So this month I got caught up in college work, socialising and also writing blog posts for my month of blogging this month so I didn’t read much or do a lot after the first few days. But let’s go on to what I did do this month.
The first book that I read in November was the 9th Novella in the Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy series and that was Born to Endless Night by Cassandra Clare. This is definitely one of my favourite novellas in this series because it did remind me just how much I love Cassandra Clare’s writing and her world. This novella felt like it was mainly Cassandra Clare and that’s what I loved about it. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.
I then finally read The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting by Holly Bourne. I have previously read Am I Normal Yet? by the same author and absolutely loved it so I was very excited to finally read her other work. Whilst I didn’t love it quite as much as I loved Am I Normal Yet? I still really loved it. It was a realistic approach to teenagers these days but it was also still quite raw and it hits you right in the feelings. I love the way that Holly Bourne deals with issues such as OCD and self harm as she focuses on them but also doesn’t make it all about them and brings in humour and makes the book fun to read. I ended up giving this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Next I read Most Likely to Succeed by Jennifer Echols which is the final book in the Superlatives companion novel series. I quite enjoyed this book because it was fun and entertaining. However I did have a few issues, mainly with the pacing. The whole romance came on way too quickly for me and the pacing was just off throughout because towards the end, it moved way too fast and it was too hard to keep track of. I ended up giving it 3 out of 5 stars.
Next I read Never Evers by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison which is coming out in January but I received an early review copy from Chicken House. I really enjoyed this novel. I was scared at first because it is about 14 year olds so I thought it might be a little bit immature and whilst it was at times, the characters were a very realistic group of 14 year olds. They weren’t ridiculously grown up for their age and I loved that. I wrote a whole review on it so click here to go read that but I gave it 4 out of 5 stars overall.
I then read the final novella in the Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy series by Cassandra Clare which was Angels Twice Descending. In true Cassandra Clare style, this final one broke me into little pieces. It is jam packed full of emotions and events and people live and people don’t live. I love this series and it definitely made up for the disappointment that was the Bane Chronicles. I definitely gave this one 5 out of 5.
Next I read A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab which was my TBR Jar pick for November. I have put off this book for ages for no particular reason but I’m so glad that I finally read it. At first, I was wary because the start of the book was SOO slow and I wasn’t getting into it but about halfway through, the pace picked up and the story got more interesting. It did feel like a standalone so I am interested to see how the sequel goes. I ended up giving it 4 out of 5 stars.
Finally, I read Truly, Madly, Famously by Rebecca Serle which is the second book in the Famous in Love trilogy. This is a fun trilogy that is fast paced and easy to read. It’s quite easy to get obsessed with the book because I could not stop reading this one once I got into it. It was a good sequel that was full of a lot of teenage angst but very entertaining. I can’t wait for the third one and I gave this one 4 out of 5 stars.
This month I was a bit slack with blog posts so I’m sorry but the 4 posts that I did actually post were:
- October Wrap Up
- Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame
- Never Evers by Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen
- November Illumicrate Unboxing
This month, I received a copy of Never Evers by Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen for review from Chicken House and I have already read and reviewed this book so look above to find my review.
This month I received my first Illumicrate box and inside that box, there was a copy of Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin.
The first film I watched this month was Hum Saath-Saath Hain(We Stand United) which is a Bollywood from the 90s all about a family and their life. It’s an interesting film but the actual story didn’t start until 2 and a half hours in but I still enjoyed it all because it was funny and entertaining. It definitely kept me interested.
Next I watched The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2. I think this movie was a good adaptation of the book but my issue with it is with the book. I feel like the book was a bit of a let down meaning that the movie had the same effect but that’s a fault with the source material in my opinion. They also cut out my favourite scene from the book with Finnick so I was even more sad because of that.
I then watched another Bollywood movie called Hum Aapke Hain Koun(Who Am I To You?) which is a very classic love film that everyone loves but I had never seen it. I thought it was okay. It wasn’t amazing but it wasn’t bad. The acting was good and I loved the songs but the Netflix plot summary of it gave away what happened as what is stated in the plot summary doesn’t happen until the last half an hour of a 3 hour long film. It was still a good film.
This month, I got obsessed with watching Hell’s Kitchen as two seasons of it got added to Netflix so obviously I watched an episode a night when I went to bed. It was a great show that kept me entertained and I wish that Netflix would add more of the seasons of it.
I don’t think I went to any this month except for MCM Comic-Con Birmingham. It was great but a lot smaller than normal which was irritating because it meant that it was very very busy and too packed.
I actually did complete my TBR Jar book for this month so my TBR Jar pick for December is:
The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
I’m really excited to finally get to this book and to have read one of Cassandra Clare’s books that is not set in the Shadowhunter world.
The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne
Mockingjay: Part 2
Gerua – Dilwale
Thing That Happened:
The new Waterstones Birmingham opened!
So that’s all for November! How was your month? Let me know down below.