november & december babblings!

I can’t believe it’s December already!! I feel like 2017 just started yesterday. Anyone else feel like this year has flown by?

I like to give little life updates every now and then (and it’ll be good to look back on in the future), so that’s what I felt like posting today!

Well, the Christmas season is upon us! This is one of my favorite times of the year. I just love the smells, special Christmas cooking, lights on houses, and the decorations! It’s also a great time to spend with your family and friends celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. 🙂

And I’m about to start taking exams for school, so I’ll start the crazy studying very soon!

As for my reading, I haven’t read as much as I’d have liked in the past few months, because I’ve been so busy. I have already completed my 2017 Goodreads goal of reading 100 books this year, so I’m super excited about that!!

I only read 6 books (well really 5 books and 1 short story) in November unfortunately. But I should have more time to read when break arrives! Here’s my November reading wrap-up and my feelings about each book I read (I’m not going into the synopsis of each, just what I felt about them):

  • In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken: This is the last book in The Darkest Minds I read the first two books in October, and fell completely in love with the series! These three books had been on my bookshelf for months without me reading them, and I decided it was time. The Darkest Minds is a dystopian trilogy, and usually, I’m not a huge fan of dystopian, but this was such a unique and different plot that I enjoyed it a LOT! The author’s writing was incredible all throughout the series. In The Afterlight was a great conclusion to the series. It made me cry and feel all the feelings – I’m really going to miss all the characters! The plot for this last book had been building over the first two books, and I was not disappointed! I rated it 4.5/5 stars on Goodreads.
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving: This is the one short story I read that I wanted to include in my wrap-up. This is a classic story, and I think everyone has at least seen one of the movie adaptations. I liked it, but it just wasn’t the kind of story I really enjoy reading if that makes any sense. But the writing was very good and very descriptive! I rated it 3.5/5 stars.
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling: I’ve been rereading the Harry Potter series by audiobook recently because I like to reread the entire series at least once a year. I’ve been reading about one a month. Rereading them by audiobook has been amazing, and Jim Dale is the best narrator to listen to if you’re thinking of doing this! Of course, I LOVED rereading this one as Order of the Phoenix (the 5th book) has always been my favorite book in the series. I have to say that as I’m rereading them this time, I didn’t like Order of the Phoenix as much as previous times. So I’m not sure if it’s my favorite anymore! But I still loved it and loved revisiting the world and all the characters as they’re in their 5th year at Hogwarts. And hating on Umbridge is one of my favorite pasttimes.
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: Ahh guys, I’m finally reading The Raven Cycle series!! I’ve been buddy reading the series with my friend, Angel, from https://invisibleinink.wordpress.com/ . This is a series that almost everyone who loves young adult has read and loved. I hate to say that this book disappointed me a little bit. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed it! But it was a little slow-moving and I feel like the events didn’t flow very well. The two things I LOVED were the writing and the characters!! Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is so magical and whimsical, and I definitely took some writing tips from it! This was a hard one to rate, so I think it’s a 3.5 or 4 /5 stars.
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater: This is the 2nd book in The Raven Cycle And I LOVED this installment!! So much more than the first book. It focused more on Ronan Lynch, who I completely fell in love with. The magic became a more prominent part of the story in this book, and a few new characters were introduced – one that I hated and one that I completely love. Every single character developed in some way during this book, and I’m loving seeing their arcs. This one is a 5.5 stars!!
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater: This is the 3rd book in the series, which I liked more than the first but didn’t love as much as the second. I did love it though!! The plot of the whole series is intensifying and expanding. This one also made me cry, which neither of the others have done yet. I think crying is a sign of a great book. Again, all the characters are my babies, and I don’t know what I’ve done without them all my life. Rated this 4.5/5 stars!

A review for the entire Raven Cycle series will be coming soon, as soon as I finish the last book! I like reviewing entire series instead of going by each book. 🙂

Now for my December TBR! It’s an ambitious one for sure, but I’ll be on break from school, so I should have more time!

  1. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
  2. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  3. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  4. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (I like to read at least one classic a month)
  5. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  6. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  7. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  8. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  9. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

What was your favorite read in November? And what are you planning to read this month? I like to read your comments, so let me know!!

I hope you enjoyed my bookish babblings (they really were babblings today – I feel like this post is all over the place)!!! Keep reading!



6 thoughts on “november & december babblings!”

    Girl please come to me when you’re done there’s a LOT to talk about (I won’t say my opinion now so I don’t sway you, but LOTS TO TALK ABOUT!!!) Also, my fav read this month was definitely The Dream Thieves!! In love!! 😍 AND OH WHAT A COINCIDENCE. HATING ON UMBRIDGE IS MY FAVOURITE PASS TIME, TOO! 😂

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