Happy December, dear readers! If you’re freaking out about how 2018 has slipped through unnoticed, you’re not alone. I actually took a whole month off (without informing beforehand – sorry about that!) but I have no idea where all the time went. Suddenly 2019 is too near and I feel very unprepared. At the same time, I’m excited to take the next step in my blogging journey. I don’t want to share too much right now because I’m going to be dedicating an entire blog post for that later on. Coming to how November went for me, I tried to take part in two readathons. Although I didn’t read as much as I had planned to, I’m quite happy with whatever I did manage to accomplish. I know this has been a recurring line in 2018, but I still struggle to not beat myself up over not doing everything as per plan, so please be patient with me! Without further ado, let’s dig into the details.
I could only finish 4 books this month even though I started 6. I began the month with an ARC of The Book of M by Peng Shepherd, which was an interesting read. I was very behind on that as it came out in June and I could only get to it now. I will have a review up for it soon, so keep an eye out for that! Next I finished listening to the audiobook of The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton. I had started it for another readathon back in June, but couldn’t finish it then and had put it down. I did enjoy it a lot but the pacing was a bit off and I disliked the main character. However, the ending convinced me to go for the next book in the series once it comes out. I also read the last book in the Crazy Rich Asians series, Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan in audiobook format. This entire series has been so much fun to read! I would just put on the audiobook and listen for hours because it was so easy and entertaining. I’ve given the other books in the series 4 stars and this was no different. Lastly, I breezed through Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean. This is a November release and a fantasy standalone based on Japanese mythology and folklore. I did like the story but I had very different expectations from it, so my reading experience was not the best. I will go into this in more detail when I post my review for this later in December.
Since I was on a hiatus, I don’t have any Highlights or Memorable Posts to share. I’m sure I missed a lot of amazing content from around the blogosphere. I hope to make up for it as much as possible this month!
There are very few books coming out this month that I’m genuinely excited for, so this is the shortest list of the year –
- All the Wandering Light by Heather Fawcett (December 4th: US release) – the sequel to my favourite book of last year, Even the Darkest Stars, this unique fantasy series having loose influences form Tibetian culture features fierce mountaineering women, a complicated sibling relationship and dangerous journeys
- The Disasters by M. K. England (December 18th: US release) – this fun sci-fi standalone follows a band of misfits who set off on a challenging heist to set the record straight and stand up for what’s right
- Evermore by Sara Holland (December 31st: US and UK release) – the highly anticipated concluding novel in the Everless series, it promises the ultimate good vs evil battle set in a wonderfully imaginative world where time is magic
Please note that the synopses of the sequels mentioned contain major spoilers for the first book, so tread with caution!
This month I’m not going to pressure myself into following a set TBR. I’m definitely going to finish the two books I started in November – The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X. R. Pan and Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. Apart from these, I will be attempting to read as many review copies as possible. I also want to clear my ‘Currently Reading’ shelf on Goodreads. It has 5 books on it now and I want to whittle it down to 1 because I know I can’t finish The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien and I’m reserving it for next year. The other 2 books on it are Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor and God’s Forsaken by David Brevik (a review copy). Although I abandoned these two a few months ago, the stories are still fresh in my memory and I want to finish them off soon. I will also be reading Empire of Sand, an adult fantasy by Tasha Suri. Hopefully this will be a successful buddy read and I’m sharing this experience with the lovely Justine @ I Should Read That!
Let’s catch up on all the things that happened in November! What was the month like for you? What do you desperately want to get done before the next year rolls around? Any books you’re looking forward to that are coming out in December? Let me know in the comments section below.