I can’t even explain how much different November was than the last two months in terms of reading and I’m so glad it turned around! I was starting to worry that I didn’t even know how to read anymore! But I can! And I even enjoyed it this month. I still only read three review books but I think it helped that I focused a bit more on just reading what I wanted to instead of what I thought I should. Most of the time, review books and what I want to read overlap but for the last few months, they just haven’t and I ended up getting really behind on my reading goal. I think this just helps solidify my plans to read more of what I want next year and take in a lot less review books. I always say I’ll do that and always end up giving in as soon as I see something I want, but I’m going to actually try a lot harder with this next year because I don’t want reading and reviewing to start feeling like a job. Especially one I don’t get paid for. I want to continue loving both and enjoying them. So just slowing down on review books and release date deadlines seems like a good way to make sure I can keep enjoying it without putting so much pressure on myself.
But back to the point of this post! I actually read in November!! Here’s a quick roundup of what I read and what I hope to read in December.
About that Kiss by Jill Shalvis and Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop: I enjoyed both of these and read through them pretty quickly but neither was my favorite of either series.
Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills and Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman: These were probably my favorite two from the month. I highly enjoyed both of them and definitely recommend them and the authors’ previous books as well.
Marked in Flesh and Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop: I couldn’t help but finish up this series. I really enjoyed it and I’m glad it came back around to focus on the Courtyard again after getting a little away from that in the #3 and 4. I would recommend this series but only going in knowing there are a lot of problems with it.
Jessica Jones Vol 1, Chew Vol 1 and I Hate Fairyland Vol 2: I didn’t like Jessica Jones much. I haven’t seen the TV series but it was pretty hard to follow anything that was going on in this and i just don’t love art styles like this. I really liked Chew, even though it’s pretty gross. It’s based on the same idea as iZombie except he’s still a human and was a detective before gaining his new, gross power. And I Hate Fairyland is always perfect when you need something to cheer you up. But the stories do get a bit repetitive after a while.
Once Upon a Winter’s Eve by Tessa Dare and Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh: I need some novellas to help me get through the month and you can never go wrong with Tessa Dare. I’ve read her series but never in any sort of order and it’s never been a problem for me. This one just as enjoyable but a little less snarky than some of her others. And I’ve been seeing Nalini Singh everywhere for years and always wanted to try some of her books so I grabbed this set of novellas to feel it out a bit and I really enjoyed them. I already downloaded the first in the Psy-Changeling series and hope to start it soon!
Meet Cute: Some People are Destined to Meet and Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller: I feel horrible but I actually DNF’d both of these. I’m starting to realize that I just can’t do anthologies. Novellas I’m fine with but short stories like these that are maybe 10-20 pages? There’s just not enough for me. And Otherworld had an MC that I just couldn’t deal with and I didn’t want to spend half the month just trying to get through it when I have so many other books that I want to read.
Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry and Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner: I’m a HUGE fan of all of these authors and can’t wait to read these! I was lucky enough to get SYRM on booksfortrade and Unearthed at ALA and I’ve been waiting for just the right time and IT’S FINALLY HERE. I hope they don’t disappoint.
Reign of Earth by A.C. Gaughan and The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory: I am so excited for both of these books! These are two more January/February review books I have but I don’t think I’ll be able to wait any longer before starting them.
Everless by Sarah Holland and Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely: I’m looking forward to these January releases but to be honest, I’ve been sort of let-down by YA fantasy this year so I’m a little hesitant too. Although GG is more western/futuristic than fantasy, a lot of my highly anticipated books that weren’t contemporary romance have been disappointments. I’m trying to go into these with low expectations despite some good early reviews and just let them be what they are. And hopefully, that’s engrossing and fun reads!
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh: To be completely honest here, I’ve heard a lot about this author but avoided this book because the covers are terrible and the title sounds like erotica. But. I decided to finally give them a try anyways because I’ve been reading more adult urban/paranormal romances and this is a series that I can’t get away from when looking for those books. And I’m glad I did. From the novellas, it seems like I’ll really like the series and I’m hoping to start it sometime this month!
What are you hoping to read this month?