While I’m sad to see Halloween end I’m super happy for November (my birthday month) and the start of the holiday season. I may have been a bit ambitious on October’s TBR and readathons (the usual really), so for November I plan on scaling back on the required reads and doing more mood/optional reading.
Best Book Completed This Month: The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Books I’m Still Reading: Wildcat
Books Completed: 7
Pages Read: 2801
Posts Published: 4
Reviews Posted: 2
Twitter Followers: 3063 (-58)
Instagram Followers: 783 (-96)
Finish 3 Books
Read 1000 Pages
Publish 5 Reviews
Participate in 1 Reading Event
YA Historical Fiction | 512 Page | Pub 2019
Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming guise of sunshine and wine. Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of a Texas oil tycoon, who arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother’s birth through the lens of his camera. Photography–and fate–introduce him to Ana, whose family’s interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War–as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear. Daniel’s photographs leave him with uncomfortable questions amidst shadows of danger. He is backed into a corner of decisions to protect those he loves. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city.
Master storyteller Ruta Sepetys once again shines light into one of history’s darkest corners in this epic, heart-wrenching novel about identity, unforgettable love, repercussions of war, and the hidden violence of silence–inspired by the true post-war struggles of Spain.
YA Fantasy Retelling | 532 Page | Pub 2019
There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.
Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution–send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name–and her true identity–is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.
To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old–including Arthur’s own family–demand things continue as they have been, and the new–those drawn by the dream of Camelot–fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur’s knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free.
Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?
This post is part of the “Monthly Challenge” series, which consists of “Wrap Up Round Up”, hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction and “Month in Review”, hosted by The Book Date. Also, I have most recently added in “Best of the Bunch”, hosted over at A Cocoon of Books. Each month recap and summarize our month as well as set goals for the next month. To see all my Monthly Challenge posts, check out my archive. I’ve also recently published my Reading Stats from 2018 as well as my Blog Stats from 2018!
Thanks for coming by! How did your month go?