• Bookish Life

    November 2018 Book Chat

    *This post contains my current reads for November 2018. I post these Current Reads articles around the middle of every month and they are inspired by Anne Bogel @ modernmrsdarcy.com I hope you all have had a great reading month so far. If not, we still have half of November left!

    November 2018 Book Chat

    Here are the great books I’ve read recently. 

    current reads, november 2018

    The first book I finished this month is The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin. 

    I loved this book so so much. It was the perfect ending for this trilogy. My reader heart is very satisfied with this one. Justin is a master of description. This book wasn’t boring. It was beautiful. I was engrossed in the story from the first page. 

    The second book I completed was Think Learn Succeed by Dr. Caroline Leaf.

    This is a non-fiction science/mental health book. I really really enjoyed reading this book. I actually love all of her books even though they are very sciency. My mind was blown consistently throughout. The one thing I can say is not to take a month long break before you finish the book. I now have to read it again, but I’m ok with that. I actually want to read it again!

    current reads, november 2018

    The third book I read this month was A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.

    I am in love with Rhysand. That is all. Goodbye.

    But really, I loved this book so very very much. If anything happens to Rhysand I will die and Sarah J. Maas will be guilty of murder. 💔

    current reads, november 2018

    The fourth book I have (kinda) read so far this month is Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillyn Smith.

    This book is a beautiful and practical guide to making your home minimal but without the industrial starkness of “traditional” minimalism. Hence the title Cozy Minimalist Home. I love me a cozy house, but I also love me a home with no clutter. 


    That’s my current reads list for November 2018 so far.

    I’m not very good at talking about books. I don’t like “reviewing” them because I don’t feel that it’s my job to put my opinion of a book in a reader’s head. I want them to experience it for themselves and then they can make a decision on whether they liked it or not. I can let you know if I liked it or not though. And I can let you look it up on Goodreads or Amazon if you so desire. 

    Also, I do not recommend reading reviews of a book after you just finished it. Especially if you LOVED it. Someone out there will be dragging it through the dirt and it will make you feel like maybe you aren’t a good reader, and how could you be so gullible to the writer’s whims, and maybe the book isn’t as good as you thought. Just save yourself the heartache and DON’T read the reviews.

    Because none of the stuff that the reviewer said about your FAVORITE book is true about you. You read the book and it was your experience that matters. Not that psycho reviewer on Goodreads whom you now want to stab in their sleep. I personally never read reviews. I don’t watch them on booktube either. I don’t like reading a synopsis of a book either. I want to go in totally blind. It’s the best that way. 

    Don’t let the evil book reviewers get you down!

    Sorry, that turned into a crazy rant. I’ve been thinking about this whole “reviewers dragging books though the mud” thing all morning. I think I might just have to write a post about it. Something like the Readers Bill of Rights. Here’s what we want as readers and don’t any of you evil readers take these rights away from us! LOL. I am being a little extra. But maybe not, you know?

    What do you think? Should I create a Reader’s Bill of Rights? If you don’t care I’m still going to do it. Actually if you don’t care that just means you are one of those readers who thinks your word is scripture and you want to shove all of your book opinions down people’s throats. 

    Oops. Went ranting again. Sorry.

    Anyway, I hope you all have a lovely day. American Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and then it’s basically Christmas!

    Can you tell I’m excited?

    Happy reading,


    P.S. I am sorry about the rant. I’m going to take that info and turn it into a blog post real soon. 😄

    P.P.S. Here is the link to my full November 2018 TBR.

  • The TBR

    November 2018 TBR

    *Today is the first day of November! All you book lovers know what that means. New TBRs! I have just a few books on my list this month. With the holidays just around the corner I’ll be surprised if I get more than what’s on my TBR finished. 

    November 2018 Book Recommendations

    My November Reading List

    Although my book list is small it’s filled with some quite hefty books. I am really excited to read all of them, but the top of the list is A Court of Mist and Fury. I read A Court of Thorns and Roses last month for the #charmsextracredit. I loved it! I read it in about a day which is impressive for me considering I have two littles 5 and under. Let’s just say the interruptions are non-stop. 

    Anyway, you don’t want to know that. You want to see what my tbr looks like for the month of November 2018.

    The first book on my list is The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin.

    This book was on my tbr for last month but I just didn’t get to it. It’s the third and final book in The Passage series. I’ve never read this one so I’m very excited to dig into this one. I have high expectations for this book and I don’t think I’ll be disappointed.

    Next up is A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.

    I know everyone is all in a rage over Kingdom of Ash. I’ve yet to dig into that series so I’m not really sure what all the fuss is about. Please don’t hate me for not reading it yet. 

    Third on my list is The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

    I have been wanting to read this book for a few month now. I have no idea what this book is about and I like to keep it that way. I’m so bad about this. Like I don’t even want to know the names of the characters. Just tell me if you liked the book or not and I’ll give it a go. No need to spoil everything for me. 

    Fourth on my list is A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab.

    I was lucky enough to pick up the special edition of this book from bookoutlet.com for cheap. It’s beautiful and I so can’t wait to read this one!

    The last book on my list is a non-fiction book.

    The Read-Aloud Family is written by Sarah McKenzie. In it she goes over how to start a culture of reading in your family no matter what age your kids are. And it’s full of lists of age appropriate books that you can read aloud with your kids. Since my boys are 5 and 2 I felt like there’s never a better time to start than now.

    Happy Reading Friends!

    That’s it for my November TBR. I’m trying to keep it low key this month and I picked all new reads because I know I’ll be able to get through them all. I love to re-read my favorite stories but I don’t go through them as fast because I already know what happens. The hunt for the conclusion isn’t as strong with re-reads. Unless, you know, it’s been a decade since I last read it. 

    Thanks for reading,

    P.S. What’s on the top of your TBR for November? Let me know in the comments or on Instagram!

    P.P.S. Check out my October Wrap Up and Book Haul here!