November + December 2020 Wrap Up

Since I conveniently forgot to do my monthly wrap up at the end of November, I decided to combine the both November and December into one post.

Between the two months, I read a lot and was able to surpass my original reading goal by 10 books which is something I don’t think I’ve ever done. I owe it all to my new found love: audiobooks. Without audiobooks I don’t think I would have read as much as I did.

Onto the books I read!

Layoverland

Layoverland by Gabby Noone: ★★

I decided to read this on the recommendation of my sister and this will probably be the last time I ever take a recommendation from her. I didn’t really like the main character. I thought she was an annoying, whiny teenager. I don’t really know why I even finished it.

Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #2)

Harrow the Ninth by Tamysn Muir: ★★★

After reading Gideon in October I decided to continue on with Harrow in November and I’m glad I did. I rated both books the same but I liked Harrow a lot more than the first book. I don’t ever know what’s going on though and I think that’s part of the charm of the book. I don’t know how I’m going to wait 2022 for Alecto but oh well.

If We Were Villains

If We Were Villains by M.L Rio: ★★

I picked this book up on a whim because I had heard good things about it and who doesn’t love a good dark mystery book. I was very disappointed. I found the main character super annoying and kind of a dick. I also think my dislike for theater kids jumped out and made me dislike this book a lot more than I thought it would…

From Lukov with Love

From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata: ★★★★

I fricking loved this book. I had the audiobook and it was so stinking cute. I was basically a puddle while listening to this. If you want a really great rivals to best friends to lovers slow burn romance then this is the book for you. It was so so so good.

The Drowning Faith (The Poppy War, #2.5)

The Drowning Faith by R.F Kuang: ★★★★

This was the preorder incentive for The Burning God. It was pain, pure pain. Getting the scenes from Nezha’s POV hurt a lot more than I thought it would and let’s just leave it at that.

Legendborn (Legendborn, #1)

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn: ★★★★

This was such a good book!!!! I thought I was kind of growing out of YA but this book just reminded me of how much fun YA can be. I definitely recommend this and I can’t wait for the sequel!

A Touch of Darkness (Hades & Persephone, #1)

A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St Clair: ★★

I have no idea why I picked this up. Maybe I was on a Greek mythology high and needed something to give me a little boost. While this book was entertaining, I don’t think it was good if that makes sense. I might listen to the second book because I like to torture myself lol.

A ​Sky Beyond the Storm (An Ember in the Ashes, #4)

A Sky Beyond The Storm by Sabaa Tahir: ★★★★

Wow, what a beautiful end to a great series. This book had me sweating the whole time I was listening. I didn’t know what was going to happen and all I could do was hope and pray my favorite characters would make out alive. If you haven’t read this series, I don’t know what’s wrong with you.

The Bone Shard Daughter (The Drowning Empire, #1)

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart: ★★★★

I just want to say this has been the year I discovered adult fantasy and how much I love it. This book is not talked about enough and more people need to read it. It’s so unique. I think it’s the first book I’ve read where the multiple POVs are told in different POVs. Some characters were first; some were third. Just read this book.

Lore

Lore by Alexandra Bracken: ★★★★

I was lucky enough to receive an arc of this from Netgalley and I actually wrote my review for it already. It’ll be up tomorrow if you’re interested! I enjoyed this book. I thought it was a good time and if you like Greek mythology you probably will like it.

The Ghost Bride

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo: ★★★

I wish I had liked this book more. I thought it really dragged at times and I struggled to pay attention. I did like the characters though and I do wish there was a sequel after that ending. I want to watch the Netflix show to see how it compares to the book as well.

Lovely War

Lovely War by Julie Berry: ★★★★

I loved this book so much!! It was so heartbreaking but in a good way. I definitely teared up a couple times while reading and if you’re looking for a heartfelt romance with complex characters and a beautiful story than please pick this up!!!

Mexican Gothic

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: ★★★

Another book I wished I had liked more. I decided to try something new and pick up a horror book which is not usually a genre I read. I thought this was alright. I didn’t really like the main character and I think that’s why I didn’t like the book as much.

The Fires of Vengeance (The Burning, #2)

The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter: ★★★★

And now my final read of 2020! I actually finished this right on New Years Eve which was nice. This was such an intense book even more so than the first book which I didn’t think was possible. I feel like as a whole this series is very underrated. If you’re looking dragons, a diverse cast of characters, amazing writing then I sincerely urge you to pick up this series.

And that’s it! All the books I read in November and December. I’m really happy with how my reading ended up this year and I can’t wait to continue to read great books in 2021!

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