Monthly Wrap Ups+Book Hauls

November 2018: Wrap Up + Book Haul

*disclaimer: In order to keep these posts at a reasonable length, I don’t include pictures of the books I bought. They are all linked to Goodreads so that you can add them to your own TBR.

November 2018 Wrap Up + Book Haul

November wasn’t a bad month for me as far as reading goes. Would I like to read more books? Um….yes. But I can’t seem to focus on a book when chaos is reigning all around me. Once upon a time I could read a book and be so completely engrossed in it that I paid attention to no one and no thing. Not the case anymore. Too much noise and I just can’t concentrate. 

I got to read seven books this month. Two of which I haven’t completed because technically the month isn’t over yet. I’m still going to include them here because I plan on completing them both by November 30. I like to start my month fresh with no book carryover. 

Well, enough chatter from me. Let’s get to my November 2018 wrap up.


The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

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This book was a perfect fall read. Justin writes some of the best literary fiction. I loved it. It was a sad story but also a hopeful story, filled with friendship and determination to survive. The City of Mirrors was the perfect ending to The Passage trilogy.

Think, Learn, Succeed by Dr. Caroline Leaf

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This book is a great read if you are looking to increase your learning potential. I know there are so many books out there about being a better you, but none of them compare to this one. In this book, you’ll learn your customized way of thinking and how to use that knowledge to leverage your own learning curve. I really, really enjoyed this book. I can’t wait to read it again and get even more out of it. 

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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I love, love, love this book so much! It was better than A Court of Thorns and Roses (if that’s possible). I love Rhysand so very much. Feyre can be a bit of an idiot but she did endure some pretty hard stuff in A Court of Thorns and Roses so I have to remind myself to go easy on her. I loved all of the character development with Rhysand. He is very snarky and I love main characters with a lot of sass to them. 

The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah MacKenzie

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This book was super easy to read and to understand. I loved all of the book recommendations for reading to your children at any age. If you have been wanting to start reading aloud to the littles in your life, this book is great for beginners. My biggest takeaway: Don’t wait until you have the perfect situation before you read aloud to your kids. 

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

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I’ll be honest and say that when I started this book I wasn’t sure if it was for me or not. But, by the end, I was hanging on every word. I was antisocial for at least 30 minutes at my husband’s family Thanksgiving (oops) just so I could finish the book. I love Kell and Lila, they make such a great pair. Their relationship is so sassy and it makes the book amusing even though its pretty dark. I was disappointed by lack of character depth. I just feel like I don’t know enough about the characters to help the story make more sense. I am; however, ready to dig into the next book in the trilogy, A Gathering of Shadows.

The Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillyn Smith

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I picked up The Cozy Minimalist Home for the freebie I got when I preordered, but it has turned out to be much more than just another minimalist book.  It’s helping me to finally figure out why  I’ve struggled to make my home cozy without overwhelming myself. This book is quickly becoming my go-to decor book! 


In conclusion:

That’s it for my November 2018 Wrap Up. Now we can get to the books I bought. All the books are linked to Goodreads so that you can add them to your own TBR list!

  • City of Bones, Cassandra Clare
  • Lady Midnight, Cassandra Clare
  • The Hazel Wood, Melissa Albert (*I bought my copy from Book Outlet and I have to say I learned my lesson in buying their “scratch and dent” copies. This book looks like it got slashed by a book murderer. If you like pretty books stay away from the “scratch and dent” ones from Book Outlet.
  • Sky In the Deep, Adrienne Young
  • Whichwood, Tahereh Mafi (I bought this purely for the cover. I do intend to read it in January 2019 though)
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas (While I’ve already read this one, I needed it to complete the series on my shelf.)
  • Truthwitch, Susan Dennard
  • A Gathering of Shadows, V. E. Schwab
  • Girls of Paper and Fire, Natasha Nigan (I got this copy from my Owlcrate box!)

Those are all the books I hauled this month. It’s significantly less than last month but also more than it should be because I said I wasn’t buying books this month…..we can just not mention this to my husband, okay? LOL.

Anyway, I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving I hope you had a wonderful November filled with much reading and drinking of hot beverages. 

Happy reading,

Alicen

P.S. Check out my December 2018 TBR! Bonus: Another Harry Potter themed readathon!