BOOKENDS: What I Read in November 2023

I read a lot of romance in November, partially because it was easy to focus on in the midst of a heavy work month and partially because I just wanted some fluff to balance out The Death of Jane Lawrence (which is very much Crimson Peak-inspired) and Palestinian author Adania Shibli’s Minor Detail. The Star Wars anthology was interesting! It was the first Star Wars film told from other perspectives and the stories are in the same order of the film, and I liked seeing the familiar story from other POVs.

I started the Sophie Jordan The Rogue Files series in the middle (read the 3rd and 7th I think??) without having realized it, so I am going back and reading the ones I haven’t read in series order! Do Your Worst was cute, but it’s one I can’t think about too much without it all falling apart and not really making much logical sense… The Nanny was overwritten, and it wasn’t until after I read it that it was Reylo-inspired, which is not my preferred contemporary romance genre but the shelves are overrun with them!! Nettle & Bone draws on fairy tales and is one of my favorite reads of the year!


💖 purchased/owned | 🌠 library/borrowed | 🔮 review copy | 💞 reread | 👻 dnf

💖 Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, by various authors
💖 While the Duke Was Sleeping, by Sophie Jordan
🔮 Do Your Worst, by Rosie Danan
💖 The Death of Jane Lawrence, by Caitlin Starling
💖 The Duke Buys a Bride, by Sophie Jordan
💖 Her Band of Rakes, by R.A. Steffan
💖 This Scot of Mine, by Sophie Jordan
🌠 Minor Detail, by Adania Shibli
🌠 The Nanny, by Lana Ferguson
💖 Nettle & Bone, by T. Kingfisher