Wrap Up|| November.



I had another good reading month and once again I actually did really well with my TBR. I’ve said it many times that I am so bad at sticking to TBR lists, but I’ve done pretty great at it two months in a row! My list had seven books on it and I was able to read 6 of the 7 from my list. I also read some that I didn’t include on my original TBR list. I did pretty great, especially with the last couple weeks not reading as much as I did at the beginning of the month. Here are the books that I read in November. 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.

Physically Read Books:
These are the books that I read myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of November.


The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo – 4 out of 5 stars.
I really liked The Poet X. At first I wasn’t sure about it, but then it started to grow on me and it ended up being so good! I flew through it and really enjoyed it. ALL THE FEELS TOO! I really enjoyed it.

And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness – 4 out of 5 stars.
I loved And the Ocean Was Our Sky. There were so many feels in this story. I definitely did my fair share of tearing up. I liked the whole concept and retelling. The illustrations were pretty amazing too. “For there are devils in the deep, but worst are the ones we make.”

Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson – 3 out of 5 stars.
I liked the Speak graphic novel. It had really good illustrations. I read the original book a long long time ago, so I didn’t remember everything exactly. The graphic novel is pretty much a summary though and I didn’t feel like it was very in depth like the original book would is. Understandable though since it’s a graphic novel and you can only fit so much into the boxes and speech bubbles. I liked it though.

People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins – 2 out of 5 stars.
I thought I would really love People Kill People, but it was only okay for me. At times I even wanted to DNF it. I already guessed at the very beginning of the book what was going to happen and I ended up being right, so that was a bummer. I was hoping to be surprised or shocked and not have seen it coming. Oh well. It’s told in multiple point of views and I had a hard time really connecting with any of the characters. They all struggle with something, but it was really hard to connect with them. At times it was boring and felt like it was going on forever. It does talk about really important things, such as guns/gun control and immigration. This just wasn’t the book for me. I usually like reading books like this, but for some reason I just couldn’t get into this one or connect with the characters.

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The Perfect Friend by Barbara Copperthwaite – 3 out of 5 stars.
The Perfect Friend was a pretty good book. There were a few times that I was bored, but overall I enjoyed it. There were a few things that I didn’t see coming, but there were also times where it was predictable too. As a whole, I enjoyed it though.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple – 5 out of 5 stars.
I am so glad that I finally read Where’d You Go, Bernadette. It is now one of my favorite reads of the year. It was hilarious, but also so sad. There were so many “omg” moments and it was hard to put down. It’s written in letters, documents, and emails, so it was a pretty fast read too. I loved Bernadette and Bee so much.

Down Time by Barry Lyga – 5 out of 5 stars.
I was so stoked when I found out about the new Jasper Dent prequel, Down Time. I know I sound like a broken record here, but the Jasper Dent (I Hunt Killers) series is one of my favorites. I really loved this novella, it was so good. If you decide to check out the series, make sure you read this (Down Time) last or you’ll spoil the series for yourself.

Wilder by Andrew Simonet – 3 out of 5 stars.
I wasn’t really sure how I wanted to rate Wilder or what I even think about this book. It wasn’t a bad book. There were a lot of things I enjoyed about it, but there were also things that were annoying or I had no clue what was really going on. It was a weird book too. I may have a full review soon since I was sent an ARC. I just have to figure out what to say about it.

These are the books that I listened to the audio versions throughout the month of November.


Bright Side by Kim Holden – 5 out of 5 stars.
I was in the mood to listen to an audiobook and I came across Bright Side randomly on my library’s site. It sounded interesting, so I decided to check it out. Holy crap did I love this book and the characters so much. It was also insanely sad and I was totally crying my eyes out at work. The downside of listening to audiobooks at work. 😛 I can’t wait to check out the sequel, which I will hopefully do soon!

The War Outside by Monica Hesse – 3 out of 5 stars – Review.
I was sent an ARC of The War Outside from The Novl, but since it has already released I decided to check out the audiobook. I really enjoyed this book, but it did feel like it was missing something. I didn’t love it as much as I hoped I would, but the story is still really good and I’m happy I read it and I would recommend. Feel free to check out my review for more.

What books did you read in November? Have you read any of the books I read? Feel free to link me to your wrap up posts if you have one!

I usually have a currently reading section in these posts, but right now I am not currently reading anything and I’m not sure what I am going to read next or in December. It’s still up in the air. I’m taking this day off from reading. I have a ton of TV shows to catch up on and I’m not feeling that great today.

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| November.
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I hope you have a great day and weekend!


Book Haul|| November.



November was the month of e-book deals. There were SO MANY! There were quite a few that I decided to skip out on, because there were seriously just so many deals and I didn’t want to go crazier than I already did, haha. I’ll probably kick myself later for not getting the others, haha. 😛 I did buy a couple physical books this month too, which total was only $10 for the month of them! Here are the books thought I got this month.

Physical Books I Bought:


A Wolf at the Table by Augusten Burroughs
The Extinction Trials by S.M. Wilson

I was browsing the books at Goodwill and came across A Wolf at the Table. It sounded really interesting, so I decided to buy it since it was only $2. I also have Augusten’s book Running With Scissors that I’ve been wanting to read, so decided why not. I’ve seen The Extinction Trials around the blogosphere earlier this year and have been wanting to pick it up and never got around to it. I seen it again floating around recently and decided to finally order it from Book Depository and it was only about $7-8. It always takes so long for Book Depository orders to get to me. I was hoping to get it before the end of November, so I could buddy read it this month but sadly that didn’t happen. I finally have it though, so I’m excited. 😀



Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff
War Bride by Sal Mason

I’ve been on the fence about reading Moxie, but since the e-book was on sale for $2.99 I decided to just get it. Same for My New Crush Gave to Me, but I wanted a few Christmas vibe books to read in December, so I decided to just get it since it was on sale for $2.99. I seen War Bride on Netgalley and it sounded really interesting, but the e-book was already released and I think only $1.99, so I got it.


A Thousand Beginnings and Endings
Southernmost by Silas House
Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry
Contagion by Erin Bowman

I actually had all four of these books on my Christmas wishlist that I gave to my family, but the e-books all went on sale. I had to ask my family if they already bought them, because I wanted to get the e-book deals. HAHA. Luckily they didn’t. So I bought them and replaced them with four other books, lol. 😛 My family never buys me books on Christmas though, so I probably won’t be getting any. I think that’s so lame, but they think it’s lame to buy me books on Christmas when I am always buying books all year. UGHH!!! I still add books to my list every year in case one year they change their minds, haha.


Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly deVos
Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
Puddin’ by Julie Murphy

These other four books are books that I’ve been really interested and excited to read, so since they were $2.99 or less I decided to finally get them. I actually already own Puddin’, but it’s packed up and I want it now. LOL. 😛

What books did you get in November? Have you read any of the ones that I got? Feel free to link me to your haul posts, so I can check them out!

I should have my November wrap up post in a couple of days. I’m kind of hoping that I’ll be able to finish my current read before I post it, but I don’t know. Guess we’ll see in a couple days.

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Thoughts|| The War Outside.

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Thoughts|| The War Outside.


The War Outside by Monica Hesse
3 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: It’s 1944, and World War II is raging across Europe and the Pacific. The war seemed far away from Margot in Iowa and Haruko in Colorado–until they were uprooted to dusty Texas, all because of the places their parents once called home: Germany and Japan. Haruko and Margot meet at the high school in Crystal City, a “family internment camp” for those accused of colluding with the enemy. The teens discover that they are polar opposites in so many ways, except for one that seems to override all the others: the camp is changing them, day by day, and piece by piece. Haruko finds herself consumed by fear for her soldier brother and distrust of her father, who she knows is keeping something from her. And Margot is doing everything she can to keep her family whole as her mother’s health deteriorates and her rational, patriotic father becomes a man who distrusts America and fraternizes with Nazis. With everything around them falling apart, Margot and Haruko find solace in their growing, secret friendship. But in a prison the government has deemed full of spies, can they trust anyone–even each other?

I was sent an ARC copy of The War Outside from The Novl in exchange for an honest review. It was released last month (September).

There is a book called Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse that I absolutely loved, so I was stoked when I was sent a copy of her new book to read and review. While I did receive the ARC, since it was already released by time I got to reading it, I ended up listening to the audiobook instead. The War Outside is a YA historical fiction book set in America in World Word II. While I didn’t absolutely love The War Outside, I thought it was a really great story and I enjoyed it. There were a few times where it was a bit slow for me and that maybe more could have happened. It just felt like maybe something was missing.

I really liked Margot and Haruko. They were both struggling with things in their own lives and families; but also at the same time things were a little similar between them and they could relate to each other on some level. One family is from Germany and one is from Japan, which lands them in a internment camp because of the war. I really liked Margot and Haruko’s friendship from the start. There were a couple surprises in the story, which were a bit sad. A lot of the story is heartbreaking when you really think about it and the things that happened.

I really liked the author note at the end of the book that mentioned all the similarities between the book and the things that happened in real life/history that inspired the story. The main characters and their stories are fiction, but they are based on events, stories, and things that actually happened. The camp in Crystal City was actually a real camp there at one time. It makes everything seem that much more real and can connect with the characters even more. Overall, I really enjoyed The War Outside. Great characters, friendships, and it really opened my eyes more into that period in time and events that happened during World War II that I didn’t know about.

I haven’t updated in a couple weeks, but I’ve just been busy and preoccupied with other things. I usually get busy and my mind wanders more during the holiday months though, so this is expected. I’ve been making a lot of progress on my Christmas shopping, which is nice. I think I should be done with it in a couple weeks! Anyway, I’ll have another update soon (probably early next week) about what I’m reading and life happenings. I’ll also catch up with all of your posts soon too. I hope you have a great day! If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving tomorrow!

In case you missed it;
Random|| Reading & Life Update.
Unofficial November TBR.
Wrap Up|| October.


Random|| Reading & Life Update.



It’s been a week since my last update, I guess I just haven’t really had anything to write about. My last post was my November TBR, which I will link at the end of this post. Surprisingly, I’ve been really sticking to that TBR and was able to read three books from it and now on my fourth book. I believe there was seven books on my list, so I think I might actually be able to read them all this month! I flew three books in one weekend. I’ll start with my reading update first and move on to some pictures.

What did I read?


I read The Poet X, And the Ocean Was Our Sky, and Speak: The Graphic Novel. It was actually pretty easy to fly through these in one weekend since one is written in verse (The Poet X), one is only about 150 pages and has illustrations (And the Ocean Was Our Sky) and one was a graphic novel (Speak). Overall, I enjoyed all three of these books.

What am I currently reading?


I am currently reading People Kill People and The Perfect Friend. I’m about halfway through People Kill People and it’s okay. I’m not really that blown away with it and sometimes it’s a bit boring. I hope it picks up. It’s half told in verse. I am also reading The Perfect Friend, which I should be finished with it today. I don’t have very much left of it. It’s pretty interesting, but it’s also probably going to end up being three stars. I like it, but it’s also kind of boring at times too.


Now onto some pictures that I’ve taken recently and a little about whatever is going on in my life. Some of these haven’t been posted to Instagram yet, but will eventually make there way there. 😛 Feel free to follow me on Instagram (Instagram: heyyitsashley)!

A random selfie from Halloween. I wore my Harry Potter style glasses that day to work and also my Hogwarts/Harry Potter Halloween shirt. On Halloween I mentioned how I was taking my niece and nephew trick-or-treating with my sister. I sadly didn’t get any pictures of them in their costumes, but I took a few videos. They both had light up masks, which I felt would come off better in video than picture haha. They had fun and got a lot of candy. They didn’t want to stay out long, but I was fine with that because I didn’t really want to be out, to be honest. We walked by one house and they had this big lighthouse in their backyard and it lit up! I told Andy (he was with us) that when we get a house I want one in my yard, haha. I love lighthouses and this was so neat!

There was another night (the weekend before Halloween) where our city was having a little Halloween block party type event, so we all went walking around there too. I got a few nice pictures. It was really crowded and I don’t like crowded events anymore (not with all of these random shootings happening so often now). So I was glad we didn’t have to stay too long. My niece didn’t really feel like being there that long. We probably stayed like an hour. Anyway, here are the pictures that I took.

First picture is a picture of the cat ears my sister was wearing. I thought it would be a cool picture with all the tall buildings behind her. The second picture is of the sun setting in the car. My mom was driving and my sister in the passenger seat. I think it came out really cool. Third picture is the sunset once we got out of the car. Fourth picture is a building and I like the reflection on the building since they are glass/mirrored windows. Fifth picture is stringed lights they had up at the event. Sixth picture is of some candy apples I seen in the window of the bakery we walked by. They look so good!

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I went to Five Below over the weekend and they had some Christmas decor out, so I picked up this throw blanket and pillow for $5 each. I was so stoked when I seen them! I really need to go through all our packed boxes and see if I can find the rest of my Christmas decorations. I don’t care that it’s only November and it hasn’t been Thanksgiving yet. I like to decorate for Christmas early, judge all you want. 😛

I also got a mini Christmas tree for my dining room table and some little ornaments to go with it at Five Below. I haven’t put the ornaments on yet and not sure when I will. I don’t see this tree lasting long with three cats, lol. ColbyJack is already curious about it, so just wait until those ornaments go up. And speaking of cats…

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The weather actually got a little cooler during the morning last weekend, so we opened up our windows. The cats loved it and spent most of the time sitting on the windowsill in my bedroom. I love these three so much. Left is October, middle is Leaf, and right is ColbyJack.

And a few other pictures of the furbabies. First picture is Dax. He was super stoked about playing with this Christmas toy, lol. I think he’s ready for Christmas too? He needs a haircut, haha. Middle is October and I love that she was with the Halloween decorations. The picture gives up hella spooky vibes with her coloring. She fits in perfectly. This was before she decided to knock over all of my decorations. UGH. And the last picture is of Leaf. I’ve been working at home on Fridays and sometimes she jumps up on my desk and decides it’s fun to take a nap when I’m trying to work, lol. It’s not always easy to work around her. Last week she decided she would use my mouse as a pillow.

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Another sunset picture from the other day. I take a lot of pictures of the sky. It’s one of my favorite things. It is always changing, which I love. Every day it can be something different, which is really cool.

This weekend I think the whole family is going to go see the new Grinch movie. My mom really wants to go and the previews look good. If my younger sister comes down to visit again this weekend, I might see if she wants to go to the Renaissance festival (Camelot Days). They have it two weekends in November every year, so it’s this weekend and next. I want to go, but also I’m so paranoid about events with big crowds now, UGHH. I guess we’ll see what happens.

What are you currently reading? What have you recently finished reading? Do you have any plans for the weekend?

In case you missed it;
Unofficial November TBR.
Wrap Up|| October.
Book Haul|| October.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!



Unofficial November TBR.



I did really well with my Halloweenie TBR last month, so I decided to throw together a TBR list for November. I, of course, can’t make any promises that I’ll read these books but I hope I do. I’m pretty limited with the physical books that I can read since most of my books are packed away, so these are all books that I got in the last few months that are not packed yet. A couple of them are ARCs that I hope to read this month and get my reviews up. I will also be reading e-books as well, but not listed in this TBR post because I’m not sure which ones I’ll be reading. All depends on what I’m in the mood for and if my library e-book holds get checked out to me this month or not. So we’ll called this my “Unofficial November TBR”, because it can change. Anyway, here is some of the books that I hope to read this month.


And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness
Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson
People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins


Wilder by Andrew Simonet (ARC)
The War Outside by Monica Hesse (ARC)
Clean by Juno Dawson
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
(currently reading The Poet X)

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What books are you hoping to read in November? Have you read any of the ones on my list? Feel free to link me to your November TBR post if you have one, so I can check it out!

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| October.
Book Haul|| October.
Travel|| Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!