Reading Challenge: November Reads
Current Count: 53
A epic tome about a store I would definitely go in, a vampire romance, and a contemporary fiction set in current day England.
Despite much of my time going toward National Novel Writing Month (not enough because I didn't complete the assignment), I managed to read three books. Shout out to the Libby app, y'all. Without audiobooks, I don't know what I would do. So, let's get into the books.
Needful Things, Stephen King. 4 stars.
Castle Rock, Maine is a quiet little town that is also a Hell mouth, possibly. It's the setting for many a Uncle Stevie books. It's a small enough town that when a new shop announcing its grand opening, folks get on the horn to tell their friends about it. Needful Things is a unique store in that Mr. Gaunt stocks a little bit of everything. You like Carnival glass? Mr. Gaunt is your man. Do you collect baseball cards? Mr. Guant will definitely have the one you need. And his prices are reasonable. You pay what you can and Gaunt can call in a favor at a later date. Sounds not at all ominous, right? HAHAHA. No. You most certainly shouldn't buy anything from Gaunt. But most people do. When Gaunt comes to collect, it seems harmless enough. Sling a little mud on someone's clean sheets. It's mean, but no one will get hurt. And then, because of the mud slinging, a bunch of people get hurt. I lean toward the King books that are mostly about humans and less of the supernatural stuff. Needful Things is a good blend of both. I also loved all the Cujo shout outs.
Dark Lover, J.R. Ward. 4 stars.
DL was my book club's November read and I loved it. I'm not into romance at all, but I appreciate anyone who can put a new spin on vampire and vampire slayer lore and make it interesting. Ward does just that. Her vampires are not the ones we've come to know and love and then get kinda bored with. These guys are not giving interviews, they're having dinner parties - because they can eat human food - and dealing with their family issues. It's so much fun and, yes, there's some romance thrown in, but it makes sense. Like, there isn't a scene for the sake of a scene every thirty pages or so. It seems more natural. What I'm saying is, read the book. It's so fun.
Queenie, Candice Carty-Williams. 4 stars.
Queenie is a twenty-five-year-old living in London with her long-time boyfriend. Everything's great until he says he wants a break and she has to move out. Feeling unsettled, Queenie blows off work and her decision making, mostly with men, becomes a bit reckless. She's going through it, y'all. She eventually has a bit of a breakdown and ends up staying with her grandparents in Brixton. Her Jamaican grandparents who don't care much for discussing mental illness or therapy. Q has to navigate the world of her grandparents, her working environment, while also dealing with her childhood trauma. Queenie is a book that reflects hardships faced by many young women, especially women of color.
So, that's it. I met my goal and we still have a month to go. I'm going to finish writing a book and try to read a few more before the end of 2019. Although, I feel like I'm permanently lodged in one of those time warp tunnels from Mario Brothers, so who knows?