November has been a mixed month for reading. I have found a couple of new favourites, but also more than a few books that I wasn’t so keen on. More than the usual number of DNFs as well; a lot of books tried, but only a few of them finished. From now on, my reading time is going to be reduced somewhat because of schoolwork as well, but we’ll see. Hopefully December is going to be better.
- Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron: Fun and charming and quite well-written, but ultimately not my kind of thing. Recommended if you want uplifting Urban Fantasy.
- City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff VanderMeer: The weirdest book I’ve ever read and one of the most interesting. No coherent plot, structured more as a collection of novellas and short stories, many of them in-character (scientific monograph on squid…), but it works incredibly well.
- The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles: Book that made me realise that I maybe need to look into romance more. Reads very fast and the characters have a great dynamic. Loved it.
- The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang: Interesting worldbuilding, but the story would need a bit more space to breathe. Too much stuffed into too short of a pagecount.
- Prince of Cats by Daniel E. Olesen (ARC): DNF 40%. Nothing wrong with it, the world is very well-researched and if you like sassy thieves you should probably try it, but I wasn’t really feeling it so I put it down. Maybe some other time.
- Gods of Men by Barbara Kloss: DNF 30%. Way too grimdark for my taste, couldn’t get over the fact that one of the two main characters literally supports and participates in the genocide of an entire race of people because of what some of their mages did in the past.
- An excerpt of The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon that I got off netgalley. It was about 100 pages long, and I’ll be getting the book on release. It’s classic political epic fantasy, chock-full of worldbuilding. The POV number is not overwhelming and the East/West divide when it comes to chapters help. The characters all have their own, often opposing, goals and motivations and the world feels both familiar and fresh.
- Currently reading The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden. Feels very appropriate for the cold weather.
r/Fantasy Bingo Challenge progress: 37/50 (74%)
Books read this year: 57