Today I am going to be doing my November wrap up! I am finally over my reading slump🥳. I’m really proud of the amount of books I was able to read this month as well as how many really good books I read this month. I participated in two readathons this month, which probably helped me a lot.
This month i didn’t listen to any audiobooks and still managed to read a lot!🎉😱😂. I read a total of… books this month, consisting of 12 books (physically) and 8 books on (kindle)!
(Pictures link to goodreads)
First let’s start with the books I read for triwizardathon;
Triwizardathon wrap up! (11-17th)
Task 1: (3 books)
Read a historical fiction- the substitute bride- Dorothy Mack
This book is historical romance but it’s still historical so it counts right?😂 I read this on my kindle and finished it in a day. This wasn’t the best historical romance I have read but it was fun and fast and the romance was ok. It was just what I needed to help me get over my dreaded reading slump, especially since I had a lot to read in November. I enjoyed it, don’t think I would reread it but is the perfect light romance read to get over a slump.
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 💫
Read a book with eyes on the cover- With the fire on high- Elizabeth Acevedo
The first book that I read for triwizardathon was with the fire on high. This book… I don’t know what to say or where to start. This book made me hungry😂 the way the food was described had me hunting for snacks
and I didn’t have any! The main character Emoni was just great, basically she was everything I would of liked to be during high school😂 she was strong, brave and I loved her. Her relationship with her daughter was so lovely to read, as well as the relationship with the grandmother. There was so much going on in this book from cooking to romance to dealing with life as a teen mum and what that initially entails. I loved the way that Emoni handled it. Basically I loved this book!
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
Read a whole book in bed- Every heart a doorway- seanan McGuire
The second book I read was every heart a doorway. I have wanted to pick this book up for so long and never got around to it, so I was hoping to get it into one of the challenges… success🥳😂. This book is so hyped that I went into it with such high expectations, that doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy this book. I liked the characters and the world, I loved learning about the doors and what they mean, how they work and the murder mystery. I am a sucker for a great murder mystery, but something in this book just didn’t mesh with me and I don’t know what it is. Still a really solid read!
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟. 75
Read a book with an animal on the cover- The girl who speaks bear- Sophie Anderson
A couple of months ago I read the house with chicken legs by Sophie Anderson and I was incredibly surprised at how much I enjoyed that book! Even though this book wasn’t on my tbr I still had to pick it up. I read this book for both triwizardathon and believathon. The girl who speaks bear is a great adventure story and yanka was a truly amazing character who really grew. I loved watching her figure out who she was and where she came from, a true journey of self discovery. I also loved the chapters that featured some of the characters from the house with chicken legs, I loved seeing those characters again and how they fit so well within the story. I don’t know why I don’t expect to see those characters considering the books are set in the same world but it was a nice surprise!🤦♀️😂
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
Task 2- (25-1st December) (2 books)
Read a book featuring a sea creature- Daughter of the siren queen- Tricia levenseller
Read a book featuring romance- The way you make me feel by Maurene goo
I am still reading both of these books because the triwizardathon (round 2) doesn’t end until the 1st so they will really be in my December wrap up, but I had to include them! I’m not very far into either of these so I can’t really say much only that I am enjoying both of them.
Believathon wrap up! (6 books)
The land of roar- Jenny McLaughlin
This book fulfilled he challenge of reading a book featuring a myth or a legend. I don’t know why but sometimes I just love a good MG book featuring dragons🤷♀️, I had so much fun reading this book. I liked most of the characters and I loved learning about the world/ land that is Roar! It was such a magical place and story and a fast read even though it took me three days to finish (but I was reading 5 books at once😂). If you like dragons and an all round fun adventure, this book is exactly that.
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟.75
Wizard of once- Cressida cowell
This book was to fulfil the challenge of reading a book with an animal character. I was worried about the fact that this book is quite big for a MG, but not once whilst reading this book did I find that I was bored. It was fun, fast paced, with enjoyable characters and an all round great adventure. I love wizards and I simply couldn’t put this down. I loved how both warriors and witches started to work together and I cannot wait to find out what happens in book 2 because I need more! I am never usually this excited about a second book in an MG series (besides tunnel of bones) and I am loving it!!
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
Tunnel of bones- V. E. Schwab
This book was used to complete the challenge of reading a book with a strong sense of friendship. This could of also worked for reading an atmospheric or creepy book, but I had another book for that challenge which I didn’t get around to finishing🙁. I had heard people say that this wasn’t as good as the first one and whilst I understand where they are coming from I loved it! I may be slightly biased because it’s Schwab but I just can’t get enough of this series. Cassidy is a great character and I love her banter and friendship with Jacob and also Lara. But most of all I love ghost settings. The whole I can talk to the dead thing is something I love to read about. I can’t wait for book 3 (bridge of souls) and it’s set in New Orleans which is just… chefs kiss😂.
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
A pinch of magic- Michelle Harrison
This book I read for the challenge to read a book featuring magic. I knew nothing about this book when I went into it. I knew it was about a curse but that was it. I don’t know what I was expecting when I went into this book but it certainly wasn’t that, in a good way. I didn’t realise it had a strong sisterly dynamic which I love. I knew it had some form of magic because hello it’s in the title but it was very unique and I loved the flashbacks every now and then which explain how the magic came to be in their possession. There is also great mystery. Curses, a great sisterly bond, awesome magic and an overall interesting and intriguing world, in case you haven’t noticed I am super excited for book 2 (a sprinkle of sorcery) which come out next year!
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 💫
Frostheart- Jamie littler
Frostheart fulfills the challenge of reading the group book. I am 130 pages through this book and although It had a reasonably slow start I am now so invested. I have until Saturday to read this so plenty of time!! This book is so good I could probably finish it now if I wasn’t doing so many other things😭😂.
Other books I read this month: (9 books)
From twinkle with love- sandhya menon
I don’t know what to rate this book. I really loved sandhya menons other books when dimple met rishi and there’s something about sweetie, but this one just didn’t do it for me unfortunately. I really loved the representation in this book and the cute moments between the main character and said love interest, however the main character was super annoying to me. She would say such silly things and I tried to give her a chance but it just got super annoying. I can’t say what I want to say about her and why I didn’t like her because of spoilers and I want this to remain spoiler free but she just really irritated me and her friendship/ best friend was not the best either. I did like the ending though so overall 3 stars!
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟
The girl in red- Christina Henry
This book was not what I was expecting, I was expecting it to be amazing because I love Christina Henry’s writing but I didn’t know much about the story going in to it so it was different than what I was expecting. However I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I love red (the main character) she took no BS from anyone and always thought practically. I loved seeing the subtle hints towards red riding hood in this book (yes I know it is a retelling but Henry has a way of making the story completely her own until you forget it is a retelling). I really loved how gory and gritty this book was. Overall I just love Christina Henry’s books/ writing and I really want to pick up lost boy now (her loosely based Peter Pan retelling) but I also want to wait because I don’t have many Christina Henry books left that I haven’t read! I loved this book!
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 💫
(7 Read on kindle) :
Three mages and a margarita- Annette Marie
Next I read the first five books in the Guild Codex series by Annette Marie, which are three mages and a margarita, dark magic and a daiquiri, three witches and a whiskey, demon magic and a martini and the alchemist and an amaretto!
(These are the quick little statements I wrote on goodreads every time I finished one of these books)
Book 1- 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
‘I absolutely loved this book! That’s it, that’s all I have to say. I’m going to read book two right now’.
Book 2- 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
‘These books are so good that I can’t put them down. I have read both books 1+2 in the last couple of hours’.
Book 3- 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
‘I cannot put this series down. So good! Next book!’
Book 4- 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
‘Omg!! I am having so much fun with this series. I have read 4 books in this series in a day and a half. It’s like a guilty pleasure. I love this series.’
Book 5- 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 💫
‘ where is book 6, I can’t believe it hasn’t come out yet… help…😭’
The customers were complete dickheads, and I was an asshole right back. That’s the definition of fitting in, right?
I expected to get thrown out on my ass. Instead, they… offered me the job?
It turns out this place isn’t a bar. It’s a guild. And the three cocky guys I drenched with a margarita during my trial? Yeah, they were mages. Either I’m exactly the kind of takes-no-shit bartender this guild needs, or there’s a good reason no one else wants to work here
This is all from the synopsis of book 1. If that doesn’t catch your attention I don’t know what will.
Now this is a main character who really doesn’t take no BS! I loved her straight away. When she finds out who she is working for at the bar and who the ‘special’ clientele really are she gets offered a job and takes it, me I would of ran when I found out I just threw margaritas at three mages but Tori she still accepts the job. I cannot get enough of all of these books, the first three where my favourites, but the whole series so far (I haven’t read book 6 yet) where all amazing! If you have a chance to read this book I highly recommend that you do!!! The number 1 fun, fast paced guilty pleasure read!! (in my opinion)
A sea rose for a duchess- Fanny Finch
I am just going to post my goodreads synopsis for this book because I am running out of things to say in this post without sounding repetitive!😂 ‘There is nothing I love more than a romance that is set on the high seas. This book was so good. I loved the main character even though she lost her memory (on the back cover) she was still strong and wasn’t afraid to figure out why she lost it in the first place. The captain of the ship was so nice and a true gentleman and although I like my pirate/ ship captains to be brudish it was refreshing to read one who was a gentleman! I loved this book! Highly recommend if you like romance, books set on the high seas ,family and books that have the main characters who rediscover who they are.’
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 💫
Stories to read by candlelight- Patricia Worth
I have a review for this book which can be found Here. I was going to also post that here but it is quite long. This book was written by Jean Lorrain and translated by Patricia Worth. I am just going to write what this story is about from my review because I can’t remember I have read so many books this month😂. ‘This book is a collection of eight short stories published in the 1980s where author, Jean Lorraine recounts the stories that where told to him by his grandmothers seamstress. Each story falls somewhere in between legend and fairytale!’ Don’t mistake the three stars for not enjoying this book. I enjoyed most of the stories and they where perfect to read just before bed. I liked the little chapters we got of Jean’s reaction to the stories. It was an overall fun read.
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟
I think that’s it😂. That is a lot of books! I was running out of things to say by the end there without sounding completely repetitive😆. What did you read this month? Did you participate in the triwizardathon and/ or believathon? Let me know down in the comments below!
Thank you so much for reading!