November 2021 Wrap-up Part 1
The Song of Achilles, Kingdom of the Wicked, The Guest List, and more.
Hey there, Book-Buddy!
I had a great reading month in November. I read 11 books, and most of them were outstanding.
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This Month’s Stats
11 books for the month
41 books for the year
One historical retelling
Three on writing
In Case You Missed It…
The Books of November 2021
The Song of Achilles
Madeline Miller wrote The Song of Achilles, but Patroclus sang it. Through his eyes, we follow Achille's from teenage boy to death. Her choice was perfect. If Achilles were the POV character, the story wouldn't have had the depth it had.
This book was phenomenal. Not for the plot; we all know how it ends. But because of the beauty in which Miller wrote it. If you want a masterful character-driven tragedy, this should be your go-to.
Kingdom of the Wicked
Kingdom of the Wicked is a fantasy whodunit. Some might call it an enemies-to-lovers romance. However, I would disagree. Kingdom of the Wicked isn't a romance. There are some lustful scenes but no romance.
Someone murders Vittoria's twin sister. The twins descend from a long line of witches. Vittoria won't let anything stop her from bringing her sister's killer to justice. She summons a prince of hell from the underworld to aid her quest.
Walk in my Combat Boots
Walk in my Combat Boots is a collection of very short memoirs written by American military personnel. They describe their experience in the War on Terror.
These stories are written poorly and fall flat. Perhaps because I’m a veteran of the War on Terror, it doesn’t impress me as much as it might for someone without that experience.
It’s not the idea or content but its execution. Walk in my Combat Boots is easy to put down and forget.
I wish Patterson had chosen two or three of the stories and written them himself, adding a touch of drama and suspense.
These Violent Delights
I DNF’d These Violent Delights. An unpopular opinion, but hear me out.
The publishers sold the book as a Romeo and Juliet retelling, but I didn’t see it. These Violent Delights is about a deadly plague sweeping across Shanghai. Two gangs provide the people protection, but no one feels safe.
Each gang leader has an heir. These heirs were lovers, but they are now enemies thanks to some deadly events. These gang heirs decide to work together against the common threat.
I might have enjoyed this book if I wasn’t expecting something slightly different. I read half the book before I DNF’d it. I did leave my bookmark in place, and I may return to finish the book in 2022.
The Guest List
The Guest List was a fantastic book. It’s a whodunit without cops—my favorite kind. Near the end of the book, someone will be dead. We don’t know who, but we have a good guess. The central mystery is a whodunit.
We follow five POV characters who are members of a wedding party on a secluded Irish island—learning about each one’s backstory and their relation to the soon-to-be deceased.
Each POV character has a motive. But who is going to do it?
Lucy Foley was the best person to tell this story. She executes it with precision. I was invested in the book initially, and my interest never waned. Each chapter reveals only enough to make us want to continue reading.
That’s all book-buddy!
Don’t forget to look out for part two. I will discuss the rest of the book I read in November. Please make sure to leave a comment and tell me your thoughts.
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