Vic Reeves set his life on a different track. And now, six years on, the heart condition that once threatened his career has instead led to new success on BBC2’s Gone Fishing.

I’ve always loved Bob Moritmer. I think he is absolutely hilarious and I could listen top him talk for hours. So, his autobiography has been on my TBR since it was released. If you a fan of Bob you will love this and even if you aren’t a fan, I’m sure you will still love it. It is hilarious and full of stories of Bob’s life that are extraordinary. It is uplifting and at times sad but a lovely read to put a asmile on your face. I would highly recommend this one!

★★★★★


Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman

Then. Twentysomething writer Chani Horowitz is stuck. While her former MFA classmates are nabbing book deals, she’s in the trenches writing puff pieces. Then she’s hired to write a profile of movie star Gabe Parker. The Gabe Parker–her forever celebrity crush, the object of her fantasies, the background photo on her phone–who’s also just been cast as the new James Bond. It’s terrifying and thrilling all at once… yet if she can keep her cool and nail the piece, it could be a huge win. Gabe will get good press, and her career will skyrocket. But what comes next proves to be life-changing in ways Chani never saw coming, as the interview turns into a whirlwind weekend that has the tabloids buzzing.

Now. Ten years later, after a brutal divorce and a heavy dose of therapy, Chani is back in Los Angeles, laser-focused on one thing: her work. But she’s still spent the better part of the last decade getting asked about her deeply personal Gabe Parker profile at every turn. No matter what new essay collection or viral editorial she’s promoting, it always comes back to Gabe. So when his PR team requests that they reunite for a second interview, she wants to say no. She wants to pretend that she’s forgotten about the time they spent together, years ago. But the truth is that those seventy-two hours are still crystal clear, etched in her memory. And so… he says yes.

The premise of this one is what drew me in. I love a book told from two different times in a characters life. Also, the fact that this follows a relationship between an actor and journalist was another thing to draw me in. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and loved seeing Chani and Gabe, their adventures and what left the two of them no longer talking. If you are a fan of romance books and books told in past and present, then I cannot recommend this one enough.

★★★★


Snapshot Books!

Here is a little snapshot of 6 of the books that I’ve read this month along with the rating I gave them. I enjoyed all of these ones, some more than others but I still enjoyed them.


Friends Like These by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Tegan Sheffield’s annual end-of-summer beach party is the only way to start their senior year. At least that’s what Jake Healy tells his girlfriend Jessica Sanchez.

But when a video prank from the party goes viral and a body is discovered at the beach, Jake and Jessica find themselves at the centre of a national media storm and a police investigation.

It’s a race to uncover the truth before the killer strikes again.

After reading Jennifer Lynn Alvarez’s previous book, I was beyond excited to pick this one up. It has the same fast-paced story that her previous novel did. However, this one managed to be more thrilling and full of even more twists and turns. It had me on the edge of my seat and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. If you are looking for a twisting thriller, this is the one for you. I’ve written a full review of this one, which you can find here.

★★★★


Well, That was Unexpected by Jesse Q. Sutanto

After Sharlot Citra’s mother catches her in a compromising position, she finds herself whisked away from LA to her mother’s native Indonesia. It’ll be exactly what they both need. Or so her mother thinks.

When George Clooney Tanuwijaya’s father (who is obsessed with American celebrities) fears he no longer understands how to get through to his son, he decides to take matters into his own hands.

To ensure that their children find the right kind of romantic partner, Sharlot’s mother and George’s father do what any good parent would do: they strike up a conversation online, pretending to be their children.

When the kids find out about their parents’ actions, they’re horrified. Not even a trip to one of the most romantic places on earth could possibly make Sharlot and George fall for each other. But as the layers peel back and the person they thought they knew from online is revealed, the truth becomes more complicated. As unlikely as it may seem, did their parents manage to find their true match after all?

After reading Jesse Sutanto’s romance novels earlier this year I could not wait to read a YA book from her. This is full of laugh-out-loud moments and is beautifully written. I loved the way the story was told and shows Indonesia in such a stunning way. It is safe to say that Jesse Sutanto is now an auto-buy author for me and I cannot wait to see what she releases next.

★★★★


The Sunbearer Trails by Aiden Thomas

Teo, a 17-year-old Jade semidiós and the trans son of Quetzal, goddess of birds, has never worried about the Trials…or rather, he’s only worried for others. His best friend Niya―daughter of Tierra, the god of earth―is one of the strongest heroes of their generation and is much too likely to be chosen this year. He also can’t help but worry (reluctantly, and under protest) for Aurelio, a powerful Gold semidiós and Teo’s friend-turned-rival who is a shoo-in for the Trials. Teo wouldn’t mind taking Aurelio down a notch or two, but a one-in-ten chance of death is a bit too close for Teo’s taste.

But then, for the first time in over a century, Sol chooses a semidiós who isn’t a Gold. In fact, he chooses two: Xio, the 13-year-old child of Mala Suerte, god of bad luck, and…Teo. Now they must compete in five mysterious trials, against opponents who are both more powerful and better trained, for fame, glory, and their own survival.

This book was so much fun to read. It took me a while to understand the fantasy elements but that is because I’m not really a fantasy reader. The minute I started to understand it all I could not put the book down. It is thrilling and fast-paced. I hand no idea that is is part of a duology so that surprise right at the end was lovely. I will be writing a full review of this one very soon, so keep your eyes out for that.

★★★★


Statistics

Books read this month: 11

Pages read this month: 3,317

Books read this year: 124

Pages read this year: 42,670

There you have it, that is everything I read in November! What have you read in November and what are you looking forward to reading in December? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Reading

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