RTW: Best Read of November

This Week’s Topic: 

What’s the Best Book You Read in November?

November was a slow reading month compared to the number of books I devoured in October. There were, however, two books out of the four I read, that deserve mentioning.

Blood, She Read by Sara Hubbard is a great paranormal YA. I really enjoyed this story a lot more than I initially thought I would because this book has what many other YA books, especially in this genre, seem to lack: a real, believable, relateable mother-daughter relationship. That’s not to say there’s isn’t a tumultuous relationship but I loved that this dynamic took centre stage. There’s a liberal dash of romance in this story, which really isn’t usually my cup of tea, but Hubbard writes with sly humour and a genuine affection for her genre that made this a really enjoyable read.

The other book I read isn’t YA but I’ve been dying to read it and it was as brilliant as I thought it would be…

The Kings of Cool by Don Winslow is the prequel to his novel – turned Oliver Stone film, Savages. I loved Savages (book and film) and devoured this prequel in two sittings. You’ll either love the style and self-aware narrator, or you’ll hate it. I loved the intricacy of the backstory woven around the three main characters: Ben, O and Chon. This is not a book for the delicate of sensibility however, as the violence is graphic, the language foul and the character pretty unapologetic for their hedonistic lifestyles. Still, a thoroughly entertaining read.

What were your best reads of the month?

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  • Angelica R. Jackson

    Off to check out Blood, She Read. . . And are you recommending Savages first, or start with this one since it’s a prequel?

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Yay! I’m sure you’ll enjoy Blood, She Read.
      Regarding Savages – I’m not sure. I think the experience will be different if you read Kings first. Maybe start with Savages. That way you get to know the three main characters better.

      • I really enjoyed the movie Savages, but haven’t read the book. I’ll check out them both. Thanks for the recommendation.

        • Suzanne_Writer

          The movie has a happy ending, unlike the book. Just warning you 😛

          • Oh. Maybe I shouldn’t read it. I hate sad endings. They make me feel cheated for investing my time, only to be disappointed.

          • Suzanne_Writer

            Well it’s a fitting ending but pretty bleak. Remember that ‘first’ ending in the movie that O says she imagined? Yeah, that’s the real ending in the book…

          • Okay. I’ll skip it then, but I’ll definitely give the prequel a go. I’m curious to see how their relationship develops when they decide to be a happy threesome. Although I can’t help but wishing the relationship btw O and Chon was a little more significant. I watched the movie again today while I was home sick and I think he loved her more than Ben, or maybe that’s because I wanted him to 🙂 Have to love the damaged soldier.

          • Suzanne_Writer

            Yeah I agree. I think Chon does feel more for O and that is hinted at in the prequel. I’m such a sucker for damaged soldier boys 😀