Here is my November booklist! I didn’t read as much this month because I spent a good amount of my time listening to the Dune audiobook and it is not short 😉 Suffice to say, I didn’t finish it this month and I wont finish it next month either! I made a rule to only read Christmas books the month of December, so hopefully I’ll finish Dune in January. Here are the books I did finish this month:
5 Stars: So good! After really enjoying Jinger’s book, I was excited to read Jill’s as well! I have seen several episodes of the Duggars over the years, but I never really followed them. Both these books have been super insightful and interesting to read even to a non-superfan! While the sisters grew up in the same family and have taken a lot of similar steps in their healing processes, these books are very different. Jinger’s focuses on her testimony explaining Gothard/ IBLP and how the Lord freed her from all that. While this book really takes the time to share what it was like growing up on tv and tell Jill’s story as a Duggar child. It’s not really a scathing tell-all, but she does share details and speak to specific hurts, patterns, events, and actions that shaped her childhood. Including authoritative control from her parents (specifically her dad), greed/ fraud/ as the family grew in fame, and the hurt from her brother Josh’s actions. Derek & Jill have processed & walked through a lot in their marriage and I am proud of them as they tell Jill’s story and set boundaries for their own family.
4 Stars: I enjoyed this book and thought it both funny and mysterious! It’s definitely not to be taken seriously in a traditional historical fiction sort of way (for all the people who thought it was going to be like Jane Austen?!) Instead it is more like playing game of Clue in regency time – quirky characters, over-the-top situations, and some poking fun at it all (the time period, the expectations, the events, the people.) I laughed out loud several times and was honestly intrigued to figure out exactly what was going on (after so many twists and turns!). There are some loose ties and unexplained events that make me go “hmmm,” as well as a romance that doesn’t exactly have a resolution. However, I liked it and would read more books in a series if there was one!
3.5 Stars: Not bad! To be fair, this isn’t my typical genre. Too modern, too romancey. But I was drawn in and invested in the plot. It definitely felt like Bourne movie so if you like watching those, you might like reading this?
That’s all for now! As always, 4/5 stars are added to my Amazon lists here where you can look for even more recommendations. Follow me on Goodreads to see what I am reading, what I want to read, some of my favorite books, and every review I write! Any other books I should add to my list? Leave a comment and let me know!