After smashing through 7 books last month, November was a bit slower. I still got through a decent amount of eBooks – even if none of those were stunners – but the big difference was only 1 audiobook! This was partly because I was so knocked out by the one that I did read – Paris: A Memoir by Paris Hilton – that when I tried to start the Britney Speare’s book it just felt so flat and boring. I know that unlike Paris, Britney is definitely does not have the distance yet on her trauma to be able to process it properly, even if she did want to share (which she never has to if she doesn’t want to!). I gave up on it pretty quickly.
I did try to find another fiction book in my library app but nothing was really calling out to me, so I’ve been back on the podcasts instead while I commute and do the cooking! Some of the subjects in Paris’ book did lead my back to a few of my old favourites, plus I’ve been back catching up on the Taskmaster Podcast and Office Ladies for some lighter relief!1
And, of course, the other big news is I finally posted my review of All’s Well by Mona Awad!
This one was aggravating. I probably should have considered a little longer before I bought it because in hindsight the Nashville setting was unlikely to be one I’d enjoy, but then again this book has 99 issues completely unrelated to setting. Lazily plotted, the worst Mary Sue, and so much that just doesn’t make sense. The only thing going for it is its an easily bingeable read, I read this fast and I was never reluctant to pick it up which is how it – incredibly – scored an extra star.
I thought I’d love this but it was just alright. I found it lacked any true emotional depth, and I just couldn’t really connect to Mona. It’s funny though (if you’re not easily offended), has some great oddball characters and it was fairly short!
I read this in 24 hours while we were away on a little cosy cabin mini break. It quite light, easy to read and by the numbers romance book so good for a holiday binge if you’re relaxing in a hot tub. I have already forgotten most of it though.
This is a great book, it is definitely head and shoulders above the other three books so I now feel bad I rated in 3 stars because in terms of writing, characters and overall sophistication its A+. I did give it three stars though because I just found the story a bit miserable!
1 Audiobook but it was 🔥
Oh man. This memoir set me off! I wrote a big long blog post about why I couldn’t stop thinking about Paris Hilton. In short, it’s because her experience in the Troubled Teen Industry connects with my own deepest fears and my sick fascination with how fucked up America is (religion, capitalism, lack of children’s rights etc).
In terms of the memoir as a book, I thought it was very well done. I loved that it was written to emulate Paris’ voice and the way her ADHD brain works. This also helped break up some of the heavier content. I do really recommend this, whatever your feelings about Paris Hilton are (even if you have none!), this book will probably surprise you.
Adding To My TBR
Unbelievably I only bought 1 ebook, which was The Last Train Home by Elle Cook and I read it right away!
Right now I’m re-reading Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey (Book #4 in The Expanse), I’m only 20% in but I’m getting back into it. I do love that world, although I remember this book being a lower point for me in the series. I might like it more the second time though! I am budding reading with my partner, who has never read them before and also is more of a fantasy guy than a sci-fi guy (whereas I’m more the opposite!) so it has been interesting to get his reactions (I cannot wait until we get to #5!).
I hope you had a good November!
- Maybe I should share my favourite podcasts some time. ↩︎