Going into November, I had a huge TBR and I wasn’t sure if I’d actually complete it. It was one of the biggest I’ve set for myself and I didn’t feel as confident as normal. That being said, I was able to read all the books on my TBR and dwindle down my Goodreads to-be-read list. I feel a lot better after getting it cleaned out.
As for the books, I read a total of 15 of the 15 books on my TBR. I don’t think I’ll set another TBR this high because it felt like a lot of pressure. However, since it was anticipated books, most or all got high ratings. I also found some new authors I liked and would read again.
Even with all the hype, there were 2 books I DNFed because they were either not my thing or I didn’t like the writing style.
Books I DNFed
Mean Girls: I was really excited to pick this book up, but it was a rehashing of the movie. I’ve seen the movie multiple times and by chapter 3, I was over it. It didn’t add anything new to the plot and wasn’t worth my time.
Top Ten: If you’ve read any of my TBRs or wrap-ups, I don’t like Katie Cotugno’s writing style or her stories in general. As hyped as they might be, I end up being disappointed and it’s just a big waste of time for me.
Carry Me Home: I actually forgot about this book. I liked the beginning of this story, but it was extremely predictable and made no sense. It was trying too hard to be edgy and it really bothered me. Not to mention, most of the characters were unlikable and most events were too much of a coincidence. Overall, it went from at least a 3-star read to a 2-star read. 2/5 stars.
Things I’m Seeing Without You: I wanted to love this book so much but similar to Carry Me Home, Things I’m Seeing Without You was too predictable. There were some fun and heartfelt moments, but everything just felt too perfect. Some of the plot twists didn’t make sense and overall, it just fell flat to me. 3/5 stars.
Dress Codes for Small Towns: This was another book I wanted to love, but it fell flat for me. I think I went into it with too much hype. I like the characters and the plot, but I didn’t understand why certain plotlines or relationships were introduced because they fell by the wayside. I think it was just too much hype, but I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
The Thing with Feathers: Going into this book, I didn’t know much about it besides the main character had epilepsy. It did play a pretty significant role in the story but most of the plot was predictable, some insta-love and the main character would get on my nerves sometimes. Most of the pros outweighed the cons though and I gave it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo: I won’t get into this one much because I did a review of it. It was another paranormal story and I liked it a lot minus a few problems I had with the pacing, writing style and plot at times. 4/4 stars
Sparrow: This was a book I was looking forward to and it didn’t disappoint. It focused on a girl who supposedly had a suicide attempt, her going to therapy and dealing with her life after what went on. Overall, this book was focused a lot more on mental health and I loved that aspect, but the protagonist was a lot younger than I originally thought. It wasn’t a bad read though so 4/4 stars.
Every Heart A Doorway: This is the start of some hyped reads and one I enjoyed. I can see why everyone raves about Seanan McGuire’s writing style and why this series is beloved. I loved the characters, the setting, the doors and the mystery element the story had. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Warcross: Another hyped book and one I enjoyed. It took me a while to get into it, but once I did, I couldn’t put it down. Marie Lu wrote great characters, an original plotline and created such a fascinating world. I wish the next book didn’t take so long to come out so 4/4 stars.
They Both Die At The End: I can finally say I read an Adam Silvera book and I enjoyed it. I loved his writing style, the original plot and how we got to see multiple different POVs on the same day. The only issue I had was the ending because it felt extremely rushed and like the story could have played out differently. 4/4 stars.
Girls Made of Snow and Glass: Said to be a Snow White retelling, this book was so much more than that. I loved the characters, how much they grew and how the overall story played out. I just wanted a little more from the story so it was a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
You’re Welcome Universe: Besides the amazing cover, this story had it all. A diverse main character who was flawed but still stood up for what was right. The plot twist was a little meh, but it didn’t take away my overall enjoyment of the story. I ended up giving it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Piecing Me Together: I won’t even hesitate in saying this was my favorite read of the month. It was on the same level with The Hate U Give but it’s terribly underrated. Everything was gorgeous including the characters, the story, the nods to Black Lives Matter, the cover and how Watson tackled deeper subjects. 5/5 stars.
You Bring the Distant Near: My other favorite read of the month! This book had everything from lovable characters, a strong plot and asked a lot of questions. I personally loved books that make you think and this one did just that. Plus there were a few nods to the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s which made me smile. Overall, this is a gorgeous story about family, love, culture and what being an American means. 5/5 stars.