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November Wrap-Up and Mini-Reviews 2020

phew… it’s over

I did NaNoWriMo and won!

I didn’t do as well as I hoped in general. I have a bad start to the month but I did get another 10 hour listen to The Count of Monte Cristo instead. I clearly had my priorities mashed up, but it leaves me with 12hour left before New Year. That also meant I was trying to catch up to my word count for NaNoWriMo for the entire rest of the month.

In total, I finished 2 books this month 😂 but I did write 50 000 words too 😉 I never managed to finish Vicious so that will go on December’s TBR.

Let’s just dive in 🙂

As a reminder: To me, 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.

The Night Tiger by Yangzse Choo

Audiobook – owned

A sweeping historical novel about a dancehall girl and an orphan boy whose fates entangle over an old Chinese superstition about men who turn into tigers.

When 11-year-old Ren’s master dies, he makes one last request of his Chinese houseboy: that Ren find his severed finger, lost years ago in an accident, and reunite it with his body. Ren has 49 days, or else his master’s soul will roam the earth, unable to rest in peace.

Ji Lin always wanted to be a doctor, but as a girl in 1930s Malaysia, apprentice dressmaker is a more suitable occupation. Secretly, though, Ji Lin also moonlights as a dancehall girl to help pay off her beloved mother’s Mahjong debts. One night, Ji Lin’s dance partner leaves her with a gruesome souvenir: a severed finger. Convinced the finger is bad luck, Ji Lin enlists the help of her erstwhile stepbrother to return it to its rightful owner.

As the 49 days tick down, and a prowling tiger wreaks havoc on the town, Ji Lin and Ren’s lives intertwine in ways they could never have imagined. Propulsive and lushly written, The Night Tiger explores colonialism and independence, ancient superstition and modern ambition, sibling rivalry and first love. Braided through with Chinese folklore and a tantalizing mystery, this novel is a page-turner of the highest order.

This was this months book club pick at work.

We discussed on the 24th and all our notes are posted here. Be warned there are a lot of spoilers!

All in all, it was enjoyable but that ending… really? Loved Ren though 😁

Midnight Sun (Twilight #5) by Stephanie Meyer

Audiobook – Library

When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.

This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting beautiful, mysterious Bella is both the most intriguing and unnerving event he has experienced in his long life as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he let himself fall in love with Bella when he knows that he is endangering her life?

In Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer transports us back to a world that has captivated millions of readers and, drawing on the classic myth of Hades and Persephone, brings us an epic novel about the profound pleasures and devastating consequences of immortal love. 

It was enjoyable and a guilty pleasure, but I’m not sure how guilty I actually feel about reading this 😂

I did enjoy the small references to later books and odd acknowledges to future things to happen. I was also really fun to see how Alice’s brain and visions worked.

Enjoyable but didn’t give much to the final story.

Reading Challenge check:

Let’s hold me accountable.

I have two goals this year which involve acquiring books;

  1. only buy two books a month,
  2. only request two ARCs a month.

Rules: For buying books it only for books I, personally, spend money on including subscription boxes (one per box), but it excludes my audible membership and all free books and gifts. For the ARC’s I’ve focused on my request-button-pressing and not getting the requests approved because you don’t know if it will be approved, nor do you know when it will be approved. Therefore, only two request-clicks per month. I can move the points between the months and if I don’t use them in one month transfer them to the next month.

I will have this on my wrap-ups every month.

Let’s check if I stuck to my goals:

  • Only buy two books a month:
    • none

Available credit from last month; 7

Credit transferring over to next month: 9

  • Only request two ARC’s: 
    • Fabel ✅
    • Witherward 🤷‍♀️

Available credits from last month; 9

Credit transferring over to next month: 7

TBR Shelf Reads

I also had a goal of reading one book form my physical shelf and one books from my e-book shelf per month. None of these can involve 2020 acquired books. Based on all the books I read this month these are the once from my shelves:

  • Physical shelf
    • nope
  • E-Book shelf
    • none

Bad Ivy! But at the same time it was NaNo, so I’m excused?

That’s it!

Have you read any of these?

Of all of them, I think Vicious was my favourites. What was your favourite read this month?

Until next time; happy reading!

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