November Book Reviews

What was the best book you read in November, and why?

What book are you excited about in December?

Steph:

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As predicted, Kindred was the winner in November. Octavia Butler’s prose is spare, and every word is there for a reason. It took a bit to get used to, especially in the dialogue, but I really appreciated it once I was a few pages in! This book is really pertinent to the times we are living in now (depressingly, since it was published in 1976). Dana, the main character, keeps getting pulled back into the ante bellum south, and has to learn how to survive there as a black woman. Butler does an amazing job of portraying the past and drawing parallels between the past and the present. I would recommend this highly, and I will definitely be seeking out more Butler,

I finally got my hands on a copy of The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. It has been on my TBR for a while, and I am psyched. I also have the first two volumes of Lumberjanes on my nightstand for some fun reading.

Annemarie:

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I have two favourite books from November, and they’re both rereads again. The fall brings out my nostalgia, what can I say? The first book is The Golden Compass, which has such a splendid mythology and twisty morality, and which paints the far north in such a beautiful light. The other is A Wrinkle in Time, which I read to my daughter for the first time, and she loved it. Watching her figure out a tesseract and worry about Charles Wallace is a new highlight of my life, and it has added fuel to the fire of her love of science.

In December I promise to read something new. I’m really, really excited to track down Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi. It looks amazing!

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