Book Report: November/December

50 Books Challenge Progress:


The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
If only for the cover image, I had been looking forward to reading the fifth book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series. It ended up being one of my favorites---possibly tied with the first. 

The Cool Factor by Andrea Linnett
Finally, a book on style which actually relates to my own! This gave a look into the styling tips and aesthetics of some very cool, effortless women.

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
I still don't understand the negative comments I always hear about Dan Brown's books. While they may not be works of high literature, I always find them entertaining and really well thought-out. 

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
If you haven't read this yet, please do it because the hype is well deserved. I've never read another WWII novel like this one---it was beautiful, uplifting, magical.

A Song For Issy Bradley by Carys Bray
This was my first foray into Carys Bray's writing. I've heard a lot of great things about her from my favorite BookTubers, so I decided to start with her first book. While I didn't love this story about a Mormon family dealing with a tragedy, I did like it enough to want to read more of her work.

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
The second of Ferrante's Neopolitan novels, this was slightly harder to get through than the first. It wasn't that it's boring or wasn't engaging. It's that Ferrante has a way of writing this series that almost creates a choking sensation, if that makes sense. She portrays the dynamic of a dysfunctional friendship in a way that really builds anxiety for the reader. It's great that she has the ability to do this so effectively, but it can make for a not-so-peaceful reading experience.

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
I didn't love this one. I went into it not knowing that it was YA and, no offense to YA writers and readers, but the tone of such books is not my taste and can be rather annoying. 

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
This must be one of my favorites of the Chief Inspector Gamache series. It has a different feel than the others since it is set outside of Three Pines but it definitely retains the cozy vibes as much of the story relates to a library in Quebec City.

The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
My re-read of the Harry Potter novels has been wonderful thus far. 

Abandoned Books: Scythe by Neal Shusterman---it's good if you're the proper audience.