Hello everyone! Welcome (back) for another monthly wrap up. I can’t believe this is the second to last wrap up of the year! I feel like 2017 has gone by really, really fast. Before we get started with the wrap up, I wanted to apologize for not posting very frequently in November. I hit another rough patch with my mental health and it really affected my reading/blogging in a negative way. For a couple weeks, I had no interest at all in reading or writing blog posts. So, the only content I ended up posting was scheduled posts. I’m really sorry about that. I’m still working my way out of my slump, but I’m hoping it’s going to end soon!
Because of this lack of interest in reading, I was only able to finish 4 books and a total of 1,626 pages (which includes the pages I read of the books I either put on hold or started but didn’t finish). However, on a more positive note, I did end up completing my Goodreads challenge this month!!
Books Read in November
- Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter – 4 stars
- Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman – 4.5 stars
The first book I started this month was actually not one of the four I ended up completing. I read 100 pages of it one day and then my reading/blogging slump began. I don’t think it was the book that caused the slump – it was just the mood I was in. After not reading for about a week, I picked up Hamilton: The Revolution to try to get back in the reading mood. I had been wanting to read this book for quite awhile and I ended up really enjoying it! I loved learning more about the making of Hamilton and all the fun facts. Even though I really liked the book, it unfortunately wasn’t enough to break me out of my reading slump.
After going another week without reading a page, I randomly picked up Starfish late one night before bed. I was planning on only reading a few pages to see if I liked it, but before I knew it, it was 2 am and I was 75% through the book! I ended up staying up to finish it and I really, really enjoyed it!! Starfish was wonderfully written and super diverse. At times it was heartbreaking, but overall it was a joy to read! It’s no wonder I completely flew through the book in about 3-4 hours!
To try to keep the whole reading thing going, the very next day I picked up Ramona Blue, which was due back to the library the soonest. This was another book that was very diverse and well written! I liked how there was a huge focus on how sexuality can be fluid and how it’s okay to not know your sexual orientation. I feel like this is a very important message that would help out a lot of people! I also really enjoyed the characters in Ramona Blue! They felt very well-rounded and realistic.
Immediately after finishing Ramona Blue, I picked up what would be the last book I finished in November – Lucky Few by Kathryn Ormsbee. Earlier this year, I read and fell in love with Kathryn’s other book, Tash Hearts Tolstoy, and knew I had to read another book by the author. While I didn’t love Lucky Few as much as I did Tash, I still enjoyed reading it! I liked that the main character, Stevie, was homeschooled. I don’t think I’ve ever read a YA book with a homeschooled MC. I was homeschooled myself during my high school years – except instead of being taught by a parent (like Stevie was), I was enrolled in an online school that I logged into from home. I liked how in Lucky Few, they showed different types of homeschoolers and dismantled the stereotypes associated with them. The only reason I gave this book a 3.75 rating instead of a 4 was because I thought the ending was way too abrupt. I feel like there should have been another chapter or even an epilogue to wrap everything up!
Book I Put On Hold in November
- Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza – Put on hold at 100 pages
Like I mentioned earlier, I read 100 pages of this book in one day and then ended up putting it down for a couple weeks. I just wasn’t in the mood for a sci-fi book at the time, but I definitely want to give it another go in the future!
Book I Started But Didn’t Finish in November
- Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
I started reading Let’s Talk About Love a few days before the end of November, but I unfortunately didn’t get very far into it. Thanks to this weird slump I’m still kinda in, I was only able to read 125 pages of the book. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far though and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of it! (Psst: this book features a black biromantic asexual main character AND the words “biromantic” and “asexual” are used on page!)
Reading Challenge Progress
This year I’m participating in 5 reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share my progress with you all. That being said, my monthly wrap ups will all include updates on my progress. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.
1. Goodreads Reading Challenge
My Goal: Read 70 books (COMPLETED!)
Completed in November: 4 books
Completed in 2017: 72 books
2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge
My Goal: Read 25 backlist books
Completed in November: 2 books
Completed in 2017: 22 books
3. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge
My Goal: Read 25 fantasy books (COMPLETED!)
Completed in November: 0 books
Completed in 2017: 32 books
4. Library Love Challenge
My Goal: Read 12 library books (COMPLETED!)
Completed in November: 4 books
Completed in 2017: 40 books
5. Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge
Goal: Read a book starting with each letter of the alphabet (“The” and “A” can be skipped; the first word after that will be counted)
Completed in November: 0 letters
Completed in 2017: 22 letters
Was November a better reading month for you than it was for me? How many books were you able to complete? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your monthly wrap up. I would love to see what you read this past month!