The Books of November

MonthlyBookNA second monthly reading update. I think it’s a better way of doing these bookish things than doing it weekly as weekly seemed to trail off. Saying that I’m only onto the second month so by the end of the year (I know not long) I could fail at this too but we’ll see. My November books.

November saw me finish 20 books, although some were very short and some were very long. It seems quite a good reading month with some stand-out favourites. As with last month I’ll basically list them all, it’s more for my record than anything but there will be links to my review or where not possible, Amazon (affiliate) links!

The Pleasures of Autumn by Evie Hunter – with thanks to Penguin Ireland for the review copy. The first time I’ve read modern erotica.

Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas – with MASSIVE thanks to Lovereading for this review copy. I LOVE Tsiolkas and was thrilled to be able to enjoy his new novel in advance. One of my favourites of 2013.

Spiral Bound Brother by Ryan Elliot Wilson – my first involvement in a Novel Publicity book tour!

Broadmoor Revealed: Victorian Crime and the Lunatic Asylum by Mark Stevens – This has been on my Kindle for 8000 years and it was fascinating. I now have a shortlist of Victorian asylum related books I want to read!

The Isobel Journal by Isobel Harrop – many many thanks to Hot Key Books for letting me have a read of this one. I loved it, some really sweet illustrations and just brilliant really.

doG Backwards by Guy A Johnson – A Kindle freebie I enjoyed enough to download another of his books. A fascinating concept.

The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce – another Kindle read I left too long!

2666 by Roberto Bolano – an Epic Autumn read that wasn’t really epic in the positive sense of the word!

The Wild Poppy by Julia Bell – one of a few Kindle specials I read this month and included in a round up post

Dead Ends by Erin Lange – review pending at Book Angel Booktopia. Erin Lange is wonderful and this novel is too!

The Darlings of Soho by David Barnett – as with above this was a Kindle shortie that made it into my round up post this week

The Visitors by Rebecca Manscull – fantastic ARC – review pending at Book Angel Booktopia in January I believe

Concrete Jungle by Moxie Mescal – so, post-modern pulp fiction looked at a little more in depth in the my round up review post

Debutantes: In Love by Cora Harrison – another you’ll see up at Book Angel Booktopia some time soon

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie – more on this later, I’m attempting to read as many Poirot novels as I can as I’ve never before read Christie. I loved this one for starters.

Jimmy Jazz by Roddy Doyle – a little bit of awesomeness to remind me just how great Roddy Doyle is.

The Embassy of Cambodia by Zadie Smith – I do so love Zadie Smith so picking up this short story was a bonus – she really is a wonderful talent. On my I wish I could emulate list.

Tampa by Alissa Nutting – Tampa is one of those books. I am glad I read it, not sure I can say I liked it because you’re probably not supposed to. I deserves a post of its own which it will get shortly.

A Knowing Look and Other Stories by Rebecca Emin – a great collection of short stories and flash fiction

Ostrich by Matt Greene – did not work for me. Heard such good things, not sure why.

If things go well in December I should actually hit my 2013 Goodreads challenge total which I really was not expecting!