Favourite Reads of November

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Another fantastic reading month with the highlights being a rather jaw-dropping but enjoyable young adult series, and an outstanding Australian novel from a new-to-me author.

So, by a fraction of a whisker, my favourite read of the month was…

The Royals Series by Erin Watt

Paper Princess, book one of The Royals Series by Erin WattWhich includes the books Paper Princess, Broken Prince and Twisted Palace.

This series was completely over the top bonkers and I loved every word.

Take one teenage stripper determined to drag herself out of the gutter, have her kidnapped/rescued by a man she’s never met yet who says he’s now her guardian, and plonked in a mansion with the dysfunctional, all-male family that is the uber wealthy Royals, and let the fun begin.

And brilliant fun it is too, with insanely spoiled (and twisted) rich kids, bitchiness, sex, murder, shenanigans, seriously hot bods and lashings of teenage angst. I read one book after the other in a matter of days.

An indulgence. But oh, so good.

Christmas Wishes, New Year Kisses by Michelle DouglasChristmas Wishes, New Year Kisses by Michelle Douglas

A lovely seasonal read, featuring two Australian veterinarian best friends who’ve known each other forever, and you know what that means? Sweet, funny animals. And an even sweeter friends-to-lovers romance. Oh, and there’s a beautiful tropical beach setting thrown in to add to the gorgeousness.

This one made me smile and sigh a lot, just as a good romance should.

Broken Homes by Ben AaronovitchBroken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

Book four in this hugely popular supernatural series and another great romp with PC Peter Grant through Aaronovitch’s strangely inhabited London. I really enjoyed this but the ending? WOAH! It left me so startled and intrigued I nearly went on to read book five straight after, but in the end decided to ration myself.

The wit in this series is a hoot. As are the characters.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow RowellEleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Rowell’s Attachments moved me so much that it immediately became one of my all-time favourites reads, and while Eleanor and Park didn’t quite hit the same note – probably because it featured teenagers rather than adults, and the hero of Attachments was totally swoon-worthy – it was still a truly wonderful read. Two star-crossed outsider 16 year-olds fall in love despite all the odds against them, and the knowledge it probably won’t last. Wonderful.

I don’t know any other author who describes falling in love with the same exquisite detail and empathy as Rowell. Need more.

Fall by Candice FoxFall by Candice Fox

This crime series is so dark it borders on horror at times, which means I love it. I’m so disappointed that Fox says she has no more plans for Eden and Frank. They were fascinating characters and the plots of Eden, Hades and Fall all took turns that kept me guessing until the end. I really like the way this ended too. Twisted!

The Rules of Backyard Cricket by Jock SerongThe Rules of Backyard Cricket by Jock Serong

If it weren’t for the sheer jaw-dropping over-the-top fun of The Royals series this would have easily been my favourite read. Suspense? Crime? I’m not really sure, but what I do know is that the writing was incredible, as was the gripping plot. So clever!

The Rules of Backyard Cricket starts with our antagonist Darren Keefe having been shot in the knee, bound and dumped in the back of a car, presumably on his way to his execution. As he struggles with his predicament, Keefe takes us back through his notorious life and that of his even more famous cricketing star brother, Wally.

Amazing. Couldn’t put it down. Highly recommended, even if you’re not a cricket fan.


What were your favourite reads?


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8 thoughts on “Favourite Reads of November

  1. AvatarDB Tait

    I loved the Candice Fox series. My favourites for this year. I read Livia Lone by Barry Eisler in November and really liked it. The protag is a trafficked Thai girl who becomes a cop.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Yup, agree totally about Candice Fox’s series, DB. An absolute cracker. Just checked out Livia Lone. That sounds cool. Will download a sample. Thanks!

  2. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    For me Broken Homes was a tad boring, it kinda dragged on from page to page and only towards the end was it a wow moment for me so it will be interesting to see what I will think of the next instalment. I loved Fall but I can’t understand how Candice Fox has no plans to write a fourth book. I hated the ending in Fall, it has left me confused but I was ok with that because I was expecting a fourth book. I really believed it was an ongoing series if I had of known Fall was going to end the way it did I would not have bothered reading the series. Quite miffed at this author at the moment.
    I’ve only read one of Michelle Douglas’s stories so far, I thoroughly enjoyed it, thought it was very sweet.

    My November reads:
    *Finding Thyme by T. J. Hamilton – Loved, loved, loved this series, my type of reading! And my favourite read of the month.
    *The World Without Us by Mireille Juchau – I’ve been on page twenty for a month now, it will probably take a year to read, not really a fan of Literay fiction, well not her style anyway but I do want to continue reading it as I bought it and had it signed by her at her author talk. I can say one good thing about it, it has a gorgeous cover.
    *A Heart Stuck on Hope and The House at the End of the Street by Jennie Jones – two absolutely amazing reads.
    *A Mother’s Story by Rosie Batty – Just as harrowing as the autobiography Ten Years – I didn’t think I could be more disgusted in the ‘system’ but I am, all those years later and the legal system and the law enforcement services have not changed one iota.
    *What is Left Over, After by Natasha Lester was a brilliant and extremely well written book.
    * Fields of Gold by Fiona Macintosh is my first read by this author, I can’t believe it has taken me this long to read one of her books. She truly is a gifted storyteller.

    I thought it would be fun to put together a list of 10 outstanding books I’ve read this year and two of the books on my November reads made it to the top 10. The two book series by T J Hamilton is No. 5 and Fields of Gold is No. 8.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      From the varying reviews it looks like you weren’t alone with Broken Homes, Sue. I didn’t find it boring but I do think the storylines are becoming increasingly complex and it can be hard to keep all the story balls in the air. I definitely want to find out what happens next though which is lucky because I bought book 5 on the same day as book 4!

      I wish there were more in Candice Fox’s series too but I do understand why she might feel the need to move on to something different. Sometimes the call for something new can be irresistible.

      You had a great reading month by the looks! Jennie will be thrilled you’ve read her books as will the others. Thanks so much for sharing. I so adore playing sticky-beak on other people’s bookshelves and hearing their thoughts on the books they’ve read. It’s such fun and just goes to show how subjective reading is. It’s like any other creative art – we all see things through our own prisms.

      1. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

        I don’t mind if the author wants to try something new I just think if you’re going to start a series and not continue with it then give us, the reader a decent ending. I can’t imagine though that Candice Fox won’t ever get back to Eden and Frank unless she’s a fan of open-ended stories. I see that she has co-written two books with James Patterson I’m hoping those stars in her eyes ween off and she gets back into what she’s good at doing, writing solo, writing Eden and Frank. Lol. I think it is cool though that James Patterson has teamed-up with Aussie authors to co-write with him. I’d say for any Aussie author that would be a pretty big deal!

        Foxglove Summer is available at my library, I’ll pick up a copy before my book club meeting on Monday.

        Looking forward to your next book reviews. Love ’em and they are such fun!

  3. Avatarmichelle douglas

    Oh, look at the gorgeous company you have my Christmas Wishes in, Cathryn! Happy sighs. And you’ve reminded me that I need to read Ben Aaranovich. Need, I tell you. 😉

    P.S. Have been LOVING Santa and the Saddler. It’s so dreamily romantic. 🙂

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Gah! My email account somehow put your lovely comment into Spam, Michelle and I’ve just discovered it.

      The Rivers of London series is such a blast, although they are getting a bit more convoluted. I’ll see how book 5 goes and assess from there. The first few were a HOOT!

      Delighted to hear you’re enjoying Danny and Beth. I luuuuurve that story.

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