Wrap Up | November

With only one month left of reading this year, it’s time to look back at our November Wrap Up. What did we read? Did we have a good reading month? Or do we wish we read more? Keep reading to find out!

Candyce

November was a really good reading month for me! I’m in a good reading flow and I hope to keep that going into the new year! November was a month I was able to read more physical books as well! I am really pleased with that and it felt good to hold books again instead of my e-reader! I read a total of 18 books and 3 novellas. This brings my Goodreads total to 231! Will I be able to make the 250?!? I also managed to read two backlist books! I am a happy reader!

Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare

This was actually a reread for me! I have been wanting to reread this and start Lord of Shadows before the release of QoAaD. A buddyread with Isabelle and Melissa definitely got me started on this sooner than I expected. Rereading was a good thing, because I forgot a lot of details!

Empire of Storms – Sarah J Maas

I finished my reread of this at the end of last month, but was bit too late to add to my wrap up. This was once again very heartbreaking. As I’m typing this, I’m still working on Kingdom of Ash. I don’t know what’s stopping me from flying through that book, but I will get to it soon!

A Touch of Gold – Annie Sullivan

A King Midas retelling was something that really interested me. I don’t know much about that story, but I loved how it was brought to life in A Touch of Gold. The characters are a lot of fun and so is the story. A lot happens in a short amount of time, but it didn’t feel rushed. I am excited for the sequel.

The Light Between Worlds – Laura Weymouth

When I started reading this, I was really reminded of Narnia. The world seemed similar and the characters as well. It definitely took a different turn. Laura writes beautifully and the story is very character driven. I would’ve loved to have seen more of the Woodlands though. I feel like that would’ve made the story just a little bit stronger.

Beneath His Stars & In Her Space – Amie Knight

Amie Knight writes amazing stories that are very emotional. This duology was a bit different from the other books I’ve read by her, but was still beautiful. I missed some backstory about certain things, but still loved the characters and how it ended.

LuLLaY – Freya Barker

LuLLaY is a novella in a series I haven’t read yet by this author, but a holiday novella was something I couldn’t say no to. The books are standalones, so I didn’t miss much, only a cameo from the series. If you’re looking for a sweet holiday novella, definitely check this out!

Star-Crossed – Meg Anne & Jessica Wayne

Last month I read the last book in Meg Anne’s other series and was happy to have Star-Crossed. I was missing that world, but these authors made up for that with this story. The concept was definitely interesting and how all the characters came together. I can’t wait to get the next book!

Erik – Sawyer Bennett

As a big fan of sports romances, especially hockey romances. Erik was my first book by Sawyer Bennett. Even though this was a romance, I loved the characters and how everything played out. I definitely want to read more about the other athletes on this team.

Eight Cozy Nights – Julia Wolf

I have read a lot of holiday novellas, but never one surrounding Hannukuh. That changed with Eight Cozy Nights. I even said in my review that I was sad we only got eight cozy night with these characters. Eight Cozy Nights is definitely one to remember!

I Bet You – Ilsa Madden-Mills

Earlier this year, I read I Dare You. This is a companion novel to that one. These characters were just as fun and I loved the humor and romance. Reading this is just once again proof of why I love reading sports romances!

To Be Honest – S.M. James

I saw this author advertise sign ups to read an ARC for her new book To Be Honest. The main character met his dream guy online, but he hasn’t met him yet. That is where the trouble starts! To Be Honest is a road trip for the characters, but also a journey of learning a lot about themselves.

Fireworks – Sarina Bowen

Fireworks is the sixth book in the True North series. I have only read the one before this one and Fireworks was a lot different. It was really good though! I loved the second chance romance and just how the scenes from the past made this story come alive.

All We Want – J. Daniels

While all the fans of the Alabama summer series are patiently waiting for the next book, the author surprised us with a Tessa & Luke novella. They want to start a family, but it’s not going as planned. All We Want was such a touching story! This makes me want to reread the whole series!

Chasing Ivy – S.J. Sylvis

Chasing Ivy is the third book by this author. I loved how this book started off and how it ended up playing out. There were a few things that bugged me though. All in all, I am still excited to read the next book in this series.

Alienation – S.E. Anderson

Alienation is the sequel to Starstruck. Sally’s adventure continues and she actually goes to a different planet. Her adventure doesn’t go as planned and a lot happens. This author was really creative in thinking of new worlds and creatures. I have to say it ended a lot different than I expected as well! I’m excited to read the next book.

Exes & Ho Ho Ho’s – Lacey Black

I have really been getting into the holiday spirit lately! Exes & Ho Ho Ho’s is such a cute novella. Short stories like this are either really good or fall short. This one definitely falls in the first category! I loved the characters and the storyline!

Escaping From Houdini – Kerri Maniscalco

This is the third story in this series. To be honest, even though it was interesting, I was a little disappointed. The storyline was really interesting, but how it played out in the end felt kind of off at times. I just didn’t enjoy it as much as the other two.

Kate – Jennifer Hanks

I actually read this last month and should be ashamed for forgetting to put it in the wrap up, haha. This was a new to me author, but she definitely won’t be staying that way. I think my favorite part of the story is the DiMarco family. They would be a great family to belong to!

The Darkest Star – Jennifer L. Armentrout

As a big fan of LUX, I was so excited for this spinoff. Luc was such an interesting character in that series, I was so excited for more! It felt great being back in this world and I loved the characters. Some things were a bit predictable, but all in all it’s a great start to these new characters. It just sucks it will be a year before the next book!

Isabelle

November started pretty slow for me, lately I’m mostly reading ebooks and listening to audiobooks. I can also feel my reading slow down but I don’t want to force it. The books I did read were very enjoyable though so that is pretty great right? I read 4 novels, 7 novellas, and 2 graphic novels. Not too bad.

Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare

I finally read Lady Midnight! And I’m so happy I did. This was a buddy read with Candyce and Melissaย and while I was very far behind it was a lot of fun. I love reacting to the book right away and talking about all that happens with friends. Obviously started Lord of Shadows right away!

I Hate Fairyland Vol. 4: Sadly Never After – Skottie Young

The end of my first graphic novel series, and I’m sad! I got this one this month and read it right away. My review will be up shortly, so be on the lookout for that. I mentioned it yesterday, but while this wasn’t my favorite volume I still really enjoyed it. In my opinion it had the perfect ending.

Carrie – Stephen King

I have been wanting to read some Stephen King novels and this is the original SK! So after Halloween I was still in the mood for these types of books and found this one on Storytel. I’m not completely sure how I feel about Carrie, I did really like the idea behind the novel but I’m not sure if I enjoyed the execution as much. It wasn’t scary, that’s for sure, but it did make me feel real uneasy. I guess I’ll have to pick up another SK novel.


First Grave on the Right – Darinda Jones

First Grave on the Right has been on my want-to-read Goodreads shelf for quite awhile. And then I got the opportunity to read the whole series through NetGalley I obviously jumped on that! I’ve read the first one and really enjoyed this paranormal mystery. The rest of the series I waiting for me to pick them up and I plan on doing so soon.

Little White Lies – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Jennifer Lynn Barnes is one of my favorite authors so when the audiobook was available on the publication date I started listening immediately! I highly enjoyed this first book in the Debutantes series and I can’t wait for the next installment. Jennifer Lynn Barnes proves once again why she is one of my favorite authors.

Watersnakes – Tony Sandoval

I got a digital copy of this graphic novel through NetGalley. It was already on my want-to-read after seeing Destiny’s review, so I was very grateful for this opportunity. I read this wonderful, surreal story in no time at all and hope to share my review soon.

The Voicemail of Magnus Bane – Cassandra Clare

This is an extremely short novella, it’s only 15 pages. But it always bugged me that this was the only one I hadn’t read yet so I’m happy I can finally cross it off the list haha. It wasn’t anything special, but it was a fun bonus story and I liked reading about those characters again.

 

Ghosts of the Shadowmarket #3-#8 – Cassandra Clare

I had already read the first two stories when they just came out. But I had kinda forgotten all about them, until I saw on Instagram that Candice King narrated the audiobook for Through Blood, Through Fire. So obviously I started listening to all of them right away. And let me tell you, I was addicted! I didn’t like all of them equally, but a couple of them I really LOVED. There will be reviews for all of them next week.

Every Exquisite Thing
Learn About Loss
A Deeper Love

The Wicked Ones
The Land I Lost
Through Blood, Through Fire

That’s what we read in November! What was your favorite read last month? We would love to hear about it!

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