November Wrap-Up

I learned how to download ebooks from my library this month and it made all the difference. When I went on a business trip in the beginning of the month, downloading ebooks was the most practical way to make sure I had enough reading material while traveling. I read a whopping 11 books in November! I think this is my record.

Added bonus: Snow Like Ashes was my 60th book for the year, which completes my goal! Since I’m at 66 now, I’m hoping to read at least 4 in December so I can hit 70 and read over double my original goal for the year, which was 35.


Title: Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Date finished: November 2, 2015
My rating: ☆☆☆ (Three stars)
Notes: I’m never as into this series as everyone else seems to be, but I enjoyed this more than Crown of Midnight.

Title: The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
Author: Marina Keegan
Date finished: November 2, 2015
My rating: ☆☆☆☆ (Four stars)
Notes: It’s a sad set-up for a book, but it was super good. It was clear that Keegan was a clever and talented writer.

Title: Daughter of Deep Silence
Author: Carrie Ryan
Date finished: November 8, 2015
My rating: ☆☆½ (Two and a half stars)
Notes: So blah. The premise was interesting enough but the book was pretty boring. I’m giving it 2.5 stars so I can round it up to 3 (I didn’t hate it enough to justify a 2 star rating).


Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Date finished: November 8, 2015
My rating: ☆☆☆☆ (Four stars)
Notes: I can get frustrated with characters who seem “too nice,” and if Jenny Han had been any less talented, Lara Jean may have been one of these characters. But I loved her. She was all sweetness and it was an adorable book.

Title: Snow Like Ashes
Author: Sara Raasch
Date finished: November 10, 2015
My rating: ☆☆☆ (Three stars)
Notes: This was pretty standard YA fantasy (which is my M.O., to be honest). A weird detail I liked was that winter wasn’t the antagonizing season. I like the cold and winter gets a bad rap!

Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Date finished: November 11, 2015
My rating: ☆☆☆ (Three stars)
Notes: It was okay. Not my favorite, but solid enough. The twist was pretty upsetting (I started yelling when it happened, you can ask my roommates).


Title: Beauty Queens
Author: Libba Bray
Date finished: November 13, 2015
My rating: ☆☆☆ (Three stars)
Notes: This was… cute? This was one of those books where I wish I could have edited it. While I loved that it was about teenage girls working together and exceeding expectations, the commentary was so heavy-handed.

Title: Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
Author: Neil Gaiman
Date finished: November 19, 2015
My rating: ☆☆☆☆ (Four stars)
Notes: I wasn’t a fan of Fragile Things, but Trigger Warning reminded me why I like Gaiman. That said, I was expecting to be more scared/creeped out. Bring it, Gaiman.

Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Date finished: November 20, 2015
My rating: ☆☆☆☆ (Four stars)
Notes: I had never read any Patrick Ness before (sacrilege, I know). I was pleasantly surprised by this and I’m now in my library’s queue to download The Rest of Us Just Live Here.


Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Date finished: November 23, 2015
My rating: ☆☆☆½ (Three and a half stars)
Notes: It takes place in my hometown, sort of! It gets an extra half-star for that. This was pretty good, but then again it’s YA fantasy. Like I said before, that’s right up my alley.

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Date finished: November 28, 2015
My rating: ☆☆☆☆ (Four stars)
Notes: Everyone loves this series, but a booktuber I like said she wasn’t a fan and that made me a little apprehensive. I shouldn’t have been apprehensive. This book was so much fun!


Here’s hoping I have another great reading month in December. Finish the year strong!

One thought on “November Wrap-Up

  1. Melanie Noell Bernard says:

    0.0 Wow. 70 books for the year. I’m just… gonna go hide in the corner now… and feel ashamed of myself. My goodness! That is quite the insane reading list.
    P.s. Thank you for not giving ‘Red Queen’ more than 3 stars. That makes my day. ^.^


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