Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m going to be posting my Monthly Reads for November 2017. I managed to get 6 books read in November – slightly better than the last couple of months. I had lots of university reading to do throughout the month and also managed to fit in some reading for pleasure. Keep reading to find out which books I read in the month of November…
Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter #1) by Jeff Lindsay.
My boyfriend lent me this book and said that I really needed to read it if I enjoy serial killer fiction. I really enjoyed Dexter’s narration – it was so dark and chilling! It kind of reminded me of Joe’s narration in Caroline Kepnes’ ‘YOU’ series. However, I thought the plot was slightly flawed, and there was just something missing that stopped me from loving this book. A good read though!
The Commitments by Roddy Doyle.
This book was a required read for my English Literature “Gender and Irish Fiction” module. It was just … okay, really. I didn’t really like the style it was written in – it was quirky and unique, but I didn’t really feel that it added anything to the novel and it could have been written in standard prose instead. I did enjoy the plot and character progression though, and thought the book was funny in places. It just wasn’t my kind of book.
The Breakdown by B.A. Paris.
I read this as research for my “Creative Writing Project” (dissertation) at university this year and absolutely loved it! This book is a fantastic Psychological Thriller and I urge you all to read it. Brilliantly-constructed characters, a masterful plot and lots of twists and turns! I did take a slight issue with the end in terms of believability, but other than that the book was flawless.
Felicia’s Journey by William Trevor.
This book was a set read for my English Literature “Gender and Irish Fiction” module. In all honesty, I got pretty bored whilst reading this. I was fairly intrigued at the beginning, but just found that as the book went on, I really wasn’t invested in any of the characters or anything that happened. I ended up putting this down about halfway through and leaving it. Maybe I’ll give it another go!
Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked by James Lasdun.
I used this book as research for my “Creative Writing Project” (dissertation). It’s a memoir all about a writer/lecturer who is being stalked by an ex-student. It hasn’t got high ratings on Goodreads, but I did quite enjoy it! I don’t read much non-Fiction, and have very little experience with memoirs, but found this intriguing and compelling and it helped me a lot in my research.
XO (Kathryn Dance #3) by Jeffery Deaver.
Another book used as research for my “Creative Writing Project” (dissertation). I won’t go into too much detail about this book as I’ve already reviewed it in full here. I did enjoy this read and thought the premise was intriguing, but took some issues with the ending and build-up to the ending. A good read!
Happy reading 🙂