We’ve made it to the very last month of the year! Woooooo hooooo! Honestly, 2021 has passed in a bit of a blur, and this month was no different. Although in a wonderful turn of events my continuous workload from this semester is slowing down a bit as we approach finals season, which thankfully consists mostly of papers and presentations this semester. But you’re not here to have me ramble on about school! You want to know what I read! So keep on scrolling to find out about all my November reads!
I read 8 books in November! And yes, 6 of those books were graphic novels, but I’m just happy that I was continuously reading so that I didn’t fall into any major reading slump! This also was a pretty great month in terms of quality, seeing as I had multiple 4 and 5 star reads!
I think this is the first month of 2021 where I read two 5 star reads! Garlic & the Vampire was super cute and made me want to read more from this author. And Project Hail Mary took me totally by surprise and might end up as one of my favorites of the year! It was just so much fun, so page turning and exciting and it reminded me that I really do enjoy science fiction at times! Maybe now I’ll pick more sci-fi up!
All of my 4 star reads this month were graphic novels! The Flower Garden was a NetGalley ARC I received that was really cute, with detailed, adorable artwork, and a great message. The Big Bad Fox was really funny and cleverly written, and Borders was a powerful story on identity and staying true to yourself. I’d recommend all three of these stories!
Honestly, all of these were pretty good, I just had specific issues with each one. Bloodlust & Bonnets is highly satirical, and while I enjoyed that aspects, I didn’t get any real dimension from the characters. West End Earl was over the top in dramatics by the end, which kept me entertained, but did hinder the romance that I loved. And Needle & Thread was a bit repetitive and frustrated me at times.
I have gone on an absolutely wild requesting spree on NetGalley in the past few months. Which I know I advised against that in my Tips and Tricks for NetGalley post, but we all make mistakes! However, as you’ve seen, I’ve already read one of these books, and what you don’t know is that I’m more than halfway through two others! Honestly, my NetGalley shelf is currently filled with so many amazing upcoming books I just have to look at it and I get so excited about all the anticipated books I have available for me to read! Hopefully this month I request less and read more, but I guess we’ll see what happens!
I purchased 5 books this month, which I think is a decent amount. Four of the books were graphic novels to feed my growing love for these illustrated stories. As you’ve seen, I’ve already read Bloodlust and Bonnets, but I hope to get to the other 3 really soon! I also had pre-ordered The Fastest Way to Fall many months back, and was so excited when my copy arrived. I’m in the middle of too many books right now, but when I’m ready to start something new, this book is at the top of my list!
I won the September Discussion Giveaway hosted by Nicole and Shannon, and sort of chose this book! I say sort of because I actually chose two options and asked Shannon to surprise me, which she did! As you’ve seen, I’ve already read and enjoyed this one, so I would say that Shannon picked perfectly!
I reached out to the publisher a while back asking for a physical copy of this book because I am SO excited for it, and they actually sent one my way! I honestly can’t believe I haven’t already read this book, but that’s okay because I was busy in November, and I want to give this book my full attention! But it will definitely be prioritized in December!
Things I Did:
If you asked me to describe November, I’d tell you it was a busy month, but I’m not sure I’d be able to get much more specific! Probably that’s because all my schoolwork has started to blur together as we approach the end of the semester. However, I did get to visit my brother and his family in Canada for Thanksgiving break, and that was such a wonderful extended weekend! That was definitely the highlight of my month!
I know this section was pretty boring this month, but hopefully the fact that the semester is over soon will leave me with more exciting activities to report back on next month!