a series of unfortunate events · all for the game · annalise grey · anything could happen · colleen hoover · confess · coraline · i, girl x · lemony snicket · mindy mcginnis · neil gaiman · nora sakavic · percy jackson · rick riordan · the female of the species · the sleeper and the spindle · ugly love · will walton · wrap up

November Wrap Up

November was such a busy month! Not only did I finish my final semester of university, but I – somehow – read fifteen books! Don’t ask how I managed that because I genuinely do not know.

Another exciting personal achievement is that I have read over 100 books for my 2016 Goodreads book challenge! I surpassed my goal of 50 books back in June, but November was the month I hit 100 books – something I have not done in years. As of November 31, I am sitting on 106 books.


Books read:

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Book reviews:
anythingAnything Could Happen by Will Walton 

4.5 stars
A surprisingly beautiful and tender novel that left me with a smile on my face. This was a quick and easy read which had me engrossed in the story right until the very end.

Read my full review here.

 

 

 

 

uglylvoeUgly Love by Colleen Hoover

4 stars
A beautifully developed and terribly depressing novel. If you want to read a book that will make you sob into tissues, this is the one for you.

Read my full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

thefoxholecourtThe Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic

4.5 stars 
Have you ever felt like a novel was stalking you? Like, you’d see it everywhere you went? The Foxhole Court is that novel for me and I am so glad I picked it up.

Read my full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

theravenkingThe Raven King by Nora Sakavic

4.5 stars
This book is a sequel like none other. The world-building and character development was out of this world and left me speechless.

Read my full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

thekingsmenThe King’s Men by Nora Sakavic

5 stars
A mind-blowing conclusion to a heart-wrenching and highly entertaining trilogy. I’m not going to lie, I cried a lot and you will too.

Read my full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

confessConfess by Colleen Hoover

4 stars
Continuing my current obsession with CoHo, this novel was uniquely structured and left me floored by the sheer scale of Hoover’s writing abilities.

Read my full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

sleeperThe Sleeper in the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

4 stars
Truly a work of art. This novel was beautiful, from the prose to the plot to the intricate artwork peppered throughout the text.

Read my full review here.

 

 

 

 

thelightningthiefThe Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

5 stars
We all have those novels that sit on our TBR lists and mock us. This was the book for me. A super fun and engaging read.

Read my full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

theseaofmonstersThe Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan 

4.5 stars
The melding of Greek mythology within modern day America is perfected with ease. Riordan is a mastermind storyteller.

Read my full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

thetitanscurseThe Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

5 stars
This book was rife with tension and adventure. It was unputdownable.

Read my full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

thebattleofthelabyrinthThe Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

5 stars
A phenomenal never-ending adventure that exquisitely adapts Ancient Greek myth and culture into the 21st century in a new and exciting way.

Read my full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

I also reviewed Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, a revival created by the original showrunner Amy Sherman-Palladino.gg

The show was a beautiful commemoration to the early 2000s show and it was a loving feeling to return to the familiar, whimsical and much beloved world of Stars Hollow.

Read my full review here.

 


Awards and Tags:

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This month I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by the amazing Maya @thebookdragon1017 – check out her fantastic blog! It’s always so heartening to be nominated because it shows that the friendly blogging community really appreciate the hard work you put in to each carefully written review and post. I also had such a fun time answering Maya’s unique questions and forming my own.

Check out the award here!

I was also tagged in the Blogging Book Tag by Maya (<3) where bloggers answered questions relating to all things books! I had a great time thinking up novels to correspond with the questions.

Check out the tag here!


Book memes:

This month I was a little slack on book memes. My problem is I always forget they are a weekly thing and by the time I remember, the day has already passed! Oh well. I did manage to do a few.  toptentuesday

Top 10 Tuesday
Ten Books I’ve Added To My TBR Lately

Top Five Wednesday top5
Misleading Synopses
Favourite Publishers

Down the TBR Hole 
Tracking my TBR – 1 to 5 Web

 

 


Monthly Favourite:

thelightningthief

This book was an absolute treat. I don’t know if I just read it at the right time – as I have become a little obsessed with middle-grade fiction – or the novel is just that good, but The Lightning Thief was a hilarious and highly entertaining novel that I could not put down.

 

 

 

Monthly Disappointment:uglylvoe

While I enjoyed a great deal of this novel, there were parts where I just couldn’t set aside my sense of disbelief and engage in the text. One of Colleen Hoover’s greatest abilities is subversion of trope, mainly insta-love, but in Ugly Love it didn’t feel genuine as in a few of her other novels. I just couldn’t connect with the female protagonist Tate, although the other main character Miles was sympathetic and engaging. The two protagonists’s relationship also felt strained and almost forced; I couldn’t understand nor feel their attraction and romance.


All in all, November was a great month for me, book wise. I caught up on a lot of reading and reviews that needed to be written. I hope December is just as productive!

-Laura

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4 thoughts on “November Wrap Up

    1. Thank you so much! I haven’t reached 100 books in a year for a long time! Percy was so amazing. I’m so annoyed at myself for not reading the series sooner! Omg, yes you need to read The Foxhole Court. The books in that series are so amazing. Be prepared to cry a little, too. 😀

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