A Fairly Solid Reading Month aka My November Wrap Up I + I’m Going On Hiatus!

Reading-wise, November was just so much of a better reading month especially when you compare it to the mess that was October. I was disappointed by a few books, but found some really good ones, too. I do think this month went pretty well considering the fact that I’m preparing for mocks (which is a, um, trainwreck).

Also – I wanted to take some time to announce that I’ll officially be going on a mini-hiatus for about two weeks to focus on my IGCSE mocks, and I’ll be back after that with a lot of end-of-the-year posts and all that.

I mean A LOT.

I’ll go more into depth about my November in the life wrap up, but me coping, studying and dealing with mocks is not going well at all. Though I love (and will miss) blogging and talking about books a lot, I do need to prioritize school. I just need to take things one at a time right now. I’ll be back around mid-December if all goes to plan.

On the brighter side, I hit my Goodreads goal of 100 books. I’m trying to read more books that I did last year though (at 108 books) which I can definitely do.

Go me.

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For this section of this post, I’m going to be switching up how I wrap up the books I read this month. My mini-review of each book will be in bullet points, and I’ll be putting a gif to describe my feelings of each book I read, as inspired by one of my old posts. Just to spice things up and to let some of my offline sass out here, I suppose?

Also, I will have the titles linked to my reviews and the stars to their Goodreads.

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Pride by Ibi Zoboi – ★★★★

  • I did really enjoy this and found it far better than American Street!
  • I honestly really wished I read P&P before this because I did feel like I was missing out on all the references. However, some people said that they felt like you didn’t really need to read the book to enjoy it, but it’s just my opinion, you know?
  • The plot was really interesting and engrossing, but from what I know I’m pretty sure the plot and the events are very similar to the original P&P?
  • The exploration of gentrification was really well-woven into the story without taking over the plot, which I really appreciated
  • And can we talk about how GORGEOUS this book is? The cover, the spine and the endpapers are to die for and I’m in love
  • I died inside a little when I saw it
  • Though the sisters’ relationship wasn’t a key focus on the story, I did really like what we got
  • I did feel that the book dragged a little in the middle and the pacing wasn’t great?
  • There is a poetry aspect in this book, which I wasn’t really a fan of
  • But I do know other people have enjoyed it, so it’s definitely a me thing

Tl;dr:

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The Wicked Ones by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman – ★★★★☆

  • Hey, here’s a Ghosts of the Shadow Market novella that didn’t let me down whoo
  • But honestly, this was so so good, and I was genuinely surprised at how much I enjoyed it
  • The plot was excellent and the reveals exciting, with a surprising amount of set-up for the Dark Artifices
  • I really felt like I got a really good look into Celine’s life and I felt so much empathy for her
  • The writing was really good, and so was the audio (narrated by Emily Bett Rickards)
  • IMO I HIGHLY recommend you catch up on all the Ghosts of the Shadow Market novellas (even though I didn’t like quite a few of them) before you read Queen of Air and Darkness (you can also up your Goodreads Challenge, so why not?)

Tl;dr:

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What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera – ★★★☆ (3.5)

 

  • I AM MAJORLY DISAPPOINTED
  • I was honestly expecting this to be at least a 4.5 stars or even a new favourite
  • I had such high expectations that simply weren’t met
  • I definitely do prefer Ben over Arthur, which is strange as I generally do prefer Albertalli’s characters over Silvera’s
  • But I still love the characters a lot
  • The writing and juxtaposition are fantastic
  • Though everyone complains about the excessive pop culture references, I don’t think they were that bad
  • I really did enjoy the themes and how realistic this book is
  • However, this has very little plot and I really hated that about it

Tl;dr:

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me @ my disappointment

The Land I Lost by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan – ★★★★

  • Hey, this was actually much better than I thought it was going to be
  • The plot was really interesting and I liked revisiting some of the TMI characters
  • The writing was incredibly seamless and I couldn’t tell it had been written by 2 different authors
  • I was living for all the soft pure Malec moments
  • Like the Wicked Ones, there was quite a bit of build-up for the Dark Artifices
  • I also loved all the references back to previous novellas
  • Also! Melissa Fumero aka Amy Santiago (a goddess) narrates this audiobook so to my fellow Nine-Nine and Shadowhunters stans get on it (it was amazing, by the way)
  • This is making me even more excited and nervous about Queen of Air and Darkness (4 days left ahhh) and I’m not mad about it
  • Overall some good stuff

Tl;dr:

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – ★★★★

  • I finally read it, my dudes
  • And I am so proud of myself for actually finishing this one!
  • The plot was really slow at first but I did really appreciate the character development
  • While we’re on the topic of characters, the characters here are excellent and I’m pretty invested in their friendship
  • I heard each book focuses on a different main character and I’m so ready
  • The writing was eerie and perfect for Halloween/the Fall Season to anyone who wanted to get into the spirit of all that
  • I did listen to the audiobook for this, and I don’t recommend it for your first time reading it, because I did find it hard to retain what was happening
  • I read parts of the print and I think it’d be a better experience if you physically read them for the first time
  • The inclusion of psychics (specifically Blue’s family) was something I really enjoyed and would like to see more of
  • If the Dream Thieves isn’t as great as everyone says it was, I’m suing

Tl;dr:

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me @ the hype after reading the Raven Boys

Through Blood, Through Fire by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman – ★★★ (3.5)

  • This was enjoyable, and I did like it, though not as much as the Wicked Ones or the Land I Lost
  • I really enjoyed learning more about Rosemary and Jack and am super hyped to learn more in Queen of Air and Darkness
  • That being said, this novella dragged so much, especially in the middle, and had very little plot
  • My notes literally said the middle was kind of pointless so take from that what you will
  • It wasn’t necessarily boring, but it is kind of forgettable

Tl;dr:

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Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan★★★★ (4.5)

  • To every one of you who were screaming about how amazing this book is and how it’s worth the hype .. you were ABSOLUTELY RIGHT
  • Because holy shirt this was PHENOMENAL
  • I’ve actually written a review for this one so I’ll do my best to keep this short and sweet
  • The Malaysian references and the inspiration made me so so happy and meant so much to me
  • I literally could not put this book down so it made me stay up until 2am to finish it
  • The writing, the characters and the relationships between the Paper Girls were everything
  • The ending killed me and I can’t believe I have to wait at least a year for Book 2
  • Thanks for my life @ Natasha Ngan

Tl;dr:

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Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao – ★★★

  • Honestly, my excitement for this book waned A LOT between Forest of a Thousand Lantern’s release and this one?
  • But I did want to support Asian authors and finish this duology so I picked this up for the Fall Into Fantasy Readathon!
  • The writing was solid, I guess?
  • Jade is such a good, virtuous character and I was over it by a third of the way into the book and rolling my eyes at her goodness at the end
  • I was somewhat invested in the quest to find the different objects and I found the world really interesting
  • That being said, I was able to call one of the big ‘plot twists’, if you will, and I rarely predict plot twists correctly
  • It got kind of boring at some parts
  • I also feel like Xifeng is now written as this caricature-type villain, which really is a shame especially when looking at her development in Forest of a Thousand Lanterns
  • I’m just overall disappointed, and not at all happy

Tl;dr:

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Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson – ★★★ (3.25)

  • To be frank, I just read this book to pack in a ninth book for the month?
  • I have wanted to read Speak in the past but I was more interested in reading this graphic novel especially since it would fly by quicker
  • The art is amazing and eerie, you guys
  • This book has such a poignant and ominous vibe
  • The topic was so important, and I appreciate having ‘read’ a classic YA book
  • I don’t think this book did anything groundbreaking for me personally though, though I’m happy that it did for so many people
  • I was going to give this 3.75 stars but I’m forgetting so many things already, 48 hours later, so a 3.25 it is!

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I’m literally so proud of my posting consistency this month and just overall posting. Even though October and November was kind of a mess, life-wise, at least I have this?

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Look, I literally have one single book that I added to my collection this month, which again, wasn’t bought by me. Honestly, my friends spoil me way too much and I love them.

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What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera ★★★☆ (3.5)

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4th: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

I’m so hyped, you guys. I’ve been waiting for this book since June 2018 and I think it’s going to be epic. I’m also forever salty that this book comes out TWO DAYS before my mocks and that I won’t be able to read it until school holidays. (Lord of Shadows came out during final season for me and I was so annoyed at it. That’s another topic for another day, though.) This book is going to be gigantic and epic and I’m both scared and excited of both the length and what Cassie is going to do to my faves. I’m going to be hibernating from Goodreads and Twitter when this comes out because I’m terrified of being spoiled.

But Cassie for real please don’t kill my faves.

18th: Dear Heartbreak edited by Heather Demetrios

This sounds so great and poignant and hard-hitting. The cover is to die for and that aesthetic is 11/10. And that author lineup looks fabulous.

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December is going to be absolutely insane. A lot of you probably already know that I have mocks for half the month, especially since I whine about it 26/7. But for real, I’m seriously stressed out and panicking because I’ll be taking at least 2 exams (most of which are at least 90 minutes long) for like a week? Anyways. I’ll have school holidays to look forward to right after that which is exciting! I definitely do plan to go out more in the second half of the month especially since mocks are over, but I still have school-related stuff to do during the holidays. I’m honestly exhausted already,

Obviously, Christmas is coming! I’m honestly NOT in a festive mood at all, especially since there’s no winter in Singapore, which is sad. But to be fair, I would die in winter so it’s probably better for me? My sister’s coming back from boarding school for holidays which is also exciting. We’re really close and both been insanely busy so we can hopefully use the holidays to spend time together.

I also hope to finish the year strong, especially with reading, life, and my resolutions. I know everyone says this, but I truly can’t believe how fast 2018 was? And that we have one more month before 2019? Someone slow things down because I’m tired thinking about it.

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How was your reading this month? Did you participate in any readathons? Have you read or want to (or even don’t want to) read any of the books here? What were some amazing blog posts you read in November? What are you looking forward to in December?

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23 thoughts on “A Fairly Solid Reading Month aka My November Wrap Up I + I’m Going On Hiatus!

  1. I had the opposite experience with What if It’s Us; I thought I’d hate it but I ended up really liking it. I definitely agree with you about liking Ben more than Arthur as a character; I just thought he was more interesting and complex than Arthur was. I’m sorry this one didn’t end up working for you 😦

    I also just started listening to The Raven Boys on audio and I’m hoping I like it as much as you have seemed to 🙂 I’ll be interested to read your thoughts on The Dream Thieves.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed What If It’s Us and that it was a pleasant surprise for you! I’m so bummed it didn’t work out for me, but I’l find other books that I’ll hopefully love. I didn’t love the Raven Boys as much as everyone else did, but I would certainly recommend it! Happy reading!

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  2. Great wrap up! I really need to continue reading the Ghosts of the Shadow Market novella’s. I prefer to be done with them before the release of QoAaD so I have to hurry haha (I’m reading #3 now) Glad you liked the ones you’ve read this month. I thought 1 and 2 were The Best ❤ #AllTheFeels and can’t wait to also read the ones that are connected to the TDA books. And omg that’s so awesome that Melissa Fumero is one of the narrators! I’m normally not into audio books, but this makes me really curious now haha! My husband and I are huge Brooklyn 99 fans!

    And I think it’s awesome you put other blogs in the spotlight as well. I’m planning to do this in my wrap ups as well. I’m definitely going to check the ones you put in here out as well. Thanks for the recs!

    And I’m just so happy to see another Shadowhunter fangirl and one who’s looking forward to the QoAaD release as much as I am! I’ve been dying to get that book in my hands ever since reading LoS for the first time – which was 11 days before the release of LoS back then – so it feels like I’ve been waiting FOREVER, ugh.

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    1. Thanks Melissa! I personally didn’t like Ghosts of the Shadow Market #1 but I did like #2 though! I definitely think you should read them before you read Queen of Air and Darkness especially since it gives you a lot of really great backstory for TDA, and I hope you enjoy reading them! IMO Melissa Fumero does a really good job with the audio so I would try to snag the audio if you can.

      I hope you enjoyed the recs! I found so many great high-quality posts this month that I very much enjoyed and/or will use. I think it’s really great to spotlight other blogs and to find new blogs from these kinds of features.

      I completely agree with you on the Shadowhunter fangirl sentiment! If I’m being honest, I know so many people who are ridiculously hyped for this release. I wouldn’t be surprised if Goodreads crashed on Tuesday with everyone reading this 😅 I hope you love it and will definitely be waiting for your thoughts on this book. Happy reading, Melissa!

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  3. I’m glad to hear you had a better reading month and yay for hitting your goodreads goal as well!! ❤
    I'm happy you enjoyed Pride, I've heard good things about this book and I'm very curious to read it, hopefully soon 🙂 I also NEED to read Girls of Paper and Fire at some point, everyone is loving it haha. I'm sorry you were disappointed a little bit by Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix though, I really liked the author's debut and have been anticipating this one. I'm curious to see how I like it 🙂
    Best of luck for school and your exams, sending you tons of love ❤

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    1. thank you, marie! pride was really enjoyable and i hope you get the chance to read it soon. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read girls of paper and fire soon – i hope you love it! i hope you enjoyed kingdom of the blazing phoenix more than i did. thank you so much for the love marie, it is very much appreciated ❤

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  4. 😭😭😭 im crying that you’re leaving me but im also glad youre giving yourself a break, you focus on school and be amazing (like always) and spend time and have fun with your sister and family and we’ll be waiting for your return. ❤

    CONGRATS ON FINISHING YOUR CHALLENGE!!! 100 books is amazing im so proudddd

    i love your jot note reviews on each book, its such a great idea and theyre so easy to read. THANK YOU FOR FEATURING MY POST??? the honourrrrr!!! 😍😍 queen of air and darkness is DAYS AWAY TAASIA HOW EVER WILL WE EXIST WHEN THIS SERIES IS OVER ILL CRY

    i hope december goes great for you, always sending you happy thoughts, go be amazing ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. i’m sorry for leaving you but rest be assured i will be back soonnnn, i promise! you’re literally such a supportive and sweet person, love ❤ thank you so much for all your compliments, you’re the actual best! i love your posts and you so OF COURSE i had to feature it, i mean how would i not? i will definitely be ugly crying when i read queen of air and darkness thanks for my life cassie clare. i hope december goes great for you too!! have a month as amazing as you are ❤ ❤ ❤

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  5. Ooh that’s good to hear that you recommend reading Ghosts of the Shadow Market before QOAAD because that’s exactly what I’m doing rn! and I wish you all the luck with your exams and with school, Taasia! I’m sorry that you’ve been stressed about that, but I hope taking a hiatus helps. great wrap up!! ❤️❤️❤️

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      1. Thank youuu! I’ve only just started GOTSM but I think these will be enjoyable enough💞 And AHHH I hope you love QOAAD too, but you’re 100% right, it’s truly going to ruin our lives :’) hehe I wish you luck!

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  6. awww omg thank you for linking up my posts!!!! I am so happy you liked them & agree ❤

    also, YOU READ SO MANY AWESOME BOOKS OMG!!! I love this so much! so many of my faves are on this list it makes me so happy!

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  7. Ahh I’m so sad you’re on hiatus, just when I’m getting back to blog hopping and everything snjdkfdsf but best of luck for all your exams, and I’m sure you’ll do great! I’m so happy to see you loved Girls of Paper and Fire ❤ ❤

    Lovely post, Taasia! ❤

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