Reading Wrap-Up: November 2018

Here we are with my November wrap-up! This has been another month full of picture books, I just love them so much! I will just quickly glance over them, so don’t worry, I won’t bore you too much with Dutch books! 😉

Books reads: 23 (picture books: 14, non-fiction: 4, detectives: 2, classics: 1, middle grade: 2)
Stars: 1 (0), 2 (0), 3 (4), 4 (14), 5 (5)

9789402247015_covMijn mama is een ridder by Liselotte Roggeband
Obviously I had to start with my own book! In case you missed it, my picture book got published in November. It’s about depression and how to explain this to little children and it will be out in English next year! For now, if you want a Dutch edition you can get yours here! 🙂

31134060Murder in the Mews by Agatha Christie
As we all know by now, I want to finish all of Poirot, and the next one up is Murder in the Mews! This short story collection was fine, but there were some stories in it that were all ready in a different book (boo!!) and this book kind of felt unnecessary? I enjoyed it, but I don’t think this one is needed to finish your collection! I gave it three stars on Goodreads and you can get your copy here.

24407674the Penguin Knitting Book by James Norbury
I taught myself knitting this year! Honestly, just so I could knit myself some underwear because I work in a shop that doesn’t have any heating (we finally got 1 heater last week which is exciting!!!) and I really want to learn how to knit vintage patterns. What better book is there to start than this one? The book is actually really small, but has a LOT of patterns which is really fun. Unfortunately, there aren’t many photos of the patterns so it makes it a bit difficult to see what you want to knit. I do really like this book, knitting gets explained quite well, and it’s just really cute to have! I gave this 3 stars on Goodreads and you can get your copy here. 

9781840225334the Haunted Hotel & Other Stories by Wilkie Collins
I haven’t read something by Wilkie Collins in AGES and when I saw this short story collection I had to have it!! I read the Haunted Hotel a few years ago, I didn’t like it very much, but the other stories were amazing! I loved it so much and I really want to read more Collins. The stories aren’t scary though, they’re just romantically gothic. They’re more atmospheric than anything. Collins will always be my favourite author, so I might be biased haha! I loved it, and if you are on the hunt for some good ol’ gothic stories, this is the one for you! I gave this 4 stars on Goodreads and you can get your (very cheap but beautiful!) copy here.

40512862City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
OK HELLO, I LOVED THIS!! I’m so obsessed with this book and it was just SO good!!! It wasn’t that scary as people said it was, but the story was so much fun and I just love Victoria’s writing so much. Middle Grad was just the write age group for this book. I wanted to have a little bit more of this book, just more in-depth, just 50 more pages, but other than that it’s such a solid book and I can’t WAIT for the second one! I will write a more in-depth review about it, which will up next week, because I’m just so excited about it, haha! I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads and you can get your copy here.

41567602Macbeth by Shakespeare, Andrew Matthews and Tony Ross
I love Shakespeare. But my ADD ass can’t read plays! I just can’t! I have to read them aloud and honestly, that’s too much words for me to say haha. I read Macbeth in school in Australia, and I loved it so much! I saw these little books on sale and decided to try it. And honestly, it really captured the essence of the story without all the difficult parts, haha. I really like these and I think I will read these all, as I do really like Shakespeare but honestly just can’t read them. The illustrations are really fun as well and I’m just really pleased with these! I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads and you can get your copy on sale here!

13331166the Women’s Land Army by Neil R. Storey and Molly Housego
Shire Library did it once again! I loved this book! I didn’t know a lot about the women’s land army, considering I’m Dutch and we didn’t have them, but this really explained everything so well, and the photos are just so incredibly beautiful! I’d get this book just for the photos, honestly, haha. Informative, fun, and you can tell the authors love the subject! I totally recommend this one, whether you love women’s history, war history or just want to learn some more! I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads and you can get yours here!

16240788Audrey in Rome by Luca Dotti, Ludovica Damiani & Sciascia Gambaccini
I love Audrey Hepburn. SO MUCH. I really want more books about her and I loved Audrey at Home (review here) so I wanted to get more books by Luca Dotti! This one wasn’t what I expected though, I thought it was more a book-book, but it is mostly just beautiful photos of her with some text about her. I loved this book a LOT and it has so many photos I’ve never seen before. This is a book for the true Audrey fan, but don’t get this one if you actually want to learn more about her, than get Audrey at Home. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads and you can get your edition here.

26552824the Clocks by Agatha Christie 
Ok, so this cover is beautiful, but it has absolutely nothing to do with the book! I loved this one though, the story was so fun and something different to the usual Poirot! Poirot really doesn’t have to do anything with this book, usually that’s a sure reason for me to not like the book, but Collin really tried his best in this one. The story was so interesting, surprising, fun and I even think this one MIGHT be my favourite Poirot… so far. I will write a whole collective Poirot review once I’m done with them (only two more!!!!)!
I gave this one 4 stars on Goodreads and you can get yours here. 

38525350Horrible Histories Gruesome Guide to Edinburgh by Terry Deary 
Because I read City of Ghosts, I wanted to know a bit more about Edinburgh, so I bought a book about it from my favourite series! Unfortunately, this one is a bit of a let down. I wanted more from this little one, and I didn’t learn a lot from it. Ok, granted, it’s for children, but I just really felt like this one was lacking! I still had a lot of fun reading it, I learned a little bit, but this wasn’t my favourite out of the series. I gave it 3 stars and you can get yours here. 

Other than that, I read 13 Dutch picture books, I won’t bother you with them, as they aren’t translated, but if you guys are interested in some Dutch picture book action, let me know and I will make a special post on them!

What did you read this month? 🙂

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