It’s November 15th (already?!?) and that means it’s time for a Quick Lit post. Because of the craziness of my life this fall, I haven’t written one of these posts in a while, so I’m excited to get to share with you today. Thanks to the magic of audiobooks, and extremely short books, I’ve managed to get in quite a bit of reading so far this month, in spite of the busy schedule.
As always, I’m linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy for her Quick Lit series.
What I’m Reading
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
This YA novel is about what you’d expect. I liked the cultural twist but if the romance plot had been better written, the story would’ve been more interesting. As it was, the book was good, but not great. Predictable and formulaic, but still sweet. 3/5 stars
Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker
I’ve read a few of Jen’s books, but this one is my FAVORITE!! Maybe it’s because I listened to the Audible version, which Jen narrates herself, but I found myself laughing out loud and almost crying during the course of this book. I love how Jen talks about how her faith has evolved over the years, because I’m right there with her. And the chapter on God’s sovereignty? Worth ten times the cost of the book. This one’s a must-read. 5/5 stars
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
What a gorgeous novel through and through. Set in Victorian era England, this one explores the reappearance of a mythical creature in the waters near a small village. At least, that’s the plot premise, but this book is about so much more: love, fear, friendship, and the juxtaposition of faith and science. Perry is a gorgeous writer and I savored every word of this novel. 5/5 stars
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
First off, this is a novella — short and a super quick read. Second, it’s the first book in a trilogy. Third, it’s YA fiction, not my favorite genre. But something about the description sucked me in and I absolutely DEVOURED this book! It’s like a mixture of the Narnia books, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and Alice in Wonderland — with a modern, edgy feel. I loved, loved, loved it! The minute I finished, I immediately read the second book in the trilogy (see below) and now I have to wait for the third which comes out in January. Luckily, McGuire is a prolific writer (she also writes under the name Mira Grant) so there’s plenty more material for me to read in the meantime. Highly recommend!! 5/5 stars
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
See above review. But I liked this book even better than the first! 5/5 stars
Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison
A tense, psychological thriller that will keep you turning pages all night. Not as jaw-dropping as the ubiquitous Gone Girl, but a mighty good read nonetheless! Lots of secrets, untrustworthy narrators, and twists in this one. 4/5 stars
That’s it so far for November! Want to share what you’re reading this month? I’d love to hear your recommendations. Leave a comment here, or send me a friend request on Goodreads!