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November Wrap-Up and Mini-Reviews

Happy almost Christmas people!

Again a very busy month with NaNoWriMo. I’m typing this the day before the end, but I’m guessing I won? I’m on 48628 words. I bearly have 1500 words left, but I’m also on my way to the annual office Christmas party so there will be no writing today. I will have to do the rest right before the deadline. Typical..

Apart from all the typing and absence of social life, I read 5 books this month.

I participated in LALAthon for the first week and read 2.5 books for that. I also slightly participated in TomeTopple at the end and read 1.5 books for that too.

In total, I finished 5 books but I’ve started a random number of additional books! In comparison to my TBR for November, I deviated in the end… no surprise there. BUT! I only had 4 books on it and I did read the LALAthon books I set out to read, and I read half of book 3 and started book 4 on my TBR. But starting doesn’t really count does it.

Let have a look at what I’ve read.

As a reminder:

  • 5 ivy leaves is an amazing book that stuck with me, surprised me, one I could stop thinking about, I got lost in, etc.
  • 4 ivy leaves is an enjoyable read something I really liked, but that’s it.
  • 3 ivy leaves are either a disappointing read, or the book is just OK.
  • 2 ivy leaves are a disliked read
  • DNF = Did Not Finish

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


eBook – own

4.5 stars

The Story: The first boo in Lala’s favourite fantasy series, so I had to read it. The story follows Blue who is the only daughter of a psychic and lives with her mothers two psychic friends. For her entire life, Blue has known that she will kill her true love after their first kiss. Not an easy thing to live with but she is dealing. Gansey, Ronan, Noah and Adam are the raven boys. Gansey has a life obsession with Ley lines. These four boys and Blue meet and after a bumpy start, they become friends. they go hunting for the Ley lines which Blue seems to provoke somehow.

My Opinion: I wrote a full review here, but in short I really enjoyed

Love Beyond Body Space and Time edited by Hope Nicholson


Physical book – Owned

5 leaves

The Story: An Indigenous LGBT+ sci-fi anthology. This book contains all levels of sci-fi stories from the full Earth 2.0 scenario to the slightly in the future scenario. It also has all kinds of LGBT+ situations (apart from the negative ones) from trans and gender queer to gay and lesbian love stories.

My Opinion: I love this! I wrote a full review here, but in short, I really love this! It was beautiful! ❤️

The Colour of Madness


ARC – NetGalley

4.5 stars

The Story: This is an anthology featuring all kinda of art types but all focusing on mental health in BAME people in the UK. There are poems, artworks, fiction stories and non-fiction accounts. It’s about their experience with the system, with the illnesses, with their families. IT contains all sorts of mental illnesses from eating disorders to depression.

My Opinion: I wrote a full review, but in short I found this a very interesting and powerful read.

The Lighter Than My Shadow


Physical book – Owned

4 stars

The Story: A graphic novel about having an eating disorder. We follow Katie (the author) as she develops an eating disorder and how she struggles with it and through it. How it leads to another trauma and how that trauma made the eating disorder change. Kaite Green the author is also the illustrator and the art is on point.

My Opinion: I did a full review here, but in short I very much enjoyed.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater


eBook – Owned

4.5 stars

The story: Continuing on from The Raven Boys, it follows the same people in the same place, but new problems.

My Opinions: I really enjoyed this one. I have not done a review for it and I probably won’t; I have way too much to do, read and write. I started it during LALAthon and read half of it, then took a break and finished it during my travels at the end of the month. I really enjoyed the direction of the characters and the story. The focus on Ronan was new and something I really enjoyed. I especially enjoyed the relationship between Ronan ad Kavinsky – I swear there was sexual tension there and I lived for it!

That’s it! Have you read any of these?

What was your favourite book this month? Which book were you least impressed by this month?

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