Hello, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful week. I know I did! I got a week off from college because of Thanksgiving and stuff, so I got a much-needed break from all the stress I was under. I got tons of reading done during the break, which felt amazing since I haven’t been reading much recently.
November was a fairly good reading month for me, considering the last few months. I managed to read four books which isn’t a lot, yes, but most of them were big books, so I was satisfied! I’m almost halfway through my current read, but I won’t finish it in time for the end of the month, so I decided not to include it in my wrap-up
— CURRENTLY READING —
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
So, like I said, I’m almost halfway through this. It’s a beast of a book (830 pages!) but I’m enjoying it so much so far! It’s very fast-paced and addictive; I think I read around 300 pages in one go, and that’s some feat for me. Hopefully, I’ll be able to be done with this before school gets crazy and before finals hit me full force in mid-December!
Breakdown by Rating:
— ★★☆☆☆ —
100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
I was a little disappointed with this one, because I loved Smith’s Winger so much. Even though the writing and characterization were good, the lackluster plot brought it down for me. The romance didn’t do anything for me, and I thought Smith could’ve done so much better.
— ★★★☆☆ —
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
This book was very meh for me. It felt too close to the Harry Potter series to be of comfort. For me, it felt a lot like a Harry Potter rehash, and I couldn’t help but compare the two. I liked the characterization, and the relationships were well done, and the writing was great too. But the plot, fantasy and world-building lacked a great deal. The romance, although enjoyable, was a bit too sudden for me.
Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor
This was my least favorite of the three books in the series, but I enjoyed it a lot nonetheless. I thought it was longer than necessary, and there was a lot of stuff going on that could’ve been cut out or dealt in a more condensed way. The end was wrapped up too neatly for my liking, but parts of it were left too open – if that makes any sense. However, the characterization was on point. The writing was whimsical and beautiful, as always, and Akiva is my boyfriend, kthxbye. Note: the actual rating is 3.5.
— ★★★★★ —
Six of Crows (The Dregs #1) by Leigh Bardugo
If you couldn’t tell by my rating, I loved this book. It is one of my favorites of this entire year. The world-building was great, the plot was fast-paced and exciting, the writing was fantastic. But what makes this book soar above and beyond so many others are the characters. All complex, all flawed, all violent and morally ambiguous, but all trying to do the best with the shitty hand they’ve been dealt. It’s such a joy to see these characters interact with each other and other elements in their surroundings. I cannot wait for the next book in the series!