Can you believe that we’re almost done with this hell year? We’re so close to 2021 I can taste it! Before we dive completely into December and looking into the new year, though, it’s time to talk about my reading in November. After coming off a pretty dismal reading month in October, I’m happy to report that November treated me much better! I fell back into my reading grove and it felt really lovely. I also read some incredible books 💖
So, without further ado, let’s get to the wrap up!
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- The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter::★★★★★::My review
- No Truth Left to Tell by Michael McAuliffe::★★★::My review
- Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee::★★★★
- The Black Sky by Timothy D. Minneci::★★★::My review
- Blood and Honey by Shelby Mahurin::★★★★
- Check, Please by Ngozi Ukazu::★★★★
- Shadows of Winterspell by Amy Wilson::★★★★
- Through the Woods by Emily Carroll::★★★★
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier::★★★
- Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol::★★★★
Shout out to the graphic novels for the fact that I managed to read ten books this month! They’re the real MVPs 💕
Popsugar Challenge prompts completed: 2
- A book about a subject you know nothing about (Check, Please)
- A book published in the 20th century (Rebecca)
Look, we have one month left and I think we all know I won’t be completing these challenges 😂 Still, I like to keep y’all updated!
Highs and Lows
Though I read a lot of great books this month, there is definitely one clear winner that stands out. Funnily enough, it was the first book I finished in November! That book is…
What can I say? The sequel to one of my favorite books of 2019 just blew me out of the water! It was filled with action, incredible characters, and a hard look at what can happen when you treat people as the ‘other’. The writing is captivating and completely pulls you into the story. Absolutely loved this one and I can’t wait until the next book releases!
As for my low, this was a book that was sent to me by the publisher that I took a chance on and, through no fault of anyone, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I mean, I ended up giving the book three stars. It definitely had it’s merits. But it made me realize that there might be more genres than just Westerns that aren’t my thing. That book would be…
Like I said, this book was enjoyable, for the most part, but there’s a reason it took me almost all year to read this fairly short book. I just got so bored with the courtroom and police procedural stuff. I could not have cared less. But, plus side, I know now that kind of thing is just not for me.
First, how is November already over? I remember thinking in March that this year was never going to end. Now we’re into the last month of 2020! It’s… been a weird one. But we’re talking about my last reading month, not the dumpster fire that was this past year. I’m so happy that I seem to have gotten back into my reading grove. The Poppy War legit ruined me for the entirety of October and it feels nice to have gotten back on the wagon.
Though I am planning to finish The Dragon Republic this month, sooooo… 😬
I also finally got a library card for our local library and my access to books has sky-rocketed! Well… books I don’t want to buy, lol. I had been spending way too much money on books after breaking my book buying ban shortly after lockdown happened. I had been doing so well and then the dam broke, lol. Now I have even more books chilling on my TBR bookshelf that I promise to read… eventually! I’m stoked that I can now satisfy my need to read books that I’m interested in but don’t necessarily want to own. And this will hopefully help me stick to my new book buying ban 😅
I also discovered a robust graphic novel collection at the library and got back into reading those. I love graphic novels, but I don’t tend to buy them. I don’t know why… I think it’s because I remember buying manga when they started becoming more widely available in the United States and being aggrieved about spending ten bucks on a book I could read in half an hour! Especially since I’m not big on re-reading books! So it’s nice to have access to graphic novels and manga again because there are a lot of books and series that I’ve wanted to check out. They certainly help bump up those end of year numbers, as well!
As for my reading challenges… it’s been a good run, but I don’t think I’ll be completing either the PopSugar Reading Challenge or the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. Mostly because I stopped trying to squeeze in books that fit the last few prompts I needed, lol. What with book/blog tours, ARCs, and my tendency to mood read, there just wasn’t room to fit a book just to fulfill a prompt! Still, I’m pretty stoked with how far I got with both of those challenges! And, who knows, maybe whatever I read in December will help me check off a few more. Either way, I had fun and I’m not overly stressed about it 😊
All in all, November was a fun reading month and, hopefully, December will shape up to be the same!
How was your reading in November? Did you find a new favorite? Make any progress on some challenges? Let me know in the comments!
And, as always, happy reading!