November was a jam packed month and I can’t believe that we only have one month left of this year. It’s slightly crazy because this month feels like a complete blur. I ended up reading a lot this month and seeing a bunch of theatre shows so it’s kinda long blog post today, which is unusual for my recent wrap ups.
Runaways Vol 4: But You Can’t Hide by Rainbow Rowell
The first book I read this month was actually a comic. I’ve been keeping up with this series as each volume releases because I love Rainbow Rowell and I found that it was a good way for me to get into comics. I really enjoyed this installment as I just love the dynamic between all of these characters. They’re very much like a dysfunctional family which I adore. I can’t wait for the next volume. – 4 out of 5 stars.
Scythe by Neal Shushterman
I was then in a huge reading slump so I asked my friend to pick any fast paced books off of my physical TBR and she picked out Scythe. I did really enjoy this book. It was very fast paced and fun. I really enjoyed Citra and Rowan as characters and I didn’t see any of the twists coming. I also didn’t mind the romance, which a lot of people seem to hate but I found it quite interesting to read about. – 4 out of 5 stars.
Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
Obviously, this was one of my most anticipated releases of the year so I when I found a copy a few days before it released, I devoured it in two sittings and I’m so mad that there’s no more coming. This was the ending that this series deserved so I loved it. I just wish we had more Jude and Cardan scenes in this book but this is an issue I’ve had with each installment in the trilogy. If you want an incredibly addictive series to read, pick up this trilogy. – 5 out of 5 stars.
Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
I was in a huge reading slump so I decided to put down my current read and pick up a romance book because they always get me out of my slumps. This is a recent release that I had been meaning to get around to and I’m so glad that I finally did. I adored this book. I loved Chloe as a character because I found her so relatable and realistic. I loved the representation of chronic pain and the romance was also adorably cute. I cannot recommend this book enough to any adult romance readers (it’s very graphic so be warned if you’re younger/sensitive to that sort of stuff). – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich
After finally seeing the show earlier this month, I decided to pick up the book which I got for review from Netgalley last year. I was sceptical going in because I had heard some mixed reviews of the novelisation but I was still hoping it would give me the same feeling that the show did. Sadly, it did not. Don’t get me wrong, the show has problems but it felt like the problems in the show were amplified in the novel. Evan came across as very creepy and a lot of the things he said were horrible. Other issues I had with it came through slightly in the show but they were worse in the book. A major issue I have with this story is that Evan doesn’t face many consequences for what he did and this was extremely evident in the novel. The only thing I truly appreciated in the novel was the backstory to Connor. Maybe I only like this story because I love the music. I would recommend the show but sadly, I would not recommend the book. – 2.5 out of 5 stars.
Jackpot by Nic Stone
After that, I wanted to read a short and fast contemporary so I finally picked up Jackpot which I got at YALC earlier this year. Once again, this was another book I was sceptical about because I didn’t really enjoy Odd One Out by this author, however this has become a new unexpected favourite. I quickly became addicted to this book and I stayed up way too late reading it. I loved how this book touched on issues such as class, money and families. I especially loved how Rico’s relationship with her brother Jax was portrayed because it was so pure and wholesome. I also adored the romance in this book and I loved the discussions they had about money. On top of that, I really enjoyed the extra little tid bits written from inanimate objects. They were so fun to read and they added a unique perspective to the book. The only flaw in this book, in my opinion, was the climax. I felt like we were building up to this big reveal at the end but when we finally got it, it wasn’t as developed as it could be. I would have preferred 50 or so more pages to develop it fully and expand the relationship between Rico and Zan. Overall though, I adored this book and I highly recommend picking it up if you get the chance. – 5 out of 5 stars.
Twice In A Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
I was excited for the release of this as I adore Christina Lauren’s previous works. However, this one just slightly missed the mark for me. Whilst I loved the aspect of a second chance romance, the love interest was so boring and bland that I didn’t even care. Also I hated how he didn’t have to deal with any consequences of what he did to her in the past. It was still a fun quick read but definitely not one of my favourites. – 3 out of 5 stars
I was so excited to go and watch Frozen 2 this month because I’m a huge disney fan. I had so much fun during the film and I haven’t laughed this much at a film in a while. I really enjoyed the songs and the story. I did think it was slightly too metaphorical for a kids film but I still enjoyed it. – 4 out of 5 stars.
This is a new topic for me to include in my wrap ups but theatre has very quickly become one of my hobbies so I wanted to share some of the amazing shows I watched this month (all over one weekend).
This is a jukebox musical which I’m not usually a fan of but I really enjoyed this one. I thought the whole show was hilarious, especially due to the incorporation of certain songs (I’m looking at you, Backstreet Boys) and also the characters. It was also empowering and so unique. I already kinda want to see it again so that’s how you know it’s a good show.
Dear Evan Hansen
This was the whole reason I was in London this weekend as I booked these tickets back in February. I really enjoyed this show (as much as you can when it’s this sad). I was sceptical going in because I don’t have a good track record with liking sad musicals but this one was fantastic. I loved the songs as well as the acting. Some specific parts of the storyline were slightly problematic to me but I enjoyed the overall message.
Then I saw quite possibly my favourite musical ever. I have been dying to watch Six since it first came to the West End but I could never find time/cheap tickets. I was finally able to grab some tickets on the same day I was watching Dear Evan Hansen, right in the front row. I have never had as much fun in a musical as I have in this show. It’s so wonderfully hilarious, unique and uplifting. I’ve listened to the soundtrack way too many times and I know it all off by heart. I can’t wait to go watch this over and over again.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
I ended the weekend by taking my friend to go and watch Cursed Child which is obviously a show I love. I believe that this was my 7th visit but I just never get bored of it. I love the magic and the whole atmosphere inside this theatre. Also I would die for Scorpius Malfoy.
I can’t quite believe that I did so much this month, as well as working and being stuck in uni assignment hell. I can never predict how I’ll be able to balance things but November was a good balancing month for me. Let’s hope December is similar