Scratch-off List: November 2018

The year is almost over! As of November, I am at 97 books read in 2018. I’m hoping to read 100 by the end of December, so stay tuned to see if I achieve my goal. This month was a great reading month. I ended up reading four books: two for fun, one for research, and one for grad school. So, let’s get to it!

1. Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

If you keep up with Instagram Stories, then you probably saw me gushing the day I bought this novel. I have been waiting for this book for far too long. Marissa Meyer is one of my all-time favorite authors. So, of course, I had to pick up the sequel to Renegades. 

Renegades follows female protagonist and villain, Nova. She goes undercover as a superhero to take down the hero league, the Renegades. After her parents and sister died by a villain gang, she wants revenge. However, once she gets to know the heros everything becomes more complicated than she originally thought.

If you’re like me and you’re obsessed with superheroes, then you will love this series. I can’t wait to read the third book next November.

2. The Genius Plague by David Walton 

This book I read for my grad program. I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of adult science fiction, but this novel was enjoyable. It’s not one of my favorites, but I appreciated that the author included a lot of realism and research when crafting this complex ‘plague.’

The novel starts with Paul a mycologist who is studying fungus in the Amazon. When his ship is taken over by rebels, everyone is killed but Paul who contracts a rare fungus. This fungus works to increase memory and perception. It’s soon used as a biological weapon. When Paul is taken over, his younger brother Neil, a genius coder, has to step up to save the day.

3. Shadow of the Fox

This book was SO good. After being hypnotized by the gilded cover and hearing so much hyper over this novel, I had to pick it up. I can tell you, I was not disappointed.

This novel is a fantasy-historical fiction novel based on Chinese folklore. I was so impressed with this story for so many reasons. The main reason is that I loved all the creatures introduced and how they played important roles in the story. I don’t know a lot about Chinese culture and history, so this was a really fun learning opportunity for me.

We follow protagonist Yumeko who is half human and half kitsune. Kitsune is a mythological, trickster creature. Being such she is able to transform into a fox at will. Yumeko was raised by monks, but when demons come to steal a scroll from the temple, everyone is killed but her. Yumeko is then tasked to bring the scroll to another temple before demons summon a dragon that will demon the owner of the scroll a wish.

This is the epitome of the fantasy epic. I had a lot of fun reading this novel, and I can’t wait for the next installment. It left on a pretty big cliffhanger!

4. Celtic Myth and Religion by Sharon Paice MacLeod 

I read this novel for research for my novel because I was stuck on a particular part in my draft and needed to refill my creative well. It did the trick!

This nonfiction was an easy, informative read. The author did a good job writing in a communicative tone that was entertaining. If you’re looking for Celtic mythology that specifies on druids, priestesses, and divination, then this is the book for you.

Overall, I enjoyed all the books I read this month, especially the two young adult fiction novels. Let me know if you check out these books or have already read them, I’d love to hear what you thought!

Happy reads!

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