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!
- The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
- Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (I like to read at least one classic a month)
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
- Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
- Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
- 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!