Can you believe it’s already November?! Only one month until the holiday month starts (although, I already want to put up my Christmas tree); only two months before the end of 2017 and the start of 2018; only two months to complete my Goodreads reading goal, and only two months until my 23rd birthday! Since November is kind of a boring and gloomy month, I plan on getting a lot of reading done to cheer myself up. Read further to find the nine books I plan on reading in the month of November!
11.22.63 by Stephen King
Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away…but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke… Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten…and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.
I’m so excited about this time travel novel written by the King: I’ve heard lots of good things about it and even people saying that it’s their all time favourite book! Just like Pet Sematary, I’ll be reading 11.22.63 as part of a read along on Johann’s instagram page (@jobis89).
The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
The night the first snow falls a young boy wakes to find his mother gone. He walks through the silent house, but finds only wet footprints on the stairs. In the garden looms a solitary figure: a snowman bathed in cold moonlight, its black eyes glaring up at the bedroom windows. Round its neck is his mother’s pink scarf.
Inspector Harry Hole is convinced there is a link between the disappearance and a menacing letter he received some months earlier. As Harry and his team delve into unsolved case files, they discover that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years. When a second woman disappears Harry’s suspicions are confirmed: he is a pawn in a deadly game. For the first time in his career Harry finds himself confronted with a serial killer operating on his turf, a killer who will drive him to the brink of insanity.
A brilliant thriller with a pace that never lets up, The Snowmanconfirms Jo Nesbø’s position as an international star of crime fiction.
Doesn’t this sound like a perfect thriller?! After reading a lot on this book from Abby from Crime by the Book on both her instagram and blog, I thought I just had to give it a go myself. I hope to start it before the end of this week so I can watch the film (that’s coming out here in the Netherlands tomorrow!) soon!
Dr. Sleep by Stephen King
Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.
On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless – mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky 12-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.
Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”
Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.
Somewhere in the first quarter of 2017 I read The Shining. I loved it and I’ve even heard people saying they found Doctor Sleep even better! I’m so very curious about what will become of little Danny!
Celtic mythology, Arthurian romance, and an intriguing interpretation of British history–these are just some of the themes embraced by the anonymous authors of the eleven tales that make up the Welsh medieval masterpiece known as the Mabinogion. They tell of Gwydion the shape-shifter, who can create a woman out of flowers; of Math the magician whose feet must lie in the lap of a virgin; of hanging a pregnant mouse and hunting a magical boar. Dragons, witches, and giants live alongside kings and heroes, and quests of honour, revenge, and love are set against the backdrop of a country struggling to retain its independence.
This new translation, the first for thirty years, recreates the storytelling world of medieval Wales and re-invests the tales with the power of performance.
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I bought this book for a course I followed when studying Literature, History and Literature of the Medieval Celts. I absolutely love histories like this and so I’m actually quite looking forward to reading this book. It will be a nice change from all the contemporary fiction and horror I’ve read lately!
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Village rumor hints that Mrs. Ferrars poisoned her husband, but no one is sure. Then there’s another victim in a chain of death. Unfortunately for the killer, master sleuth Hercule Poirot takes over the investigation.
Will I finally actually read this? I think it’s been on two of my monthly TBR’s already, but I’ve never actually read it. When I said that I’d be reading a Christie, I got messages from people on instagram saying how much they like Christie’s books. And here I am – never read a Christie in my life! That’s why I must and will finally read my first ever Christie! Can’t wait!
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
#1 internationally bestselling author Karin Slaughter returns with a sophisticated and chilling psychological thriller of dangerous secrets, cold vengeance, and unexpected absolution, in which two estranged sisters must come together to find truth about two harrowing tragedies, twenty years apart, that devastate their lives.
Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.
More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.
The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.
Powerful, poignant, and utterly gripping, packed with indelible characters and unforgettable twists, Pretty Girls is a masterful thriller from one of the finest suspense writers working today.
I kind of only bought this book because I got a €2.50 voucher from an online webshop for being such a devoted shopper (hah!). So I bought the ebook of Pretty Girls. The blurb sounds very intriguing, so I’m very curious about the story!
The Azrael Initiative by K. Hanson
Best friends Kayla Falk, an engineering student, and Olivia Bellamy, who is studying nursing, are nearing the end of their college career when terrorists attack their university. Through a combination of cleverness, bravery, and luck, the two manage to foil the deadly plot. A mysterious man from the United States government, Mr. Hightower, sees their potential and attempts to recruit Kayla and Olivia for a program to take on ISIS. They initially refuse, but another terrorist attack that strikes close to home pushes them to change their minds and join the Azrael Initiative.
After several months of hard training, the two women are dropped into Al-Raqqah, the capital of ISIS, in Syria. Once there, they must blend in with the locals as they strike from the shadows to kill ISIS leaders, destroy their facilities, and free captives. As Americans deep within enemy territory, they know that they will be killed if discovered. As women, they also know that they would suffer before death. Walking the line between vengeance and justice strains their relationship. As they work to resolve their differences, the symphony of brutality around them ultimately pushes them closer together and forges them into the warriors that they were meant to become.
This was one of the first ARC’s I received to read and review, but unfortunately I haven’t gotten around to read it yet! I’m kind of nervous, because normally I’m not exactly that into action and reading about terrorism groups, but it definitely sounds exciting!
Bleed by Ed Kurtz
When Walt Blackmore moves into an old gable front house on the outskirts of a small town, things are really looking up for him—he has an adoring girlfriend, a new job, and an altogether bright future. But Walt’s destiny is irreparably changed when a dark red spot appears on the ceiling in the hallway. Bit by bit the spot grows, first into a dripping blood stain and eventually into a grotesque, muttering creature.
As the creature thrives, Walt finds himself more and more interested in fostering its well-being. At first he only feeds it stray animals, but this soon fails to satisfy the monster’s ghastly needs. It is gradually becoming something more, and for that to happen it requires human blood and human flesh. And once Walt has crossed the line from curiosity to murder, there is no going back.
I know, I know, this book was also in my October TBR. But I just really really really want to read it and I don’t know why I haven’t read it in October … It would’ve made the perfect halloween read!
The Donut Shop Murder by Suzanne Jenkins
Four days before Thanksgiving, the dead body of a paralegal is found dumped on a residential street in Midtown Detroit. A receipt for two cups of coffee in the gutter near her body leads Detectives Zannos and Wong to the New Delhi Donut shop. Questions arise – who killed her, and why did the murderer break her fingers and move her body?
A prequel to The Greeks of Beaubien Street and the other Greektown Stories.
Doesn’t this title just make you laugh a little? While there’s “murder” in it, it also sounds kind of … cute? However, the blurb sounds anything but cute, so I guess it’ll be a thrilling read after all!