November has been a bit of a crazy month. It started off super busy without a ton of free time and the rest of the month was spent playing catch up. But did I catch up? Eh, somewhat. There’s always more to do. But I’ll take what I can get. 😉
I also joined in a couple of things: The Dragons of Autumn Twilight hosted by Jason from Off The TBR and The Hanged Man promo event sharing love for the first two books of the Tarot Sequence by K.D Edwards. Both of those have been a blast, but a little time consuming.
Despite everything going on, I managed to finish eleven books! All of them were SFF for once, I think because I was busy concentrating on getting my list done I didn’t stray much haha. Of these two were novellas, one was a short story magazine, and the rest were novels. Eleven isn’t my best month, but I feel like I did pretty good with being so busy at the beginning of the month. Also, technically, I still have today so I might be able to finish another book, we’ll see.
Favorite Reads of the Month:
I read some really fantastic books in November and I’d love to talk about all of them, but here are a few that really stood out to me.
- Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater – I loved this book soooo much! First of a new trilogy set in one of my favorite worlds. Maggie’s prose is amazing as usual and I loved revisting some of these characters. I could not have been more happy with this book.
- Dark Age by Pierce Brown – This book was an experience and left me reeling. It took me about two weeks to read and every moment of that was like being on a rollercoaster of emotions. So many reveals, so many twists and turns and things that I was completely shocked by…I love so much about this series and I continue to be super impressed by it. HAIL REAPER!! HAIL LIBERTAS!!
- Blood Price and Blood Trail by Tanya Huff – I don’t know why I’ve waited so long to start this series and I am SO GLAD I decided to do an all vampire themed card for bingo this year so it gave me the kick I needed to read these. Early urban fantasy is some of my favorites. Reading these books now they feel somewhat typical, but what’s not typical is the great characters that Huff has created here. I don’t know what it is about Huff’s writing that always appeals to me–everything I’ve read by her so far I’ve loved (even the slightly weirder things), and I really do have to read more of her work.
November’s Book Reviews:
Still running a bit behind on reviews, might have to do another mini-reveiw post to try and catch up again, although I do hate to do that because I really like to give each book its own post. Ah, torn. Oh well, a problem for another day, for now here are November’s reviews in case you missed them the first time around.
- Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell – 4/5 stars
- This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone – 5/5 stars
- Legacy of Ghosts by Alicia Wanstall-Burke – 5/5 stars
- Sunkissed Feathers and Severed Ties by Kellie Doherty – 3/5 stars
- Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater – 5/5 stars
- To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers – 5/5 stars
Well, this has been a month of book tags, apparently. I even (with the help of the rest of my Death Court friends #DeathBeforeCake) made my own! I also talked a bit about my cataloging project, which I hope to be finishing up soon so I can come up with my 2020 reading plans (I’m making good progress this weekend). Lastly, I did a post talking about what books I want to try and read in December.
- Finally Fall Book Tag
- Autumn TBR – October Update
- The Great Cataloging Project
- The Tarot Sequence Book Tag
- Do I Have That Book? Book Tag
- Books I Want to Read Before 2020 – A December TBR (Sort Of)
Plans for December:
I do have some plans for December but I also hope it’s a pretty chill month where I can just get a lot of reading in. Still, here are some of the things I hope to be working on:
- Finish Cataloging project and finalize 2020 reading plans
- Continue with The Hanged Man promo event leading up to its December 17th release (so excited!)
- I have 3-4 books for reveiw to read (maybe one more if I get approved for the other ARC I requested)
- Work on lots of end of year posts, some of which will involve updating spreadsheets to gather reading stats (so I guess I have to do that too)
- Read, read like the wind, because 2020 will be here before we know it!
So, that was my month! Not too bad. How was yours? Do you have any plans for December? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!
13 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap Up: November 2019”
Great month, Lisa😁 I’m really glad November is over, it was exhausting. Mostly because of SciFiMonth which means I didn’t get to talk much about fantasy at all. Hopefully December will be chill for me too😁
Thanks, Tammy! It was a little exhauting for me too, just all the stuff I signed up for. I have a tendancy to overcommit hahah. 🙂
Hope you get to relax a little in December!
Looks like you had a fantastic month! I also feel like there is so much to do before the year ends but I know its going to come so fast!
I loved the original Red Rising trilogy so much but I haven’t touched anything by Pierce Brown since bfore Iron Gold came out. I’m so scared! Some day I’ll find a way to fit it in somehow.
Thanks, it was busy but pretty good. 🙂 Right!? 2020 will be here before we know it.
I am really enjoying the new RR books! They are a little different, take place 10 years later and have more POV characters. But I like them because they explore all the messiness that comes from toppling an empire and trying to form a new government, power vacuums, how hard it is to actually defeat an ideology, etc.
WoW! Yo! Eleven books completed while busy?! I’d say that’s an accomplishment. That’s good. 🙂
Thanks! Somehow I would have liked to get to more but eleven is pretty good, yeah. 🙂
I’ve just realised my first December job is to write my November wrap up, oops! It sounds like you’ve had a great month and read some really solid books. Congrats on making your own book tag!
Hah, whoops. 🙂
Thanks! It was a pretty good month despite being pretty busy. I did manage to read some great books so there is that. 🙂
Looks like you had a good month! I’m currently reading Call down the hawk, and really enjoying it!
Thanks Evelyn, it was pretty good! Ooooh, can’t wait to see your thoughts on Call Down the Hawk!
Ouff, this month has been busy and has flown by. Blogging and reading took a bit of a back seat unfortunately, hopefully December will be a bit more chilled although I’m not holding my breath for that.
I feel ya, there were points where I was barely blogging and my posts were kind of half-hearted, not as much effort as I usually put forth. Hopefully we’ll both get a bit of a break this month! I’m going to cross my fingers anyway lol