November 2016 Wrap-Up

Hello, December!

When I looked back on my 2016 reading progress a couple of months ago, I realized that somewhere along the way I started reading so much YA that it became, kind of, only YA. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I do feel like I have not given books particularly high ratings lately because I was simply bored with the genre and needed a change. So in November I picked up 4! adult books, and I enjoyed all of them immensely!

The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay 4/5

This is a very intelligent, well-researched, inspirational read, and I enjoyed every single page. Although I do feel that I did quite good in my twenties, and did become the person I was supposed to be, there are still many things I have to work on, especially career-wise. And Meg Jay made the process sound a little less terrifying and a little more structured.

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue 5/5

I have not read historical fiction in months, but this book re-ignited my love for the genre all over again. Probably because it is written by Emma Donoghue, though, since I absolutely love her since Room. The Wonder tells a story about an English nurse brought to a small village in Ireland to observe “a miracle” – an eleven-year-old girl that is said to have survived four months without food. Although the plot is intriguing in itself, the author’s suspenseful narrative, complicated, multi-dimensional characters and their popular views on religion and folklore, as well as masterfully demonstrated clash between science and faith, make the story very fast-paced, compelling, and unputdownable. I would recommend this to anyone who likes historical fiction and heated science vs faith discussions.

The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth #2) by N.K. Jemisin 4/5

N.K. Jemisin keeps surprising me – her stories are always very intricate, the world and its history and folklore and legends very elaborate, and characters very diverse and well flushed out. The Obelisk Gate did not quite measure up to The Fifth Season for me, as it seemed a little slower paced and a little more confusing. Plus, it absolutely did not have enough Alabaster in it. Aside from that, the book is phenomenal. The world building is amazing – I love that we got to know more about orogeny, and I love how specific and unique this “magic” system is. I also enjoyed reading from two (well, three?) different perspectives, following the lives of our main characters taking completely opposite turns – one toward saving, and the other toward destroying. I feel this will be explored a lot more in the final book, and I can’t wait.

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel 4/5

I cannot believe I barely read any sci-fi this year. I absolutely loved Sleeping Giants – it is very captivating and compelling, fast-paced, and full of twists. In the best science fiction fashion, it is also very political, suspenseful and intelligent. Plus, it is also very character-driven, finding a beautiful balance between science and emotions. It is written in the form of interviews and journals, and though I am not usually the biggest fan of such style, it works really well here. And my favorite character is probably the nameless interviewer, whom I cannot wait to find out more about. Also, the Epilogue? Not unexpected, but very satisfying!