Happy November! Another month gone, another reading wrap up! I got back into the swing of things this month and managed to read eight books (so much better than last month) and I completed my 2018 goodreads reading goal! I am so thrilled that I managed to read fifty books this year and I hope to read many more in the next 2 months! So, let’s get into it!
1. Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
I read this book for a class and surprisingly really enjoyed it. The writing style is a little outdated, and I can see that there are some issues with the way the female characters are portrayed, but this was such a unique take on Arthurian legend and I was so intrigued by the story.
I gave this book 3.5 stars.
2. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
I was supposed to buddy read this book with the wonderful Zoe – from yerabooknerdzoe – but we’ve both had a very busy month (she actually got married this month) so I don’t think she’s gotten round to reading the book yet. I, however, adored it. When I first started reading the Mortal Instruments series, I didn’t think I was going to like it. So to end up so enthralled and enraptured by a Cassandra Clare book was a shock to me, but a pleasant one.
I gave this book 4 stars.
3. Legendary by Stephanie Garber
I started reading this in September after a friend told me that they loved this book! I very much enjoyed Caraval so I was intrigued to see where the story would go. I enjoyed Legendary, but I was also disappointed at a lot of things. I will hopefully have a full review up soon so be sure to check in to see my in-depth thoughts on this book.
I gave this book 3.5 stars.
4. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
OH. MY. GOD. I LOVE THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL! UGH. AMAZING. So much fun! So quirky! So cute! I want more!
I gave this book 4 stars. (Might change.)
5. Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry
Again. Wow. This book was so good! It was so insightful and charming and funny but still touched on really important and interesting topics. I cannot recommend this book enough!
I gave this book 4.5 stars, but I might be inclined to change it to 5.
6. Wildcard by Marie Lu
If any of you have read my Warcross review you will know that it is not my favourite book in the world. So you might be wondering why I decided to pick this up. There are 2 reasons: firstly, I’d heard it was a lot better than the first book, which was true, and secondly, I love to hate-read books! I don’t know why it’s so satisfying but ugh it’s so fun!
I have some mixed opinions on this second instalment of Lu’s series and I hope to discuss them further in a full review soon.
I gave this book 2.5 stars.
7. The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper
Again, I read this book for a class and is the sequel, and second book in a five-part series, to Over Sea, Under Stone. I enjoyed this, for sure, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book. The characters and settings are completely different and almost feels like I’m reading another story entirely. I know the two books join up in the third book, but this wasn’t my favourite.
I gave this book 3 stars.
8. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
I was so so lucky to be able to attend a book signing for What If It’s Us and the event was incredible! A few days after the event I sat down to read this book and devoured it! It’s such a cute story and I love the characters so much! Dylan is probably one of my favourite YA characters ever and I would love to see sequel for this story!
There were some things that frustrated me, such as the arguments seemed forced just to push the plot in the right direction and just didn’t feel entirely authentic to me.
With that being said I did love it and I gave this book 4 stars.
Some non-bookish things!
- I started my Masters course.
- I attended my Nan’s funeral.
- I met Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera!
- I visited my sister in University.
- I graduated University!
- I visited the Bombay Sapphire gin distillery (which was awesome!)
- I attempted my first ever Blogtober! While I did not complete is successfully I am so happy with what I produced! I think I ended up with over 20 posts in a month which, to me, is something to be so proud of! You can check out all my blogtober posts here.
- I shared my first ever piece of creative writing with you guys – check it out here.
Have you read any of these books? How many books did you read this month? What was your favourite read this month?
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