November was obviously a light reading month for me. Lots of time listening to podcasts and making the ultimate Christmas playlist, as well as Thanksgiving, the NWA Boutique Show, and a few other engagements had me reading less. I’m hopeful that I can at least double this number for December and end the year with 100 books read!
THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY BY ERIK LARSON – 5 STARS
How are more people not talking about this book?! It’s the true story of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair from two different vantage points – the inception and construction by architect Daniel Burnham, and the serial killing spree happening right there in Chicago by H.H. Holmes. I had no clue any of this happened, but it was such an interesting story. The Chicago World’s Fair was responsible for so much innovation and new ideas and included such prominent names like Thomas Edison, Susan B. Anthony, and Buffalo Bill. And amidst the success of the fair, H.H. Holmes was masquerading as a doctor and luring victims into his newly constructed World’s Fair Hotel. So interesting!
PRETTY LITTLE WIFE BY DARBY KANE – 3 STARS
You know I love a twisty domestic thriller! Lila’s husband Aaron goes missing, and Lila is just as confused as everyone else about where he is, especially considering that she thought she had killed him and hidden him in plain sight. But somehow, he is gone. Now there are three people in the small college town missing, and Lila is getting strange letters claiming that someone knows the truth. But what happened to the two missing college girls, and what really happened to Aaron? This story is pretty disturbing, but I was on the edge of my seat to find out what happened.
THE THERAPIST BY B.A. PARIS – 2 STARS
I was a huge fan of The Breakdown from B.A. Paris, but The Therapist was just not my favorite. Alice and Leo move into a newly renovated house in a gated community called The Circle. When Alice discovers a secret about her new home that Leo had intentionally kept from her, she struggles to come to terms with the situation and begins to look into the past of Nina, the therapist who lived there before her. Everything is not what it seems. It was just too far-fetched for me, and none of the characters were likable.
IN A HOLIDAZE BY CHRISTINA LAUREN – 5 STARS
Christina Lauren doesn’t miss! In a Holidaze was so cute and cozy, and gave major Love & Other Words / Every Summer After vibes. Maelyn has grown up celebrating Christmas the same way every year for her entire life, at a cabin in Utah with friends that are more like family. But after a disastrous Christmas holiday, she wakes up on the plane bound for the same trip all over again. Can she change things for the better with the second chance she’s been given?
You can find all of the books I’ve read this year here:
What I Read in January & February
What I Read in March
What I (Didn’t) Read in April
What I Read in May
What I Read in June
What I Read in July
What I Read in August
What I Read in September
What I Read in October