Wrap Up 2019 | November Reads and Reviews + December TBR

This is my first wrap up since June! I was on a blogging hiatus and during that time, I did some light reading. This month, however, I managed to return to blogging and read much more than I have recently. It felt good to finally have some time to read and this is mainly due to my new full-time position as a middle school librarian!

I’m so excited to be back in the blogosphere. So much has changed, but I’ll just continue reading and reviewing as I usually do and see what comes of it. Welcome back to The Uncharted Word! It’s so good to see you again ❤

READY PLAYER ONE | Ernest Cline | 3.5/5 stars

Enjoyable. Clever. A pop culture haven. Slow-paced. Lackluster characters.

INSURGENT | Veronica Roth | 4/5 stars

Good development for Tris. Not as engaging as the first. Strange arc for Caleb.

THE LAST NAMSARA | Kristen Ciccarelli | 4/5 stars

Intriguing concept. Dragons. Strong female protagonist. Weak love story.

THE CAGED QUEEN | Kristen Ciccarelli | 4/5 stars

Romantically dramatic. Odd but capable female protagonist. Politically intriguing.

ELEANOR & PARK | Rainbow Rowell | 3.5/5 stars

A collection of important topics. Somewhat problematic. Rushed romance.

THE QUEEN OF NOTHING | Holly Black | 4/5 stars

Entertaining. Darkly enchanting. Disappointing. Questionable character actions.

THE STARLESS SEA | Erin Morgenstern | 4.5/5 stars

Beautifully written. Magical. An ode to stories. A bit tedious to understand.

CALL DOWN THE HAWK | Maggie Stiefvater | 5/5 stars

One of my favorite books of 2019. Lyrical. Sympathetic characters. Evocative.

  • Got a new job as a librarian at a middle school that’s much closer to home
  • My new schedule allows me to read books after work so I’ve read so much more than I have in the past few months
  • Returned from my hiatus to continue blogging
  • Finally began playing Red Dead Redemption 2 and it’s amazing
  • Spent thanksgiving at my grandma’s house with the family
  • My grandmother came over for a classic movie marathon
  • Finally went on a hike and had brunch with my good friend Lala
  • Went apartment shopping with my brother (for my brother LOL) 😀
  • Saw Knives Out and it was one of the best movies I’ve seen this year

I’ve started reading Ash Princess to take a break from all the extremely mystical/fantastical stories I’ve been diving into lately (i.e. The Starless Sea, Call Down the Hawk). Once I finish it up, though, I’ll be reading Ninth House and The Toll next. Both are books that are on my list of top 5 anticipated books of 2019 so I need a breather before delving into them.

I’ve been listening to the Divergent series via audiobook and I’ve finally made it to Allegiant. I know it’s the least favorite of the series, so I’m keeping my expectations low.

I’ve also undertaken the project of reading Little Women before the movie is released on Christmas. Twenty pages a day would help me to finish up the book the day before Christmas. I’m so happy to finally be reading this classic favorite.

I’m currently six books behind schedule and the guide tells me that I need to read 3 books per week in order to complete my challenge. Now, I don’t think I’ll manage this. I really don’t. But that’s okay! I might adjust the challenge to 75 and be perfectly happy with that.

My TBR is basically any book that I have not read in my library. At the start of this year, I had nearly 50 unread books in my library. I now have 26 unread books. It would have been less if I hadn’t bought any books this year, but we all know that’s impossible. So I think I did all right, all things considered! I won’t be able to read all 26 but there are definitely some books that I want to try to get to this month:

I know I won’t get to all of these, but a girl can dream. I just hope the ones I manage to read are wildly entertaining and smart.

That’s all for now! Thanks so much for stopping by! What do you think of my TBR? Read any of them? Love any of them? Would love to hear your thoughts!

Goodbye November and hello December! Happy reading y’all.

Until next time ❤

10 thoughts on “Wrap Up 2019 | November Reads and Reviews + December TBR

  1. Congrats on the new job! I hope you can make it to 75 books at least. It would be pretty impressive if you got to all those remaining books on your TBR but it looks like you killed it this year already. Good luck!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I hope you enjoy The Last Namsara as well! Fingers crossed for Ninth House. I heard the first part is a bit top-heavy with information/world-building but the rest is phenomenal! Thanks so much. Happy reading! =D

      Liked by 1 person

  2. I’m happy you enjoyed The Starless Sea, I’m so curious about that one!
    Congratulations on the new job, yay! ❤
    You have such a great TBR for December, I really hope you'll be able to read both Darius and I'll Give You The Sun, they're both favorites of mine ❤
    Have a wonderful month ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It’s really strange but worth a read, I think!
      Thanks so much, Marta ❤ I've heard amazing things about both those books so I'm really hoping to get to them this year. Fingers crossed.
      Thank you! You too ❤

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.