November Wrap Up

Thankfully, I managed to start this reading month off with a bang. The very first weekend in November, I finished one story and picked up 3 more. While this might not seem like the best ratio, it worked out well for me. I enjoy giving myself a mixture of mediums to read from – it helps stop me from getting distracted all the time.

Sure, this whole month wasn’t the best for reading for me. Yet overall I know it was a decent month. I got a bunch of good reads in which means more to me than having a whole bunch of smaller, and worse, books completed. I hope I’m always a quality over quantity gal.

While Yzma is still in that excited puppy stage where she won’t let me sit and read in peace for longer than five minutes, I truly think I managed to get a decent chunk of reading done. Besides, puppy love is a welcome distraction from my reading goals. Especially when you get to play with said puppy in her first snowfall.

Without further ado, here’s my reading stats for this month:


For reference: Physical books, eBooks, and AudioBooks.

Total books completed: 12

Total pages read: 4410 (avg. 368 pages per book)

Completed Books:

  1. The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong (Darkest Powers, Book 2)[4 stars]
  2. Taste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder (Healer, Book 3)[3.75 stars]
  3. Haunted by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld, Book 5)[5 stars]
  4. The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong (Darkest Powers, Book 3)[3.75-4 stars]
  5. Elevation by Stephen King [5 stars]
  6. Antebellum Awakening by Katie Cross (Network, Book 2)[5 stars]
  7. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling [4 stars]
  8. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong (Darkness Rising, Book 1)[5 stars]
  9. The Calling by Kelley Armstrong (Darkness Rising, Book 2)[3.5 stars]
  10. The Rising by Kelley Armstrong (Darkness Rising, Book 3)[4.25 stars]
  11. Lodestar by Shannon Messenger (Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 5)[5 stars]
  12. The High Priest’s Daughter by Katie Cross (Network, Book 3)[4.5 stars]

Dedicated Blog Posts:

  1. Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman
  2. The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
  3. Taste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder
  4. The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
  5. Haunted by Kelley Armstrong
  6. Elevation by Stephen King
  7. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
  8. Antebellum Awakening by Katie Cross
  9. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
  10. The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
  11. The Rising by Kelley Armstrong


Wrap Up:

The Awakening:

The second book the Darkest Powers trilogy, we’re once again following Chloe and her crew as they try to navigate a sticky situation. While trying to come to terms with their new reality and escape from the people who wish them harm, the crew has to learn how to control their powers – and what being in Lyle House actually means.

Taste of Darkness:

The final book in the Healer series, Snyder once again takes us along on a wild ride with Avery and the squad as they try to end the war of the realms once and for all. Just when things look like they’re on the upswing, Snyder does an amazing job at pulling the rug out from under our heroes. While I can see how this read might not be for everyone, I can honestly say I enjoyed it.

Haunted:

In this book, we get follow Eve Levine – a half-demon, half-witch who’s been dead for three years. Tasked with finding the evil being Nix who’s escaped from hell, Eve must triumph where previous hunters have not. Since Eve is trying to hunt in the living world, she must turn to the help of a necromancer. This is a great book to pick up following The Awakening as it gives a stark contrast as to how different people view necromancy and the dead. As a bonus, both of these books take place in the same world, so as the reader you know that the magic system in both of these series is the same.

The Reckoning:

This is the final book in the Darkness Rising trilogy, though not the last we’ll hear of Chloe and the crew, I’m sure. I’d say this was a disappointing ending, but with its companion trilogy, Darkness Rising, I know that this wasn’t a true ending. In this story we get a “resolution” for Chloe and her crew but that doesn’t mean that the story is over – far from it.

Elevation:

This short story is captivating in its subtle complexities. Not only does this story deal with the unexplainable phenomenon that’s happening to Scott, it also deals with social injustices such as sexual discrimination. While less than 150 pages, this story hits on some heavy topics – and it hits hard.

Antebellum Awakening:

This story takes up right where Miss Mabel’s School for Girls left off, making is exceptionally easy to jump back into the world. Cross manages to fill the world with even more magic and adventure, making it seem as if the events in the first book were child’s play. As this is only the second book in the series, Cross did a great job at expanding the world from the school in the first book as well as the magic system in all of the Networks. Taking place on the tides of war, this book is filled with suspense and a heavy weight of dread. And I loved every second of it.

Why Not Me?:

This autobiographical report of Kaling’s life up to the point of publication (2015) seems less biographical at times and more like an inside sneak peak into what fame can be. It’s not always good, but it’s certainly not always bad. As long as you’re willing to work for it, Kaling proves that you can live up to your true potential.

The Gathering:

This is the first story in Darkness Rising, the companion series to Armstrong’s Darkest Powers trilogy. It deals with another group of kids that have powers that they didn’t know they had than the first series. The Gathering follows Maya as she discovers her prowess with dealing with animals and her unknown history might be more important than she ever thought before.

The Calling:

The second book in Darkness Rising, we get to follow Maya and her friends as they try to escape the forest and figure out who it is they can really trust. When they start coming into their powers, it becomes imperative that they find people who can help them deal with the side effects. While The Calling suffers from second book syndrome a bit, it is still a great read filled with dynamic characters.

The Rising:

The third, and final, book in the Darkness Rising trilogy. In it, we follow Maya and her friends as they try to figure out how to go on with their lives – how to deal with their rising powers and escape cabal control. Things get tricky when they realize that the cabal they’d been owned by has traded them to another, meaning they actually have two cabals after them. With the reemergence of characters from other series from this world, this story is fast paced and action packed.

Lodestar:

After the events of Neverseen, Sophie and her friends have to work harder than ever to prove that they’re up to fighting for the good guys. Though sometimes it’s hard to see friend from foe, Sophie and her crew try their hardest to do what they think is best – even if it’s the hard thing to do.

The High Priest’s Daughter:

With war threatening to break out, Bianca does her best as a Councillor’s assistant and the High Priest’s daughter. Though a heavy atmosphere throughout this story, Cross manages to bring lightness to the world – including a love interest that Bianca refuses to admit she’s interested in. Bianca does what she believes it the best for her people, even if it’s not the easiest decisions she has to make. Of course, Bianca will always make the hard decision if it means keeping her friends and family safe.


 

Once again, I followed in my trend of reading a lot of one author. Okay, so just like October that author was Kelley Armstrong. But still! I seem to really like living in a given author’s world(s) as much as possible when I find a mind I like to see into. And Armstrong has a beautifully wicked mind.

I’m also glad that I got to read more of Katie Cross’ stuff. I loved reading Miss Mabel’s School for Girls back in August and I’m a little shocked it took me this long to pick the story back up. Thankfully, it was easy to dive right back into this magical world. Cross is quickly becoming a new favourite of mine as I’ve yet to read anything by her that I haven’t loved.

On the bright side, I managed to stay pretty true to my TBR for the month – and still get some other reading in. I was more determined than ever to read the books on my TBR in November; partially because I was confident that I’d enjoy all of the reads I’d chosen and partially because sometimes I just need an escape from the real world. It helps that I’ve been looking forward to the release of The Ronan Scrolls by Katie Cross so I had an incentive to pick up more of her books.

It’s my goal to finish Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett in the first week of December as I need to return it to the library. I anticipate having no problems with finishing up this read as I started it in November… I just got a little distracted by other worlds.


 

How was your reading for the month? Did you manage to find a hidden gem within your TBR or reread an old favourite? As always, I’d love to hear about your reading this month.

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