November Wrap Up

Helloooo, December!

Wow. Y’all, we’re in the homestretch of 2019 and I could not be more happy. I am more than ready to greet 2020 and embrace it for all its worth. Not that 2019 was less than a stellar year, but a new year means new set of goals to crush. November was an outstanding month, reading wise as I read a total of 42 books. Blogging-wise, however, was so-so. Work is just being terrible, so I haven’t been able to find a steady ground. I kept finding myself trying to keep up. Anway, this is going to be a bit of a slog of a post, but let me break it down for y’all:

  • What Makes Us by Raffi Mittlefelhdt 4/5 Stars
  • Quichotte by Salman Rushdie DNF
  • The Kingmaker by Kennedy Ryan 5/5 Stars
  • The Nightmark by Tiffany Reisz 3/5 Stars
  • The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede 5/5 Stars
  • The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan 4/5 Stars
  • Dirty Letters by P Ward & V Keeland 4/5 Stars
  • Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta 5/5 Stars
  • Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta 5/5 Stars
  • A Lie for A Lie by Helena Hunting 4/5 Stars
  • Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith 4/5 Stars
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab 4/5 Stars
  • The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek 5/5 Stars
  • Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis 3/5 Stars
  • The Rainbow Comes and Goes 4/5 Stars
  • Three Women by Lisa Taddeo 3/5 Stars
  • Beard Necessities by Penny Reid 5/5 Stars
  • The Institute by Stephen King 5/5 Stars
  • The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi 4/5 Stars
  • A Higher Loyalty by James Comey 4/5 Stars
  • Tell The Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta 5/5 Stars
  • The Rebel King by Kennedy Ryan 5/5 Stars
  • Well Met by Jen Deluca 4/5 Stars
  • A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Bridgid Kemmerer 4/5 Stars
  • Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky 5/5 Stars
  • Say You Still Love Me by KA Tucker 4/5 Stars
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 5/5 Stars
  • Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell 4/5 Stars
  • The Field Guide to the North American Teenagers 4/5 Stars
  • I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi 2/5 Stars
  • I Hear the Sunspots by Yuki Fumino 3/5 Stars
  • Worship by Ella James 4/5 Stars
  • Adore by Ella James 4/5 Stars
  • Heartstopper Volume 1 & 2 5/5 Stars
  • The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman 4/5 Stars
  • Kissing Tolstoy by Penny Reid 4/5 Stars
  • The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo 4/5 Stars
  • Royals by Rachel Hawkins 3/5 Stars
  • Permanent Record by Mary HK Choi 2/5 Stars
  • Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta 5/5 Stars

My fingers are cramping. Honestly, if I wasn’t so terrified of filming myself, this post would be less shorter and probably easier to do. Lol. Well, I don’t know about easier, as being in front of camera terrifies the living shit out of me. So yes, I read a lot. Honestly, even if I keep telling myself that I’m going to pump the breaks on reading, I seem to go full speed ahead regardless. Same is true for December. I said I’m going to slow it down, but as of this writing, I’ve already read two books. What’s a girl to do? Sigh.

Favourites of November: The Institute by Stephen King, Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky, and The Day the World Came to Town by Jeff DeFede. If you noticed that I wrote Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil three times, you’re not seeing triple. I did re-read the book thrice and loved every second of it. I think it’s fast becoming my favourite Melina Marchetta novel to date. I’m still not able to write a review for it, though. Maybe I’ll add it to my goals for 2020.

So I’m not going to keep you any longer. This post is pretty long enough as it is. I hope your December will be packful of books, love and family.

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September Wrap Up

Another incredibly productive month in September. I read a total of 33 books – physical, ebooks, and audiobooks combined. There were two slight volumes (Finding Langston, and I’m Afraid of Men) that were less than 200 pages, but other than that, I thought this has been a legitimately fantastic month. Here is the list of the books read in September:

  • Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty ****/5 Stars
  • How To Stop Time by Matt Haig ****/5 Stars
  • When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton ****/5 Stars
  • Texas! Sage by Sandra Brown ****/5 Stars
  • Tempest by Beverly Jenkins ****/5 Stars
  • The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean-Weir *****/5 Stars
  • Eloquent Rage by Britney Cooper ****/5 Stars
  • The Starlight Claim by Tim Wynne-Jones ****/5 Stars
  • Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston *****/5 Stars
  • The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandi ****/5 Stars
  • Fence, Volume 3 by C.S. Pacat ****/5 Stars
  • The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary *****/5 Stars
  • The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie **/5 Stars
  • Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick ****/5 Stars
  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Montfegh *****/5 Stars
  • Finding Langston by Lesa Ransome-Cline *****/5 Stars
  • I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya ****/5 Stars
  • Vox by Christina Dalcher ****/5 Stars
  • Breathless by Beverly Jenkins ****/5 Stars
  • Odd One Out by Nick Stone */5 Stars
  • Call Them By Their Names by Rebecca Solnit *****/5 Stars
  • Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin ****/5 Stars
  • Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin **/5 Stars
  • The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin ****/5 Stars
  • Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins ****/5 Stars
  • The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci ***/5 Stars
  • The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett ***/5 Stars
  • Beard With Me by Penny Reid ****/5 Stars
  • Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta *****/5 Stars
  • How To Bang A Billionaire by Alexis Hall ****/5 Stars
  • Bear Town by Frederik Backman *****/5 Stars
  • Under Currents by Nora Roberts *DNF
  • The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais ***/5

I finally read a western type of Historical Fiction last month and I absolutely adored it. I’m hoping to pick up a few more when I go to the thrift shop one of these weekends. Old West by Beverly Jenkins was a fantastic trilogy. It features strong women and the men who love them. I was curious to see how Ms. Jenkins would explore the issue of race in that era and I was not disappointed. In particular, one of the women was a witness to a crime but because she was black, her testimony was readily nullified.

I have one DNF this month, which is Nora Roberts’ latest, Under Currents. It’s about a couple whose pasts were mired in domestic abuse. I honestly couldn’t get through it. The violence was a bit too visceral for me. I think I got through one chapter and that was it.

FAVOURITES

Beartown by Fredrik Backman | My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh | The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean-Weir

How was your month?

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