Happy December everyone! This post came really late because the end of the month all went to crap for me…But my wrap up is here!
So apparently I read 16 books this month! …But four of those were graphic novels and two were novels in verse, so it’s not quite as much as an achievement 😀 Anyways, I really enjoyed what I read this month! There was only one three star, and the rest were four and five stars—definitely an excellent reading month!
- Casquette Girls by Alys Arden (4 stars): This was such a fun, atmospheric contemporary fantasy full of witches and vampires. I tried finishing this book on Halloween, but I ran out of time (tbh that was slightly disappointing XD). I can’t wait to read the next one. Check out my review here.
- Shatter the Suns by Caitlin Sangster (4 stars): I finished this book right before Caitlin’s third and final book in this series came out. It’s a well-written sequel with just as much world building as the previous book. I cannot wait to finish the series!
- Cocoa in the Attic by Indigo Wood (5 stars): Oh my gosh this book!!! It’s such a funny, sweet Christmas romantic comedy with some family drama thrown into the mix. I’ll definitely be rereading this every year. Check out my review here.
- Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman (4 stars): I got to listen to the audiobook for this one, and I’m so glad I did! It was so much fun. The characters, setting, and action-packed plot were quite a wild ride. Check out my review here.
- Deadly Little Scandals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (5 stars): I was not expecting such a wild ending to this duology! Holy crow it was crazy. I had the pleasure to listen to the first book Little White Lies last month, and I found the audio on Overdrive right after this came out! If you’re a fan of mysteries, you should definitely read this series. Check out my review here.
- How to Speak Boy by Tiana Smith (5 stars): Do you need a fun, fluffy romance in your life? Then I’m going to shove this book in your face. It’s You’ve Got Mail with speech and debate competitions! It’s so much fun and hilarious, with a super sweet romance. I loved it. Full review coming soon.
- Willa and the Whale by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown (4 stars): I was pretty uncertain if I would end up enjoying this middle grade book, but I did. It even made me tear up a little bit. If you need a cute heartstring-tugger, this one will do it for you.
- Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez (5 stars): This book is truly magical. Oh my word, I could not stop thinking about this book after I finished reading it. The world building is stellar, the characters are incredible, and I cannot get enough of Isabel’s writing. You all need to put this book on your tbr right now. Full review coming soon.
- The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller (4 stars): This steamy Slytherin romance is whoooo *fanning myself* real hot! If you’re really needing an exciting romantic fantasy standalone, this book is for you!
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (5 stars): What can I say that hasn’t already been said? This book was so beautiful and wonderful.
- Diana, Princess of the Amazons by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale (5 stars): Ahhhhh guys this is my new favorite DC Zoom book! It’s so brilliantly paced and Diana as a young girl is so relatable. Full review to come.
- Green Lantern—Legacy by Minh Le (4 stars): Another DC Zoom book! This one is also really fun and it includes Vietnamese American rep, which was really cool to see. Lots of action and friendship themes. Full review to come.
- Wonder Woman—Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (4 stars): This was a really fun graphic novel. I haven’t read the original novel, but I really found the premise of this book fascinating. Full review to come.
- That Can Be Arranged by Huda Fahmy (5 stars): This graphic novel filled with Huda’s hilarious comics and commentary is so funny! She tells the story of how she met her husband, as well as some of the near misses she had. Loved it.
- Turtle Under Ice by Juleah Del Rosario (4 stars): Such a touching, beautiful sister story in verse. I can’t help myself when it comes to sister stories, and this one was fantastic. Full review to come.
- Promised by Leah Garriott (3 stars): You know those books where it’s fun in the moment, but afterward you ask a bunch of questions that poke holes in things? That was this book for me. It was fun, but I struggled connecting with the main character.
Once again, writing didn’t happen again this month. BUT! I woke up this morning (the morning I wrote this blog post) with a shiny new idea that I’ve become slightly (okay really) obsessed with. It’s very motivating to have a new idea that I love, since my current book isn’t doing anything for me right now.
November was busy! It also went by ridiculously fast, but here are some highlights!
- I went to four book signings this month! The first was for Sara B. Larson’s new fantasy SISTERS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT. She and Kathryn Purdie played games, had a karaoke session, and there was ice cream! I really enjoyed myself that night.
- The second signing was for Caitlin Sangster’s final book in her series LAST STAR BURNING. Caitlin and Emily R. King were up to a lot of shenanigans that night, and it was really fun to watch them.
- The third and fourth signings happened at the new Barnes and Noble we have a couple of towns over! It’s so beautiful and HUGE! I’m hoping they do a ton of events there, since it won’t be as long of a drive 🙃 I got books signed from Sofia Pasternack for ANYA AND THE DRAGON and Dan Haring for STAR SHEPHERD. I went back a couple days later and picked up CRYSTAL BLADE, Kathryn Purdue’s second book, and got that signed too.
- I saw Frozen 2 over Thanksgiving and is was sooo good! There are some world building elements I took issue with, but the character arcs were beautiful and precious. And Kristoff *swoon*.
- I also watched Klaus on Netflix, and it was amazing. The art, characters, plot…I teared up a couple of time. If you need a real feel-good Christmas movie, go watch Klaus. On another note, I don’t recommend Noelle on Disney+, unless you can stand a lot of tropey cheesiness. It definitely wasn’t for me.
On the Blog
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This review was featured on The Write Reads twitter page for a day! I got a ton of traffic on my blog that day, and I’m so grateful for it. Here are some other fun posts I did this month:
- 5 Books With Survival Themes
- Relatable Exploration of Friendships || Series Review: Real Friends and Best Friends
- Swoony Historical Romance || Review: The Last Word
- Books from 5 Authors I Haven’t Read Yet
- Family Drama with a Large Dose of Christmas Romance || ARC Review: Cocoa in the Attic
- Atmospheric Witchy Female Friendships || Review: The Casquette Girls
- Interview with Indigo Wood, author of Cocoa in the Attic
- Gritty Wild West || Audiobook Review: Vengeance Road
- Just as Exciting as the First || Review: Deadly Little Scandals
Thanks for stopping by my monthly wrap-up! It’s always fun looking back on a month. Let me know how your month went! I’d love to hear!