Happy November! I hope you had a good October! Last month I read 11 books, and I’m hoping to hit 100 by the end of the year (I’m at 89 right now!). Before we get into the books, I also wanted to mention that I started watching Dark on Netflix, it’s like a German Stranger Things, and it’s really good, so if you’re looking for something to watch, I’d definitely recommend it! Now, let’s get into my reading wrap up.
Books Read: Eleven
Pages Read: 2,772 (roughly 252 pages per book)
Longest Book: Wuthering Heights (464 pages)
Shortest Book: The Metamorphosis (202 pages according to Goodreads, but I’m pretty sure the one I read was shorter, I also didn’t include any short fiction because those were less than 10 pages)
Required Reading: Macbeth, The Story of An Hour, and A Rose For Emily
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Okay wow, I was pretty unsure of what was even happening in this book for a while, but I really liked it. And the ending!? I’m still a bit at a loss for words, I really couldn’t believe what happened but it also made so much sense? I honestly don’t know, but I loved it, 5/5 stars!
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
I didn’t love this one, but I didn’t hate it either. It was obviously very weird but I just wasn’t into the story for the most part. I didn’t rate this, but I think it would be around 2.5-3/5 stars.
The Wicker King by K. Ancrum
This is one of my favorite books and I was in a bit of a reading slump, so this was a re-read and I loved it just as much this time as I did the first. I have a full review for it here, and while it’s a bit old, I still think it conveys most of my thoughts on the book.
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
This was another re-read as I read it this summer before I knew we would be reading it in class. I still feel pretty much the same on it though- it was good, but not anything super special.
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Another re-read! I read this a few years ago, and after reading some other Shakespeare this year, I wanted to see if I still loved this one as much as I did the first time, and sadly I didn’t. I still liked it, but it didn’t wow me like it did the first time.
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
This was so cute! I did a full review for it here, if you’d like to see more of my detailed thoughts on it, but overall it was a very sweet and lighthearted story.
The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin
This was required reading for class and I thought it was really good. I loved the irony and the growth that the character goes through in such a short period of time, if you’re interested, you can find the full story here and it’s only a few pages!
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
I loved this one! It was so much weirder than I expected but it was such an interesting story and the writing was so gorgeous! 5/5 stars!
A Rose For Emily by William Faulkner
Another required reading, this story was so weird. I thought the narration style, of it being a first person plural, was really interesting and it made the story seem more uncertain and really played into the theme of isolation.
Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare
Another Shakespeare, this one I haven’t read before. I liked the story for the most part, but honestly, I cared more about the Trojan War part than the actual relationship that the story revolved around. I also feel like the ending was incomplete and very rushed, it just didn’t seem very solidified, so I gave it 2.75-3/5 stars.
Wilder Girls by Rory Powers
I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did! The writing style was a bit odd to get into, but the story was so interesting and well done, I really loved where it all went. And the characters! I really liked them, they all fit together so well and the dual perspectives were very distinct. Overall, I gave it 4.5/5 stars!
In November, as usual, I have no idea what I actually want to read. The only book I’m certain on is The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab because I just got this from my library and everyone seems to be reading and loving it right now.
Besides that, I might pick up Crime and Punishment again (which I started a few months ago but never finished), another Jane Austen novel, and maybe Jane Eyre (which I planned to read in October but never did)!
And that’s all for October! How was your reading last month? Are there any books you’re looking forward to in November?