Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Book Review: November 2020

Hey y'all! I know we're at the halfway point of December, but never late than ever right? I've been reading up a storm for this month after putting way too many books on hold at the library and of course they all become available at once. I'm currently working through my third book of the month. 

At the beginning of the year, I set a reading challenge for myself on Goodreads and a few months in, I of course changed that goal to something more attainable. With two weeks left in the year, I have four books to go and two left in my checked out library. Do we think I'm going to make it? 

The books I read in November are so different from each other but are all such great and fun reads that I can't wait anymore to share them with you. 

Where The Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens 

I've been hearing about this book for at least a full year. Everyone has been talking about this book and after not finding it on Hoopla in a ebook format, I finally caved and bought a copy of the book. When I brought it home, was actually when my mom introduced me to the Libby app (I'll thank her for that introduction later). This book had me hooked from the start. It flips back and forth between Kya as a little girl and present day of the book of 1969. I was already crying for Kya as we learn the hardship she goes through in the first few pages and the strength she had to build a life for herself. The 1969 part of the novel follows the town as they try to figure out who killed the town golden boy and all eyes are on the marsh girl (Kya). As the two stories come together, we are taken on a rollercoaster journey all the way up to the end that creates an entire plot twist in the final sentence. I highly recommend anyone to read this book and be swept away in the beauty of North Carolina and the story of Kya. 

The Lions of Fifth Avenue - Fiona Davis 

I've been eyeing Fiona Davis's books for a while now with her famous books, The Address and The Dollhouse. While I still haven't read those books yet, because there wasn't a hold for them, I did go ahead and put this book on hold because I thought it would be a while before I would get a copy of it. Jokes on me because I got it after waiting a week or two. If you've never read a Fiona Davis book, I highly recommend reading one of her books. She takes you on a journey of New York City during the present days and the past and finds a way to connect them together. This books primary setting is the New York City Library Main Branch following a woman in 1913 who is married to the superintendent of the library, which allows her family to live in the library itself, and who is also trying to discover her voice as a female writer in a time when women don't have much say. We also get to follow the story of her granddaughter in 1993 who is creating a name for herself working the rare books collection at the library. During both their times, rare books go missing in the library and they are both determined to find out who is stealing the books from the library, while also doing what it takes to protect their family. This book had me hooked and the ending is so crazy and had me in tears. I can't wait to read all of her books in the coming months and I'm eager for her next books in the future. 

Invisible Girl - Lisa Jewell 

After reading Then She Was Gone last month, I knew I had to read her newest novel. Another book that was on hold for a hot second on Libby, this book did not disappoint. Another psychological thriller followed a new neighborhood in England where we follow a young girl who ends up disappearing and following the investigation into who took the girl and also learning her story about why she disappeared. With twists and turns all the way up till the last few chapters of the book, Lisa Jewell had me hooked again with her short chapters that keeps the story moving quickly and changing narratives into the different lives of the neighborhood. 

As always, let me know if you've read these book and your thoughts on them. Also feel free to leave any book suggestions below! 


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