Here we are, once again, at the end of a month in 2020 where you don’t know where the time went or how you got here. Hi, how are you? Are you doing alright? Are we all in a cycle of existential dread or is it just me? Sigh. Either way, I actually read books in November. Hooray! After spending a large chunk of the year in a reading slump I am surprised now when I actually manage to get some reading done.
Here is my November 2020 in a nutshell.
Deal with the Elf King (Married to Magic #1) by Elise Kova – This is a romanic fantasy, fae based novel and, to keep it short, I loved it. The plot was simple yet interesting, it moved along at a decent pace, there was an end-game to root for, and a very pleasant romance. Overall, this book was exactly what I was looking for at the time that I picked it up. Good, quick read. 4/5
The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab – So, this one was both not and exactly what I hoped for. The overarching plot was fascinating and the locales easy to picture and vivid. The support characters for this novel are also great. What let me down, then? The three main characters. All three were dry as dust and I couldn’t have cared less about any of them. How she managed to write a great plot and still have such stale characters is beyond me. 3/5
A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – These were both rereads this month and, I have to say, they are just as enjoyable for me on the reread as they were the first time through. Or, in the case of ACOMAF, the first four times through. I needed a story I knew and loved that didn’t require much brain power and this filled the bill. I’ve only ever read the third book once, and I hated it, but I’ll probably reread it just to see if my feelings changed and to get the mental conclusion to this story so it isn’t living in my brain. 4/5 and 5/5
These are the books that I purchased (physical or electronic), was sent by a publisher, or received in a book box in the month of November.
- Deal with the Elf King (Married to Magic #1) by Elise Kova ebook
- Among the Beast & Briars by Ashley Poston OwlCrate
- Daughter of the Salt King A.S. Thornton e-arc
- Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1) by Rachel Caine ebook
- Paper and Fire (The Great Library #2) by Rachel Caine ebook
- Ash and Quill (The Great Library #3) by Rachel Caine ebook
This year, I once again chose to participate in NaNoWriMo. When I started the month, it was on a romantic fantasy featuring a young woman whose family had been killed in a brutal war that had ravaged the kingdom. A military captain had found her in the ashes of her village and had taken her back to the capitol city where she grew into fiery and spirited young woman with a rare gift for magic. But, with war once again looming on the horizon, the king wanted to use her magic on the battlefield and she had to decide whether to go along with his plans or to forge her own way as a runaway.
I ended up ditching that story after about 10k words. The main character, oddly, just didn’t work for me. I had written her too soft for my liking and I decided to move on for now and perhaps came back to that later to re-write her. I moved on to a story about a girl who had been severely abused by her uncle as a teenage after going to live with him after her parents died in a fire. Instead of choosing to continue on with the abuse and despair with no way out, she decides to end her life. In that moment, the king of the underworld finds her and offers her a boon. He will restore her to life, healthy and whole, and will help her take revenge on her uncle if she will then help him with a problem of his own. I wrote about 12k words on this story by the end of the month and was enjoying it far more.
I didn’t win NaNoWriMo, but that is okay. I enjoyed the act of writing and creating worlds and characters from my own head. If that isn’t magic then I don’t know what is.
I hope you all had a wonderful November! I hope December treats us all kindly. Happy Reading!