November 2020 Wrap-up

This was the lightest reading month I’ve had all year, reading 7 books. I blame the fact that I was trying NaNoWriMo (which I failed at spectacularly, but I still like my story idea) and that I went all out for October.


IndigAThon

I blackout the bingo board! This is the first time I’ve ever completed a bingo board in it’s entirety for a readathon and I’m very happy with it! I read the main three books I was planning on reading and I found a non-book media to finish it out!

My completed bingo board!

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich – 3.25 stars

This was good! For 70% of the book, it was a slice of life novel about this Ojibwa girl, but then it went from 0 to 100, which felt kind of sudden. I still enjoyed it though.

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse – 4 stars

Oh, this is was so good! It’s hard to describe this book, but there’s this holy day happening, the Convergence, and 4 people have plans for that day and the book is building up for what will happen.

Missing & Murdered: Who Killed Alberta Williams?

In my initial TBR, I did not have a non-bookish media idea, but then I realized I could find a podcast! So I stumbled upon this true crime podcast by an Indigenous Canadian investigative journalist, Connie Walker. The first season is about Alberta Williams, a 24 year old Indigenous Canadian woman who went missing and was later found dead in the 1980s.The second season is about Cleo, an Indigenous child taken by welfare workers in the 1970s and later presumed murdered.

I listened to season one and oh boy, it was really good. Definitely hard to listen to as the murder is of course sad, but Walker doesn’t shy away from Canada’s racist history with it’s indigenous population. This true crime podcast doesn’t get into the brutal details of her death. It’s about the family and justice. I definitely want to listen to season 2 at another time.

For audio, transcripts, and images/video, head over to the website here.

Heartbeat Braves by Pamela Sanderson – 3 stars

This wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t my favorite adult romance. It’s definitely a me thing, but I felt the romance went quick. Like, it’s not love at first sight, but it’s instant “oh he’s hot” and even when he takes her job, they’re still like “oh he’s cute,” which isn’t my favorite. It did do some things different than most romances and I did appreciate that.


Okay, now everything else I read in November!

Get It Right by Skye Kilean – 4 stars

I read an ARC of this and it was really good! This was a super sweet f/f novella! Read my review of it here!

Super Fake Love Song by Frank Yoon – 2.5 stars

Again, I read an ARC of this book. Unfortunately, while this book picked up in the third act, the main character’s personality really got on my nerves. However, I think a lot more people will like it. Read my full review here!

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennet – 2.75 stars

This was… meh. It was everything I expected and barely anything new from this historical fantasy adventure that had no sense of self-reflection. Like, the main character is an abled cishet white woman who can get an education in history and archaeology in the late 1930s when most people are still suffering from the Great Depression, who’s one goal is to join her treasure hunting father in looting from other countries and she says she “doesn’t have a silver spoon in her mouth” because she works hard and has a dead mom…

The only reason I rated this 2.75 stars and not lower is because at least the MC didn’t give off “not like other girls” vibes, like I was expecting.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan – 4 stars

Holy crap, I’m so glad I gave this book a second chance because I enjoyed this so much more!!! The world building was interesting! The romance was so good! I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel!

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