A lot happened this November for me, and I’m not just counting the amazing books I got through either. I reached my one year blogiversary and am hosting my first ever giveaway on this blog, I travelled to Copenhagen for a weekend getaway, and I’ve even started my Christmas shopping, though I’m nowhere near to being finished.
I finally got around to some of my most anticipated releases for this year, a couple of books everyone seemed to be raving about, and even the odd impulse pick up which I still ended up loving. All in all I’m counting November as a successful reading month.
Books I Reviewed
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
This was the first of my most anticipated releases I got around to this month and now I’ve finished it I can say it’s going to turn out to be one of my best reads of 2016 as well. Crooked Kingdom was the perfect end to a wonderful duology.
Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin
Another eagerly anticipated release of mine and another book that completely exceeded all my expectations. As wonderful as this book was though it had still broken my heart by the end.
Replica by Lauren Oliver
I heard so much about this book in the run up to its release, and the main thing people were highlighting was the unique format the story was told in. I read Lyra then Gemma, but one day I may go back and read alternating chapters instead.
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
What drew me to this book was the world building. In every review I read people were praising it and based on the way it was describe I knew I had to pick up Labyrinth Lost as soon as possible.
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
This is a wonderful and moving story that explores what happens to the children who travel to magical and fantastical lands only to wind up home again, lost in a place they should feel familiar in.
The Next Together Series
I loved the concept of this series, and reading both books together creates an amazing story, but on its own there weren’t enough answers in The Next Together for it to stand on its own without being really confusing.
The Next Together by Lauren James
The Last Beginning by Lauren James
Top Ten Tuesday
Waiting on Wednesday
Now I Rise by Kiersten White
A Million Junes by Emily Henry
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
Miracle of miracles I actually stuck to my book buying ban this month, almost. Given that it’s nearly Christmas I need to save my money for Christmas presents and save any books I want to buy for my family and friends who will be buying presents for me. Obviously I got the November Fairy Loot box as well but I’m not giving up my subscription any time soon.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Nemesis by Anna Banks
There are a lot of books on my to-read list for the end of this year, and I doubt I’m going to get around to all of them, but the Mara Dyer trilogy and the Half Bad trilogy are at the top of my list. My True Love Gave to Me I’ve had for a while but it just seems like the perfect Christmas read.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger. She wakes from a coma in hospital with no memory of how she got there or of the bizarre accident that caused the deaths of her best friends and her boyfriend, yet left her mysteriously unharmed. The doctors suggest that starting over in a new city, a new school, would be good for her and just to let the memories gradually come back on their own.
But Mara’s new start is anything but comforting. She sees the faces of her dead friends everywhere, and when she suddenly begins to see other people’s deaths right before they happen, Mara wonders whether she’s going crazy! And if dealing with all this wasn’t enough, Noah Shaw, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen can’t seem to leave her alone…but as her life unravels around her, Mara can’t help but wonder if Noah has another agenda altogether…
Half Bad by Sally Green
Wanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.
Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?
Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.
My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins
If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favourite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year’s there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cosy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.
Is anyone excited for Christmas next month? Can you believe how fast it’s come around as well? I know this is going to sound really cliché but honestly it still feels like it should be September/October time, where has this year gone?
Also to celebrate reaching my one year blogiversary I am hosting a giveaway and Q&A. The chance to enter and ask me any questions ends tonight at midnight GMT. For more information you can check out my original post here.