I can’t believe how fast the month of November sped past! It seems like I was just welcoming a little cooler weather (but not too cool- it’s still 80 degrees outside at the end of November) when all of a sudden I was eating Thanksgiving dinner with my family. On top of all of the social obligations that arise this time of year, I am also enrolled full-time in college and am now two weeks away from my final exams. Needless to say, I didn’t get much pleasure reading done this month.
For those of you who missed my initial post on this topic, I have decided to embark on a most enjoyable challenge to read 52 books in 2012. I have chosen the Goodreads 2012 Reading Challenge in which I select my own goal, and a book a week is what I came up with as truly doable this year. Each month I will give you an update on where I am in the challenge and what books I was lucky enough to indulge in. I’ll also include a link to Amazon for each book in case you would like to pick a read up for yourself.
In the month of November I have read two books and according to the graph on Goodreads, I am at 65% of my goal, which is thirteen books (25%) behind. Things are looking pretty bleak in terms of reaching my goal by the end of December, considering I would need to read sixteen books this December on top of completing my final exams for school to come out on top. I’m not optimistic that will occur. I am however heading out on a Mexico vacation right after Christmas that will allow me some extra reading time. It’s awfully close to the end of the year to push it, but I’ll likely fit in a few books by the end!
Here are my reviews for the two books I managed to fit in this month:
Paris, My Sweet by Amy Thomas-Completed November 5th
Amy Thomas tells a cute story and her adventures as a New Yorker living in Paris are enviable. Who wouldn’t love writing advertising for Louis Vuitton in the beautiful City of Light? Unfortunately it was hard to fall in love with the author and her experience. Throughout the book Thomas is torn between going home to New York and staying in Paris, but her narrative comes across as selfish and whiny. The few times she acknowledges her good fortune are far overshadowed by her constant agonizing over her lack of romantic prospects and French language skills. (Which might have been better had she spent more time with her tutor and less freaking out about being single).
Thomas is an expert in sweet treats and the book serves as a great guide to all things pastry in both New York and France, but the extended descriptions of bakeries and their products bore me a bit. I much preferred hearing about her relationships and experiences living abroad. In the end I wanted to be enchanted with this book, but just could not muster the enthusiasm.
Soulless by Gail Carriger-Completed November 12th
I loved this book! Carriger has created the most delightful and intriguing world where traditional English mannerisms and supernatural forces combine to deliver a wholly unexpected romance. Very well written in the language and style of her heroine, I had a dictionary handy to keep up with the amazing vocabulary Carriger used. I found myself tuning pages faster and faster to unravel the mystery our protagonist Alexia Tarabotti has found herself entangled in. She is a strong-willed, well-educated, and very likable character. I immediately downloaded Changeless, the second of the five books in this series and cannot wait to get started. I highly recommend this fast-paced novel to anyone looking for a fun read and a solid mystery.