I failed. I’m a failure. My goal was to read 10 books in November, but I only completed four. I started God knows how many. I was picking up so many books this past month that I really didn’t enjoy and it was burning me out. I’m happy that I’ve already met my reading goal for this year, so I’m not too worried about how many more books I need to read to hit that. I just want to get some of these damn books off of my TBR! I counted and I have over 200 currently owned books, both physical & e-book, that I haven’t read. It will take me at least 2 years to get through these ever-growing pile. I’m not stressed or anything….
One of my goals for December is to read a bunch of the books that I have already started, but never completed. I’ve already knocked out one, so that’s something! Let’s hope I can knock out 20 more bahaha.
First book I “read” in November was Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. I DNF’d it around 50% the way into it. I couldn’t stand any of the characters. I’m not the type of reader that can get by with only a plot-based book. I have to be able to connect, or at least somewhat enjoy, the characters I’m reading about. You would think with a cast of around 6 people, I’d be able to have at least one person that I liked. Nope. Hated them all. I felt like I was reading a fantasy version of Gossip Girl…but Gossip Girl was better. I’ve been told by a ton of people to continue on with the series and that it gets better, so I will. Just for ya’ll.
While Labyrinth Lost was a very creative read, I didn’t enjoy it near as much as I would have hoped. To prevent repetition, here’s a full review of it if ya’ll would like to
check it out. I’ve heard the sequel will be following one of Alex’s sisters, both of whom I really enjoyed, so I’ll definitely be looking forward to that. How gorgeous is that cover, though? 3 stars.
Splintered by A.G. Howard was yet another book that I didn’t very much enjoy. I really,
really hated the characters in this one. They were annoying and irritating. And what the hell was up with Jeb?! He was so manipulative and over-bearing on Alyssa. It was, in my opinion, an unhealthy relationship. The world was very imaginative and I enjoyed reading a different take on Wonderland, but I had so many issues with this one. The main one being Jeb. He is #2 on the list of Characters I Fucking Hate. 2 stars.
Finally, a book I did enjoy. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin was a very interesting journey. Don’t judge me when I say that I was expecting her to turn into a werewolf before I started reading it. DON’T JUDGE ME. While I didn’t connect with any of the characters, the world-building and writing was enough to have me craving for more. I was completely taken aback from the ending! This book was a crazy adventure! I’m super excited to read Blood for Blood next year. 3.75 stars.
I. loved. this. book. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers was exactly th
e way I needed to end this reading month. Nun assassins?! Come on! That’s fucking awesome. Ismae was such a strong character and I was immensely drawn to her. I also have a major book crush on Duval. If you’re on the market for a different take on historical fiction, definitely check out this series.
So there we go. My pitiful November wrap-up. I’m really hoping that I read a ton of enjoyable books in December. Have you read any of these novels? Let me know your thoughts on them. I would love to discuss them with you!