Monthly Recap: November 2014

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I feel like the term “monthly recap” is pretty self-explanatory, but just in case here’s my spiel! I’ll be recapping what I’ve read for the month and what reviews I’ve written, along with what I’m planning to read for next month. What’s been happening in my personal life may also be making an appearance from time to time (this of course depends on whether anything interesting happens!).

What I Read in November:

  1. A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire
  2. King Lear by William Shakespeare (school)
  3. Throwaway Daughter by Ting-Xing Ye (school)
  4. Someday by Drew Hayden Taylor (school)
  5. Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews
  6. Hamlet by William Shakespeare (school)
  7. Islands of Decolonial Love by Leanne Simpson (school)
  8. Grave Witch by Kalayna Price (RTC)
  9. Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam (school)
  10. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (RTC)
  11. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (RTC)
  12. Princeless Vol. 1: Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley

That’s right y’all, I finally finished Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson…and I really liked it! I’ve definitely learned my lesson though – no books longer than 500 pages while I’m still in classes. I just don’t have the attention span for anything that long when school’s in session! I’m still on my audiobook kick and I discovered some really great narrators in November, chief among them Cynthia Holloway who narrates half of These Broken Stars. Turns out that Holloway has narrated quite a few UF books, so I’m going to check out some of her other work. Definitely recommend her!

What I Reviewed in November:

  1. Otherworld Nights by Kelley Armstrong
  2. A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire
  3. Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews
  4. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

If you follow me on instagram then you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been doing  A LOT of book buying lately – and that was before Black Friday. Here’s a picture of one of the books I’m most excited about for December:

So the sheer number of books that I’ve bought has got me thinking I need a new system of book buying, one that’s a little easier on my wallet – and my bookshelf space. For December I’m going to participate in #ProjectFiveBooks, a reading challenge that requires you to read 5 books before you can buy a new one. I first heard about the challenge in a youtube video by Sanaa at InkBonesBooks, who’s one of my favourite booktubers. The challenge seems easy enough, so let’s hope I can make it stick!

Goodbye November, can’t say I’m sad to see the back of ya. December has two weeks of exams and then two weeks of blissful freedom – and you better believe I’ll be using that free time to do some major reading. Any recommendations? Are there any books that I absolutely NEED to read?

14 thoughts on “Monthly Recap: November 2014

  1. Great November list! I really want to read Mistborn but I think the length of it has also put me off doing it so far… maybe it’ll be a Christmas read. If you’re looking for recommendations I absolutely loved ‘Daughters of the Forest’ and ‘The Rosie Project’. And in terms of great audiobooks, I’d also highly recommend ‘The Lies of Locke Lamora’ and ‘Ender’s Game’… oh and also ‘Hyperion’ if you’re into mind-bending sci-fi.

    1. Thank you! It’s definitely worth the page count – once you get into it, the pages fly by. I actually have Daughter of the Forest on my shelves! And wow, thanks so much for the audio recs! Lies of Locke Lamora is one of the books that I’m ashamed to say I haven’t yet read, but hearing that the audiobook is good makes me want it that much more.

  2. I’m so happy that you’ve finally discovered the awesomeness that is Kelley Armstrong, and that she was one of the first authors that you’ve featured more than once on your blog. I <3 her writing! Your book buying spree probably isn't over yet because it's Cyber Monday. LOL!

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads.

    1. Oh, Kelley. Where have you been all my life?! I’m hoping to read and collect her entire back log, but damn does the woman ever write a lot. Not exactly a terrible problem for me to have. 😉 Update on the shopping situation: I’m weak. So very weak…Cyber Monday, why???!!!

    1. I’m at the library three days a week for work, and I use it all the time. Usually what ends up happening is I get too impatient to wait for other people to finish reading a certain title, or when I finally do get my hands on a title, I’m not in the mood for it anymore. Such is life!

  3. I kind of love that #ProjectFiveBooks! Although I think it would ultimately make me sad if something came along and I had to wait a month to buy it:-)

    1. I think it’s a pretty great idea, too! My apartment is too small for me to sustain the current level of book buying that I’ve got going on right now, so let’s hope it sticks! Haha, I agree – maybe it’ll help me power through my graphic novel collection since those are always quick reads!

  4. Like Nathan I’m all about using the library too, usually for audiobooks and ebooks. It does save me a lot, when I’m only buying deep discount physical books or more obscure titles that are hard to come by! Speaking of libraries I’m actually on the wait list for The Young Elites audiobook…hoping it’ll be my turn soon!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. Yeah, I love the library. One of the perks of my job is that I get to order a few titles for the collection every month…they usually end up being UF. 😉 I’m on the wait list for The Young Elites audiobook, too! Depending on how long it takes to become available, I might alternate between reading and listening to that one.

  5. Of course you liked Mistborn! Such an awesome book 😀

    I could never do ProjectFiveBooks because I don’t have access to an English library, but it sounds like a very worthwhile challenge in theory! Although like Nathan says, possibly a bit too limiting. Especially if you have a full two weeks of holiday coming up.

    1. It was so good! I feel like I would’ve enjoyed it more if I hadn’t waited so long in between chapters, but that’s not exactly Sanderson’s fault. 😉

      Woah…that must be difficult! I feel like you probably buy a lot of ebooks in that situation. The whole ‘one-click’ thing definitely has its perks. I think it’s going to be tough but fingers crossed I’ll make it at least one month before falling off the wagon – that would be too embarrassing.

  6. Wow thats a good way to go about it – buy 1 for ever 5 read. Good system. Don’t know if I could stick to it but I can give it a go!

    Oooo so glad you read and enjoyed Mistborn – its 500 pages really? I didn’t even notice haha. But then so much of his stuff is on the thicker side (except Elantris that is one of his thinnest books – try that one…oh and The Emperor’s Soul but technically thats a novella or novellette right? I don’t know what the difference is)

    Anyways looks like you got some great reading in – now I have to check out the Cynthia Halloway also!

    1. Honestly, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to stick to it either, but I’m gonna try my best!

      Hahaha yeah Mistborn is a lot longer than it looks, especially if you’re reading the mass market paperback. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked it – but definitely too lengthy for the school year. I’ve head great things about Elantris, I’ll definitely pick it up! 🙂

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