Yesterday we shared our November book haul. Today we want to talk about all the books we read in our November wrap up. How did our reading month go? It’s almost the end of the year, so we’ll be wrapping that up soon. Before we get into 2019 as a whole, keep on reading for what we read in November!
Even though I still haven’t worked on any other books for the books I want to read before the end of the month, I’m very happy with my reading month! In November I read a total of 22 books, 2 collections of comics and 3 novellas/short stories. I read a lot of good ones, so let’s check them out.
I so wanted to like this book, but it just wasn’t for me. The worldbuilding and character building were lacking for me! It took me quite a long time to finish this one as well. I kept hearing that it got really interesting during the last 30%. While it did pick up, my rating didn’t get any higher.
Little White Lies – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
I’ve owned Little White Lies for a year and just got to it now! Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a favorite author of mine and this book was just calling out to me. I wasn’t planning on reading this in November, but couldn’t resist and I’m happy I did. Little White Lies was really good and I hope to read the seqeul soon.
The Cruel Prince is a book I’ve been interested in, but was so afraid I wouldn’t like with all of the hype. When I started reading, I went in with no expectation and ended up loving it! This book is definitely the reading surprise of 2019!
The Bromance Book Club – Lyssa Kay Adams
The Bromance Book Club is a book that’s been on my radar for months! I’ve seen it everywhere and readers have been really excited about it. Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. I can already say this will be near the top of my favorites of 2019 list. My review will be up this week!
Christmas Shopaholic – Sophie Kinsella
The Shopaholic series is one I was a fan of a few years ago. I think I’ve missed a couple of books the last few years, but when Christmas Shopaholic was released I couldn’t resist. While I enjoyed this book, it definitely wasn’t a favorite. Maybe my tastes have changed a bit over the years?
Grimworld is cute middle grade book that I read in one sitting. I would’ve liked to have had this story be just a bit longer, but enjoyed it anyways. Definitely a good book for near Halloween.
I have to say this book surprised me. Devney Perry is an author I’ve read before, but not this type of book. Gypsy King had me on the edge of my seat and I can’t wait for the sequel!!
No Time for Goodbyes – Christina Butrum
Christina Butrum writes sweet and clean romances that always leave a smile on your face. No Time for Goodbyes isn’t an exception and was a fast and fun read.
Tacker is a character I’ve been curious about since his appearance in the previous book of the series. He has had a lot of tragedy and is still finding his way. His hockey team and therapist are able to get to him and I loved reading his journey! Not too much angst, but just the perfect balance of emotions.
I haven’t read too many MC books (even though this was the second one in November) and I loved every minute of it. Jennifer Hanks made me love all of these characters and I got a glimpse of my favorite DiMarco family members!
This is a middle grade book I got an ARC of on Netgalley way too long ago. I finally had the chance to read it this month and really loved it. Middle grade books are amazing in the way friendship and family are so important and how they teach lessons. I hope to read many more like this next year.
I’m normally not a fan of instalove at all, but this Christmas novella made it worked. I loved the characters and this was the perfect way to start my holiday reading!
Trying to Score is the third book in the Hot Jocks series and another fun read! It wasn’t my favorite of the three, but the characters were fun and it was everything I expect from this author! I can’t wait for the next book.
S.M. Shade has made me laugh and fall in love with all of her characters in the Violent Circle series. Rock Star, Interrupted is the first book in her newest duology and it was an interesting one. I have to say it wasn’t my favorite book, because I needed just a bit more of the characters together. I really need to know how this will continue though.
Adulthood is a Myth – Sarah Anderson
These funny and relatable comics can be found online, but reading a collection of them together was a lot of fun. So many were relatable and Adulthood is a Myth is the perfect little read in between heavier books.
No book has made me want to be a Disney princess more than His Royal Highness has. This story was a fun look behind the scenes of a magical world and a love story I really enjoyed!
I have been looking forward to this book since it was released. House of Salt and Sorrows was definitely a dark and creepy read. A lot of people say it’s a bit slow, but that didn’t bug me. The twists near the end didn’t make sense though and I didn’t really understand the turns the author took with this story.
Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story – Debbie Tung
Being an introvert isn’t always something people understand, but this author/artist was able to show people exactly what it’s like with her work. I don’t relate to all of them, but definitely with a lot of them. I really enjoyed reading these! Recommended for all introverts.
Hot By Halloween was such a cute story, I was really excited for Nerdy by New Year. This was another cute and fast read and I loved the characters. I’m excited for the next book in this trilogy.
The Silence Between Us – Alison Gervais
I’ve always been fascinated by sign language and after my minor during my bachelor, I loved learning about the culture as well. The Silence Between Us was a really good book. I loved the characters and how it seemed really realistic. I later learned it was written by an own voices author, which is always amazing.
The Wynn family have been really interesting to read about and Win Big fits right in. I love this hockey romance series and I hope the author gives us a lot more of this family.If you’re a sports romance fan, definitely pick up this series.
Reality TV brought to a book is the perfect way to describe this series. I love both of these authors and The Bridesmaid & The Ex continued right from where the first book ended. This book made me laugh and I loved all of the characters. I can’t wait for the next book.
Emma Scott writes emotional books and Someday, Someday was definitely an emotional rollercoaster. I really recommend this book to everyone though. It’s hard to read, but talks about things that are still happening in our world. I loved these characters and their story!
Broken Record – K.A. Linde
K.A. Linde has written a lot of books that I’ve loved, but unfortunately this is the first one I didn’t really enjoy. I couldn’t connect with the characters and I missed the second POV in this story. I hate to say it, but Broken Record just wasn’t for me.
The Lost Sisters – Holly Black
After reading The Cruel Prince, I needed this novella. I understand Taryn a bit better, but still don’t completely care for her, haha. My only complaint is that the last 30% of this novella is a preview. I need more!
Naughty or Nice – Jennifer Hanks
Jennifer Hanks decided to give us a holiday novella about a character we met in another book by her. I enjoyed this holiday story and it will definitely warm you up on a cold winter night!
Let’s Call it a Doomsday – Katie Henry
I really enjoyed this author’s book Heretics Anonymous, so hearing about her new release made me curious. This author knows how to mix religion in her stories in an interesting way. I definitely get a different take on what she writes about. My review will be posted soon!
The Virgin Gift – Lauren Blakely
The Virgin Gift is a novella by this author that releases today. I got to read an ARC. I enjoyed this story, but I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about this one. There were a lot of positives about it, but some things I’m not so sure about! My review will be up tomorrow!
October was my worst reading month in quite a while and I was a bit scared that this would continue into November. I decided to start with some manga and graphic novels to get back into the rythym. That was a great decision and this turned out to be one of my best reading months this year! I read a total of 17 books. 2 manga, 2 novellas, 4 graphic novels, and 9 novels. So let’s take a look at them.
Death Note: Black Edition Volume 2 – Tsugumi Ohba
After highly enjoying the first volume of Death Note I was happy I got the second volume to dive into. This story is quite dark and I love it. I’m super excited to see where all of this is going next.
Blackbird – Sam Humphries & Jen Bartel
I didn’t really know what this one was about before purchasing it, but I knew I loved the art. And wow, was the art beautiful! I also really enjoyed the story but I definitely need more. There hasn’t really been any news about a second volume that I can find, but I do truly hope we’ll get more.
Hopefully you already read the buddy review Candyce and I did for this super cute MG story. We got the ARC for this one months ago and we finally read it! I really enjoyed this story and liked the messages it tried to get across. The audiobook was well done.
Gotham Academy Volume 1 – Becky Cloonan, Karl Kerschl & Brenden Fletcher
This is was a fun one! I did feel a little bit lost at times and might miss some things about the greater universe this takes place in. However, I had a good time reading it and will definitely want to read the next one. Especially after the last couple of panels.
Scales & Scoundrels Volume 1 – Sebastian Girner, Galaad & Powell
This seemed like a fun comic and was marketed as one for D&D fans. And luckily that was what I got. It wasn’t the best comic I ever read but I did really enjoy it. And as you might’ve have seen in yesterday’s bookhaul, I already got the second volume. Unfortunately they cancelled the series indefinitely pretty soon after the second volume but I do hope for a somewhat satisfying ending.
Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition 2 – Natsuki Takaya
It took me a bitter longer to read this one than the first but it was once again very adorable. I mostly struggle with keeping all of the characters apart, especially all of the Sohma. This might become easier the more I read of the story and I do want to finish this series for sure.
I shared my review for this wonderful YA mystery thriller last week. This one had been on my TBR forever and I’m so happy I finally read it. It was exactly what I wanted from it and I can’t wait to read more by Ashley Elston.
S.T.A.G.S. – M.A. Bennett
After reading This Is Our Story I wanted to read another hunting type of mystery thriller and S.T.A.G.S. seemed perfect for it. It was nice to pick up another backlist book. This one wasn’t as good as TIOS but I did enjoy it. I especially liked the ending!
Let it Snow – Maureen Johnson, John Green & Lauren Myracle
With the Netflix adaption being released I wanted to listen to the audiobook so I could watch it. Unfortunately it wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be. The concept was cute but I was a bit bored by the actual stories. I’m waiting a bit longer and plan on watching the movie around Christmas.
Cupid in a Bottle – Danielle Garrett
I read quite some books by Danielle already and this is the start of a new series by her. It was a quick novella but it totally got me in the mood to read more of it. Danielle writes great cosy mysteries and I love to read those fun and quick books in the fall and winter.
American Royals – Katherine McGee
I heard some negative things about the concept of this story. But after highly enjoying the first two books in the Thousandth Floor trilogy I definitely wanted to give this one a try. I expected a fun and drama filled book and that was exactly what I got. There wasn’t any unexpected twist but it was FUN. And I’ll definitely want to read the sequel.
Deadly Little Scandals – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
I loved Little White Lies last year and I was really looking forward to the sequel. Jennifer is one of my favorite authors and she did not disappoint with this sequel. I’m so sad this story is over! We got some crazy twists and turns and I loved every second of it!
Harry Potter #1, #2 & #3 – J.K. Rowling
Yes I already listened to the Harry Potter series once this year. And yes, I started doing it again. Can you really blame me?
Acquicorn Cove – Katie O’Neill
As soon as I got this one in the mail, I started reading it! It’s a super short MG graphic novel with incredibly cute and beautiful are. The story was cute with an important message but it did go a bit fast for me. I would’ve liked to see it stretched a bit longer with more time for development.
The Cruel Prince – Holly Black
I FINALLY read this one! This book has been hyped up so so much and I kind of feel like I’m the last person to pick this up. But I’m just glad I finally did it. This was so enjoyable, it was precisely what I hoped it would be and I’m happy I can binge read the whole series.
The Lost Sisters – Holly Black
After finishing The Cruel Prince I immediately got the novella The Lost Sisters. It’s super short so I finished it in no time at all but it was a nice addition. This novella tells parts of the story from one of the sisters POV and it was very interesting seeing it unfold like did. I would definitely recommend reading this in between The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King.
We still can’t believe we only have one more 2019 wrap up to go! Have you read anything we read this month? Or tell us how your reading month went! What was the favorite of the month? Let us know in the comments!