How is it December? I was at a book event on Saturday for Shop Small Business Day and legit had a moment of HOW IS THIS YEAR ALMOST OVER?
November was a wild month for me, friends. Unlike the last several months, I have been actually enjoying reading — which may or may not be related to the fact that I’m not forcing myself to write reviews right after reading.
Most of my spoons have been spent on the 2019 Bookish Reader’s Choice Awards, which has been a lot of work but also a lot of fun! In case you missed it, the general voting round is now live! 🎉
I read a total of 3,373 pages across 9 books in November. In terms of my reading slump? Don’t know her! I did lose my reading streak about a week or so ago (womp womp) because I just couldn’t bring myself to read, but otherwise? Slump hath been slayed!
Let’s not talk about the fact that I haven’t written a good number of my October reviews yet, and my backlog of review to comes keeps growing, but I feel like reading for the first time in months… so I am just going with it.
✨ As a quick reminder, I’ve done away with star ratings on my blog reviews. You can read more about my reasoning in this discussion post on ratings systems, but you can find my ratings on Goodreads!
My Favorite Reads of November
The Deep by Rivers Solomon is a masterpiece. There, I said it.
This book blew me away with its powerful prose and blend of history and fantasy. It’s a story of memory and history, the individual versus the group, of identity, of pain and of hope. This is such a beautifully crafted and powerful story that I can’t recommend enough.
Also, the audiobook is narrated by Daveed Diggs, which is awesome and full-circle.
Crier’s War by Nina Varela is such a stunning debut!
I pre-ordered this book solely because Sharon screamed about it on Twitter. And then Kate read it and love it. And then I didn’t read it for almost two months. And now I am angry for waiting so long! Rich world-building, lush writing, amazing and flawed characters. f/f enemies-to-lovers slow burn. This is a new fave, friends!
I was fortunate enough to attend an event and meet Nina yesterday at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, and let me tell you — she is hilarious and I want to be her best friend.
📖 Full Review to Come
All November Reads
ARCs/copies from author or publisher are noted below by an asterisk *
- * A Thousand Fires by Shannon Price – you say retelling of The Iliad and I am going to come running. I definitely picked up more Romeo and Juliet vibes from this than expected, but the themes of the Iliad are evident throughout – the underlying story being an important one of privilege and gentrification set in San Francisco. | 📖 Full ARC review
- * Tarnished are the Stars by Rosiee Thor – by the time I finally read this science fiction debut, I already owned a finished copy — oops. Basically this book is amazing and I will be kicking myself for months because I was late on my ARC review. All those months I could have been shouting! The cast of characters and world is effortless diverse and is ownvoices for aro-ace rep! | 📖 Full ARC review
- Capturing the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) by Kerri Maniscalco – I finally stopped procrastinating and dove into a buddy read with Destiny and Reg for our last adventure with Thomas! I really didn’t like book 3, and I saw some negative reviews of this one, so my expectations were lowered tf down… and I didn’t hate it. | 📖 Full review
- * Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh – this was a super overdue review copy from February. And I am kicking myself because the book was so good! If you love space exploration and character-driven narratives with a spotlight on mental health, pick this one up. | 📖 Full ARC review
- If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio – I… just want to talk with everyone of my friends who screamed about this book, because perhaps my copy is different? 😛 This is a book that should have been for me but was NOT. | 📖 Full review
- The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White – I wanted to love this one, but it took far too long to get going and the uneven pacing kept throwing me for a loop. The last quarter of the book? AMAZING. The rest? Meh. | 📖 Full review coming soon
- * The Hive by Barry Lyga – another overdue ARC down! This one is… terrifying, friends. It’s pretty much a look at what would happen if The Purge merged with social media cancel culture. | 📖 Full ARC review
Did Not Finish
Total Books Read: 9 | Total Pages Read: 3,373
Total Books Read in 2019: 83
Goodreads Reading Goal: 52 🎉
ARC Mountain Update
I recently put myself on an ARC Ban (as of July 12, 2019), and back in July I wrote a post about the ban to hold me accountable, and I’m reporting on the mountain each month.
How am I doing? lololol but at least it’s just 2020 ARCs so 🙃
Current 2019 (& older) ARC Total: 17 (read 4, no longer interested in 2 others)
Finished in November: 4 (A Thousand Fires, The Deep, Do You Dream of Terra-Two?, The Hive)
ARC Reviews to Write: 2 (Darkdawn, The Hive)
Awesome Community Posts
I didn’t really blog hop last month. Apparently, I am still not used to my spoon limitations. One of these days I will find balance. One of these days I can be like I was before. But for now, I will have to be okay with my best being enough.
Thank you, everyone, so much for visiting, liking, commenting, and sharing your bookish thoughts with me last month! I hope that you had a fantastic November, let me know how your month went in the comments below!
Let’s go on another adventure together!