Novel Ideas November 2017- Quick Reviews and Other Bookish News

Novel Ideas November 2017

Welcome to the November Novel Ideas 2017 edition. Novel Ideas is a roundup of mini-reviews for books we read this month, as well as snippets of future posts and other bookish news. 

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Little Library: Fluff Reads

Unless you live under a rock, you know that Prince Harry and Megan Markle are engaged and we have full-on wedding fever! We don’t know when and we don’t know how but we will have a huge celebration!!!! In the meantime, we are reading books about the Royal family to sate our appetite. A round-up is sure to come! (The Royal We is one of Kirsten’s favorite Fluff Reads and she’s currently listening to Mrs. Queen Takes the Train.)

New York Times chose their best books for 2017.  We read and reviewed Exit West and have not read the rest of the books on the list. However, Pachinko, the Power, and Sing, Unburied, Sing are all on our list of books to read.  Have you read any? which were your favorites?

There is a huge buzz about Amazon’s new show about Middle Earth (think Lord of the Rings).  I personally cannot wait.  I hope it lives up the hype.

JK Rowling revealed some amazing post-series reveals about our beloved Harry Potter.  I have to say that I knew about a few of them but not all.  I guess I am not as big as a Harry Potter geek as I thought 🙁 I guess I will be brushing up on my Potter Trivia!

Novel Ideas November 2017 Eleanor and Park

Kirsten’s Stack

Ok, so the this was not my best reading month. In fact, I didn’t read at all. All of these were audiobooks. I hosted Thanksgiving for 20 people and while I was busy prepping for it, I listened to LOTS of things!

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell -I was lukewarm on this story. I did like the love story but it reminded me a lot of other YA outcast type love stories. A cute and quick read but my least favorite of the month.


The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart – I adored this middle grade read. It was funny and interesting and extremely clever. I can’t wait for my kids to be old enough to enjoy it! I’ve already checked out the second story in the series from the library.


A Fatal Grace & The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny – The second two books in the Inspector Gamache series were both great. I liked the mystery of A Fatal Grace a bit more but both books are solid editions to the series. I’ll be reading even more of the series in the month ahead.


Edge of Eternity & Winter of the World by Ken Follett – I started this trilogy last month and I couldn’t stop! I finished both of these within 2 weeks. A feat considering they are more than 900 pages each!



Tea and Kindle

Jackie’s Stack

Between the holidays, kids off school and my amazing trip to Israel, I have had almost no time to read.  You would think that 20 plus hours on a plane would be the perfect opportunity but alas, I slept.  I had no kids and no husband.  It’s amazing how much sleep I needed to catch up on.  That being said.  I loved the books that I did read this month and December is already off to an AMAZING start- stay tuned!

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman- we recommended this book for Harry Potter lovers.  This is a very dark book.  Its almost like what would happen if Harry found himself in nocturn alley before he knew what magic was.  I loved this book.  I listened to it and thought it was totally engaging.


The Rules of Magic & Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman- I love Alice Hoffman and these books did not disappoint.  I read them in print date order after a long debate and think that this was definitely the way to go.  Practical Magic was nothing like the movie (that I loved as well).  I’m actually glad about that.  I think the movie was perfect as it is and the book would not be nearly as good if it was the same as the movie (I think it would be too cheesy).


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