November was a funny/weird month for me. I finished uni and did pretty well, and I spent the rest of the month in a hangover-like daze. I read quite a bit, watched a bunch of tv shows, hung out with friends, and worked a bit too. I see myself working a lot more now that it’s Christmas soon. Ugh.
20 reads + 2 rereads: 13 books, 4 short stories, 1 graphic novel, 1 webtoon, 1 comic.
Off the Ice was an amazing book. I am still freaking out over how awesome it was a month later. The characters, the plot, the writing … everything was perfect. If you’re looking for a sweet sports romance, check out this wonderful novel!
Unmasked is the saddest Anyta Sunday book I have read from her (usually she writes fluff). But it was still a great novel: the plot is angsty and tragic, but the characters were fantastic.
Ugh. I did not like Legacy of Kings, and I’m upset because I really thought I would. I expected an epic adventure story with a queer relationship … but I got none of those things. Not only was the historically canon queer relationship erased, the characters were two-dimensional and boring/irritating.
My review of It’s Not Like It’s a Secret was a little different from my standard review process: I wrote about 5 secrets about the novel that would (hopefully) entice people to read the book. The novel is super sweet and talks about important issues too.
Book of the Month
Wow, okay, so the third book in the Signs of Love series was AMAZING. Like, I still can’t get over the perfection of this book – but honestly, what else would I expect? It’s Anyta Sunday. Gemini Keeps Capricorn is such a cute novel: it features an oblivious, quirky protagonist who has been crushing on his super serious college resident hall supervisor. They’ve been semi-flirting and bantering for years, but are they finally going to get together like everyone in the hall has been betting they would? You’ll have to read to find out! I’m also part of the release blitz for this book, so keep an eye out for my review sometime in December.
Ugh. This book.
Gross doesn’t even begin to cover it. I found Merry Gentlemen to be overly fetishising and low-key racist. That’s all I really want to say about it.
Tags and Awards
I was also nominated for an award!! Yay!! Click on the award button on the side to see who I nominated in turn. 💕
This month, I attended the Fence comic release party and I wrote up a transcript of the Q&A with the author of the comic, C.S. Pacat! Please take a look at the post by clicking on the image below. The Q&A reveals some awesome information about the creation of the comic, and upcoming issues. Also, please consider buying the comic! It’s fantastic. My review will also be up sometime in December.
In December, I’m joining TWO read-a-thons (hahah, help me). The first is the #LoveOzYA Bingo Challenge, a month long read-a-thon dedicated to reading Australia YA, and the second is the SapphicAThon, a two-week long challenge dedicated to reading f/f romance books.
I was also involved in a few blog tours this month! These include:
- Instagram Tour for Off the Ice
- Blog Tour for Unmasked
- Release Blitz for Merry Gentlemen
- Secret Blitz for Leo Loves Aries
- Blog Tour for This Mortal Coil
I’ve already read Gemini Keeps Capricorn (and loved it), and I am currently reading Chainbreaker (and loving it). I haven’t heard many good things about Runebinder, so I’m kind of hesitant to read it, but I’ll get to it eventually.
(Hahahahaha stop me.)
I did quite a bit this month!
My siblings and I saw Thor: Ragnarok and it was AMAZING! I can’t deal with how perfect that movie was, but I’m seeing it again VERY soon.
We also watched Justice League, and while it was a lot better than I thought it would be, it wasn’t the best. Literally the best part of the movie was the after-credits scene, so if you see the film, make sure you stay!
I also went to see another Shakespearean performance at the Melbourne pop-up Globe. Last month, I watched Much Ado About Nothing, and this month I saw As You Like It with my best friends. While I didn’t enjoy As You Like It as much as Much Ado, it was still amazing and hilarious. For all my Melbourne peeps, if you get the chance, please go watch one of the plays at the pop-up Globe! It’s incredible! Here’s a couple of photos:
Looking Forward: December
I don’t know how active I’ll be in December, only because I know I’m going to be working heaps. Christmas is such a busy period, but I’m hoping I have enough energy to continue to post frequently.
- Release blitz: On Your Knees, Prospect by K.A. Merikan
- Blog tour: Gemini Keeps Capricorn by Anyta Sunday
Tentative TBR: (Not including the two read-a-thons)
That’s a wrap!
How was your November? What books did you read? What shows did you watch? If you’re in Melbourne, did you have the chance to go to the pop-up Globe? Let me know!