Books Of The Month | November 2016

Oh November, why are you always so busy? How I managed to finish a book—much less four—this month is beyond me.

What I Finished:

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf


One phrase description:



“Why, one asked oneself, does one take all these pains for the human race to go on?”

My general thoughts:

It’s not my kind of book. I’ve come to the very unfortunate conclusion that I don’t love modernism. There really isn’t much of a plot. And I understand the novel is written the way it is for a reason. I appreciate the writing. I appreciate the language. I’m a writer. But I also adore stories. The words are beautifully put together. I just wished Woolf injected about 10 mL of narrative into her work. I had a tough time getting through it because I had no story to follow. Also reading To The Lighthouse on the subway is not ideal. Then again life isn’t. To be honest, if the novel wasn’t a required reading for my English class, I probably would have put it down twenty pages in and never picked it back up.

Golden Son by Pierce Brown


One phrase description:



“There is no greater plague to an introvert than the extroverted.”

My general thoughts:

I think my heart was dead prior to reading Golden Son, but Pierce Brown found a way to awaken that organ. And now it’s beating again. I didn’t know I had feelings. I didn’t realize I felt so strongly for certain characters. But I know now. I realized along the way. This book had an actual story. A bloody good one. I enjoyed most of the scenes. At times the novel reminded me of Ender’s Game, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Although a lot of sci-fi elements go right over my head because science is confusing. I’m a confused child. Anyhow, GS provided a great escape from the cruel world that is university. If I had friends, I’d rope them into reading the series.

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare


One phrase description:



“And I think even when you heal, you’re never what you were before.”

My general thoughts:

I keep holding out hope that the next book will get better. I will keep hoping until I can’t. The writing in City of Fallen Angels didn’t bother me nearly as much as the writing in City of Glass did. Maybe I went in with lower expectations. Who am I kidding? The book isn’t a literary masterpiece. That’s besides the point. At this point, I’m invested enough in the story to want to know what happens, how it ends. I don’t love the characters. Some days I can tolerate them. Other days I roll my eyes at their actions and shake my head at their inaction. But I care enough to finish the series, especially since I’m this far in.

Zone One by Colson Whitehead


One phrase description: 



“In his mind, the business of existence was about minimizing consequences.”

My general thoughts:

Had to read this for school. I finished it today, and I think I’m still trying to process the ending. I don’t know how I feel about the last line in particular. Whitehead makes you think. He made me reflect on the world I live in so many times I’ve lost count. I make it sound like I kept count. I didn’t. It’s a zombie book. It’s a post apocalyptic novel. But at the same time it isn’t. Does that make sense? This isn’t your typical zombie book. Read at your own peril.

What I Want To Read Next Month:

Morning Star by Pierce Brown



Because I love the series so much. And I want to feel feelings, so I know I’m a human being and not just a zombie in a human body.

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6 thoughts on “Books Of The Month | November 2016

  1. Wow, you read a lot! Good for you.
    I have to read Cassandra Clare’s books… I have the first book in the series, but still have yet to actually open it.


  2. You read an interesting mix of books! I did a graduate paper on To The Lighthouse and it was so multi-layered, more an analysis of a marriage than anything with any plot or action that I am not surprised you found it–let’s use the word–boring. I, on the other hadn’t as an old married woman of forty when I read the book thought about it a lot and the more I studied it, the more I found in it. When you summed it up as being “thoughts” you were realizing that you would think about some of the ideas presented in the book for a long time after you finished. That’s what literature does to you.


    1. Mm there are so many layers to it. I’m not even sure where to begin if I were to write a paper about the book. I think I’ve come to appreciate the writing much more after attending the lectures on To The Lighthouse. Ah, that’s neat. Exactly. I still think about it. And will have to on the exam in a week.

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