November 2018 Wrap Up

November really got away from me.. I fell off the bandwagon on here, Instagram, and in my reading. I don’t know if it was the holidays or the cold/dark, but man did I struggle this month.

 

I only completed a total of 6 books – 4 physical books, 1 e-book, and 1 novella (which technically I completed the evening of the 31st). So yeah, not my best month. But on the up side, it was one of my highest rated months ever!

1. The Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

I read this entire short story on the treadmill at the gym. Taylor Jenkins Reid could write a phonebook and I’d probably love it. This story is told in letters between a woman who’s husband is having an affair, and the spouse of the woman he is cheating with. It follows the 2 main characters as the try to navigate their grief and crumbling marriages. I couldn’t believe how much TJR packed into such a short story. I literally swore out loud, at the gym, over the twist ending. This is available for free on Kindle Unlimited so if you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly recommend it!

2. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas 

I loved this series and am so sad to see it end. Objectively speaking, this ending had it’s flaws. But I really loved this book. I cried, I cheered, I cried some more. I’m happy with how this all wrapped up. I haven’t done a book review because I don’t really know how to… I’ve started one about 5 times but it always dissolves into utter rambling. So I think I’m just going to skip this one.

3. Rush (Palm South University) by Kandi Steiner3stars

I had a pretty bad book hangover after Kingdom of Ash so I picked up this super light New Adult novel. I don’t read a ton of New Adult, but I like picking them up between heavier books. This was compared to Greek, which is one of my favorite shows of all time, so I was immediately interested in it. This definitely filled that void a little and it was a fun read. There isn’t a ton of depth to this though, it’s just a light, smutty story.

4. Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)  by Brandon Sanderson

Wow, I don’t know what took me so long to start this series but I am hooked. I love Sanderson’s books but they are always so intimidating to start. But I totally regret not starting this sooner. This book is slow to start because of the massive amount or world and character building that is needed. But the last half of this blew me away. I will hopefully have a full review in December.

5. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath3stars

I buddy read this with Merphy from Murphy Napier so I definitely recommend checking out her wrap up! I read this in high school and for years considered this my favorite classic of all time. But reading it now, 12 years later, I sadly didn’t have the same experience. There were things I LOVED about this story – particularly the horrifying way mental health was dealt with in the not so distant past. But then other parts I just didn’t connect with. I will try to write a full review of this in December as well because I actually have a lot of thoughts on this story.

6. Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

I fell hard for this story and these characters. And the rep in this book is seriously next level amazing. But flowery, overly-descriptive prose isn’t my favorite. If you love beautiful, descriptive writing, I can’t recommend this enough.


Alright that is it for this month. What was your favorite book you read this month??

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