Monday, December 17, 2018

November Wrap Up!

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog, where I don't regularly post! First, I'd like to acknowledge my lack of posting recently. School has been very hectic with finals, but I just finished the semester! I'll have an extended break from the 15th until the first week of the new year. Hopefully I'll be writing enough posts to keep me afloat. :)

During November, I read 10 books! I am pretty proud of this number since I had so much going on. Here are the 10 I read:


1) The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson 
 Goodreads

 The Accidental Beauty Queen is a quick, light, rom-com about two twins doing the classic switcheroo ala The Parent Trap at a peagant competition. It wasn't my favorite book ever, but it was great to read during such a stressful time.

2) Hamlet by Shakespeare
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I wrote a whole research paper about Hamlet, so I'm kind of done talking about it. Hamlet isn't my favorite Shakespeare play (honestly, I don't know what is), but I enjoyed it and understood it a lot more than I did three years ago on my first read. 
3) Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
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By reading Lord of Shadows this November I was able to finally catch up with the Shadowhunter chronicles. Since Queen of Air and Darkness just released, I am now behind the curve. LoS was a wonderful book, but it wasn't completely perfect. Still, it's one of Clare's best additions!
4) My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
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I love Christina Lauren, so I was ecstatic when I won My Favorite Half-Night Stand through a goodreads raffle. I will say, Lauren's latest release is not my favorite, simply because I felt uncomfortable about the catfishing scenario. Nevertheless, this author duo's writing style is spot-on again. 
5) This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada
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This Cruel Design is the sequel to one of my favorite books of last year, This Mortal Coil. Though This Cruel Design didn't live up to my ultimate crush on This Mortal Coil, I really liked the sequel and the plot kept changing course so many times. I'm eagerly anticipating the third novel! Emily Suvada here I come! 

6) Bro Code by Kendall Ryan
 Goodreads
 Ah, another romance novel. I mean, would this be a wrap up anymore if I didn't have a romance novel with a cringe-y cover on the list? Bro Code wasn't a new favoirte, but it was a quick read. I'll be looking up Kendall Ryan on Scribd and seeing what else I can read from here!

7) Macbeth by Shakespeare
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Oh, Macbeth...what a play. I really enjoyed both Hamlet and Macbeth, and much like Hamlet, I understood and enjoyed it much more than my first time. If you are new to Shakespeare, I would recommend this or Romeo and Juliet as a first read! 

8) Trouble Brewing by Suzanne Balstar
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I recieved Trouble Brewing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Much like all the romance novels on the list, Trouble Brewing wasn't the best thing ever, but it was entertaining. I also liked the feminist undertones as well. 

9) The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst
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The Marriage Bargain was definitely my least favorite of the month. I saw it on Scribd and thought, why not? I normally read romance novels that are recently published, but I wasnted to give Jennifer Probst a try since she's so popular. Unfortunately, this didn't age well. There's cliches after cliches, and the love interest isn't that great of a guy, even after his "redemption."  

10) The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
 Goodreads
I have heard such wonderful things about The Wedding Date! While my sister went crazy at the local mall on Black Friday, I got tired of shopping quickly and headed over to the Barnes and Noble and read half of the book in one sitting. I then listened to the rest of it via audiobook on Scribd, and really enjoyed myself. While I thought some of the actions from the love interest were troubling (reacts harshly and kicks/throws things when angry), it was pretty good. The dailogue could get pretty stilted, but I liked The Wedding Date enough that I'm planning on reading Guillory's other release soon, The Proposal. 

Life Updates!

Goodreads Challenge!

I completed my goodreads challenge this month! My goodreads challenge was set to 100 books, and I surpassed that easily this year. This surprises me because I've rarely reached my goal these last two years. Being in English classes at my university helps, because it makes me read books even when I'm busy, because it's homework! I'm not going to up my challenge, and instead just read what I want with no pressure at all. 


Her Campus Articles!
As I mentioned last month, I am a staff writer for Her Campus, which is an online collegiate magazine. There's chapters all around the world, and I work for the one for my university. 




Well, that was my November wrap up? Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post!

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!




10 comments:

  1. I thought The Accidental Beauty Queen was so fun and heartwarming. I really enjoyed it.

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    1. Me too Sam! This was the first book I read by Teri Wilson, and I enjoyed it a lot!

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  2. Wow, 10 books, that's great considering how busy you are for school! I want to read The Accidental Beauty Queen, it looks very cute.

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    1. Thanks Angela! I definitely made sure to add reading in there so I wouldn't get too stressed! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  3. I hope you enjoy your break Genni!

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  4. Congratulations on finishing your Goodreads challenge! I'm at something like 63/100 (mehhhhh) so I bow down to you, oh wizard reader. I hope you have a lovely winter break and come back to school rejuvenated :) I'm just starting my finals week and I won't be done until the 21st :(

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. Thank you Laura!! Honestly, I felt all this pressure to achieve it, which wasn't the greatest thing! Hopefully in 2019 I can just chill out about it, haha. :) Thank you! I've just been relaxing for three days and I feel so lazy, haha! Best of luck on your finals! I'm impressed your blog hopping! I just went AWOL for a good two weeks. :)

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  5. I love the cover of This Cruel Design!! Congrats on completing your goal! That's so exciting!! <3

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    1. I know! It's so beautiful! The series got excellent treatment on their covers! And thank you! I was actually behind my goal for about half the year, so I really didn't think I would meet it, let alone surpass it!

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