Wrap Up | November 2020

We’re officially in the last month of the year! We’ve said it before, but it’s definitely been an interesting one. To start the month off, we want to take a look at what we read last month. How much did we read? What did we read? Did we like the books we picked up? Keep on reading our November wrap up to find out!


November was definitely a slower reading month for me. Like I already mentioned last month, I’ve hit kind of a slump. It took me longer to finish books and reading didn’t always keep my attention like it normally does. I still did manage to read more books than I expected though! In November I read 19 books – 5 paperbacks, 5 audiobooks, 4 ARCs, 2 hardcovers, 2 e-books and 1 graphic novel. This was 5,847 pages in total.

The Lovely and the Lost – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Jennifer Lynn Barnes is an author I love and after reading The Inheritance Games, I really wanted to continue with the books I haven’t read yet. The Lovely and the Lost is so good and I love how it shows the relationship between humans and dogs. It was an intense read, but I definitely recommend it.

Little Monsters – Kara Thomas

I decided to do a re-read of Little Monsters for the group read being hosted by TBR and Beyond. It’s a good thing I did, because it’s been 3 years since I first read this book. I knew the bigger details, but forgot quite a lot of the little things.

You Say it First – Katie Cotugno

You Say it First is a book that caught my eye because of the cover, but I really enjoyed this story as well. It also deals with some stuff going on in the world now, elections. Also, figuring out what you want in life and how family can affect that.

Good Girl, Bad Blood – Holly Jackson

I loved A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, so I was happy when Isabelle and I decided to read this one together. Once I got started, I just couldn’t put this one down. Good Girl, Bad Blood is a bit darker and there are so many twists and turns. Let’s just say I can’t wait for the next book in this series to be released. A five star read for me!

Spoiler Alert – Olivia Dade

Spoiler Alert is a book I’ve had my eyes on since it was announced. It sounded like just the book for me. And I was right and think I have a new auto-buy author after reading this book. Spoiler Alert had everything I wanted amazing characters, humor, a fandom, romance and some steamy scenes. I’ll definitely be reading more by this author soon.

Shadows of Winterspell – Amy Wilson

I’m in a group (Middle Grade Marvels) on Twitter and each month we read a middle grade book together. November’s book was Shadows of Winterspell. I still love how stunning this cover is and I need to look into more books by this author. Shadows of Winterspell was magical and left me wanting more!

The House in the Cerulean Sea – T.J. Klune

It’s really sad how long it took me to finish the last 100 pages of this amazing book. The House in the Cerulean Sea has been sitting on my nightstand for way too long. I have to say this one definitely made my favorites list of 2020. If you haven’t read this one, I can’t recommend it enough!

The Night Swim – Megan Goldin

The Night Swim is actually a book that’s way out of my comfort zone, but I have to say it was good. There are a lot of trigger warnings (I still have to write the review and will mention them there), and it’s intense. The audiobook is amazing and they really incorporated the podcast element well.

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things – Carolyn Mackler

I had to pick this one up so I can read the sequel I requested on Netgalley way too long ago, haha. I’m still really not sure what to think of this book. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things has some good elements, but also things I think are pretty problematic.

Over the Woodward Wall – A. Deborah Baker

Another cover that really caught my eye and the book was also amazing. If you listen to audiobooks, I recommend listening to it. The narrator did an amazing job with this magical story. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for the sequel.

Today Tonight Tomorrow – Rachel Lynn Solomon

I’ve been looking forward to this book for awhile. I finally decided to listen to the audiobook and this was one of my favorite YA rom-coms in awhile!! I’ll be posting my review soon and I plan on getting the physical copy for my shelves.

Charming as a Verb – Ben Philippe

Charming as a Verb is a book I’ve wanted to read since I heard about it. I thought this story was cute and look at this amazing cover. The story was cute, but I didn’t completely like how “easy” the main character got away with what he did in the end.

Sirens of Los Angeles & Vampires of Moscow – Caedis Knight

I saw this author duo promoting this series on Twitter and it caught my eye. A sexy, paranormal, crime solving series. Both the prequel and first book had me laughing out loud. I can’t wait for the next book early next year!

The Boy, the Wolf, and the Stars – Shivaun Plozza

The Boy, the Wolf, and the Stars was a book I was really looking forward to this month. The cover is stunning and I’m a big fan with middle grade books with a lesson. I loved the myths and fairy tale elements woven in this book and it will be one I definitely remember.

The Cousins – Karen M. McManus

After reading One of Us is Lying a little while ago, I was excited to read this author’s newest book that released yesterday. I enjoyed The Cousins even though the plot twists were a bit much at times. I still couldn’t put it down though.

The Dire King – William Ritter

The Dire King is the last book in the Jackaby series and I honestly don’t know why this isn’t more hyped. I loved all of the books and have to say this one left me wanting more. As the books went on they got darker, but I’m definitely a big fan!

Wicked Things #3 – John Allison

This is the third issue of this comic and the perfect thing to read when you have only a little time to read. I love the style of this comic and I’m loving how the story is going. Can’t wait to see where it heads next.

Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite – Edited by Zoraida Córdova & Natalie C. Parker

Vampires Never Get Old is an anthology of short stories about vampires. Short stories tend to be a hit or miss for me, but luckily there were quite a few I enjoyed. I’m even hoping some authors will turn their short stories into full novels. My full review will be posted on the blog soon.

Favorite Book:
Spoiler Alert
Least Favorite:
The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things
Most Surprising:
The Lovely and the Lost


I didn’t have a good reading month in terms of how many books I read unfortunately. Luckily, the books I did manage to read were 4 and 5 star reads. I finished 4 books, 3 mysteries and 1 fantasy anthology. So let’s take a look at those books.

The Lovely and the Lost – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

As you hopefully already know, I LOVE Jennifer Lynn Barnes. She writes amazing books and I think she is quite underrated. One of the only books by her I hadn’t read yet was The Lovely and the Lost. I’ll say I didn’t think this would be my favorite, but I ended up loving it. It might not be my favorite but it was sooooo good. Highly recommend it!

Good Girl, Bad Blood – Holly Jackson

I read and loved A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder this year and this sequel was another very quick read. Holly writes really good mysteries and I just enjoyed this one so so much. Candyce and I did a buddyread for this one but I finished it in no time so we didn’t really read it at the same time haha.

Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite – Edited by Zoraida Córdova & Natalie C. Parker

This was another ‘buddyread’ with Candyce haha. Basically all my books this month were buddyreads. I realised I’m pretty motivated if I buddyread my books so I might keep this up in December as well. The anthology had some amazing stories and some disappointing ones. I really hope some of these stories will be turned into full length novels (I know at least one is!) and I’m very excited for the tv show based on Victoria’s short story.

Wicked Things – John Allison & Max Sarin

I actually read this at the very end of November. Candyce has been reading the first couple of issues and I wanted to see what it was about. And I was pleasantly surprised! It was a very quick read and I enjoyed it a lot. Hopefully there will be a second volume because there are quite some loose ends and I want to see them wrapped up haha.

Favorite Book:
 The Lovely and the Lost
Least Favorite: 
Vampires Never Get Old (some of the stories at least)
Most Surprising: 
The Lovely and the Lost

So that’s what we read in November! If you’ve ready any of these, we’d love to know what you thought! What did you read in November? Anything we need to know about? Let us know in the comments!

4 thoughts on “Wrap Up | November 2020

  1. I am definitely going to have to look into The Lovely and the Lost. I loved The Inheritance Games, and with both of you loving this one, I am fairly certain that I will enjoy it as well.

  2. The Jackson book looks good and I didn’t even know there was a sequel out in that series!

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