Hello! Today, I’m doing my first ever wrap-up post. I had 7 books in my November TBR, so let’s see how I did.
November Reading and Review Wrap-up
I read 10 books this month, which was more than my expectation so I’m quite happy with it. Just two more books until I reach my 2015 reading goals.
Here are the books I read throughout the month of November with link to its review if it’s been posted.
Everything, Everything (Nicola Yoon)
A promising debut from Nicola Yoon. This contemporary novel about a girl with Severe Combined Immune Deficiency is filled with cute illustrations, swooning, and heart break. However, there are some parts of the story that doesn’t really do it for me. You can find my review here.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Becky Albertalli)
Another contemporary debut! Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is a book that will make you feel warm and fuzzy. It’s definitely one I’m going to reread in the future. I reviewed it here.
Scarlet (Marissa Meyer)
I was still on the second book in the Lunar Chronicles. I still prefer the first book (Cinder) over Scarlet, but this one is still a solid blend of sci-fi, fantasy and fairytale.
Angelfall (Susan Ee) | World After (Susan Ee) | End of Days (Susan Ee)
Originally, I only planned to read Angelfall in the month of November. Alas, it set up a chain reaction that was catalysed by me purchasing all three as an e-book bundle. I ABSOLUTELY adore this trilogy. Granted, the first book was my favorite, but I think Susan wrapped it up rather nicely in End of Days after a (little) shaky middle book that is World After.
The Summer I Turned Pretty (Jenny Han)
I got my first taste of Jenny Han’s writing with her Summer trilogy. This month, I managed to read the first book, The Summer I Turned Pretty, which was the perfect reading for my lazy days. Belly could be obnoxious at times (which reminded me of myself?) but she grew on me and halfway through, I was totally rooting for her. Shoutout to Trisha @ The Bookgasm for the rec.
Angels Twice Descending (Cassandra Clare, Robin Wasserman)
This is the last e-book in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. I am not going to review it here because it’s filled with SPOILER GALORE if you haven’t finished The Mortal Instruments AND The Infernal Devices. I am going to say, however, that it made me CRY.
Falling Kingdoms (Morgan Rhodes)
I’ve been meaning to read this series for a while and after seeing it featured regularly in posts made my Jesse @ Books at Dawn, I finally decided to move it up in my TBR. Falling Kingdoms is the first book in the Falling Kingdoms series. It was action-packed and full of twists. I have problems with some of the characters and plot, but I was able to roll with it because EXPLOSION! BETRAYAL! MAGIC! MURDER! I am not 100% on board with this series yet, but I think I need to give the second book, Rebel Spring, a try.
Elantris (Brandon Sanderson)
OH HEY, BRANDON SANDERSON’S DEBUT NOVEL. I am not going to say much about it because my review is coming soon!
What’s left on my November TBR
Chasing Forgiveness (Neal Shusterman)
I AM DEFINITELY GOING TO READ THIS, JUST NOT YET. Chasing Forgiveness was actually a re-release of Neal Shusterman’s book, What Daddy Did. It was a story about a boy trying to make peace after his father killed his mom. Talking about heavy theme!
Career of Evil (Robert Galbraith)
It’s so EXPENSIVE you guys. Even the ebook is priced at $20 or something ridiculous like that. I am going to save my money and wait until it gets cheaper. And by “saving my money”, I mean I am going to use it to buy another two or three books.
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
Because I’m in the mood for high fantasy (also I bought it as a bundle with Elantris)
Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
I REFUSE to DNF this book. I might have to re-read it because between starting it and now, I have read approximately 10 books (mentioned above). I am quite sure I will actually enjoy it once I get into it, but I just cannot bring myself to read it. I shouldn’t have put it down on the first place. *le sigh*
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (re-read)
I’m still continuing my re-read of A Darker Shade of Magic in anticipation of A Gathering of Shadows.
A Darker Shade of Magic Re-read Part I – IV – Index can be found here.
My Weekly News Round-up Post – #2 | #3 | #4
Book Tags and Awards:
10 Phases of My Reading Life – LINK
Normally, I would do a next month new releases post at the end of the month, but this month I didn’t have time to check Fict Fact and search the internet because disorganized me forgot that it’s the end of November. So I’m just going to post my December TBR now and the most anticipated December new releases tomorrow.
Red Rising (Pierce Brown)
I saw this book in so many lists and I am intrigued with the comparison with Red Queen (I AM HOPING I WILL LIKE IT BETTER THAN I LIKE RED QUEEN, OKAY).
The Emperor’s Soul (Brandon Sanderson)
Part of the Brandon Sanderson bundle mentioned above. It’s only economical if I read all three before I buy more. Plus, I’m on a mission to read all Sanderson published works.
These Shallow Graves (Jennifer Donnelly)
I read a sample of this book some times ago and it seems interesting. I haven’t read a historical novel since The Lair of Dreams (Libba Bray) so it’s time to change that.
UnDivided (Neal Shusterman)
Me: It’s about time, Windie, you need to get over your FEELS and just finish this dystology already.
Me: But I don’t want it to end… That’s why I waited for 2 years before deciding to read it.
Cress (Marissa Meyer)
So far, I really enjoy The Lunar Chronicles, so I have nothing but high expectation on Cress. Don’t let me down, Cress and Cinder and Scarlet.
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6 thoughts on “November Wrap-up and December TBR”
Nice post!! You should read Red Rising. It’s so gooooood! (and it’s much better than Red Queen, trust me)
Ahhh, now I’m even more excited to read it. 😀
Yeyeyey I’m glad you’re loving Summer I Turned Pretty!! 😀
Red Rising has just recently been added to my TBR bc like you, I heard it’s a better Red Queen.
Is UnDivided the last book? Gosh I what happened after Unwind. Istopped at that bc bookstores here no longer sell them.
I already own the complete summer trilogy. 🙂 I’m keeping them for lazy days reading. lol.
Yey. I’m excited to start Red Rising. Probably next week after I finish my currently reading.
Yep, UnDivided is the last book. There’s a collection of short stories that’ll be released this month, but the dystology itself ended with UnDivided. The bookstores here also didn’t carry the rest of UnWind series 🙁 I had to buy the ebook version via google play.
I really thought the story ended with Unwind! I wonder what happened to Connor afterwards but I hope the sequels are good 😀
As much as it pains me to admit it, they’re not as good as Unwind with the ‘surprise factor’ gone. They’re still solid, but not what I consider mindblowing. I mainly read them because I’ve gotten too attached to the characters. New themes do get introduced in the later books though so they’re never boring.
I think it was originally intended as a standalone, which was why things were pretty much wrapped-up at the end of Unwind and the second book was published 5 years after the first one. That also explains why most people didn’t realize that Unwind is part of a series. 🙂