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Kate’s November Wrap Up

Posted December 3, 2018 by Kate in Monthly Wrap Ups / 0 Comments

November was quite a month, kids. Between house buying, Thanksgiving, and a good bout of mystery stomach bug, I constantly felt like I was running behind. That being said, I’m pretty pleased with the reading I did, and I think I’ve set myself up well enough to have a chance at meeting my Goodreads goal. Woohoo!!

Here’s a quick recap of my November goals:

  • Utilize Thanksgiving vacation to read – I give myself a solid C on this one. I started strong, but I got sick on the way home and had to sleep instead of read. I also had focus problems in general.
  • Look Alive Twenty-Five – Not quite. I finished it December 1.
  • Muse of Nightmares – Nope
  • Vengeful – Nope
  • Six of Crows – YES! And Crooked Kingdom, and just you wait until I freak out about it.
  • 18 total books read – Sadly, no. I did get closer than I thought I would, though!
  • Utilize Scribd and my library better – I’ll give myself a B on this one. I was using Scribd a TON, but it updated and stopped cooperating with the bluetooth in my car, and that wipes out about 80 minutes of listening a day for me. I hoping the next update fixes the issue. I’m on hold for a couple things with my library, but I didn’t actually use the app this month.



A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas

I’m not going to bore you with more gushing. Obviously I liked it.

Rating: 5 stars


Big Mushy Happy Lump – Sarah Anderson

I love these collections. They’re quick and cute and insightful, and I enjoy spending half an hour laughing instead of being stressed.

Rating: 4 stars


Herding Cats: A Sarah’s Scribbles Collection – Sarah Anderson

See above. They’re just great.

Rating: 4 stars


Night of Cake and Puppets – Laini Taylor

Every time I step into one of Laini’s books, I become completely immersed in what’s happening. The characters are so human and simple (that’s the wrong word, but I can’t quite get out what I want to say. I hope you understand!), but they exist in this extraordinarily weird world, and the combination is magic. Aside from all that, Zuz and Mik are my favorite. I love getting to learn more about them and how they came to be, and I hope there will be more stories about them to come! I listened to it this time, and the narrators were INCREDIBLE. Especially Zuzana. Just perfect.

Rating: 5 stars


A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J. Maas

I hated it. I’m also lying.

Rating: 5 stars


Shades of Magic #1: The Steel Prince – V.E. Schwab

I have a problem – I don’t think four issues is going to be enough to tell this story. I know that doubting V is about as close to blasphemy as I can get, but there’s just SO MUCH MORE that I need to know! All of that being said, this was so good. I knew it would be. I had high expectations. And they were all completely met or exceeded. Paige has my copy of the second issue, and I’m excited to get to read it.

Rating: 4.5 stars


The Caged Queen – Kristen Ciccarelli

Audio re-read a month after I read it the first time, so basically exactly what I did for The Last Namsara. I can now say with certainty that I like this one better than the first, but I can also say with certainty that Roa drives me up a fucking wall. I won’t get spoilery, but I wish Ciccarelli had made her just a skosh more intuitive.

Rating: 4.5 stars


Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

OH MY GOD WHY DID IT TAKE ME SO LONG?! I have FEELINGS. I don’t think I had a favorite group of street urchins before, but boy, do I have a favorite group of street urchins now! I was so scared to read this after the amount of hatred I had from the end of Ruin and Rising, but that was completely unfounded. Reading this was a great experience. I’m chomping at the bit to get to the audio book.

Rating: 5 stars


Carmilla – Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Paige and I had been discussing wanting to read more classics, and then she found the Serial Reader app. It’s great! You receive a chunk of a book every day, and you read it as a serial. All of a sudden, taking on those classics I always meant to read seems like much less of a chore, because I’m doing it in 8-20 minutes chunks of time. GENIUS. Now, for the book itself, Carmilla was mentioned briefly when I studied Dracula in college, but I never had to read it. I thoroughly enjoyed it in all of it’s creepy, stalkery wonder. That being said, it had been so long since I’d read anything written pre-1900, and I had forgotten the energy it can take to break down a wall of prose to get to the heart of a story. Definitely worth it, but the effort is noted. I probably won’t start another one till we’re done moving.

Rating: 3.5 stars


Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo

I’m just going to do full reviews of these, because I have spoilery thoughts, and I don’t want to ruin anyone’s life, even though I’m probably the last person on Earth to read this series.

Rating: 5 stars


The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

Audible has this great series where celebrities narrate stories, and the couple I’ve purchased have been cast PERFECTLY. The narrator here is Richard Armitage, and his voice was shockingly similar to how I imagined this book as I was reading it in print. It was almost alarming. This is one of my favorite classic stories. I picked it up as a last minute, “Oh shit I forgot!” read for an AP Lit book analysis, and I’ve re-read it several times since then. Each experience has been slightly different (Turns out reading something for fun and not for a test is more rewarding. Weird, right?), but each one has been a delightfully unsettling adventure.

Rating: 4.5 stars



  • Knock out the end of my reading challenge. Right now, that’s 18 more books. I’m gonna make my graphic novel shelf my bitch.
  • Actually read Muse of Nightmares
  • And Vengeful, if I can swing it
  • I’d like to read something Christmasy. I don’t usually do theme reads, but I’m always down for being festive.
  • Continue working to utilize Scribd and my local library.

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