So yesterday we talked about the books we added to our shelves in November. So it’s time to talk about what we read. Did we discover any new favorites? Are we happy with our reading month? Keep on reading our November wrap up to find out!
I have to say November was a really good reading month for me. I read a total of 18 books (7 audiobooks, 6 ARCs, 3 e-books, 1 paperback, and 1 hardcover) and that was 5,831 pages. My average rating was 4.1, so I think it’s safe to say I read some good books! Let’s see what books I read.
Blood Like Fate – Liselle Sambury
Blood Like Fate is the second book in the Blood Like Magic duology. I loved this book. The characters, world building, family secrets, and twists were all really good. I felt that there was some great development and I loved how everything played out.
The First to Die at the End – Adam Silvera
They Both Die at the End was a book that surprised me. I never expected to connect to characters in a story that takes place in less than 24 hours., but I did. This happened again with The First to Die at the End. Adam Silvera gave us another emotional roller coaster. I couldn’t put it down.
Two Wrongs Make a Right – Chloe Liese
Two Wrongs Make a Right was a book I was so excited about and it didn’t disappoint!! Two characters that don’t really like each other, but decide to take revenge on the people by getting them together and pretend to date. Then they actually start falling for each other. Both of these characters were amazing and I love how they communicated. We also got dual POV and that made it even better for me. Two Wrongs Make a Right is definitely one I will reread in the future.
Mistakes Were Made was so much fun! Cassie hooks up with an older woman at the bar one night only to find out she was her best friend’s mother. Things are awkward, but they can’t quite keep away from each other. The character development in this book was amazing and I loved that the author didn’t add more drama and angst than necessary.
Better Than Fiction was another fun read! Our main character inherits a bookstore from her grandmother, but doesn’t really like to read. Then comes in the romance author, Jasper, who wants to open her up to experiencing great books. This was such a fun romance (even if I didn’t love everything that happened near the end).
As a fan of fake dating, I had to read Kiss Her Once for Me! Our main character decides to fake date her job’s landlord for some money. Things get weird when they go to his family’s house for Christmas and finds out his sister is the woman she hooked up with the year before. All of the holiday fun and interactions with these characters was great. We even get the “there’s only one bed” trope.
T.D. Colbert is an amazing author and Marks on the Moon was her first book in a few years. Let me tell you it didn’t disappoint and had me crying pretty early on in the book. All of the emotions in this love story were intense, but it all worked so good! I can’t wait for the second book in this duology.
Go Hex Yourself – Jessica Clare
Go Hex Yourself was a fun story and I would recommend to read around Halloween. When our main character applies for a job it turns out to be nothing like she was expecting. A whole new world opens up and she has to find her way while slowly in a world with magic.
Meet Me Under the Mistletoe – Jenny Bayliss
I have a lot of mixed feelings about Meet Me Under the Mistletoe. I loved the idea of the story and the main character is really sweet. There was a lot of drama though and the third act break up was just too much for me. I really didn’t think it fit the story after all that had happened.
How to Excavate a Heart – Jake Maia Arlow
How to Excavate a Heart was a cute holiday read, but I don’t agree with the enemies to lovers label. The romance aspect of this book wasn’t even the most important thing for me in this book, but it was Shani’s development throughout the story.
Single and Ready to Jingle – Piper Rayne
Single and Ready to Jingle had me sold during the first chapter when our main character showed up to her blind date in an elf suit, haha. Single and Ready to Jingle had me laughing out loud quite often and I really enjoyed this Christmas read.
The Geek Who Saved Christmas – Annabeth Albert
The Geek Who Saved Christmas was such a cute story! I loved getting to know both of these characters and how it all played out. Also, how can you resist a story with such a great cover?!?
The Dark King – Gina L. Maxwell
At first I wasn’t sure if The Dark King would be for me, but I actually ended up really enjoying this book. I listened to the audiobook and the narrators worked so well for this story. I loved all the intrigue in the royal court, all of the rules, and just the relationship between our two main characters and how it develops. I’ll definitely be reading the second book when it releases next year.
You’re a Mean One, Matthew Prince – Timothy Janovsky
You’re a Mean One, Matthew Prince is such a great holiday read. Our character Matthew is pretty arrogant and selfish in the beginning, but the more you learn about him you understand why. And so does he. I love how he is also able to open up at the end about what he needs. I’d definitely read this one again.
Resting Scrooge Face – Meghan Quinn
Resting Scrooge Face is a holiday novella and I loved it! Our main characters write letters and that’s one of my favorite things in books. My only complaint is that this is only 80 pages. I definitely could’ve read a full length book about Nola and Caleb.
The Christmas Cookie House & The Sleigh Bells Chalet – Jennifer Griffith
Another set of cute holiday novellas. I have to say I loved The Christmas Cookie House a little more than The Sleigh Bells Chalet. If you’re looking for fast holiday reads I can definitely recommend this series.
Bloodshed – Molly Doyle
I read Scream for Us last month and Bloodshed is the full length novel in this story. I ended up liking this a lot more than I expected, because it’s really dark! The ending left me with so many questions thought. I need the next book.
This month has been crazy at work (as will be the next) and I’m working on my final product for my studies so I haven’t been reading that much. I did manage to finish 4 books so I’m okay with that. Hopefully I can pull off a good reading month in December to finish the year strong!
It was great to read another Karin Slaughter book. I really enjoy her work and I’m happy I’m making my way through her books again. There are a couple more I can’t wait to read. Also, now I can finally watch the Netflix series.
This was an eARC and I’m glad I finally read it. Deanna Raybourn’s book have been on my list to read, this was the first one I did pick up. And while I had some things I would’ve liked differently, overall I enjoyed this a lot. So now I have to pick up another Deanna book soon!
Before the Devil Breaks You – Libba Bray
I’m getting close to the end of the series! This has been a great ride and I fly through the audiobooks, whenever I can I’ll put it on and keep on listening and listening. I’ve heard amazing things about the final book in the series and after this one I have high hopes!
Lost in the Moment and Found – Seanan McGuire
I really enjoy the Wayward Children series, although the later instalments didn’t all wow me like the first ones did, so I’m always excited to get an eARC. And I have finally read this one, before it releases in January. You can expect a review soon! I enjoyed this one a lot, it had a couple slower moments but the overall story was interesting and had once again great messages to think about.
So that’s our November wrap up! What did you read last month? Any new favorites? Let us know in the comments! We’d love to hear from you.