November’s Reading List

JessNovember 18, 2021

Welcome to my monthly reading round up; where I choose a small selection of the books I have been reading recently and recommend them. Simple! If you are looking for inspiration on the next book to pick up, then scroll down. I’m sure something will grab your interest.

Cloud Cuckoo Land – Anthony Doerr

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Having been a huge fan of All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, I have been eagerly anticipating his next release for 7 long years…and Cloud Cuckoo Land did not disappoint. This book is an epic undertaking following five characters at different points in history. We are taken from Constantinople in the 1400s to an unknown point in the future where one of our characters, a young girl, is in space fleeing a destroyed Earth and various points in between. All our characters are connected by an ancient text; essentially a fable about a man who wanted more from his life and left seeking the mysterious Cloud Cuckoo Land.

It’s a testament to Doerr’s writing that despite the fact you are jumping back and forth between different characters…and that some of our stories take place across a couple of time periods within themselves…and sometimes you are only spending a few pages with a character before moving on…despite all of that I was still able to form attachments as a reader. Which is a huge plus point!

I did feel it lacked resolution in some areas but if you enjoyed ATLWCS and are considering picking this up, I would highly recommend.

The Wolf Den – Elodie Harper

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‘May I know love’s power, if never it’s sweetness.’

Sometimes you read a book and it just clicks with you as a reader. This was absolutely the way it went for The Wolf Den. I loved the setting, the characters, the writing style, the themes. Hands down one of my favourite books of 2021.

This is historical fiction following a group of women enslaved in the Lupanar of Pompeii (the local brothel) and is essentially their experiences, the stories, their lives. I fully appreciated the way Elodie Harper captured each individual woman and her story without overloading us with too much detail and how despite the circumstances being exceptionally bleak there were still moments of hope and strength. I liked the female friendships between our characters, the contrast between the gaudy overindulgent setting and what we know happened to Pompeii eventually…there was just so much to enjoy. I gave this book 5 stars and again, would highly recommend.

The Appeal – Janice Hallett

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If you are in the mood for a cosy murder mystery with a modern Agatha Christie vibe then look no further than The Appeal. Told primarily through correspondence (emails and texts) this is a quirky, entertaining book about a murder which takes place in a sleepy village. With the local amateur dramatic society’s latest play as the backdrop it is a fast read which keeps you guessing right up until the end.

I thought it was a really fun read and although it took a while to catch on to who was who (there is a large cast of characters) it was a real page turner; absolutely everyone had a motive and I didn’t catch on to what was really happening until right at the point of it being revealed. Very excited to see what this author comes out with next.

Happy reading 🙂

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