November Round-Up – The Books I Read In November 2019


November was another productive reading month for me where I managed to read eight books…

Imaginary Friend by Stephen ChboskyImaginary Friend is the much anticipated novel from Stephen Chbosky, author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I was drawn to this book as it was completely different from Chbosky’s first book, and also different from the books that I usually read. This story was a haunting and intriguing one, and one that caught my attention straight away with its sense of mystery and foreboding as the unusual world unfolds.

Gotta Get Theroux This by Louis Theroux – As I have been trying to read more non-fiction, and having watched many a Louis Theroux documentary, I was interested in reading his recent memoir. Exploring his early life and career, this book gives a fascinating insight into Louis’s journey into television, some of his most famous and controversial subjects, and the many people he met along the way.

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo – My favourite book that I read this month was Bernardine Evaristo’s wonderfully written, Booker Prize winning Girl, Woman, Other. Within its pages are the stories of twelve women living in Britain, in which we get a glimpse at their lives through the years, and the way in which their worlds become intertwined. I quickly became absorbed by this book and invested in the lives of these wonderful characters.

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary – An uplifting debut novel, The Flatshare tells the story of two people who have never met, and the way their paths finally cross when they flat share together, and the relationship that builds between them. This was an entertaining book that I read really quickly and is sure to have a broad appeal with many readers.

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde – Fforde is an author I have been meaning to read for some time and I decided to pick up a copy of The Eyre Affair due to its connection to one of my all time favourites! This was certainly an inventive book that was unlike anything I’ve read previously, with plenty to entertain readers with elements of different genres and of stories within stories.

Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth – Another book I have wanted to read for a while is Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth. I really enjoyed this book which explored the bond between two friends who enjoy a party lifestyle, and the way the dynamic of their relationship changes when one of them becomes engaged. This was an entertaining read that was told with honesty and heart and I enjoyed following the characters journey.

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn HermanThe Devouring Gray is the first in a series, with this story focusing on sinister goings on in the woods on the edge of town. This was an intriguing and atmospheric read in which we see a girl trying to find her place in her new town whilst it becomes apparent things are not what they seem.

Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay– Last month I read Kay’s first book, This Is Going To Hurt which I really enjoyed so I was keen to read the latest collection of diary entries from his days as a junior doctor. Revisiting his time on the wards around Christmas time, this is an enjoyable little book which is both hilarious and heartbreaking which as with Kay’s previous book highlights the challenges faced by NHS staff.

That is all for November but I will be back next month with my December round-up!

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