November: My Reading Month

What I’ve Read!

Skin Game by Jim Butcher

Book #15 of The Dresden Files

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Skin Game started off a bit rocky for me. I’m unsure if it’s because I’ve been burnt out on this series for the past… little while or if it’s objectively just a bit rough. Despite the hairy beginning, I found myself quickly engrossed in this installment of The Dresden Files. The pacing felt far better than the last few predecessors, and while the action was still at the forefront, it was staggered out better than Butcher typically does. All that being said, I was incredibly excited to dive into the last two (released) installments of The Dresden Files.

Peace Talks by Jim Butcher

Book #16 of The Dresden Files

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Peace Talks has to be my favorite installment of The Dresden Files. This was the first book where the plot took center stage, and action was secondary. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, dragged into a world of intrigue and suspense. I really felt myself falling back in love with Harry Dresden and caring for him in ways I hadn’t over the last… seven (or so) books. It finally feels like his story is coming full circle and like our journey is more than just a story-telling formula. This book was technically part one of this epic twosome. As soon as I read the last page, I picked up the next book. Which leads us to…

Battle Ground by Jim Butcher

Book #17 of The Dresden Files

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Battle Ground made me feel my feelings and I wasn’t ready for it. I had suspected that all of the action Peace Talks had lacked would be saved for this book, and I was right. This book was one long, unending action sequence. And strangely enough, I’m not upset about it. I thought that I was going to be rolling my eyes the entire time like I have in a few of the earlier books, but this one kept me engaged the entire time. I think my heart stayed lodged in my throat until I put this one down. At long last, my journey to complete all of the released Dresden books has reached its end. Now I have to wait for the rest to be released!

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I had been frothing at the mouth to get to Firekeeper’s Daughter. It sat on my physical TBR shelf for far longer than I care to admit. After plowing through what remained of The Dresden Files, I was greatly looking forward to treating myself. And treat myself I did. I devoured this gorgeous young adult fantasy in one day. If I didn’t have to do things (like bathe, eat, do chores, etc.) I probably would have read it all in one sitting. I am so greatly looking forward to reviewing this one in full!

Damaged by Muhammad Ali Samejo

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I picked up Damaged a few weeks ago and hadn’t had the chance to dive into it. I am glad I finally made the time, though! This is not my typical read—it’s a collection of short stories that are based on conversations between diametrically opposed views. Most of these stories have elements of fantasy or horror incorporated (some of them even had SciFi influences). I first must caution any prospective readers that this anthology has some heavy triggers (that I will be going more into during a proper review). I am looking forward to diving into my full thoughts at a later date!

Sign Here by Claudia Lux

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Sign Here immediately drew my eye when it went up on Book of the Month. I think I may have actually made raccoon-esque “grabby hands.” I squealed in delight when I pulled out the slip of paper that had this book’s title. After all of that, though, I have to be honest I was a bit disappointed. This book was technically well-written, and well-structured. I loved the story and the characters. It should be an easy five-star, right? Well, I guess you’ll just have to keep your eyes peeled for a more fulsome review in the future to know my thoughts!

The Power of Conviction by Catrin Russell

Book #1 of The Light of Darkness

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The Power of Conviction has everything I love to see in a book. It has fantasy, it has magic, it has tension, and romance. The first installment of The Light of Darkness series definitely left me wanting to find out what happens next. I wasn’t completely swept away by this book, though, I am keen to read on and see if that changes. I am greatly looking forward to writing a review on this book! Stick around to find out more about what I thought!

What I’ll Be Reviewing!

  • Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
  • Damaged by Muhammad Ali Samejo
  • Sign Here by Claudia Lux
  • The Power of Conviction by Catrin Russell

What I Would Like To Read Next Month

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Book #1 of A Court of Thorns and Roses
Everything We Didn’t Say by Nicole Baart

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