This was a pretty amazing month of reading for me. I read and listened to quite a bit of books this month. I read six books myself and listened to seven audiobooks! I am only three books away from completing my Goodreads challenge. As far as blogging goes, this was probably one of my worst months for blogging. I posted 8-9 times this month. It’s been a crazy year for me though and my mind has been elsewhere the majority of it. I am trying to have a lot of hope that next year after my wedding, things will settle down and I can have a better year with blogging and staying on top of everything in the bookish community and blogosphere. I also got a new laptop, so I think maybe that’ll also help with staying on top of blogging. I love it here and the community and I’m sad this year wasn’t as great as I had hoped.
Onto my recap! You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review. *sadly I majorly slacked on reviews this month as well*
Physically Read Books:
These are the books that I read by myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of November.
harold patter and the worst child by john marquane – 2 out of 5 stars.
I’ve never read a parody book before. It was pretty entertaining, lol. Definitely hilarious, especially some of the name changes. Here’s several I thought were especially hilarious: Elbows Mumbledore, Sevenup Grape, Herheinie Danger, Thesaurus Drawbridge, Moldytart, Hogfarts, DeMentos.
the ugly teapot: hannah by fred holmes – REVIEW. – 4.5 out of 5 stars.
I really loved this book. I enjoyed everything about it. It had so many likable characters, especially the main character Hannah. It was a fun adventure with a great cast of characters. There were times where I laughed a lot and even times where I got teary eyed. Quite a few twists and turns and the ending was a pretty big shock to me; I honestly did not see it coming. Feel free to check out my review for more.
fantastic beasts and where to find them by newt sscamander/j.k. rowling – 4 out of 5 stars.
LOVED! It was cool learning more about the different magical creatures in a world that we have all grown to love. It was more of an informational type book and no real plot line or anything like that. More like a dictionary of magical creatures. Ron, Harry, and Hermione’s commentary was pretty funny too. Hagrid should probably read this book.
hogwarts: an incomplete and unreliable guide by j.k. rowling – 4 out of 5 stars.
This was enjoyable. It was cool learning more about Hogwarts and secrets and getting Rowling’s thoughts on them as well. I can’t wait to pick up the other two e-books.
the sun is also a star by nicola yoon – REVIEW. – 3.5 out of 5 stars.
The Sun Is Also a Star wasn’t everything I hoped it would be, but it was still enjoyable at times. It’s easy to read and the writing and style is really good. I may have had my expectations set way too high, especially after Yoon’s first book being so amazing. It didn’t quite live up to that. I wanted more from the ending. The ending didn’t leave me satisfied. Feel free to check out my review for more.
gena/finn by hannah moskowitz, kat helgeson – 3 out of 5 stars.
I flew through this book, but I’m not really sure how I feel about it. I have a lot of mixed feelings about it. It is told in blog posts, IMs, text messages, and emails and I think that is what made it easy to fly through the book. It was good at times, but other times it was a bit weird. The ending was so unexpected and pretty dark.
These are the books that I listened to the audio versions throughout the month of November.
the wrath and the dawn by renee ahdieh – 4 out of 5 stars.
the rose and the dagger by renee ahdieh – 4.5 out of 5 stars.
The Wrath and the Dawn was an audiobook reread. I wasn’t that big a fan when I read it myself last year. I decided to reread the audiobook before starting the second book in the series. I actually liked it SO much better as an audiobook. I actually enjoyed it so much more. I LOVED the Rose and the Dagger too, which I am stoked about. When I realized how much I loved the Wrath and the Dawn more as an audiobook, I decided to listen to the Rose and the Dagger instead of reading it myself and I am glad I did. SO much love for these books now. It’s crazy that I went from “ehh whatever” about them to now loving them.
pretties by scott westerfeld – 3 out of 5 stars.
I’m not really sure what to say about Pretties. It was okay. I didn’t like it anymore more or less than I liked Uglies. It was pretty much the same. It was enjoyable some of the time.
how to love by katie cotugno – 4.5 out of 5 stars.
This book was so freaking good and it pretty much wrecked me. I was getting major Colleen Hoover vibes from it and I loved it. I had some major love/hate going on for Sawyer.
99 days by katie cotugno – 3 out of 5 stars.
WTF!? This book was so weird, but I was so addicted to it. I couldn’t stop listening to the audiobook. I have a feeling Katie Cotugno is going to be a new favorite author.
glass sword by victoria aveyard – 2.5-3 out of 5 stars.
I couldn’t decide on a final star count. I had mixed feelings. I LOOOOVED Red Queen so much and I am so disappointed with Glass Sword. It dragged on and on. Not a whole lot happened and it was pretty boring a lot of the time.
until the beginning by amy plum – 3.5 out of 5 stars.
I have mixed feelings about this. I absolutely LOVED the first book so much and this one just wasn’t as great. I enjoyed it, but wish it would have been as good as the first book.
These are the books that I started in the month of November, but have not finished yet.
monsters of men by patrick ness
the fever code by james dashner
I am a little over 100 pages into Monsters of Men, so far it’s pretty good. I stopped reading so much toward the last week and a half of the month, so I didn’t ever get around to finishing this one. I started the Fever Code audiobook, but then I hit a bit of an audiobook slump the last week or so of the month and stopped listening. I still have it checked out from the library for another week or so, so I will hopefuly have that finished at the beginning of December and hopefully I will finish Monsters of Men as well.
What books did you read this month? Feel free to link me to your wrap up/recap posts!
Later today I will be posting my day two #2016WrapUpChallenge, so be on the look out for that! The topic is about my most anticipated book of 2016.
In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| November.
Day 1: First book you read in 2016.
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20 thoughts on “Recap|| November.”
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Some excellent progress here! You read more in a month than I do in a year, haha. Very jealous! It’s really interesting you have books that didn’t work for you when you read them, but worked better as an audio book. Any idea why that is? Maybe the inflections of the narrator or something similar? Nice post 🙂
For The Wrath and the Dawn the characters have multiple names and names that are so hard to pronounce. So I spent the majority of the time reading the book trying to remember who is who and also trying to remember how to pronounce the names. So it wasn’t that enjoyable for me, but having someone read them to me was easier haha. So I enjoyed it a lot more than I did when I had to try to figure it out all on my own.
That makes a lot of sense! I often find that my brain skips over names that it can’t pronounce… It doesn’t even make an attempt! I recognise the ‘look’ of the word but not what it says, then when I’m speaking to friends after I realise I have no idea how to pronounce something!
I had similar feelings about The Sun is also a Star. I loved it, but I really think Everything Everything was a million times better. Are you excited for the movie? I know I am!! 😀
I can’t wait for the Everything, Everything movie! Dying to see it! 😀
Me too!!!! And I’m already i love with the cast. August 18th is SO FAR AWAY OMFG
WOW! What a great reading month. I haven’t read the Wrath and the Dawn series yet…but I’ve seen a lot of positive reviews. I’m glad you are reading the Chaos Walking trilogy, it’s very high on my TBR!
Hopefully you get a chance to read The Wrath and the Dawn series soon. It was so good! I hope you enjoy the Chaos Walking trilogy. I really loved the first book so much, but I didn’t like the second book as much. Hopefully the last book is amazing! I want a good end to the series.
Looks like you had a great month! 😀 I didn’t like Glass Sword either… Nothing like the first book at all (which I loved).
Yes! I am so glad I finally had a good reading month. I’ve been in this never-ending reading slump this year, so it was nice to finally read a ton of books. I’ve seen a lot of people not really like Glass Sword as much. I still want to read the next book and see how that goes though.
I hope you will enjoy Glass Sword better than I did!
Sounds like you had a good reading month, audiobooks seriously are awesome! I’m guessing the narration on The Wrath & The Dawn was a good one since you enjoyed it much more the 2nd time around. It’s so hard to find good narrators, I read tons of reviews before I get an audiobook lol. I may just go the audiobook route with TW&TD 🙂
Yeah, the narration of the Wrath and the Dawn was so much better than when I read it myself. I was more invested in the story. I’m glad I decided to listen to the second book on audibook instead of reading it myself. I probably would have hated the series if I did read it myself instead of audio.
Good to know! Thank you Ashley 😃
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