Monthly Wrap Up

November 2019 Monthly Wrap Up

1. The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising #1) by Kiersten White (4 stars) – A bit slow moving, but I liked the story a lot.

2. A Pocket Full of Poison (The Trouble With Hedge Witches #3) by Sarina Dorie (4 stars) – a novella about witches and Fae, with interesting characters and an original plot.

3. A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas (5 stars) – I can’t gush about this one enough. It’s easily my favorite book in the ACOTAR series thus far.

4. Hook (Neverland #2) by Gina L. Maxwell (5 stars) – another book that I can’t sing enough praises about. I stepped out of my comfort zone in reading this M/M romance and didn’t regret my decision to read it.

5. Murder (Lust, Money, and Murder #3) by Mike Wells (3 stars) – a little faster moving than Money (#2), but it didn’t hold the same allure as Lust (book #1) for me.

6. A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas (5 stars) – this book was full of action and plot twists. I could not put it down.

7. The Lost Years of Billy Battles (Billy Battles #3) by Ronald E. Yates (4 stars) – the last book in the trilogy, and I thought it was just as interesting as the other 2 books. Lots of action and this book really brought history to life, especially the parts I never learned about (or just don’t remember) in school.

8. The Labrador Response by Melissa Crickard (3 stars) – it had good potential, but fell short for me. The story started out great, but it got more and more complex and unbelievable.

9. A Violet Fire (Vampires in Avignon #1) by Kelsey Quick (5 stars) – this debut novel was another home run. I was so happy to get an ARC, and I’m already drooling over the next book.

10. Awa and the Dreamrealm (Dreamweavers #1) by Isa Pearl Ritchie (4 stars) – another step out of my comfort zone. It’s a middle grade story, and this was my first reading of an MG story since I was young. Intriguing characters, super creative plot, relevant issues are discussed, and the cover is seriously beautiful.

11. Set Free by Anthony Bidulka (5 stars) – this story was really interesting in how it played out. I loved how I really struggled to pin down what was going to happen, because the plot twists were unpredictable.

12. A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas (4 stars) – a little slower than the other books in the series, but I enjoyed seeing more of the characters and learning about the aftermath of the events in book #3.

13. Perfect Kill (DI Callanach #6) by Helen S. Fields (review coming soon) – I read the ARC, but haven’t organized my thoughts as far as a review goes. Plus, it doesn’t come out for a few more months. Stay tuned!

14. Remembrance by Rita Woods (5 stars) – this ARC was just wow. This book was incredible, and I loved how historical fiction was combined with fantasy elements. This debut novel was one that I continued to think about long after finishing the story.

15. The Queen of Nothing (Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black (5 stars) – I’m so torn. I loved the book and how everything happened, but I’m heartbroken that it’s the end of this series. This read was definitely one of the high points of the month.

16. A Dream Come True by Jeryn Alise Turner (2 stars) – I was conflicted with this book. While some parts had a really great message, I found it to be a bit boring and less based in actual research or fact than I would have liked.

17. The First of Shadows (The Riven Realm #1) by Deck Matthews (4 stars) – an awesome self-published novella. The story, the characters, and the action had me flying through the story.

18. Honey and the Hitman by Hannah Murray (5 stars) – another romance that I couldn’t put down! I loved the characters and the original storyline.

19. The Library of the Unwritten (Hell’s Library #1) by A.J. Hackwith (5 stars) – a debut novel that had me hooked from the first page to the last. I’ll never look at a librarian the same way, either.

20. Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo (5 stars) – I’m hooked on the series already.

21. The Tailor (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1.5) by Leigh Bardugo – This was just a couple of quick scenes included at the end of Shadow and Bone, so I included my review at the end of that book’s review.

22. Blues Chords and Office Notes by Regina Modesta (3 stars) – the story was set on Long Island, which is where I’m from! I loved the way that music was incorporated throughout the story, but I found the main characters to be a bit grating.

23. Romanov by Nadine Brandes (5 stars) – another combination of fantasy and historical fiction. The plot moved a bit slowly for quite some time, but once it sped up … wow. I really liked the style of this book.

24. Christmas in Little Penhaven (Little Penhaven #1.5) by Angela Britnell (review coming soon) – this one is going to be posted as part of a blog tour.

Total Pages Read: 7,779

December TBR

November was a huge reading month for me. I’m learning to balance books that I committed to read and review with books that I want to read. This list definitely isn’t set in stone, and the books I’m aiming to read in December include:

  • Bluebell’s Christmas Magic by Marie Laval
  • Hanukkah at the Great Greenwich Ice Creamery by Sharon Ibbotson
  • Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo
  • Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas
  • Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard
  • Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi
  • The Kalis Experiments (Tides #1) by R.A. Fisher
  • Nothing is Strange by Mike Russell
  • Dust of the Darkness (The Riven Realm #2) by Deck Matthews
  • Siege and Storm (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #2) by Leigh Bardugo
  • Crush the King (Crown of Shards #3) by Jennifer Estep (ARC)

How many books did you read in November? More importantly, what are you looking forward to reading in December?

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