November Wrap-up/Book Haul and December Planning

Here we are again. December is here. Snow is in the air if you live somewhere cold.

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So pretty! That was the point of this gif.

This month is just full of wrapping up things for last year and getting into the new year, so I’m sure you’ll see more of projected ideas for what we want to do.

In November, we read actually a few books together (by accident) but we really read The Song of Achilles together. For December, we’re reading two books together! On Writing by Stephen King and The Power by Naomi Alderman.

Caidyn will be in blue.
Chantel will be in purple.

November was an interesting month, but here’s a concise list of what I read:

Next month, I’m really not going to make a huge plan for myself. (Terrible, I know.) But, right now, it’s the end of my semester and I can’t think ahead for December because I’m just stretched thin. However, I really want to try doing Yule bingo. I heard about it from Melanie’s blog and I really love the idea. Since I don’t have Facebook, I won’t do the assigning a house thing, but I’d like to (ideally) do a blackout board.

Hit me up if you have a book idea and/or want to buddy read!

I do have some ARCs that I need to get done as well:

Not too bad, right?

Also in November, I bought one book. One. Probably because I was busy buying presents. I totally got the illustrated edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.



Those are just a few examples of the pages and I can’t wait to take time to really flip through it.


They’re just so pretty.

Other than that, I’m just going to sit around waiting for Christmas to come so I can open some gifts and for 2018 to arrive so we can get this shitshow called 2017 out of the way.


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Me @ 2018

November turned out to be a typical reading month for me. I read a total of five books, which is pretty good considering I was in the middle of three books at all times it seems and I’m terrible at time management. 

Here are all my books divided by rating:

5 Stars: 

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – So, this was technically a re-read for me as it’s pretty common for most people to have read this in school. At the time I didn’t appreciate it, but I am so glad I read it again. The audiobook done by Sissy Spacek was great and normally I don’t like audiobooks, but it was very well done and the book is just wonderful. Go read it or give it another chance if you were forced to read it in high school. 
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – This book made me smile and made me sob, and it was a beautiful book with a lovely relationship between two boys. If you haven’t read this yet, check it out. I read most of it in a day and that is the highest compliment I can give it. 

4 Stars:

  • Idyll Threats by Stephanie Gayle – Again, this was a re-read for me but I decided to read this again before starting the sequel Idyll Fears. I was a chapter into the second book before realizing I had forgotten most of the characters. However, reading it again just made me appreciate it more. I enjoyed it so much even if the mystery was the weakest part for me. 

3 Stars: 

  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (*2.5) – This was naturally the next book to read after To Kill a Mockingbird. I wanted to read what is essentially another version of To Kill a Mockingbird. However, I was disappointed. I think there was something magical about Mockingbird that wasn’t in Watchman. I think it was the POV change from a child to a 26-year-old. Even still, the complexity of Atticus’ character was the most interesting part of the book. 
  • Zealot by Reza Aslan – This was a book completely out of my comfort zone to the point where I put off reviewing it because I didn’t want it to be controversial. I am not religious, I think I’ve mentioned that a few times, but that doesn’t mean I’m not open to reading about religion. I might drag my feet a bit, but I think it’s important to read about things that aren’t familiar. Ultimately, I liked Aslan’s writing but there were huge chunks of the book that was dull to me. 

All in all, it wasn’t a terrible reading month but it wasn’t great either. I would’ve liked to read more enjoyable books, but it’s also important for me to take chances on books. 

Book Haul

I ended up getting more books than I expected, but I am excited to read every single book I bought in November. I ended up with 4 physical books and 6 Kindle books.

A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood and Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen

A Single Man is a book I’ve been putting off reading because I’ve seen the movie so I know it’s going to break my heart, but I want to read it because I love the movie and it’s a story about grief. I don’t know a lot about Wake of Vultures, but I’ve seen hints that the main character is queer in some fashion even if the language isn’t used. It sounds interesting so I’ll give it a go soon. 

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden & The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

These both are books on my TBR that I’ve wanted to read. I’ve heard great things about both and I look forward to reading them. 

Kindle Books:

  • The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves by James Han Mattson – Okay, I forgot about this one, but it was from Prime First or whatever it’s called where you get a book for free. It also has a queer main character which is always great. 
  • Caroline’s Heart by Austin Chant – I’ve heard good things by Austin Chant from Cece who is my favorite booktuber and this is his latest book. All of his books are LGBTQ+ and this book in particular features two trans characters. 
  • Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce – I’m pretty sure I got this because it was on sale, but it also sounds like a fun fantasy series to read one day. 
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – What was that? Was that the sound of Caidyn cheering? Probably because he’s recommended this to me and it was on sale so I bought it. 
  • The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld – This is a mystery/thriller book. Not my thing usually but it sounded interesting enough that I bought it. Thanks, past Chantel. 
  • The Girl who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow – I haven’t heard a lot about this book and it came out in 2010 which is, holy shit you guys, almost 8 YEARS AGO. Time flies. Anywho, it features a biracial main character which I related to so I wanted to give it a shot. 

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