This will be a very short one from me, I’m afraid. I’ve really struggled to read last month, and when I did I decided to read the longest book in the world: Les Misérables. My attention span was so bad I couldn’t even listen to audiobooks, which I really missed. Anyway, here’s what I read in November!
I finished The Woman in Black on the 1st of November, and it was a perfect Halloween read. I think Susan Hill recreated the atmosphere of a Victorian ghost story so well, and I was hooked! The story takes place in a small village, where the narrator has to go for business. He needs to sort out the papers of an old woman who’s just passed away, and who loved in a remote house. Everyone in the village seems very eager to see him leave as soon as possible, especially after he starts seeing a pale woman dressed in black around the village… This is a wonderful little book, very spooky and atmospheric. It’s great to read around Christmas as well, as ghost stories would be quite popular for this time of year during the Victorian era.
I definitely want to talk more about this book in a review some time soon. It’s a very modern and refreshing comedy, which deals with dating sites, and growing old. I was really excited to read this novel because I like Dolly Alderton and I think ghosting is such a relevant topic for a 21st century romantic comedy. I think the despair and utter loss coming from that is perfectly portrayed in this book, and I would highly recommend it if you need a little pick-me-up.
Now, I did NOT finish Les Misérables. I have yet to read the two last parts of the novel, but I decided to take a break (after over 700 pages). Not that I don’t like the book or I’m sick of reading it; on the contrary, it’s one of the best thing I’ve ever read. I just wanted to read other things around Christmas, partly because I have books I am dying to read, partly because I want some great content for this blog. But wow, what a beautiful novel! I love the fact that the plot is so compelling but that Hugo always interrupts the action to give some historical and political context. I have cried a few times already, but that was to be expected.
I hope to have a little more books to talk about next month! How was your reading in November? I feel like a lot of people struggled this past month. Hopefully, we’ll all feel better thanks to the festive period!