Hi everybody, and welcome to my November wrap up!
November was actually quite a great month for me. Personally, some really exciting things happened (see below) and books, music, tv and movie-wise I had some great discoveries! So definitely a pretty solid month 🙂 Here’s what I’ve been up to!
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
After reading Kingdom of Ash, I needed a book which could get me out of the book hangover-induced slump I was falling into, and The Kiss Quotient was the perfect slump buster. It’s hard to miss all the hype surrounding The Kiss Quotient. For the past few months, it’s been highlighted by many reviewers as THE romance book of the year, as an amazing #ownvoices book, and as a perfect read if you want to bust a nasty reading slump. So with all that hype, naturally I was super intrigued… and didn’t pick it up for months. Until I finally did and, as often is the case, I regret not picking it up any sooner because the hype is real y’all!
Rating: 4 stars | Read my full review
Dark Arts And A Daiquiri by Annette Marie
Annette Marie has done it again. Scratch that, Annette Marie has outdone herself. AGAIN. Now, I loved the first book in this series, Three Mages and A Margarita. But I wasn’t IN LOVE with it either. Three Mages took me for a fun ride. It was a humor-filled, fast-paced and sexy urban fantasy that I rated a solid four stars. It definitely outdid my expectations, but I still wasn’t expecting to be as obsessed with the series as I am with Annette’s other series. And then along came Dark Arts and a Daiquiri, the second book, and BAM. Out come the five star ratings. Because oh my, am I obsessed now! Why? Because Dark Arts took everything I liked in Three Mages and added MORE of it. More humor. More worldbuilding. More intriguing characters. LOVE!
Rating: 5 stars | Read my full review
Wildcard by Marie Lu
I’m a bit torn about Wildcard. Warcross was one of my favorite reads of the year and I was highly anticipating Wildcard. And on one hand, I loved this book while I read it, I couldn’t stop reading and was super intrigued by the story, but on the other hand, after finishing the book it was like the story amost immediately left my brain. It was fun and addictive, but not memorable, if that makes sense? Also, could have used just a tad more Phoenix Riders.
Rating: 3,5 stars
Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
V.E. Schwab is amazing! I loved Vicious and Vengeful was more of the same amazingness. We learn more about Eli, we meet interesting new characters and we revisit some old favorites. This was another masterpiece, but I do have to say I wished we had some more Victor-Mitch-Sydney moments. Also, I want another sequel, please?
Rating: 4,5 stars
TOP TEN TUESDAY
- 6 November 2018: The Books From My 2018 TBR I Haven’t Read Yet
- 13 November 2018: Bookish Merchandise To Gift The Bookworm In Your Life
- 20 November 2018: Books, Music and More I’m Thankful For in 2018
- 27 November 2018: Books With Epic BFF’s & Friend Groups
Quote It Wednesday
On hiatus in November…
Kpop, Kpop, Kpop. #sorrynotsorry
SOME OF MY FAVES THIS MONTH:
Stray Kids – Get Cool
Though I love Stray Kids’ darker music, this goofy, extra side of them is adorable and I am so here for it.
Jennie – Solo
Talk about a solo premiere! I LOVE this song so much and the choreo is so fun.
Ateez – Pirate King
Thanks Jolien for the recommendation! I listen to this song daily, it’s energetic and I can’t stop watching the choreo.
Twice – Yes or Yes
I’m not usually into the more cutesy concepts of kpop, but Twice is the exception to the rule!
NCT 127 – Simon Says
Honestly, I wasn’t a big fan of Regular, but Simon Says is again something completely new and different and though it took me a few listens, I’m now in love.
What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim?
LOOOVED this kdrama! I’ve seen it hyped a lot in the last few months, so when I finally decided to binge-watch this, it’s no surprise I flew through and watched the entire season in a week. What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim is the story of a narcissistic, distant CEO who gets competely thrown back when his secretary of 9 years tells him she wants to quit. It’s adorable, fluffy, funny and I loved the company setting. I loved the chemistry between the main couple, I adored the side couples and I enjoyed the mystery element to it. Highly recommend!
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
I started watching this on Halloween (cause duh, it’s perfect) and watched the rest of the season throughout the month and gradually grew to love it more and more. It’s the kind of show I love, dark but with a fun and emotional aspect at the same time. I LOVE Sabrina, she is the heart of the show of course but all the side characters are amazing too. The family aspect! The friendship aspect! And OMG isn’t Harvey Kinkle the sweetest?
The Good Place
I binged seasons 1 and 2 earlier this year so naturally I couldn’t resist too long when season 3 started. I admit that at first I was really skeptical about this show and thought they couldn’t really do that much with the premise, but it just keeps getting more and more intriguing and hilarious. Definitely one of my all-time favorite shows right now.
The Darkest Minds
Eh. The Darkest Minds was okay. I thought it was a good adaptation and am hoping we’ll see the sequels as well. But I’m also not in love with it. Come to think of it, though I like the books, I’m not really in love with them either, so maybe that’s why.
Crazy Rich Asians
Definitely worth all the hype. This was funny and romantic and I need more desperately. Awkwafina was my favorite part of the movie. I’m also especially intrigued now by Harry Shum Jr.’s character and want to see his story play out. Guess I should really read all the books now.
A Christmas Prince
The weirdest thing is happening this year. I’m not usually one with a ton of Christmas spirit. I mean, I like it, but it’s no Halloween right? But this year I am craving all things Christmassy. Among others, I am craving syrupy sweet and cliché Christmas movies. So I started with A Christmas Prince and honestly, I did not like it. It was everything I wanted and was expecting, but I just could not get into it. I’m sorry, you do not fall in love with someone you talked to 2 or 3 times and ask them to marry you and become Queen of your country. Not even on Christmas. If this was a drama with 10-15 episodes, I would have been all for it. But in movie format, there was not enough development and I lost interest. However, I’m still craving Christmas fluff. Any recommendations?
Things that made me happy this month:
- I got a new job! I’m starting in January and I couldn’t be more excited. It’ll be a job where I get to do more marketing again, which I’ve been really missing, and the people there seem so nice and I just have such a good feeling about it.
- I got to eat at a Korean restaurant, finally! For some reason, there are hardly any Korean restaurants in Belgium but we found one in Brussels and went with the family and IT WAS DELICIOUS! We had Japche and Bulgogi and Kimchi and yummy sugary sweet desserts and I already can’t wait to go back and try more food.
- House renovations are moving along. We hope to be able to move in in March, which is later than expected, but hopefully it won’t be delayed any further.
- I almost got back to a regular blogging schedule. I’m not completely there yet, because with the renovations, job preparations and everything else that’s been going on, it’s still been super busy, but I managed to get my Top Ten Tuesday posts up every week and I even got some bloghopping in, so yay me!
THINGS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:
- Re-reading Lady Midnight and then binge-reading Lord of Shadows and Queen of Air and Darkness.
- A few days off to catch up on blog stuff and relax a bit hopefully.
- Quality time with friends!
- Quality time with family!