I’ve got my November wrap up today and I start panicking being so close to the end of the year. November hasn’t been too wild, but it has been mildly stressful. Maybe I set too many goals this year…
It’s nearing the end of the year and that means that it’s the time of the year where I panic about reaching my goal. Thus far, I’ve read 65 out of my goal of 80 books (81%)… which means I need to read at least 15 books in December. It’s going to be fine *hyperventilates*.
In November, I read 9 books. And yes, every single book was an actual novel. It was a somewhat good reading month, but I was hoping to have read more. I had some pretty good reads, but there weren’t any that stood out.
- Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles, #3): I’ve finished the series and this novel was a good, solid final novel. Lots of personalities and intense adventures.
- The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #3): a meh finale for the series, but it wasn’t as bad as I expected, hearing from other reviews.
- The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2): another finale! Look at me go. This instalment lacked the epicness I wanted and was only a somewhat satisfying end for me.
- The Archived (The Archived, #1): an interesting introduction into the strange world where the dead are “shelved” in a library. The details of the workings of the system were a bit confusing at times, but it was an addicting read.
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #1): I haven’t read cute fluff for a LONG time, so this was a nice break between the action and fantasy I’ve been reading. Predictable, but super entertaining.
- In the Afterlight (The Darkest Minds, #3): so I finished a dystopian series and enjoyed it enough. It took a while for the novel to gain my full interest but once the action kicked in, it was super engaging.
- The Unbound (The Archived, #2): a darker instalment set in the fascinating “shadow” world of The Archive. This novel actually had more of a school setting which was fun.
- Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2): fortunately, I enjoyed this sequel better than its predecessor. A more adventurous and thrilling follow-up with a twist of a Little Red Riding Hood retelling.
- Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3): this was an alright ending??? I found it difficult to fully engage in the story and lacked motivation to pick it up.
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And I present the rest of my TBR list for the final month of the year. Of course, I’ll be wanting to read the books I put on my November TBR and didn’t get to read, but I don’t want to be too repetitive.
- Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3): really excited to see what Cress will bring to the team because we got a little sneak peek of her in the first novel of the series.
- Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4): trying to finish this series and it look like this will be a trek since this finale is over 800 pages long!
- P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #2): the first novel had a rather abrupt ending so I’m interested to see where Lara Jean’s story goes.
- Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #3): another finale to finish a series for the end of the year.
- The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4): hoping to continue with the Percy Jackson series.
- The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5): … and hoping to finish the series.
- Gone Girl: I’ve heard mostly good things about this novel and mystery-thriller is definitely up my alley.
- Pride and Prejudice: a classic to finish the year.
- Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2): I don’t know what to expect for the sequel since I haven’t even read the first novel of the series…
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Cassie Clare reviews for the win!
- New mobile Harry Potter game is coming soon. That’s all I know but I’m excited!
- Angie Thomas announces the title of her next novel at YALLfest. Wanna know? Click the linky!
- Queen of Air and Darkness has a cover! There’s red. Getting ready for the finale for the series.
- Another cover reveal for Morgan Matson’s Save the Date. I know nothing about this novel and have not yet read any of her novels…
- Cassandra Clare is writing a NON-SHADOWHUNTERS series. Adult high fantasy and I’m pumped.
- Trailer for Love, Simon is OUT! I have not read the novel (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli) yet, but maybe the film coming out will motivate me to push it higher on my TBR list.
Starting off November, I had my exams. Kind of stressful and I’m glad that’s over.
I’ve been focusing on catching up on my 2017 reading challenge since then which has proven to be somewhat difficult. I am determined to complete it though.
I would be lying if I said that I was going to completely catchup on my book reviews (30+ novels…), but I am going to ~attempt~ to write some of them. Warning now: there may be an abundance of book reviews on the blog in December.
I’m also starting my end of year wrap-up posts, so looking forward to reflecting on the books I’ve read this year. I don’t have a good memory so Goodreads really comes in useful this time of year.
Speaking of this time of year…‘tis the holiday season!! I’m actually not that big of holiday person, but I get excited about people getting excited. But I’m excited about the amount of implied food associated with this time. This post has spiralled and I’m not making sense. So let’s wrap this up with my favourite book quote from the books I’ve read in November. From one of my favourite reads of the month…
“The funny thing about armor is that it doesn’t just keep other people out. It keeps us in. We build it up around us, not realizing that we’re trapping ourselves.”
– The Unbound, Victoria Schwab (Dallas McCormick)
What was your best read in November? How was your NaNoWriMo if you participated in it last month? What are you excited about in December? Last minute goals for the rest of year? Comment below!