Monthly Wrap Ups

November Wrap Up

November was a pretty solid month. With Thanksgiving break I had lots of time to read and relax which I really needed. I tackled a bunch of series that I’d been meaning to read forever. So I’m feeling pretty accomplished about right now.

3 🌟 A Cuban’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

The amount of food in this book made me so hungry.

4 🌟 Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I am so mad at myself. I accidentally spoiled it for myself before I read it. But it’s ok, because I still really liked the book.

4 🌟 Rules for Being A Girl by Candance Bushnell and Katie Contugno

A reread that I absolutely love.

 

4 🌟 Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Superhero books aren’t really in my wheelhouse, but I heard good things about it so I decided to give it a whirl. The villain’s perspective was 10/10

3 🌟 Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

Eh… didn’t like it as much as the first book, but it was fine

2.5🌟 Supernova by Marissa Meyer

Not the epic final installment I was hoping for

2🌟 The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Sorry, I don’t see the hype.

3🌟 The Wicked King by Holly Black

The ending though—

3 🌟 The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

Betrayal and more lies on repeat

4🌟 Here the Whole Time by Vitor Martins, Larissa Helena (Translator)

The voice in this book was amazing and hilarious

3🌟 Late To The Party

An ode to teendom

1🌟 Pretty Funny For a Girl

Ugh.

2🌟 Rent A Boyfriend by Gloria Chao

The writing style just wasn’t for me

3.5🌟 Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

We do loved royalty and boarding schools

4🌟 Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

I liked this way better than ACOTAR

3.5🌟 Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Kind of called the murderer pretty early on

4.5🌟 Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

The second book got SO MUCH BETTER

2 🌟 Escaping from Houdini

Why? Whyyyyy? WHYYY??

4🌟 How the King of Elfhame Learned To Hate Stories by Holly Black

This is my formal request to have illustrations in all books

4 🌟 To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Little mermaid retelling. With pirates. It was glorious.

4 🌟 Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

A book about books, but with magic

  • This month I gave my blog a bit of a spruce up. I changed the theme and created some new headers. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
  • I won a Speech tournament in both my events (Humorous Interpretation and Original Comedy)Β 
  • Guess who got her first story published in the school newspaper? If you guessed me, then you were correct πŸ™‚
  • I found out that there will be no finals this year! No need to stress-read all of Kasie West’s books during finals week again.
  • So. I got Covid this month. My family and I are all incredibly lucky and are doing well. My symptoms are fairly mind, but I am currently isolating and using my spare time to read.
  • For Thanksgiving this year my family pretty much chilled and watched a bunch of movies. I saw The Princess Bride for the first time ever.

How was your reading month? What is your favorite read this month? Anything interesting happen??

17 thoughts on “November Wrap Up

  1. Congrats on getting your story published in your school newspaper! That’s awesome. πŸ™‚

    I like the little blurbs you’ve written for some of the stories you read. I haven’t read the Stalking Jack the Ripper series yet so I simply must read it now to understand why you said “why.” πŸ˜„

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    1. Thank you so much Noelle!
      Haha thank you I had so much fun coming up with those. I really enjoyed the Stalking Jack the Ripper Series (so far) but I am still reeling after that third book. It’s definitely worth a read if you’re looking for some snarky characters and intriguing mystery!
      Happy reading!
      -April

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  2. Aw looks like you had a good reading month!! YES we love to see SJTR on there!!! Though totally agree that Book 3 was like….what. Congrats on getting your first story published!! That is seriously so so awesome β™₯ Also happy to hear that you and your fam are safe after you had COVID! That can be so scary sometimes. Wishing you the best of luck going into finals season this year!! πŸ₯°

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  3. Woah, you read a lot of books this month.
    “A book about books but with magic’ is basically what I say anytime I mention anything about Sorcery of Thorns on my blog. Like literally, in my November wrap-up anytime I mentioned that book I was like, ‘She lives in a library with magical books.’
    Aaah I’m glad you enjoyed To Kill a Kingdom! It was really good!
    Ooh, congrats on getting a piece in the school newspaper! That’s awesome!
    Oh no, I’m so sorry you got covid! Was it bad, or were you asymptomatic? Are you better now?

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    1. Yeah I had a really great reading month! I can’t believe I didn’t read Sorcery of Thorns better because MAGIC BOOKS!!! Now that I have I’ll continue to scream (well the writing version of screaming) about how much I loved it. And to Kill a Kingdom was fantastic too! I might need to dabble in fantasy more often…
      Thank you! I was super excited haha
      For me at least, the symptoms weren’t super bad. I lost taste, but am doing better now!
      Happy reading!!
      -April

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      1. I knowwwwww what more could you want in a book? And I loved the idea of TKK because you always see retellings of other fairytales but I think this was the first Little Mermaid one that I’ve read. I’m actually writing a little mermaid retelling right now πŸ™‚ sort of.
        WhAt you don’t read fantasy often??? YES YOU MUST READ MORE OF IT
        Okay, well I’m glad that you’re doing better now! Oh my gosh I would be so sad if I lost taste…but yeah that’s not a bad symptom overall so that’s good.
        Also did you see that I tagged you in the book tag I just made? You don’t have to do it, just wanted to let you know!

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        1. Nothing. You can ask for no more in a book. I love all things retellings, but had never read a Little Mermaid. TKK was dark and exactly the type of retelling I wanted to read. You’re writing a little mermaid retelling of sorts? Um that’s SUPER COOL!
          Haha no I’m much more of a mystery and contemporary girl. This month I read quite a few fantasy and liked them a lot more than I thought I would. Added bonus: there is an abundance of recs of bookstagram for fantasy so I’ll never run out!!
          Me too. It was not fun to have a tasteless Thanksgiving, but in the grand scheme of things I am incredibly lucky.
          Ooh I had not seen the tag yet… checking it out now πŸ˜„ (fair warning i’m super behind on tags right now, but i’ll get there as fast as I can!!!)

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          1. I knowwww. Yeah, I agree! It was a nice darker telling. Yeah, I mean I had a great idea for one but then I started writing something else and now I’m just writing this one a lot because I love this idea a lot. I’ll try to get back to the mermaid one soon, we’ll see! It’s not even really a retelling anymore, it used to be but then I took it and completely changed it, ha.
            I mean, I gotta agree that mystery is great but….aaah fantasy is the best. Yeah, I know, there’s just so many recs….I hope that you keep reading it and enjoying it!
            Ouch, that doesn’t sound fun but yeah, and I’m glad you’re better!
            Lol, it’s okay! You can take as much time as you need! (I know, I just got such a large amount of posts, mostly awards and a few tags to write…AAAH)

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            1. Haha that happens to me all the time when I’m writing. I’ll have this image of what I want it to be in my mind, but somewhere along the line the story took a life of it’s own and became something totally different that I sometimes end up liking even better. It’s all the joys of ~the process~
              I used to be really really in to fantasy (read: obsessed) but after a while it all became really heavy. I ended up reading mostly contemporaries (and mystery!) after than, but I might need to sprinkle in some more fantasy because I honestly forgot how much I love it.

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              1. Yeah, I mean this time I wanted it to be a little mermaid retelling and it still definitely has some parts but if you look at it…it’s really not similar at all, ha ha/
                Hmm, okay. Yeah, I can see how contemporary and mystery can definitely be interesting once in a while. But yes, you definitely need a healthy dose of fantasy sprinkled in there.

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  4. Woahh April how did you read so many books?

    Ahh I’m so glad you enjoyed Crooked Kingdom because I’m obsessed with it haha… BUT HOW DID YOU SPOIL IT? :((
    And IKR about the ending of The Wicked King!!

    Ooh congrats on the speech tournament and publishing of a story!! The blog glow up is lovely too!

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    1. haha it’s magic (or lack of a social life… take your pick πŸ˜‚)
      Ahhh yess Crooked Kingdom was so good. I looked up fan art of one of the characters because I wanted to see if my mind visual was similar and I found about a death. It was very sad that i lost that element of surprise but was heartbreaking to read about even if I knew it was going to happen ahh
      Thank you so much! WordPress and I had a bit of a battle of wills, but luckily I won haha
      Happy reading πŸ’™

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  5. I’m so glad you enjoyed my post this month, and THANK YOU for including it in your post! I’m in awe at how many books you read this month, what is your secret!?!
    Sorcery of Thorns has been on my TBR for months now, and I think I might have to pick it up next, what’s better than books and magic, right?
    Happy Reading! Xx

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    1. No problem! I found your post super interesting and had to share! How did Marissa Meyer manage to write three book!!!! Literally how?!?
      The 20 books this month was only possible because of Thanksgiving break aka 5 days of unlimited reading and being antisocial
      Sorcery of Thorns is worth the read (repeat: magic and books!!!!)
      Happy reading!
      -April

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