Monthly Wrap Up

November 2019: The Month of Dukes, Thieves, Queens and Mamamoo {Monthly Wrap Up}

November wrap up
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Hi everybody, and welcome to my November wrap up!

Technically, I’m still in semi-hiatus, which I did because I’m stressing for time and wanted to take the time to prep some posts in advance, even though we’re over a month in said hiatus and I’ve prepared zero posts…. oops. But this may not have been such a bad thing, because I’m itching to get back to blogging anyway so I’m sure I’ll get back to it soon enough! Especially since I have a blogoversary coming up in January so it would be weird not to celebrate 🙂 In the meantime though, here’s what I’ve been up to in November!

What I Read
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Heart of the Thief by Katerina Martinez
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Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
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Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
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Heart of the Thief by Katerina Martinez

So you all may know how I am slightly obsessed with Annette Marie’s books, right? Since I love her books so much, I’ve been trying to find more urban fantasy authors like her and that search led me to Katerina Martinez. Heart of the Thief spoke to me because it involved a band of misfits working together to pull of a dangerous heist. My kind of thing right? Unfortunately, this fell kind of flat for me. All the epic elements were there, but I just couldn’t get into the characters and felt the worldbuilding, writing and character development could have used some more work. Okay, but not sure I want to read the sequel.

Rating: 2,5 stars

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren is my favorite romance-writer-duo so I had to try their latest novel about a second-chance romance between an actress and the guy who betrayed her when she was a teenager. I enjoyed this book and thought it was definitely a solid romance, though I have to admit it’s not my favorite Christina Lauren book. The reason for that is that the flashback romance felt a little too instalovey for me and that kept bugging me, even if the rest of the story was very good.

Rating: 3 stars

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

Since I was in the mood for romance I thought I’d try this historical romance that’s about Annabelle, one of the first female students at Oxford and a women’s rights activist. Annabelle tries to rally the allegedly cold and calculating Duke of Montgomery to her cause and in doing so, a romance blossoms between the two. Only problem is their difference in social standing. This was such a fun story with great female friendships, a look into the suffragists movement and a sizzling romance. Highly recommend.

Rating: 4,5 stars

Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. ChristopherCR: Jove
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The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
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Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin
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Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher

Not The Girl You Marry is a gender-reversed How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days so naturally I jumped right into it, because I loved that movie. However, this book felt rather disappointing to me. I felt like all the characters did was either whine about their predicament or talk about sex. Whine – sex – whine – sex – … It felt annoying and repetitive to me and I did not feel the chemistry. Bonus points for having a biracial main character though and the focus on some of the issues she’s had to deal with because of that.

Rating: 2,5 stars

Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

It’s been a while since I read such a satisfying conclusion to a trilogy. It’s been a while since I was so transfixed by a book in general. I finished this book in one day because I couldn’t stop reading! My only complaint is that these books are so short and I could have easily had these books be double the size because I would have gobbled it all up. I just love Jude and Cardan so much, okay?

Rating: 5 stars

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

A witch and a witch hunter bound together in holy matrimony. YES PLEASE, be still, my enemies-to-lovers beating heart. This was worth all the hype, a fun witchy story with amazing characters and a lovely angsty romance.

Rating: 5 stars

Crier's War by Nina Varela
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Crier’s war by Nina Varela

Talking about enemies-to-lovers books that have been very hyped and yet totally worth it, I present to you Crier’s War. This is an awesome sci-fi story about a human girl who wants revenge on the automae who enslaved all other humans and killed her family by killing the sovereign’s daughter. But what are these feelings she’s growing? If you’re looking for a unique sci-fi, a fast-paced adventure and angsty f/f romance, this is it!

Rating: 4,5 stars

Blog Features
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No posts this month due to semi-hiatus…

What I Listened To
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Honestly this month I mostly switched between three playlists: a Disney songs playlist, a Linkin Park playlist and a Hilary Duff playlist (because I’m lowkey excited about the Lizzie McGuirre reboot!). When I wasn’t listening to them, I was mostly listening to my new kpop discovery: Mamamoo.

Mamamoo – Hip

How amazing are these ladies? I’m going through their discography now and loving them so much, but Hip is the song that started it all.

What I Watched
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Sorry still no TV this month…

Life Update
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Things that made me happy this month:

  • Holiday: I had a week off in November and it was very, very welcome. We mostly spent it catching up on some homework like cleaning up the garage (has to be done) and the rest of the time just lounging around. Oh, I started playing Pokemon Go again *sorrynotsorry*. Part of me felt guilty for not using the time to blog, but the other part was happy I got to do nothing and kind of reset.
  • Pixel! My pup is a bundle of energy which can be overwhelming sometimes but I also  love her to the moon and back and savour the 10 minutes before she falls asleep at night where she actually wants to cuddle 🙂 You can check out her instagram: @pixel_missrose
    Pixel
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    Pixel
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THINGS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:

  • Christmas movies!
  • Christmas decorating!
  • Christmas food!
  • End of year lists!
HOW WAS YOUR November? WHAT DID YOU READ? WHAT DID YOU LISTEN TO AND WHAT DID YOU WATCH? WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR December?

5 Comments

  1. Aww, look at that puppy! She’s so cute! I hope you have a great December.

  2. Pixel is so, so adorable! I can’t wait to read Bringing Down the Duke!

  3. It has been the while since I read an historical fiction novel. Brining Down the Duke does seem very interesting. Don’t feel guilty about doing other stuff instead of blogging. Sometimes you need to give it a break. 🙂 Aww, Pixel is so freaking adorable!!!

    Happy readings!

  4. Yay for some time off work, and your dog is so cute! I’m loving all the Christmas movies and music and end of year posts that are coming up!

    -Lauren

  5. I’m really happy that you loved Bringing Down the Duke. It’s gone on to become such a favorite of mine! I also listen to Mamamoo casually, because my bias group is Apink and I love the camrardie between the two groups and their fans. 😀

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