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Hello Hello! How are you today?

I’ve not been posting properly for a few weeks because I came down with COVID in mid-October and I’m still feeling a bit poorly even now. We also had a few health scares for two of our animals and lots of stress and worry in general, so my brain just couldn’t think straight until today. Hopefully, things will look up for us now…!

As usual, I have a really ambitious TBR and I don’t know if I’ll be able to get to them all between working on my thesis, starting a new job and life in general but I’ll see what I can do. I feel like I have a really exciting mix (including a few French books), so I’m looking forward to them all!

The Hanged God Trilogy by Thilde Kold Holdt

This is a series I’m going to be reading for the #BlogTour organised by Dave from @The_WriteReads. These three books – Northern Wrath, Shackled Fates and Slaughtered Gods – are epic fantasy, which I haven’t read in a while, but I really liked the sound of the first blurb and I’m hoping to enjoy the whole series! My reviews will be up at the end of the month.

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

I was invited on the Algonquin Books #BlogTour to promote this book for the release of the film and I was surprised I had never heard of it before because it really sounds like my kind of book. I think it will also be a great comfort read, so I am looking forward to diving in!

A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons by Kate Khavari

I’ve had this eARC on my NetGalley for a few months now and November will be the month I finally tackle it. This is 100% my kind of read, I think it will be sort of comforting, funny, cute and just a really enjoyable and easy story to read. This is also the first book in a series so I’m hoping I will want to continue it when the second book is released next year.

All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman

This is also the first book in a new series and one that I was so happy I was approved for on NG. I did have Ace of Spades by this author on my TBR, but it didn’t feel like something I would particularly enjoy so I got rid of it, but this one sounds so intriguing and much more like my cup of tea. I’m really excited to read it!

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

I had this book on my October TBR already but I just didn’t get the chance or time to get to it. I think most of the people I was supposed to buddy read it with have already started it, so I’m going to mosey along at my own pace. I have high expectations for this one, so I hope it lives up to them!

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This is another book I’m adding to the TBR for the second month in a row because I just couldn’t get to it before the end of October. Because of COVID and everything else happening in my life, I’ve not really been in a reading mood and have spent most of my time doing crochet or sleeping, but I will try to get to this chunky book in November.

Cards on the Table (#14 Hercule Poirot) by Agatha Christie

The last buddy read book to make a reappearance on the next monthly TBR is the next Hercule Poirot book in the series. I actually read the first chapter at some point in October, but COVID and fibro fog really made me struggle to get into it so I put it to one side. These are usually quite quick and cosy books, so I’m hoping to get to it very soon, and then move on to the next one!

The Extraordinary Voyage o Katy Willacott by Sharon Gosling

I hadn’t actually heard of this book before one of the Middle Grade Marvels members nominated it a few months ago, but I’m so glad it won the poll for November because it sounds so so good. I love anything historical and this reminds me of a few other MGM books we’ve previously read, so I have a good feeling about it! I also think the cover is so cute!

8488 mètres by Silène Edgar

This is one of my library books and it’s one I eyed up for months before picking it up, because it is definitely not my kind of read but I was still really drawn to it. It is about a young girl who climbs an 8000m mountain and the struggles she has to face to get to the summit. I’m intrigued and will go in open-minded!

La Carte des Confins (#2) by Marie Reppelin

This is the second book in a series I started a few months ago. It is kind of YA pirate fantasy with a touch of romance and I enjoyed it but didn’t find it amazing, so I’m hoping that the sequel will give me the pizzazz I was looking for from the first instalment. It’s also that kind of YA that even if it isn’t amazing you can’t help but read it, so that’s that, lol!

BBNYA BOOKS!

I’m still yet to start my three BBNYA books but I really have to get to them soon as the deadline will be here in a flash. I can’t say anything about them, but they seem unique, they are all kind of different and above all, I’m SO excited to read them all and finally tell you about them once the winner is announced at the end of December!

Rose Rage by Illana Cantin

This is a really short French book about sexual abuse and harassment in schools by students and how the institutions meant to protect the victims are more inclined to brush it all under the rug. This one seems really popular and I’m sure it will be really poignant, so I’ll have to be in the right frame of mind, but I’m excited about it!

The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff

I’m back in one of my witchy phases where I can’t get enough of anything witchy or magical and I’ve really been in the mood for a nonfiction lately since my eyes keep roaming over that particular shelf on my bookcase. It’s quite a big book, but I’m going to give it my best shot and since it’s about the Salem Witch Trials, I doubt I will struggle to read it, I’ll be zooming through it so fast!

Gallant by V. E. Schwab

And the final book on my TBR for November is a (kind of) new one on my shelves, and it will only be my second Schwab book so far. I’m starting to move away from the “I have to read all an author’s books in order of publication before getting to the one I really want to read” vibe I’ve had going on for years because I don’t have the time, energy or inclination, so with this final book, here is to me reading what the hell I want, when the hell I want to!


That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed reading this post.

See you soon, stay safe,

Ellie xx

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