November was the busiest month of the year and I wish Christmas (even though I don’t celebrate it) comes faster so I can have a break for a day or two. November is also not the best month for my well-being, so many things happen this month and I’m surprised I still manage to read more than five books this month. Without further ado, let’s take a lot at how November been treating me.
✧ Books I Read ✧
- ⋆ Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan ⋆ A good Asian representation book that is rich in culture and world building. Dare I say, one of the best books I read in 2019? The excellence, the angsty and the importance of resistance this book promotes… perfect.
- ⋆ Vicious by L.J. Shen ⋆ Reading book twitter’s best loved new adult novel, it turned out I don’t really like it. Even though Vicious can be used as a character study, but I don’t like his relationship with Emilia.
- ⋆ To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo ⋆ Re-reading my favorite book and falling in love with it even more. To Kill a Kingdom is my favorite fairy tale book and it serves the best enemies to lovers trope.
- ⋆ All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney ⋆ This is a good book about how Muslims really are. I feel ashamed after reading this book. No, not because the book is bad, but because the main character is everything I wish to be.
- ⋆ The Mistake by Elle Kennedy ⋆ One of my Twitter friends bullied me to read this. As much as I love the characters, I still can’t stand a lot of oversexualizing attitude that happened in the book.
- ⋆ The Risk by Elle Kennedy ⋆ My favorite Ivy League couple, Brenna Jensen and Jake Connelly. I was skeptical at first because I don’t really like EK’s writing, but this book is now sitting on my favorite shelf.
- ⋆ Wildcard by Marie Lu ⋆ Fatin @ booksforhufflepuff said this book will ruin me…well, she’s not wrong. Thank you for the warning, Fatin. I appreciate but guess who hasn’t moved on from this?
- ⋆ How to be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters ⋆ I wish this book was published during my high school years, my old self might need it. Nevertheless, I still can relate to Remy most of the time.
- ⋆ Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga ⋆ Kudos for Jasmine Warga for bringing up such important topics and wrap them without sugarcoating anything yet still suitable for kids to read. Thank you Ma’am for your service. This book is so important to read.
- ⋆ Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed ⋆ I love that nowadays authors bring up important and heavy topics to their middle grade books. Amal Unbound holds a special place in my heart, because this book is so insightful and eye-opening for me.
- ⋆ The Past and Other Things that Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson ⋆ Why, yes, it’s my first SDH’s book and I love it. I love it very much. This book is so light and emotional at the same time. I’m planning to read more Hutchinson’s works.
- ⋆ The Wicked King by Holly Black ⋆ One sentence: Cardan Greenbriar, what have YOU done?
- ⋆ The Train to Impossible Places by P.G. Bell ⋆ Honestly, it was a last minute pick. I’m currently doing a reading challenge and this book suited the prompt. I didn’t regret picking this book up though. It was an amazing journey with the crew of Impossible Postal Services!
✧ Things I Wrote ✧
- ⋆ How reading shaped my point of view ⋆ I’m doing a new meme, Let’s Talk Bookish, and this week’s prompt is how reading shaped/changed my life.
- ⋆ Book-shaming and why it’s not okay ⋆ I talked about book-shaming and why it’s harmful to book community.
- ⋆ Author interview with Nikki Jefford ⋆ I was a blog host for Nikki Jefford’s new book, Stolen Princess. I was given opportunity to interview her. She’s such a lovely author!
- ⋆ Translated or original copy? ⋆ I talked about my preference in books when it comes to foreign language, considering that English is not my mother tongue.
Amazing Posts I Read
Honorable mention for amazing bloggers which posts I read and love this month!
- ⋆ Most underrated books released in the last decade ⋆ Bec talked about underrated books in the last decade.
- ⋆ My best of 2019 YA Books ⋆ Marie mentioned her own version of best 2019 YA books.
- ⋆ Some musings on superiority in the online book community and the Goodreads Choice Awards ⋆ Ally ranted about superiority in online community, especially Goodreads Choice Awards.
- ⋆ I’m tired of whiteness of Goodreads Choice Award ⋆ Shealea ranted about how unfair Goodreads Choice Awards is.
- ⋆ Genre Spotlight | Historical Fiction ⋆ Vivian talked about her favorite genre; historical fiction.
- ⋆ Should readers read books outside their own age range? ⋆ Line discussed about whether or not readers should read outside their age’s range.
✧ Book Hauls ✧
⋆ Kindle & Play Books Galore ⋆
(I don’t usually buy e-books but this month both platforms offered me with amazing deals, what I’m gonna do? Say no?)
- Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne – I’ve actually been eyeing this book for a while and when it was sale, I quickly bought it.
- Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga – The same story with Passion on Park Avenue, in which the book was worth the money.
- The Risk by Elle Kennedy – Well…because my friends bullied me to read it.
- Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – I couldn’t afford to buy the physical editions, so when it was only $2 on Google Play Books, I bought it.
- Jade City by Fonda Lee – I see my Twitter friend talked and said she loves this book, so I was curious about this.
- Air Awakens by Elise Kova – Same reason for Jade City. Moira, if you read this, this is for you.
- The Cactus by Sarah Haywood – I just got paid from my job yesterday, scrolled through Amazon Kindle’s Deals and bought this. Impulsive much?
⋆ Lost in the bookstore ⋆
- Queen of Nothing by Holly Black – For Jude’s and Cardan’s endgame.
I’d like to hear from you!
So how was November treating you? Did you read a book you love? Is there any release that disappointed you? Let me know in the comment section below! Anyway, we’re reaching the end of my post and I hope my review helps you. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog so you’ll get notification every time I post something on my blog. See you later!