Monthly Roundup

Monthly Roundup: November 2015


Every first Wednesday of the month, I’ll be posting a roundup of the month just gone, and writing about what’s to come in the next few weeks.


The Emperor's Blades Golden Son Edge of Tomorrow Feed Ubik Illuminae The HIve Construct Clariel by Garth Nix A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan Brooklyn


Last month I read a total of ten books: The Emperor’s Blades (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #1) by Brian Staveley, Golden Son (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown, Edge of Tomorrow by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy #1) by Mira Grant, Ubik by Philip K. Dick, Illuminae (Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, The Hive Construct by Alexander Maskill, Clariel (The Old Kingdom #4) by Garth Nix, A Natural History of Dragons (Memoir by Lady Trent #1) by Marie Brennan and Brooklyn by Colm Toibin.

As last month was Sci-Fi Month, I tried to read as much science fiction as possible. Golden Son was definitely the stand-out book of the month, and my review will be posted in January, as part of the readalong in preparation for the release of Morning Star! I also particularly enjoyed Ubik, from one of the masters of science fiction, Philip K. Dick. In true PKD style, it’s odd but so, so unique and wonderful. Brooklyn was sweet, not at all my usual sort of book but I went to see the film with my mum when I visited my parents last week, and it was a gorgeous film, which encouraged me to pick up the book.


Challenge progress:

  • I read two books towards the DC vs Marvel Challenge. The final villain of the challenge is Mister Sinister.
  • I have currently read 90 books towards my Goodreads goal of 100.


Currently reading:

The 100
How was November for you?


15 thoughts on “Monthly Roundup: November 2015”

    1. Thanks Tammy! It felt like so much less work than the first year, thanks to Kelley’s wonderful Google spreadsheet schedule design. I can’t wait for next year’s either – let’s start planning already 😉

      It was the first book I’ve read by Gregory, and it was good 🙂 Very unique!

  1. Looks like you had a great month! Feed is one of my favourite books of all time, I love it so, and Brooklyn, Clariel and The Emperor’s Blades are all on my TBR. 🙂 The Brooklyn adaptation looks lovely, but I’d like to try and read the book before I see it.

    1. Have you read Grant’s Parasiteology series?

      I actually thought the film was more enjoyable than the book, but both were good. Maybe it’s because I saw the film first though, it was more memorable that way.

  2. Congrats on a great reading month! I’ve been hearing such great things about Illuminae. I hope you enjoyed it. Wishing you a happy holiday and also another great reading month!

    1. It’s a very unique way of telling a story! Definitely a fun read although not quite the amazing one a lot of people have described it as.

    1. Even though I gave Emperor’s Blades 4 stars, I was a little disappointed because I’d heard such great things about it and it didn’t quite hit those 5 stars for me.

  3. AHH. SO MANY FABULOUS BOOKS. So excited to see what you think about Illuminae as I absolutely adored it and Feed because I’ve heard so many wonderful things about it. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! ♥

    1. I don’t think I’ll be writing a review of Illuminae, but I did enjoy it a lot 🙂 It was clever and creative. I won’t be reviewing Feed either, but it was a good one – quite surprising! Thanks Zoe 🙂

  4. AHH. So many great books here! I can’t wait to see what you think of all of these – especially Illuminae as I absolutely adored it and Feed as I’ve heard so many great things about it. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fantastic haul! ♥

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