Whatcha Reading? November 2023, Part One


The woman in yellow coat jeans and boots sitting under the maple tree with a red book and cup of coffee or tea in fall city park on a warm day. Autumn golden leaves. Reading concept. Close up.Welcome to November! A brand new month of reading! Here’s how we’re kicking things off:

Lara: I just finished the utterly delightful Alis Hawkins book, A Bitter Remedy. ( A | BN | K ) Historical mystery with a fearsome female protagonist. Yes please!

Tara: I’m reading Tempted by the Bollywood Star by Sophia Singh Sasson and I’m really enjoying it! It’s a second-chance f/f romance between a closeted Bollywood star and a Hollywood producer, a decade after their initial kick at romance. I’m finding it especially fun because I’ve watched more than a dozen Hindi films this year, so I’m already fan casting one of the leads. CW for homophobia, but I find it makes a lot of sense and isn’t gratuitous a quarter of the way in.

Susan: I’m rereading The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco ( A | BN | K ) and it’s still so good. Okiku’s semi-omniscient perspective and the way the layout of words changes with her narration makes me so happy. And the chapters where Rin Chupeco just goes all in on the horror are amazing! Super evocative and disturbing.

Sarah: I just read System Collapse ( A | BN | K ) and have a happy book hangover. A big one.

Shana: I gobbled up Falling Back in Love with Being Human by Kai Cheng Thom ( A | BN | K ) and it was definitely my favorite poetry book that I’ve read this year.

Whatcha reading, folks? Let us know in the comments!

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