Happy Monday and happy last day of November! I can’t believe we’re here again!
Around this time of year, I’m always feeling a little bit of fatigue from reading. I think it’s because the year is winding down and all I want to do is watch comforting movies and eat cookies and hang out with my family. But because of COVID, I think I’m feeling it a bit more expontentially so a month of reading some lighter books while eating an entire tray of apple pie leftover from Thanksgiving is sometimes a necessity.
Looking at my reads from November, it looks like I was allergic to fantasy books. I read two fantasy and the rest were contemporary or romance fiction. However, I did read two fantastic fantasy books that are now treasured stories and authors who I’ve put on my pedestal of great fantasy authors. There’s only a few folks up on this list, so adding a few more makes me feel so good.
I also got to read an excellent graphic novel that stirred my heart and actually brought a tear to my eye. I’m grateful for a lovely graphic novel as well especially when the story is very straightforward and easy to read and fall in love with.
My Favorites of the Month
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter
This was such a great fantasy story and one that rivals authors like Brandon Sanderson. Evan Winter masterly creates a fantasy novel with characters you want to know. It’s a military fantasy, but it’s also got a little bit of romance, a lot of revenge, and a story that moves. Honestly, I was surprised with how quickly I was getting through the book! It keeps you on the edge of your seat and the scenes all feel realistic. Evan Winter is also brutal, but the way the story moves will really make you a fan. I loved the intrigue and the plot and all the characters. While there is one central main character, I do feel like there’s a bit of an ensemble and it’s a cast you will definitely back.
Heartstopper Vol 1 and Vol 2 by Alice Oseman
I received a copy of these graphic novels for a promotion I had later in the month. Luckily, they were quick reads and I finished them in two separate sittings. I laughed. I shed a tear. It made my little cold heart feel things (lol). Charlie and Nick were such sweet characters who really took care of each other and as their friendship blossoms into something else, so do some of the bigger questions and discussions from the book.
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
I have to say, I’m blown away by this book. The synopsis is just the tip of the iceberg of this story and while yes, what is said does happen, there’s so much more complexity to it. The story is written in four different perspectives from four different groups of people existing in this fantasy novel based off of pre-Columbian folklore. Like Rebecca Roanhorse says, this book is entirely made up, but there are components to the story that live within indigenous storytelling. I think this is my first time reading a story of this kind and I’m completely enthralled. I want more and need more books like this.
4 thoughts on “November 2020 Bookish Wrap Up”
I’ve been really on the fence about The Rage of Dragons because I don’t read a lot of adult fantasy, but you’re definitely convincing me to give it a try! Also, Black Sun sounds AMAZING, so glad you enjoyed it! Hope you have the best December! (:
Whenever I see The Flatshare mentioned anywhere, I am reminded of the copy on my Kindle and the friend who is after my life for me to read it! Haha…
I hope I can get to Heartstopper this month. It sounds perfect, especially since everyone mentioned how cozy they are 🙂
Rage of Dragons sounds really good! I’ve been looking for some new fantasy since finishing the Mistborn series!