November Wrap-Up

As promised, I’ve got my November Wrap-Up to follow! I was really disappointed with the amount of reading that I managed to get done after my great October Wrap-Up…Until I looked at the page count of these books.

I did the math purely to make myself feel better, and that averages out to 532 pages per book. Yay me! And here’s hoping I have a better reading month in December.

We’re back to the old system of organization for this post. I didn’t get a chance to do either of The Page Turner’s books or a Read-a-thon this month.

So here’s my November Wrap-Up!

Three Drop Reads

1. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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Okay, this was by far not a bad book in any way but…why is everyone so obsessed with it? Three sisters who have been raised with the sole purpose of killing each other? I mean, I felt so bad for Arsinoe and Katherine and their respective struggles. But I have a sister and I love her. All I could do was feel for poor Mirabella and what she wanted to accomplish. And Jules. I really liked Jules. She’s a badass and they have some badass powers, which was cool. But I had kind of guessed the plot twist long before the end of the book. I’ll read the sequel (I actually have it waiting because my library hold just came out) but I really did struggle to get through the first half of this. We’ll see how the rest of the series is!

2. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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Speaking of struggling to get through books…According to the rest of world, the rest of the series is better, and that held true with Throne of Glass so I’ll attempt to trust in that for this series, I guess! I feel sort of ehh about Blue, and same goes for Gansey, but so far I really like Adam! I have yet to see why everyone and their whole families are obsessed with Ronan Lynch, because from the first book alone he’s kind of a dick, but I’ll move on to the next book when I can, I suppose. It was slow going for me to start, but it definitely got a lot easier to read once the group all got together. Hopefully I’ll like the next book more!

Four Drop Reads

1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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I had an issue this month with books starting extremely slowly and I had to push myself to get into them, but once I realized this was a FANTASY HEIST novel, I was all in. I don’t know if I missed that in the synopsis or if it wasn’t clear in it or what, but for those of you who are curious, THIS IS A HEIST NOVEL. In a fantasy world. I’ve never read anything like it, and I was SO HERE for that.

Inej is a badass and I love her. Nina is a badass and I love her. Jesper and Wylan are adorable little cinnamon rolls and I love them so much. And I love Kaz and Matthias. Okay, I love everyone.

Everyone in this book was great. The plot was great and the heist was so entertaining to read through! I cannot wait to move on to Crooked Kingdom. I did bump it down to four drops just because I dislike books that end with a cliffhanger, but it was still a fantastic read!

Five Drop Reads

1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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What a cute little read! I mentioned before (here) that I read the Simon Snow novels before this, even though this came first. But this book was adorable. Cath appeals the introverted, fandom-obsessed soul that lives inside all of us. I did have a hard time caring at all about her sister, Wren, though. Cath slowly coming out of her shell and making friends and learning to be alone was so great. The romance in this was just so cute. It was a nice break from all the heavy fantasy books I’d read the rest of the month and I loved it!

2. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

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As I mentioned in my October Wrap-Up, this series finally hooked me, and I legitimately binged through this book in two days. It would have been faster if not for work, but, ya know, adulting and stuff. But woah. This was epic, and was exactly what everyone has been saying about it. Some plot points finally (kind of) came to a head and yay for Dorian because I really do think he’s adorable. Chaol is an ass and I don’t like him anymore, and HOLY GOD do I love Rowan. Also Aedion is hilarious, and Lysandra is a badass and I IMMEDIATELY finished this book and started Empire of Storms because I needed to know what happened next. Also, don’t get me started on the witches and Abraxos because that is one adorable wyvern.

3. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

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Last, but totally not least, the fifth book in the Throne of Glass series. And again, I binged through this in two days. The Rowan/Aelin love is every single thing I ever wanted and more, and I just want my two little babies to have their happily ever afters SO BADLY. I have so many ships, it’s crazy, and I know that makes some people dislike it or whatever, but you know what? It’s fantasy so if everyone pairs up and gets happily ever afters with the people they love THEN THAT’S OKAY, OKAY?!

So, rant over, but obviously I love what’s happening with Dorian and Manon (who is great), and Aedion and Lysandra (which is also great), and Lorcan (who I still kind of hate but he does some okay things) and Elide (who is great).

I haven’t read any further in the series yet because the way this book ended DESTROYED me. I borrowed Tower of Dawn from the library and then realized it is a book solely about Chaol and I was like…mehhh, because all I wanted was Rowan saving Aelin and I didn’t care about Chaol’s situation yet. Then I got Kingdom of Ash but my book hangover was so bad I couldn’t bring myself to read it yet for fear that it wouldn’t resolve the way I wanted.

So now I’m left with Tower of Dawn on my TBR and I think I’ll have to read it to give myself some distance from the Aelin situation first.

This turned into a much longer mini-review than I intended but I have SO MANY FEELINGS that I just needed to get them out there. Haters are gonna hate (just read some bad reviews of it on Goodreads that are still pretty fresh) but I am now in love with this series and the final book better go well.

Final Thoughts

Well, there it is. Looking back on this, I finished Empire of Storms the weekend before Thanksgiving and then we were traveling, and then I was playing with my baby niece and reading a lot of children’s books, so there’s my excuse for why my November Wrap-Up is less than impressive.

I’m not sure I’ve ever had so bad of a book hangover as I did after EoS, but it was rough going for almost a week. I’m still feeling the effects!

What books have given you a book hangover and put you into a bit of a slump?

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