… when I wonder what’s supposed to be nice about November rain. Ah, well, probably staying indoors and reading books while the tea goes cold.

October was full of books. According to my rather incorrect stats I managed to read about a book a day.

  • Tamsyn Muir’s Harrow the Ninth certainly was my favourite read in September and October.
  • There was the Sceptre Buddyread Hench, which we all liked and got through quicker than we had planned.
  • Sylvain Neuvel’s The Test left me unsettled. The idea behind this sort of citizenship test is not sitting well with me.
  • Nix’s The Left-Handed Booksellers of London, an Urban Fantasy set in the ’80s. Clever world-building and very likeable characters.
  • Johnson’s The Space Between Worlds plays with time travel ideas but set in a multiverse novel, thereby avoiding the typical time travel conundrums.
  • Hackwith’s Hell’s Library duology was “chef’s kiss”-superb. Honestly, if you like Urban Fantasy and library stories, read it.
  • I also read Cixin Liu’s short story/novella collection To Hold Up the Sky. The stories made me put The Three Body Problem onto the “need to read soon” TBR. He manages to intertwine the lives of down-to-earth people with hard sci-fi and Chinese culture which makes for very interesting reading material.
  • Further I have read some mediocre YA fantasy novels, which I then had to cleanse off my palate with romance novels and a few children’s books.

So, what’s in store for November? I intend to participate in the NaNoWriMo. Some of my reading time will have to be allotted to writing.

  • Well, there is the new Sceptre Buddyread. Alix E Harrow’s The Once and Future Witches, which I have already read as an ARC, but I am really looking forward to what my two buddies have to say about it. I’ll probably skim along.
  • The LadyDuckOfDoom and I might read Shveta Thakrar’s debut novel Star Daughter together. It’s set in Indian culture and mythology and the main character is half human and half star.
  • I carelessly abandoned Kit Rocha’s Deal with the Devil weeks ago, it’s patiently waiting for me to return to it.

I’m off to make tea and fetch my favourite blanket, maybe I’ll even light a candle and get some chocolate.