Highlights: November 2018

Kate is still in mourning over Halloween being over. Serena is setting up a permanent camp in front of her fireplace from which she will not budge for the next 4 months. And we’re both doing our best to turn a blind eye to any and all advertising for Christmas that is brazenly trying wedge its way in before Thanksgiving has even been given a chance! But, of course, we still have books to look forward to. Here are our picks for November.

Serena’s Picks

36382969Book: “Umbertouched” by Livia Blackburne

Publication Date: November 6, 2018

Why I’m Interested: “Rosemarked” took me by surprise last year and quickly sucked me into a new world that is plagued by a deadly disease, a disease that our heroine immediately contracts. But that does nothing to detract her from her mission: to go across the border into enemy territory as a spy. I expect this sequel to pick up where that story left off, with Zivah and Dineas making their way to report on the soon invasion, and still struggling to comprehend their ever-changing relationship. The first book was a bit of a slower read, establishing this world and these characters. But with that work now complete, I’m excited to see where the story goes from here!

36300671Book: “Dragonshadow” by Elle Katharine White

Publication Date: November 20, 2018

Why I’m Interested: “Heartstone” was one of those rare, unicorn books: a Jane Austen retelling that I actually enjoyed! It didn’t hurt that this version of “Pride and Prejudice” threw in a healthy dose of dragons and magic. But when it ended, I happily put it on my shelf and thought that was that. Imagine my surprise and delight when I saw that a sequel was coming out this fall! What makes this second book all the more intriguing is that by this point, the original re-telling is complete. The story is free to go wherever it pleases from here on out without needing to tie back to a piece of classic literature. Beyond that, I’m happy to just get more dragon goodness out of the deal.

26061583Book: “The Dark Days Deceit” by Alison Goodman

Publication Date: November 20, 2018

Why I’m Interested: Observant readers may have noted a missing review for the second book in the series and here I am anticipating the third. The review for the second is on its way, never fear! Sometimes I need the release of yet another book in a series to kick me in the pants and get me caught up. This is the final book in the trilogy, and I can’t wait to find out what happens to our Lady Helen. The stakes have only gotten higher as the trilogy has progressed and in this book it looks like things are really going to come to a head.

Kate’s Picks

Woman wearing a red hoodie by a riverBook: “Someone Like Me” by M.R. Carey

Publication Date: November 6. 2018

Why I’m Interested: I have been mostly impressed by books by M.R. Carey, as he always knows how to take a typical horror story and turn it on its head. I never really know what to expect when I pick up one of his books, and I kind of feel the same way about “Someone Like Me”. It sounds like a straightforward plot: a woman is usually kind and demure, a loving mother determined to raise them the best way she can. Then another side of her, a violent and malicious side, starts to take over, and she has to try to beat back this new personality before it overtakes her. It may sound like a typical “Jekyl and Hyde” kinda thing, but knowing Carey’s work and how he twists expectations I am thinking it’s going to be something else entirely. I can’t wait to see what it is.

38927017Book: “Daughters of the Lake” by Wendy Webb

Publication Date: November 1, 2018

Why I’m Interested: Gothic ghost stories are a genre that I try to seek out, but am very picky about. One of the authors who usually does a pretty good job with the genre is Wendy Webb, a Minnesota author whose affection for my home state is as deep as her affection for a good ghost story. “Daughters of the Lake” takes place on Lake Superior, and involves a woman named Kate who has been dreaming of a mysterious woman. When this woman ends up being a murder victim, who is found in the lake with a baby in her arms, Kate is swept up in a mystery that may span a full century. Webb has a real knack for writing creepy and unsettling moments and scenes, and given that the setting is always a comfort with its familiarity, I’m very much looking forward to her newest work.

38749157Book: “Wet Hot American Summer” by Christopher Hastings

Publication Date: November 20, 2018

Why I’m Interested: “Wet Hot American Summer” is my favorite movie of all time. With a star studded cast, absurd humor, and a WHOLE lot of heart, the story of Camp Firewood’s last day of Camp (and the first Netflix Series that talks about the first day) never fails to make me laugh. And now Boom! Comics (the same publisher of the “Clueless” graphic that I really liked) has written a new story within that universe! While capturing the humor of the original may seem like a daunting task (it IS incredibly irreverent), Christopher Hastings may be up for the task. After all, he’s written for “Deadpool”. And since it’s in written form, we don’t have to worry about certain actors being unable to come back to reprise their roles (goddamn it, Bradley Cooper). I’m always eager for new “Wet Hot” content. And it can’t be as big of a disappointment as “10 Years Later”, right?

What books are you looking forward to this month? Let us know in the comments!

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