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Challenge Update: November

The goal is fifty-two.

The current count is fifty.

Lethal White, Robert Galbraith. Four stars.

Book four the Cormoran Strike series and I waited for it...forever. I devoured this seven hundred page monster in six days. The mystery was full of twists and turns, government corruption, and lies and deceit. All the makings of a great, great mystery. Lethal White did not disappoint.

It was fabulous catching up with Cormoran Strike and Robin. I love these two and Career of Evil left off at a pretty pivotal point. A wedding. A wedding that may or not happen and a wedding that no one wants to happen because the groom is literally the worst. Thankfully, Lethal White picks up right where Career left off. I don't want to give anything crucial away so I'll leave it at that.

The reason I gave this four stars rather than five is strictly because of one aspect of the relationship between Cormoran and Robin. Again, I don't want to ruin anything so I'll leave it at that.

Scythe, Neal Schusterman. Two stars.

Look, I love Neal Schusterman. His Unwind series is phenomenal and, sadly, something I think could actually happen. I also loved the Skinjacker series. This one, I just don't know. The Arc of the Scythe is set in the future, like most of his works. Natural death is no longer a thing. So, to keep the population at a manageable rate, Scythes exist. They are chosen to glean, not kill, individuals. The Scythes are treated almost like rock stars. Some Scythes use stats and history to choose who to glean, others seem to enjoy their work and take pleasure in gleaning/killing large groups at once or not gleaning someone in exchange for possessions or favors. So, ya' know, exactly what would happen if this were real life.

I love the premise of this book, I just didn't care this book as much as I love his others. In fact, I don't know if I care enough to finish the series. We'll see.

Calypso, David Sedaris. Five stars.

I've owned the hardback since it came out, but I have a hard time reading him. I prefer to listen. So, when it became available at the library, I pounced. This book is sadder than Sedaris' other work. Sure, there are funny moments, but he talks a lot about the death of his sister, Tiffany, and his aging father. It's still brilliant, but it has a much more somber feel to it.

And that's it. Three books all month. Look, I'm busy. I edited a book this month. I've co-written Winter: An Ermahgerd Merstery (Turrible Seasons Book 2). So, October was all about catching up on podcast between writing, editing, and managing a million social media pages.

So, what am I reading now?

On Writing: A Memoir on the Craft, Stephen King.

I LOVE this book and I'm sad that I don't have a lot of time to read it right now. It's fab. Stephen King comes across as very accessible. What I mean is, he's a prolific writer who could be total snob about it, but he's not. I've only read about a fourth of it, but I've already learned a lot and been so inspired.

Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens.

I just started this book a few days ago. I'm already intrigued by the mystery of it. It jumps between the early '50s and 1969 and I'm interested to see where the characters from these two time periods intersect. I'm not there yet, but I can't wait to get there.

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