November in my reading life gave me this:
And then it gave me this:
While I read some books I didn't really care for, I did read two books in particular that I loved. Both books gave me Book Hangovers and I found myself either being unable to move on for at least 24 hours, or I found myself rereading favorite scenes in other favorite books in the same series.
Thus is a Bookish Reading Life.
But mostly, November also had me spending money because lots of books on my Kindle wishlist went on sale. And then lots of other books were available that I just really wanted to read and screw the prices. And then there were also a lot of other books wherein I just needed to reign myself in and stop spending money, because I had to remind myself how extensive my e-book library is... and also how many more books I have yet to touch on my physical book shelf.
Then there were the freebies and the library check-outs...
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I also bought a Kindle Paperwhite. It was on sale. I regret nothing.
After the Storm by Maya Banks
Crazy Sweet by Tara Janzen
Skylark by Meagan Spooner
Winter by Marissa Meyer
Dead by Midnight: An I-Team Christmas (novella) by Pamela Clare
Fear the Dark by Kay Hooper
Shadowlark by Meagan Spooner
Lark Ascending by Meagan Spooner
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
The Hope of Elantris (short story) by Brandon Sanderson
The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas
Shadow Fall by Laura Griffin
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Dracula by Bram Stoker
-- audiobook narrated by Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, and a full cast
Books Dropped/Put On Hold
Reviews & Notable Posts
- Other Posts
14 books total were read in November. Two of these books were novellas and one was a short story. One book, Dracula was an audio book I began listening to in October and finished at the beginning of the month of November. But, to make up for the shorter books, I also read Winter which is listed as 827 pages for the Kindle version--that's a lot of pages.
- Series I started reading in November:
The Gold Seer Saga by Rae Carson
The London Trilogy by Sherry Thomas
Castle Mountain Lodge by Elena Aitken
- Series I completed in November:
Skylark by Meagan Spooner
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Divergent by Veronica Roth
- Series I have made progress on in November:
Steele Street by Tara Janzen
KGI by Maya Banks
Bishop/SCU by Kay Hooper
Cormoran Strike by Robert Galbraith
Tracers by Laura Griffin
My favorite books read in November obviously includes the concluding installment of the Lunar Chronicles, Winter. I repeat: The FEELS! There were many FEELS had by all. And then there was the long novella of An I-Team Christmas--Pamela Clare is always a delight! The Luckiest Lady in London, though part of a reading challenge, hadn't been a book I'd intended to read in November, but I picked it up as a random "I want to read this" moment and finished it and loved it--Sherry Thomas is also always a delight.
I was a bit disappointed in the Skylark trilogy, but then again, maybe I put too much hype into it all by myself and ended up with a too-high expectation for it as a YA dystopian. However, I was also equally disappointed in Career of Evil, which is saying much since I also DID like it at the same time; it just wasn't what I'd been expecting after such a genius work of The Silkworm last year.
Lastly, while I hope I'm wrong, I think I might have finally run out of influenced love and bias for Maya Banks' KGI series--while After the Storm was serviceable as a guilty pleasure, rainy-day read, I couldn't help but have issues with it and the continued downturn of the books and how each and every one of them are turning out cheesier and schmaltzier and more difficult to enjoy than the previous. I fell in love with the KGI world, but that doesn't mean I can continuously overlook the repetitive formulas just because I love the characters.
The same goes for Kay Hooper's Bishop/SCU series; however, at least there's still a semblance of story telling in these paranormal mysteries.
Coming Up Next (tentative scheduling)
- Tentative TBR for This Month
- Tentatively Planned Posts/Reviews
Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Review: Shadow Fall by Laura Griffin
Review: Taste Test by Kelly Fiore
Review: Vitro by Jessica Khoury
Review: The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas
Review: The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis
Review: Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis
Review: Slow Burn by Julie Garwood
Review: Shadow Dance by Julie Garwood
Review: What the Dead Know by Kylie Brant
Packaged Review Post: Books I Read in 2015 But Did Not Officially Review
Reading Challenge Post: 2016 Reading Assignment Challenge starter post
Reading Challenge Post: 2015 Reading Challenges wrap up post
End of Year Thoughts about 2015 Readings
What I am looking forward to in 2016
Book Haul / TBR Additions
- Amazon Kindle Deals (free)
- Amazon Kindle Deals (discounted/low price)
- Bought as New
- Audible Purchases
- Checked Out From the Library
Reading Challenge Updates
General Reading Challenge
My Goal: 150 books
Progress: 159/150 books read
- Outdo Yourself Challenge
Hosted by Book Vixen
My Goal: Getting My Heart Rate Up: read 1 - 5 more books
(I read 154 books for this challenge in 2014 / My goal will be 155 - 159 books in 2015.)
My Progress: 147/155
See Also: 2015 Outdo Yourself Challenge shelf for list of books
- Romantic Suspense Challenge
-- CHALLENGE COMPLETED -- 4/9/2015
Hosted by Book Vixen
My Goal: SWAT: read 21+ romantic suspense novels
My Progress: 75/21
See Also: 2015 Romantic Suspense Challenge shelf for list of books
- Men in Uniform Challenge
-- CHALLENGE COMPLETED -- 3/17/2015
Hosted by Book Vixen
My Goal: Chief: read 16+ men in uniform novels
My Progress: 69/16
-- 16 books read -- COMPLETED -- 3/17/2015
See: 2015 Men in Uniform Challenge shelf for book list
See: 2015 Men in Uniform Challenge post for detailed list
- 2015 TBR Pile Challenge
Hosted by Roof Beam Reader
My Progress: 10/12
- 2015 Reading Assignment Challenge
My Goal: Reading Level 5: 48 books (4 books/month), 4 Extra Credits, 1 Pass
My Progress: 46/48 (2 out of 4 Extra Credits Used / No Passes used)
- Mount TBR Reading Challenge
Hosted by My Reader's Block
My Goal: Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR pile/s
My Progress: 30/48
See: 2015 Mount TBR Challenge shelf for book list
- The Series That Never Ends Challenge
Hosted by Delighted Reader
1) Surviving the Book Tsunami -- 5-9 books -- COMPLETED 6/1/2015
2) Removing the Thorn From My Side -- 10-15 books
My Progress: 17/15 books
Listed Series Goals Completed: 2/3
See: 2015 Series Never Ends Challenge shelf for book list
As I was saying already, I had a really good book haul in November. It was in part due to all the discounts via Kindle books and then Harlequin was having a discount sale and then more holiday sales were going on... I just couldn't help myself. So I made up for it by also adding several freebies to my working reading list and Kindle e-library.
At least, I think that makes up for it. Seeing as how I had gone and bought at least three other books at full price, I thought I deserved some book haul goodness in the form of freebies and discounted books. It was a long month and I need to make myself happy.
And now I'm just grasping for excuses. I have a lot of reading to do next year.
I had been trying to make extra progress in many of my reading challenges since it's closing in on the end of the year, but I have already given up on at least two challenges: 2015 TBR Pile Challenge hosted by Roof Beam Reader and the Mt. TBR Reading Challenge hosted by My Reader's Block. The 2015 Reading Assignment Challenge is still going strong, I've already completed four other challenges, and I'm hoping that the Outdo Yourself Challenge and the Neverending Series Challenge can be wrapped up before the year is over next month.
As much as I know it's no fun to stick to a reading schedule, I'm going to do exactly that. There are at least eight other books that are pre-chosen for my reading challenges and I need at least eight more books to complete my Outdo Yourself Challenge.
This shouldn't be too hard, right?