Wrap Up | My November Reads and Reviews

Hello friends! Happy December!! It’s officially Christmastime. Break out the lights and the Santa hats, because it’s Christmas all day, every day until the 25th rolls around. Time to rewatch Home Alone and sing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” non-stop.

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I’m a little late in getting to this, but as you know by now, I’m a little late to everything: tags, memes, awards, reviews. You name it, I’m probably behind on it *laughs, but also cries?*

Looking back, I didn’t really do all that much in November. So, this will be a fairly short post! YAYS! But also SADNESS.

What I've Read

 

Hunting Prince Dracula | Kerri Maniscalco | Review to Come

I enjoyed this one a great deal. It was a fantastic successor to Stalking Jack the Ripper. Audrey Rose as the protagonist flourished and the mystery was much more cleverly plotted than the first!

The Language of Thorns | Leigh Bardugo | Review to Come

A beautifully decorated book filled with gorgeous illustrations and stunning tales and fables. Definitely a new favorite of mine. I’ll be rereading this collection for years to come.

Frankie | Shivaun Plozza

This was a surprisingly humorous yet evocative and dark story with a lovably imperfect MC. Some characters lacked development and the romance was rubbish, but the book as a whole was very touching and entertaining.

The Dark Intercept | Julia Keller

Not my favorite of the bunch, I have to admit. Hollow characters, non-existent world-building, and stilted writing contributed to the poor execution of a great concept.

The Shadow Throne | Jennifer A. Nelson

Not the most advanced sort of reading, but still loads of fun and a great departure from recent YAs.

City of Bones | Cassandra Clare | Buddy Post to Come

Ah the nostalgia. Even though the first book is arguably the weakest of the TMI series, it’s still a well-written urban fantasy with intriguing politics, characters, and fantastical lore.My Reviews

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Highlights

1. I finally bought the paperback collection of The Mortal Instruments!

2. I’m not entirely on top of things, but I at least managed to do a lot more blog-hopping than I have in the past few months.

3. Thor: Ragnorok was a brilliant movie with non-stop comedy and show-stopping action. Loved every bit of it and I would like to see it again and again and again.

4. Thanksgiving with the family was a memorable event. So much food, liquor, and dancing. A good ‘ole family affair complete with Grandma serving peach pie and the entire family singing/rapping Humble by Kendrick Lamer.

5. I finally got some time to do some baking. Make my signature sugar cookies and tried out a new recipe for chocolate chip cookies.

6. My friend in Georgia and I held a 2 hour phone conversation about ACOWAR and it was intense. There was SO MUCH to talk about. Love our bookish conversations ❤Monthly Goals

  • Post (at most) 3 times a week and blog-hop frequently by visiting the reader or leaving a comment on at least 5 fellow bloggers’s posts every day
  • Complete all the reviews from books I’ve read this year before the New Year
  • Get back to walking at least 30 minutes to an hour each day
  • Make healthier food choices: less sweets, bread, pasta, and red meat
  • Bake a completely new recipe
  • Read Harry Potter for the first time
  • Share the last post (Part 3) of my Life as an Intern series

There are quite a few things I need to accomplish before the year ends, so I better get on with it. I hope everyone had a beautiful bookish month of November. I honestly can’t believe 2017 is almost over, but I’m already looking forward to 2018. But before that:

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Happy December! ❤

Azia Sig

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16 thoughts on “Wrap Up | My November Reads and Reviews

  1. I loved watching Thor and I can’t wait for it to be available online/TV so that I can watch it again, and again, and again 😛 And it’s so awesome you and your friend managed to talk about ACOWAR for 2 hours, wow :O
    Ah, I love Christmas ❤ I'm pretty sure Home Alone and Harry Potter will be on TV every other afternoon haha And I've been singing Christmas songs for too many weeks now – but now is the acceptable time 😛 On Friday, I watched A Christmas Prince (it's a Netflix movie), it was kinda cheesy, but cute xD I'd love to keep exploring Christmas movies, but uni doesn't give me a rest 😦
    It seems like you had a good November! I hope you have an equally good December ^^ And I'm looking forward to knowing more about your buddy read 😀

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    1. Oh I know right!? By the time I’m done with it, I’ll know every single line and scene LOL. Haha, thanks. She had some really great analytical points on it 😀 Couldn’t miss out on a chance for some deep conversation!
      Christmas brings me life haha. Oh yes! Can’t forget Harry Potter ❤ I'll have to watch that movie. I love Hallmark Christmas type movies. SO cheesy, but still so adorable haha
      Thank you! And you too! ❤

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  2. Looks like you had a pretty good month! I’ve been wanting to pick up Stalking Jack the Ripper but I still haven’t! I should really get onto that 🙂
    Have a wonderful December!

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      1. Thanks! I’ll see if I ever feel like reading it haha it’s not really my type of book but I really wanted to read it around Halloween because it’s creepy

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  3. Oh I still haven’t seen Thor: Ragnarok, and I think by now I’ve missed my chance to see it at the cinema so I’m going to have to wait until the DVD has been released 😦 Luckily I’ve already pre-ordered my copy from Amazon! 😀
    It sounds like you got through some good books this month. I can’t wait to get around to Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula myself. Both are high priority on my to-read list but god knows when I’m actually going to manage to get around to them (same could be said of everything else on my to-read list.)
    I’m really really glad you loved The Language of Thorns, I can’t wait to see your review for that book, and I hope you have a brilliant December as well Azia. Happy reading! 😀 ❤

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    1. Oh no! But also, oh yay! On top of your pre-orders, I see LOL. I LOVED Thor so much. It was so much fun and so hilarious. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!
      Hope you manage to get to those books soon! And I hope you have a lovely December as well! ❤

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  4. Yay to December and Christmastime!! One of my favorite holidays is here ❤ ❤ ❤ (Can you tell I'm excited? Let's be excited together!)
    I'm so glad you enjoyed HPD a lot more than the first book. I have yet to finish it hahaha I've been meaning to but something always comes up and eventually, I might have to actually re-read it because I might have forgotten important details… Ugh. So far, though, it definitely seems to be better than its predecessor ^^
    Language of Thorns was a bit of a disappointment to me. I loved the Ravkan stories but wasn't a big fan of the others. I really liked The Soldier Prince, though, especially because I'm such a sucker for Christmasy tales and the Nutcracker, etc. But yeah, was expecting a bit more!
    So happy to hear you're having a grand time, Azia ❤ Best of luck with your goal list!

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    1. I checked your site and saw the wallpaper 😂😂 SO MUCH CHRISTMAS hahaha. I love it!
      And yay!!! So glad to hear you’re enjoying HPD more than the first book! 😀
      Oh no! Sorry to hear that :/ I loved the Ravkan stories the most as well (Except Little Knife. I think that one was my least favorite story?) I also really liked the Zemeni story because it was a great mix of some of my favorite tales (i.e. Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, 10001 Nights) and it’s the type of story I could read to my child. The others, not so much haha. A lil’ too dark, I think. The Soldier Prince was really good, too! Loved the Nutcracker part of it 😀
      Thanks so much, Sophie! ❤

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      1. Oh you know me… Go big or go home! 😂😂😂
        So far, yeah, and let’s hope it continues that way! Plus, loving the Romanian setting *_*
        Yeah, Little Knife was a bit meh for me as well. It was just so heartbreaking!
        Ah I see, that makes sense 🙂 I don’t remember it too well, actually, but I remember finding it a bit too plain/predictable and not as intricate as some fairy tales I’m used to.
        You’re very welcome!

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      2. Ah, I hope the rest of the book has appealed to you!
        I liked the simplicity of Ayama because it was the only one in the collection that was like that. And also, because it featured POCs and drew on some of my favorite tales! But I can see how it might not be to everyone’s taste 😀 There’s just so many different things to like about folktales and myths!

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      3. Ah that’s all right! I know a few people who dislike that very same trope as well. So, not really a huge fan of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast? Or are you not a fan of the trope when it’s in literary form??

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      4. Actually… both? LOL I’m sorry, it just never was my favorite Disney movie xD Not sure whether my dislike for the trope came before or after watching it, to be honest hahaha
        I’ll give it a go again sometime, though, just to make sure my taste hasn’t changed!

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      5. Haha, don’t be sorry! I was just curious 😀 I like the movie but it’s definitely not one of my faves. And now that I think about it, I don’t usually read that many books with a similar beauty/beast trope…I prefer the Cinderella trope above all else, I think. Or maybe even Little Mermaid!

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