Reading Recap: November

I can’t believe Autumn is over. The best season always flys by. I swear the winter chill arrived early this year. In fact, it was snowing a bit earlier today. Well, sleet but close enough. 

I haven’t been reading as much this month, mostly because I have been rather busy with work and family stuff. Nothing too bad, just time-consuming. That and the dreaded Christmas shopping, although I’ve got most of it done, thank goodness. Just a few bits and bobs to get.

But enough about all that, onto the books!

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes

It turns out that being a vampire isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

You don’t instantly become a sexy undead beast. Sure, you do get some pretty nifty abilities, but outside of that and your new allergy to sunlight and new dietary requirements, you are stuck as who you were while your heart was still beating.

Unfortunately for Fred, that means he is still the mild-mannered accountant he was before that random attack one night. So he spends the rest of his unlife alone and bored. That is until a friendly face from his past introduces him to a world once hidden from him, one with new friends and foes.

Things are starting to get interesting.

A lighthearted and funny fantasy with likeable characters, what more can you ask for? A perfect read if you are wanting to fill that What We Do in the Shadows void.

I gave this book a full review at the start of this month, check it out.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This novel is both a breath of fresh air to the gothic genre while paying tribute to the classics.

Socialite Noemí Taboada is out of her confort zone. A woman of her beauty and grace is typically found in an elegant ballroom, charming all around her. Not a dilapidated old house, isolated from the outside world, stuck with in-laws that are less than friendly.

Yet here she is, trying to help her precious cousin after a worrying letter reaches her. It seems like awkward family dinners are the least of her concerns since the house itself seems intent on keeping both of them.

Mexican Gothic is a dark and captivating story, one that will stay with I also ranted and raved about this novel earlier, so for the complete review, please read it.

Deirdre of the Sorrows by Kenneth Steven

A retelling of the famous Irish legend. 

It’s the tragic love story of Deirdre and Naoise. Deirdre was isolated from the world, to be kept tucked away until she was old enough to be married to Conchobar mac Nessa, the king of Ulster.

She meets Naoise, and the two fall deeply in love. So, they flee to Scotland. Not to spoil anything, but as you might have guessed, it doesn’t exactly end well. 

This version was written poetically, one I don’t normally care for but I liked it here. The way the writing flowed helped me connect with the tale.

Pandora’s Jar: Women in the Greek Myths by Natalie Haynes

This book is a collection of intertwining essays about some of the most famous women in Greek mythology. Women you most likely know by name, but there is a lot more to them than you might think. 

Haynes does a brilliant job of not only telling their original stories but how perceptions of these women have changed, thanks in part to different writers retelling their tales. Comparing the classic tales to more modern ones we know today and how accurate they are to the original version, for better or for worse.

If you are just as obsessed with Greek myths as I am, you need to read this book.

Currently Reading: A Passion for Poison by Carol Ann by Carol Ann Lee

If I told you the story of Graham Young, you would think I am making it up. It’s one of those stories where truth is stranger than fiction. 

A Passion for Poison: A True Crime Story Like No Other, the Extraordinary Tale of the Schoolboy Teacup Poisoner by Carol Ann Lee recounts the life and crimes of Young. He was brought to trial twice for murder. The kicker? He was only fourteen when he first stood trial, for poisoning friends and family.

I have read a sizable pile of True Crime books in my time, but this is on another level. I’m about halfway through it, and so far, I am really enjoying it. 

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