Happy November Bookish Babes! We’re nearing the end of the year and that means I am frantically reading and trying to meet my 2016 reading goals. I should have read 7 books this month to be on track…but alas I only completed 5 so November and December will be extra packed.
Untitled Beauty by C.E. Wilson: Oh I was so disappointed in this one which really bummed me out. Wilson sent me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. You can check out the full review here.
The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein: A bit of a random read, but this was in the waiting area of a barber shop my husband went to for a hair cut so I decided to read it while I waited for him. I’ve always loved Silverstein’s children books and this one was no different. I loved the message in this and would definitely pick it up for my future kiddos.
Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind by Kristin Neff: My therapist actually gave me this book to read and I’m so glad she did! I really loved the contrast discussed between self compassion and self esteem. This made me look at the world and how I react to it much differently and I think I’m better for it. If you enjoy self help books or are just feeling a bit hardened to the world I recommend checking this one out.
A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab: This book was SO GOOD!! I think I’ve been away from the fantasy genre for too long, I so needed this during this past month. The world building was excellent and I really loved the two main characters. I appreciate that there wasn’t a strong romance in this, more of a subtle one that wasn’t in the forefront of the story line. I absolutely cannot wait to read the second book in this series, it’s a world I want to live in a bit longer.
The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson: This was one of the picks for Emma Watson’s book club and if you have been following my wrap ups for the past few months you’ll know I haven’t been loving her selections so far (but this is only the 3rd one I’ve read from this years picks so I still have some hope). I liked this one best out of her selections so far but I only gave it 3 out of 5 stars. I feel pretty conflicted about this one. I really enjoyed getting some insight into the LGBT community and learning through Nelson’s perspective, however I don’t think this is a good option for anyone who is just dipping their toes into queer literature. I found that Nelson did not explain situations very well for readers who may not be immersed in the LGBT community which could be off putting for those wanting to learn more but not sure where to start.
That wraps up everything I read in October, I’m hoping to make more headway on my 2016 reading list in November. What did you read in October? I would love to know!