November Wrap: The Month That Reading Forgot

December 1, 2018

Another month is coming to a close, and it’s time to show you guys what I read this month! I asked my twitter friends to vote, and it was unanimous that they wanted me to go back to organizing my wrap-ups by star ratings, so that’s what we’ll be doing here. If there’s a review, you can click the title to see it!

About the title:
I know my reading wrap-up looks good this month, so the title isn’t related to how many items I read. The title is referring to the fact that I slumped for THREE FREAKING WEEKS in November, and literally almost everything in this list is a graphic novel, manga, or something I had started reading in October. 

I just wanted to add this little note because I don’t want anything thinking that I think this list is “bad”. It’s not that, it’s just that I had to fight tooth and nail to read ANYTHING this month. Anyone else? I feel like November was rough for a lot of us!

? = review copy

? = POC rep
? = LGBTQ+ rep
? = Remember November
? = Read and Chill-a-thon

5 stars:


4 stars:


3 stars:

  • Asylum — Madeleine Roux ??
  • Sincerely, Harriet — Sarah Winifred Searle ???
  • What Makes Girls Sick and Tired — Lucile de Peslouan ??
  • Truth or Beard — Penny Reid
  • The First One You Expect — Adam Cesare
  • Manga Classics: Les Miserables — Stacy King ?
  • Night Shift — Robin Triggs ?


2 stars:

  • Hidden Heartbreak — Emma Lee ?


1 star:


DNF – no rating:

  • Evenfall — Gaja J. Kos & Boris Kos ?


in progress & predicted ratings:

  1. The Faithful — Matt Hayward
    1. 46%
    2. prediction: 4.5
  2. Kingdom of Ash — Sarah J. Maas
    1. 13%
    2. prediction: 5
  3. The Shadow of What Was Lost — James Islington
    1. 10%
    2. prediction: 4.5
  4. Small Spaces — Katherine Arden
    1. 15%
    2. prediction: 4
  5. Dear Heartbreak — edited by Heather Demetrios
    1. 8%
    2. prediction: 3.5
  6. Hark! The Herald Angels Scream — edited by Christopher Golden
    1. 37%
    2. prediction: 4.5
  7. The Truth About Forever — Sarah Dessen (REREAD)
    1. 16%
    2. prediction: 5 (as always)
  8. The Gilded Wolves — Roshani Chokshi
    1. 41%
    2. prediction: 4
  9. The Battle of the Labyrinth — Rick Riordan
    1. 52%
    2. prediction: 5

Other Reviews Posted this Month…

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Movies Watched this Month…


My Favorite Non-Review Posts of the Month…

My Favorite Posts from OTHER Bloggers This Month…


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Just a horror aficionado/geek girl trying to juggle motherhood, reading, blogging, gaming, and everyday life.

    1. I also found November to be a really rough reading month. I was super slumpy and it took what felt like forever to get out of it. I hope you manage to get out of your slump soon!

    1. I definitely feel you. If you look at my numbers, then I suppose I did a decent job reading in November (although it was still one of my weakest months), but I still feel like I spent more time wishing I had time to read than actually reading. I hope 2019 will be better for both of us!

    1. You really do have a ton of books you are currently reading right now!! I don’t know how you do it! I think 3 or 4 is the most I’ve had started at the same time. Good luck getting to all of them 🙂

      1. Thank you! It’s been really good so far, for some reason I just have the hardest time getting sucked into high fantasy right now. This is actually my second time of picking it up and both times I’ve hit a rut when trying to read the hardbacks, so I think I might switch over to my spouse’s audiobook and see if I fare better that way!

          1. I do love a good audio book, so that sounds like a good plan! That’s how he has read the books (I think he’s read them twice each now) and he keeps pushing me to try the audio, too. It’s settled, I’ll take both of your advice and switch over to that so hopefully I can finally make some good progress in it! 😀

    1. i slumped hard in november too!! im so glad graphic novels exist because they’re also my go to when i can’t read anything else haha i really need to check out check, please!! i don’t know why i haven’t gotten to it yet.

    1. Slumping for three weeks is baaaaad. But at least you’re getting out of it! And with the short-a-thon coming up, I just KNOW you’ll be all fresh and ready to start 2019 with a huuuge bang [and probably some big books too, haha].
      I really, really should get my hands on a copy of The Kiss Quotient. And My Favorite Half-Night Stand.. [I’m still resisting that one huge splurge – I don’t even know HOW.]
      Thank youuu for mentioning two of my posts, love! <3

      1. It was such a pain! Hahaha yes, exactly. That’s what I’m hoping for, at least – it’s why I’m trying to finish everything before Shortathon, so I can ONLY read short things and be super fresh for 2019. :’)
        They’re both soooooo good! I really recommend them.
        You’re so welcome ♥

        1. Yes, my goal as well. I just have to keep on top of my current reads and I’ll definitely make it! I hope.. 😛
          I splurged. I succumbed. I ordered both of them. :’) Along with 64968465 other books. [Let’s hope the BF sticks to his habit of NOT checking our bank account statements or I’m toast.]

    1. Thank you so much for mentioning my post, Destiny! ???
      I love that you talked about the movies you watched, though I feel kind of bad because I have only watched Scott Pilgrim which I actually don’t like!
      I’m so glad you enjoyed Check, Please!, it sounds great and I’m so excited to get to it!

    1. definitely agree about november being a weird reading month.
      im hoping to sort this out now, fresh month fresh start.
      Thank you for linking up my steam wishlist post! 😀

    1. ahhh Destiny thank you so muchhh for featuring my POST!!!?? you are so nice <3 ALSO THE KISS QUOTIENT!!!!!! I loved it so much and i'm so glad you did too, it deserves all the adoration in the world, Michael and Stella were both SO HIGHLY LOVABLE?? their romance felt so wholesome and sweet. i want to reread it one thousand times c: c:
      also I'm so sad bc I finally read it & Girls of Paper and Fire wasn't all that wonderful??? in fact i dare say the plot was weird af. And this wasn't even slow burn romance, but an insta love halfway into the book, and I was so confused??? MY CRUMPLED HEART.
      ++ it brings me joy that you watched Donnie Darko, I remember identifying with him so much when I first watched it,,,especially "get out of my room i'm reading" XD XD

      1. You’re so welcome!! <3 Omg Michael and Stella – so so so precious. I adored them so much. Ugh. I need to reread it already!
        Awwww, I can see what you mean. 🙁 First of all yeah you are 100% right about it not being a slow burn. I keep seeing people call it super slow burn-y and I'm thinking those people don't read a lot of slow burns because my angsty slow burn adoring self is over here like "they kissed in the first book, that ain't slow burn" LMAO. But yeah… I think it was a pretty solid 3.5 for me at best. 🙁
        LMAO my spouse had never seen it and we were watching it and it got to that line and he just went "it you" and I died laughing ??

    1. November was such a slumpy reading month, and I hope this month is better for you! I am looking forward to all our buddy reads!
      Thanks for sharing my spreadsheet post, love! Means a lot because I know you have your own!

    1. I’m sorry you struggled so much in November too!! I only read TWO books, which is unbelievable for me. I’m worried December may turn out much the same, but keep reminding myself that it’s not my fault. Hope this month treats you better <3

      1. Augh, I’m sorry November was so rough for you, too! 🙁 I hope December is better for you, but even if it isn’t, do remember that it isn’t your fault and you are valid no matter how much or how little you read ♥♥

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