Monthly Wrap-Up: November ’18

MonthlyWrap-UPI’m officially back from hiatus! I will be catching up on comments both today and tomorrow, particularly ones left on my Top Ten Tuesday post I put up this last week. If I have time today, I will also be doing a little blog hopping. I missed my blog, but I also missed all of yours as well.

I cannot believe that it is already December. Where did 2018 go? My November was defined by the most part by the aforementioned hiatus I took in the middle of the month. I didn’t work on my blog for a whole two and a half weeks. I wish I could say I picked up an absurd number of books while away from the blog, but it was more of the same. I read 6 novels in November, only bought a couple of books for myself (here’s to self-control!), and feel really confident going into December. There are a few books I really want to get to as we say goodbye to 2018 and a couple of blog posts I’ve been thinking about that I at least want to start on. We’ll see how it goes.

(Book covers below are linked to my reviews, unless otherwise specified.) 

Favorite Book This Month:

Rebecca Roanhouse’s Trail of Lightning is the book I’m going to be screaming about for the rest of the year into next year. I kid you not, the day after I finished my library copy, I was on the hunt for my own copy. It was that good. The world-building was top-notch, the characters hard not to root for, and the action took my breath away. I cannot wait to share my review with you. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

No book received less than three stars from me this month.

Reviews Posted This Month:


Read, Review Coming Soon:

(covers linked to Goodreads)

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I am already salivating over this release. Chokshi is one of my favorite writers and you can bet that this is at the top of my preorder list (I preordered this while on hiatus).

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Sibling Relationships – I “broke” my hiatus so I could do this topic because I love sibling relationships in books and had to share this list with everyone.

Reading Challenges:

Aside from the Goodreads challenge, I’m only participating in one reading challenge this year. I close the second to last month accepting that I am not going to meet my goal. I’m okay with that.

1. The 2018 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I read one debut in November and that was Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed.

  • Challenge Goal: 12 books; Current Count: 9 books

I have no December releases on my TBR, so instead here are a few books I’m hoping to pick up before the end of 2018:


Month in Review

Do you take a break from your blog during the busy holiday season? How was your November? Did you have an enjoyable Thanksgiving? Any books you need to get to before we end 2018? Let me know in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit.


35 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: November ’18

  1. Yay, you’re back! I wish you all the best for December and hope you get to read all those glorious books 🙂
    I sure hope this month’s much better than November… It was just such a busy, chaotic month for some reason :/ I don’t know why, but hey, we’ve survived it and are now ready to face whatever comes next so it’s all good.
    Great wrap up, Alicia!

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  2. I probably should have taken a break recently! I’ve been so busy at home lately that it’s been hard to keep up with blogging. My Bloglovin’ feed is out of control, I feel like I never catch up.

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  3. Six books doesn’t sound shabby to me. Then again, I always plan on reading and reviewing one book per week. I also wind up with the crazy-hard books that I bought, like, ten years ago. What was I thinking back then??

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    1. Thank you kindly. It’s really amazing how our tastes in books change and even why we buy books. I definitely bought more books in the past that I only had a passing interest in. I think I’m better now, but you’ve seen my book hauls. I may not have made the biggest strides.


      1. I used to buy books that I thought I was supposed to buy because people in MFA program liked them. I’ve mostly gotten rid of those books–and after only reading a few pages each. 😐 I think you and I have gone on series buying sprees at the same time and then giggled about it. That’s how I ended up with 15 Mercedes Lackey books I’ve yet to read!

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  4. Hope you enjoyed your hiatus – sounds like it was a nice break. Sometimes I end up taking weekends off from the blog but no real extended time – so far. Also, 8 books is a solid month and since they were all 3 or above, awesome! Welcome back!

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  5. 6 books is still more than I read in November, LoL. I consider that to be a lot, I am like the slowest reader ever, LoL.

    I hear everyone talking about Sadie. How was it? Hoping to pick up a copy and read it within the upcoming new year.

    Currently reading To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Read about 120 pages so far and it’s really good!

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    1. It’s hard not to feel like a slow reader when bloggers are reading 15+ books in a month. How do they do it? Sadie was awesome. I grew so invested in the story that you kind of feel that if you read it fast enough, you might be able to save the lead from going down a path she can’t come back from. I love To All the Boys. It’s one of my favorite contemporaries. Enjoy the rest. Happy December!

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