Spell the Month in Books | November

I’ve spotted a few people doing this and thought I’d join in the fun 🙂 I’ve selected some of my favourite books beginning with each letter in November that I recommend you check out. I tried to pick some books that I really enjoyed but you wouldn’t see too often on my blog. In other words, not romance or urban fantasy but one or two may have snuck in 😉

N- North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Such a beautiful book!! I simply adore it for it’s delicious romance, exploration of classes, socialism, industrialism, poverty, EVERYTHING! It’s just wonderful. My favourite classic of all time. So far, I’ve read it 3 times and feel another reread coming on… maybe over Christmas.

O- Obsidian Butterfly by Laurell K. Hamilton

The last great book in Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. It was all down hill from here but the series is really worth reading up to this point. Released in the 90’s before urban fantasy was a thing but Buffy was making waves, this is essential reading for fans of the genre. It’s great to see what vampires were like in literature when they were stepping out of horror but not completely romanticized yet. It’s dark but sexy without venturing too far into either. However, after this book the series collapses very far into both and totally stops making sense.

V- Venus in Furs by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch

This was so much more than I expected it to be. It isn’t really sexy but it’s very interesting and beautifully written. It’s more a story of obsession and misguided desire. There is some whipping in it, though, don’t worry!
I’m not into S&M and honestly, I don’t get it. There are a lot of books out now featuring S&M after 50 Shades, making it hard to avoid (still haven’t read 50 Shades, though), but none explain the drive behind it as well as this. I could understand these people and knew desire dictated their actions.

E- The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

I’m not a fan of religion but quite like how the topic is explored in this book. It’s an absorbing study of love, devotion and faith through a turbulent relationship and environment. Beautifully written and a bit heartbreaking.

M- Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou

In this memoir, Angelou explores her relationship with her mother which was pretty non-existent in the early years of her life but grew into something resilient and empowering later.

Her mother was essentially a stranger to her as a child, she chose to call her Lady instead of Mom which says a lot about the distance she felt. It also shows how she saw her as no ordinary woman but as someone to look up to, someone refined and feminine but still in charge.

This book really shows how love grows between people and how it makes us stronger.

B- Battle Pope, Volume 1: Genesis by Robert Kirkman

Looking through my B books I had to add this one! From Robert Kirkman of The Walking Dead, this graphic novel about a morally grey pope sent back to earth after the apocalypse to rescue Saint Michael from Lucifer is simply hilarious. I’m sure some people will find it offensive or of poor taste but I am not one of them! It’s ridiculous and totally entertaining.

E- Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

So, I think some people will get a false impression of this book based on the title. It is not a collection of erotic stories aimed at Punjabi widows but a narrative about a writing club looking for some excitement and liberation. There are many layers to this story touching on immigration, feminism, religion and good old-fashioned mystery. It’s the perfect thing to read when you want to get stucked into a book and read the day away.

R- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

This book is all buzz at the moment because of the recent Netflix adaptation so I thought I’d throw in my two-cents. Both the trailer and the book will give you the initial impression that this is a romance but it is so much more. It’s a pretty dark and twisted story once the couple returns to Manderley. It reminds me a bit of a Quentin Tarantino movie in that it starts out one way and then shifts tone and pacing. It will leave you wondering if you should have been rooting for any of these characters at all.

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12 thoughts on “Spell the Month in Books | November

  1. This makes me want to finally read North and South!! I’ve always wanted to pick it up but I’m only JUST now getting into enemies-lovers (it always broke my heart to have love interests act badly toward each other lol, but I don’t mind anymore sdkfj)

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