November Reading Wrap Up

Sunday, 3 December 2017
November hasn't been the busiest reading month for me. I think this is mainly because the first book I read was almost 600 pages and quite slow paced, so it took me a while to get through it. I brought my Kindle with me to America and to be honest I haven't used it at all so I'm on a mission to try and finish as many Kindle books before I go home for Christmas and I'm going to leave it in the UK until I move back home in June. This also thankfully coincides with it getting cold outside so that I don't have to make as many frequent library trips. I don't have any wintery/Christmas books lined up for December but if anyone has any recommendations... fire them at me!

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I've been on a Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie marathon and making my way through all of her books. This novel follows two childhood sweethearts as they both grow up and leave Nigeria for America and England. This is a really slow moving book which I found a little frustrating at times but the writing is beautiful and descriptive. It really captures the feeling of confusion at living in a country that is not your own (even if my own experience doesn't compare to the difference between America and Nigeria). I gave it 3/5 stars as its slow pace struggled to capture my attention. I still think it's a fantastic book, just probably my least favourite from the author. 

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
My final book from Adichie! This book is a collection of short stories about the lives of Nigerians who either still live in Nigeria or have emigrated. I really enjoyed this because I am a huge fan of short story collections. I think it's the test of a good author to see if they can capture your attention in 20 pages and that's definitely the case here. I enjoyed some a whole lot more than others but that will always be the case. I gave this book 5/5 stars and I would really recommend it. 

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
I've actually wanted to read this book since I was in high school but I don't think it's published in the UK so I was never able to find it. It follows a young boy called Junior who leaves his high school on an Indian reservation to study at a 'white' high school nearby. This book is about his struggle with wanting more from life than he can get on the reservation but also feelings of betrayal by leaving them etc. It was a really interesting and even though the narrating character is 14, it wasn't full of dramatic teen angst. I really enjoyed this book and absolutely flew through it so I'm giving it 4/5 stars (it was a bit too short for my liking). 

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
I'd heard a lot about this book so picked it up on a whim without knowing too much about it when I saw it at the library one day. It's about an adult who goes back to visit his childhood home where he remembers something scary that happened to him when he was much younger. I didn't really enjoy this book if I'm honest which is what I get for reading books without too much research. It was only 180 pages but there was a lot of fantasy elements that I found confusing and I just wasn't super keen. I gave it 2/5 stars. Not for me, personally. 

Freshers by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison
I read Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison's first book absolutely years ago and totally loved it. So when I saw Freshers on sale on Kindle for very cheap I couldn't not buy it! This story follows two teenagers from the same high school as they start at the University of York. I really liked this as I feel there is a real lack of fiction about university-aged young adults. It wasn't the best written book I've ever read but I enjoyed it. 4/5 stars. 

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