#Blogmas Day 4: Readathin (November 2020) Wrap Up

Hi everyone! It’s day 4 of Blogmas and today I’m doing my November Wrap-Up.

During November, Rob and I decided to participate in Readathin. If you missed my TBR announcement earlier this month, you can read it here.

There was one free space and two squares that were non-reading related so to black out the board, I had to read at least 22 books–AND I DID!!!

I’m going to be trying to post reviews for all of the books I read throughout the next two months so I’ll add the review links to this post as I go. Some are already added because I started the month on top of things and then died out.

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
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This book was AMAZING. I loved the main character and all of the twists and turns. The ending kind of gets more and more predictable as it goes along but that didn’t stop me from loving it. (Click here to read my full review)

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater (4.5 stars)
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Ahhhh I love love loved this book. It’s definitely a book where you keep asking yourself “WHAT. JUST. HAPPENED.” The first 20% or so is a bit slow to get started, but it gets much better. (RTC)

Dear Justyce by Nic Stone (4.5 stars)
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I didn’t enjoy this book as much as Dear Martin, but I absolutely love Nic Stone’s writing and the powerful messages she provides in her novels. I definitely want to read every book she writes. (RTC)

A Favor For a Favor by Nat Chelloni
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A well-written Mafia romance novel with a love story that would have benefited from less misogyny/creepiness on the love interest’s side. The plot arc revolving around mob life was probably my favorite part. (Click here to read my full review)

Just a Girl by Becky Monson
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Filled with fun and laughs! Warning that basically the entire novel revolves around poor communication and that there’s an overarching theme of fatphobia and bullying people based on their looks. (Click here to read my full review)

Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne
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I liked this book more than its predecessor. My favorite part about this series is still how raw these characters are. They’re just kids, and the book never fails to remind you that they’re just doing their best. (Click here to read my full review)

The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan
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This was a reread and the book was totally different from how I remembered it but still good! Don’t let the cover fool you; this book is more of a fantasy than a paranormal romance. (RTC)

It’s Raining Men by Rich Amooi
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Funny, cute, and entertaining! I just wish the premise was less grounded in the idea that a woman needs a man to be truly happy. (Click here to read my full review)

All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
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I’m not one to read non-fiction books, but I thought I’d give this a try since it’s marketed as YA. As promised, it was very readable while also delivering strong messages. (RTC)

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus
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I’ve heard so many good things about this book so I was disappointed when I found it to be strangely predictable. (Click here to read my full review)

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
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Not sure what I expected, but this definitely wasn’t it. Ninth House is like a really convoluted (but cool) murder mystery (with ghosts!). A bit wordy at times (like most adult novels) but enjoyable and thrilling. (RTC)

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (3.5 stars)
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This was a reread for me and I don’t remember how I liked it the first time. I listened to this on audiobook this time around with Rob and I admit that I zoned out several times during the story. (RTC)

Witchy by Ariel Slamet Ries (3.5 stars)
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I’m not a huge fan of the art, but I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did! It has an incredibly interesting plot and beautifully complex characters. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for the next book. (Click here to read my full review)

Love, Creekwood by Becky Albertalli
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Cute overall, but not much actually happens. I recommend reading this shorty after reading the other two since there are a lot of references that you might otherwise miss. (Click here to read my full review)

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon
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I really wanted to like this book. The premise and plot have a lot of potential, but I didn’t like either of the main characters nor the writing style. (RTC)

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
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Rob wanted me to read this book and watch the movie, but I found this book really weird? I didn’t like the writing and at times I had no idea what was going on or how the logistics could even work. Sorry, Rob! (RTC)

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
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This book was…fine? It was totally fine to read. I just don’t really feel any particular way about it–no strong feelings either way. Not sure if I’m going to continue this series. (RTC)

Tiger Eye by Marjorie M. Liu
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This book was a lot more than I thought it was going to be but that ended up being its downfall. I think there was too much happening and certain decisions/thoughts the main characters had puzzled me often. (RTC)

A Real Royal Christmess by Linda West
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A fun, lighthearted story that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It suffers from the insta-love trope but that’s kind of expected. The writing got a bit choppy at the end, but I think I was reading an ARC. (Click here to read my full review)

Smash It! by Francina Simone (2.5 stars)
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I really enjoyed the writing of this book but it basically revolved around people being horrible to each other and then scrambling to make it up. There were also many randomly offensive/insensitive comments. (RTC)

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe (2.5 stars)
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This book made me laugh out loud several times, but no amount of humor could have made up for how much I hated the protagonist. In fact, most of the characters were unlikable. (RTC)

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (2.5 stars)
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I legit hated the first half of this book but then liked the latter half, so I’m very confused about it. I definitely would have DNFed this if it weren’t a book club read. (RTC)

That’s it for November! I’m not sure how my December reading is going to go because I might be burnt out a bit, but we’ll see. If you’ve read any of the above books, or are interested in reading the, let me know in the comments below!

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3 thoughts on “#Blogmas Day 4: Readathin (November 2020) Wrap Up

  1. Love your list Jenny! You have a few on here that I am excited to read. I especially want to read All Boys Aren’t Blue. That has been on my list for a while. I loved The Cousins and didn’t see any of the twists coming.

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