November Wrap-Up!

It’s crazy that another month is over and with that we are starting the last month of the year. 2020 has both felt like it has gone on forever as well as if it has flown by really quickly. I can’t believe this year is almost over already. In just a few days, we will have been in our first own house for two whole years. Whaaat?!

While I didn’t read as much as I would’ve liked this month due to a huge mask order and barely getting any reading done during my vacation, I am still pretty happy with my lineup. I finished 9 books in November and it was a pretty good mix for my interests. They are more than 50% fantasy but I did get some non-fiction and a non-fantasy fiction book in there as well so I am overall happy with what I got.

Disclaimer: I do not recommend reading this post on a tablet. I tried to organize it to be read on all devices but it is best read from a desktop. I am still in the process of learning WordPress and wanted to play around with it a little more.

Audiobooks

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek // by Kim Michelle Richardson // narrated by Katie Schorr

I had my eye on this one for quite a while and I was excited to get it from the library soon after I requested it (library hold plans never seem to quite work out the way you plan). It was a great story to listen to and I felt that the narrator was perfect for it. See my quick review here. Buy here.

Maid // written and narrated by Stephanie Land

I was originally going to read the ebook but never seemed to have time for it. I’m so glad I eventually realized there was an audiobook! I am a sucker for memoirs read by their authors. They just bring that extra touch that convey the authenticity even more. I learned a lot with this one. See my quick review here. Buy here.

Fantasy

The Blacksmith Queen & The Princess Knight // by G.A. Aiken

I finished the first book of this series in preparation for the ARC that I received of the second one but I could not get myself to finish The Princess Knight. I really struggled with both though. I was pretty disappointed with myself because until then I had never DNFed an ARC before but I did not see the point in continuing. I have enjoyed other books by the same author before but these just weren’t for me. I love fantasy but I do enjoy a bit more “realism” to my reading (A “normal” human jumping off a 60 ft high cliff and landing on someone’s back without issue to fight against a large group of enemies? An undead horse growing really convenient tusks out of nowhere to defeat a group of people that until now was tormenting it?). It was just a bit too much for me. I do know there are a lot of other people that enjoy these though so maybe they are for you. I did not post reviews for these on my blog but the books are available here (book 1) and here (book 2).

Kingdom of Back // by Marie Lu

I have not written a review for this one yet but I did enjoy it overall. It has a rather slow and unexciting start but does draw you in eventually with you barely noticing how attached to the characters you get. I love how it was based on true events somewhat but given a fantastical twist. It is a little whimsical but a book that could be read together with a child or teen. Available here.

The Bone Ships // by RJ Barker

This book is an amazing intro to an amazing series. The world-building is incredible. I love learning about the different aspects of this new land. The characters are awesome as well. I found myself invested in them so quickly. I am so thankful to Orbit for sending me print ARCs for this and the second book in the series because they are gorgeous! See my review here. Buy it here.

Call of the Bone Ships // by RJ Barker

One of my favorite things is to be able to read books of the same series back to back. As soon as I finished book 1, I dove into this one. It is an awesome continuation to the story and I am anxiously awaiting the next book with an aching heart. I got to learn more about the flora and fauna as well as their beliefs. I really enjoyed this one. See my review here and buy it here.

The Fires of Vengeance // by Evan Winter

This is book 1 in The Burning series. This is another action-packed series that is set in a world that is incredible to learn about. This book is a lot of fun with a little more dragon action than The Tide Child series. The protagonist reminds me a little bit of Kvothe from The Kingkiller Chronicles with his determination so he’s more of a man of strength of the body compared to Kvothe relying a lot on his strength of mind. Nonetheless, Tau is an incredible character to follow and I am excited to see how this story continues in the future. See my review here and buy the book here.

Non-Fiction

Mediocre // by Ijeoma Oluo

I am still getting my thoughts together on this one. I will add the review to this post once I finish it. But I am really glad I read this. None of the information was necessarily surprising, but it was laid out in a way that I hadn’t considered it all together before. I didn’t realize how many things in this country are connected through literally just this one aspect: white male supremacy. I highly recommend this read! Buy it here!

Paper Bullets // by Jeffrey H. Jackson

I have somewhat mixed feelings about this book. It was very interesting, definitely, but the structure of it kept me from staying as engaged as I would’ve liked. It forced me to look at Nazi soldiers in a way that I hadn’t before, which was often rather uncomfortable. I am planning on making a post with all of my other WW2 reads of 2020 in the coming weeks and will update this post with this review then. The book is available here.

That is it with my November reads. I am pretty happy with them overall. There were several absolutely incredible books and I also got to learn a lot this month. While I may not have enjoyed every single book, it is what it is. What I really like is that this year, I am really learning what kind of books I enjoy and I hardly ever choose incorrectly anymore. That’s why I’m not super disappointed when the inevitable dislike does occur.

I have started a few more this week that you can see in my Sunday Lineup but I will be counting them in the December Roundup since that is the month they’ll be finished in. Usually most of my print books and ebooks are ARCs lately but since this is a slow month for publications for me (I only have one more left to read for December), I have some freedom in choosing my TBR for the next few weeks. While I do plan on reading ahead a little because I did go request crazy for January and February, I do want to sneak in a couple of non-ARCs as well. It’ll be a good way to round out the year.

Did you read any of these yet? What was your favorite book of November? I would love to hear about them!

I finally organized my shelves again so you will get to see my personal books more often from now on!

Note: I am super excited to be a part of Bookshop.org as an affiliate. With every book sale that is done through my shop link here and above, I receive a percentage which will be used to continue to bring you book-related content (probably going straight back into Bookshop). What is really awesome though is that a percentage will also go to independent book stores across the country, which has already helped support (and even save!) many book stores during the COVID struggles.

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