So it’s November. Meaning only one thing: it is time for November Books!! Perhaps you noticed that we sort of skipped October Books. That was purely an accident of fate, since Clara was attacked by angry goats, and Hermione had to take a few weeks to nurse her back to health. Anyways, now that we’ve gotten excuses—er, explanations—out of the way we can get back to the whole-recommend-books-for-the-populace thing.
Yah, so you’ve probably heard of this book—it’s gotten a lot of hype since it first came out. Basically, it’s a retelling of the Arabian Nights, explaining why the prince-dude has to take a new wife every night, only to kill her before sunrise. Shazi, of course, is the one who changes everything. She goes to the castle to avenge the death of her best friend, but naturally she falls in love with Khalid. He’s the typical emo boy with a tragic backstory, a close relationship to his mother, daddy issues, and (probably) emo bangs. And let’s not forget the fated (yet well-written) love triangle between Dark Emo Boy and The Hunky Childhood Best Friend.
Luckily for us, Khalid has a pretty good excuse for turning into a mass-murder. He’s got this Zuko-complex where he’s obsessed with being honorable and saving humanity. Though he totally should have explained everything to Shazi by just sort of singing Bohemian Rhapsody. Like so: “Shazzzziiii, just killed a WIFE, put my string up to her neck, yanked the cord and now she’s dead…OH…”
You want to know how the song ends? Read the book!! (Just kidding that song is not all mentioned in the book DISCLAIMER DISCLAIMER).
At this point in our reading-lives, we’re probably all sick of the stereotypical coming-of-age story. Walk Two Moons is anything but stereotypical. To be perfectly honest, Hermione only picked up it because it had some moccasins on the front and she thought it was about Indians. We were both pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be a rich mix of storylines, all coming together with the theme of the protagonist, Sal, finding herself. And yes, Sal is half-Indian, so that should please all you diversity-obsessed bloggers. Indian. Not Native-American. Sal even says that she is Indian, she is proud to be Indian, and there’s no point dancing around her identity.
The main thread of the story follows Sal and her Grandparents as they take a road-trip across country, following the path of Sal’s mother. During the car-ride, Sal tells her grandparents the story of her friend Phoebe Winterbottom, and Phoebe’s peculiar experiences with The Lunatic. Expertly punctuated within this story are flashbacks of Sal’s own life—her distant father and her depressed mother who’s just “resting peacefully” somewhere. Is she really dead? Or does Sal still have a chance to bring her family back together?
Don’t be fooled by the fact that this book is targeted toward “younger readers”—it is still a fantastically deep read, and the perfect addition to your TBR!
Lilly Owens killed her own mother. Granted, it was an accident, and she was like three years old. BUT STILL—imagine living with something like that. So it should come as no surprise that Lilly has sort of a traumatic childhood going on, especially since her dad is BATMAN. Just kidding. He’s an absolute dirt bag who blames Lilly for her mother’s death.
Lilly spends the entire novel searching for a mother-figure. She runs away from home with the family’s black servant, Rosaleen, who’s in trouble with the law. They wind on the doorstep of some of her mother’s old friends, three honey-making sisters with dramatic pasts. As Lilly grows closer to the Boatwright sisters—and their cousin Zach [wink, wink, nudge NUDGE]—she realizes that she has to accept herself and her past before she can ever truly find a mother.
Still not convinced? Sue Monk Kidd is a ridiculously talented author. Any book set in the 60’s—in South Carolina—is bound to be interesting. And both of us loved of it, so there you go.
So, here’s three more books to bring you joy this November. Or December. Who knows what month it’ll be by the time we get around to publishing this. *laughs awkwardly*
Anyway, enjoy the last couple days of your November and read lots!
The Wrath & The Dawn
|Sex||One PG rated scene—pretty typical of a YA book|
Walk Two Moons
The Secret Life of Bees