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.
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.
I hope you have a great day!