Monthly Wrap-Up – November 2015

 

Welcome to the end of another month. I can’t believe that November is over already! It was a crazy busy month with the first of the winter bugs hitting the house, work being super busy as I try to complete my calendar year end projects, birthdays and redoing the entire design of the site including switching to a new theme. I hope to have a slower paced December and am really looking forward to a few December book releases. I am linking to Best of the Bunch, Feed Your Fiction Addiction’s monthly wrap-up and The Book Date’s Month in Review. So check out what I did in  November, my top pick and my most anticipated books of the coming month.

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I reviewed nineteen books this month.

  1. [1 Nov] The Nine Month Plan by Wendy Markham ★★★½
  2. [2 Nov] Fishing with Rayanne by Ava Finch ★★★½
  3. [5 Nov] Dear Mr. You by Mary -Louise Parker ★★★★
  4. [8 Nov] Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli ★★★★½
  5. [9 Nov] The Light of Hidden Flowers by Jennifer Handford ★★★½
  6. [12 Nov] Inconceivable! by Tegan Wren ★★★★
  7. [13 Nov] Claire Daly: Reluctant Soul Saver by Michele Brouder ★★★★
  8. [15 Nov] Rooter by Teiran Smith ★★★½
  9. [16 Nov] The Mine by John A. Heldt ★★★½
  10. [18 Nov] The Blackmail of Evelynn Faust by Shirley Anne Edwards ★★★
  11. [19 Nov] NAKED: Stripped by a Man and Hurricane Katrina by Julie Freed ★★★★
  12. [22 Nov] Butterfly Dreams by A. Meredith Walters ★★★½
  13. [23 Nov] The Edge of Lost by Kristina Mcmorris ★★★★½
  14. [25 Nov] From Russia With Claws by Jacey Conrad, Gia Corona ★★★★
  15. [25 Nov] From Russia With Fangs by Jacey Conrad, Gia Corona ★★★★
  16. [26 Nov] Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward ★★★★★
  17. [27 Nov] Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine ★★★★½
  18. [29 Nov] Through Infinity by Libby Austin ★★★
  19. [30 Nov] Carry On by Rainbow Rowell ★★★★½

It was hard this month to pick my standout. I had four reviews at 4 1/2 stars – Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, The Edge of Lost, Ink and Bone and Carry On and they were all so good in their own way. (Lover Awakened is a comfort book so not eligible for best of the month, as not a new read.) I sat my husband down and told him about each book. Talking it out helped me realize that there was one that was such a different type of read for me and I really enjoyed going outside of my reading comfort zone. So I selected The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris for my best of November. Historical fiction is not generally a must read genre for me, but I was hooked by the synopsis so I requested it from Netgalley. I am so glad I did! McMorris wrote such a richly nuanced tale of how love for family can impact your future and included so many twists and turns that I was hooked and stayed up till the wee hours to finish it. The Edge of Lost was so very very good and I hope you all go read it soon.

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I was able to participate in some fun bookish things this month.

My site redesign is done! I have been working slowly over the last month to totally re-do my site. Everything from the theme, header, background, font and color scheme has been changed. I finally have everything set, so please let me know how you like it and if you find any bugs.

I made my Andi’s ABC’s Pocket Letter  and got it sent out to YA Book Nerd. I can’t wait to see if she likes it.

I signed up for The Broke and the Bookish’s 6th annual Secret Santa. I have my match and am excited to spend next weekend shopping for their bookish package.

I’ve teamed up with Christine Danielle over at Bibliophilic Madness for a buddy read of Smart Girl. I’ve never done a buddy read so I’m excited to start it.

I joined a newly formed book club with a Facebook women’s group I am a part of. I’m looking forward to helping get it off of the ground.

I finished my 3 Quotes 3 Days Challenge! Day 1,  Day 2 and Day 3.


Author Tuesday is probably the thing I like most about having a book review site. I get to interact with some great authors and help others find out more about them. In November I was lucky enough to host Liana Maeby and Kirker Butler. December will bring us Lynsey James author of Just the Way You Are on December 8, and Lene Fogelberg author of Beautiful Affliction on December 22.


My most anticipated December releases. Thank goodness they are all December 1 release dates so I don’t have to wait too long for them.

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 I have twenty-one reviews scheduled for December. There are a lot of January releases and I generally review two weeks out from publication date so December and January are both already full. Here is a sneak peek at some of the books to be reviewed in December.

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You can check out the rest of my November happenings below.

  1. [7 Nov] Weekly Wrap-Up – November 7, 2015
  2. [13 Nov] Weekly Wrap-Up – November 14, 2015
  3. [21 Nov] Weekly Wrap-Up – November 21, 2015
  4. [27 Nov] Weekly Wrap-Up – November 28, 2015

My November Top Ten Tuesdays

  1. [2 Nov] Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Sophomore Novels I Need
  2. [9 Nov] Top Ten Tuesday – Books and Movies Version
  3. [16 Nov] Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Quotes I Loved
  4. [23 Nov] Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Bookish Things I’m Thankful For

My November Waiting on Wednesdays

  1. [3 Nov] Waiting on Wednesday – Smart Girl
  2. [10 Nov] Waiting on Wednesday – Gena Showalter
  3. [17 Nov] Waiting on Wednesday – Paper and Fire
  4. [24 Nov] Waiting on Wednesday – Lady Midnight

My November Author Guest Posts

  1. [6 Nov] Guest Post – Anna Mitchael
  2. [20 Nov] Guest Post – Tegan Wren
  3. [25 Nov] Guest Post – Jacey Conrad and Gia Corona

 So how was your bookish month?

 

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Posted November 30, 2015 by Laura in Best of the Bunch Monthly Wrap-up, Monthly Wrap-Up / 18 Comments


18 responses to “Monthly Wrap-Up – November 2015

    • November was a great and busy month. My reading slows down in January and February as I travel a lot for work, so I try to pack it in before.

      Oh, a J.R. Ward newbie. So delightful. I would start with the Black Dagger Brotherhood as her other series all play off of it. Hope you get a chance to read some. Enjoy!
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  1. Wow, you read a lot of books! I also like the look of your blog, and how you kept your header, which is so unique.

    I have several NetGalley books releasing in January, and I am pondering when to read them. Perhaps I can read them and write a review, but not post it until two weeks out. Sound good?

    I’ll be putting up my wrap-up later today.
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    • Thanks, I love my header. We have a graphic designer at work and he emailed it to me one day as he hated the generic one I used to have. So I based the whole re-design off of it.

      I am now reading my January releases (I read in release date order) and have the drafts of those reviews done. I have five December posts to still write but will have the whole month of December done by this weekend other than my weekly wrap-ups. I work 60 hours a week, so unless I pre-post it won’t get done. Everyone has a system that works best for them but that’s how I do it. 🙂
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  2. November was indeed a very busy month for you and your blog is looking great. While it’s work to redo a blog it is fun like re-decorating a room in the house. I’ve just finished Blood Kiss as I was given a copy for review and enjoyed it. Hope you are happy with your read of it.

  3. Your site looks gorgeous! Love it! Oh, and I love when I read a book that’s outside of my typical genre and end up loving it – it’s nice to expand our horizons sometimes! Off to read a few of your reviews from this month! (I know, I’m late to my wrap-up hopping this month, but better late than never, right?)
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