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Saturday, December 8, 2018

November Wrap-up

Well, we got our first big dump of snow during the last week of November, so that's pretty darn good!! We received between 9-11 cm of snow, so that made for a very slow drive home from work and lots of shovelling that evening. Because of the snowfall, the temps last week had been pretty mild with daytime highs of -6 degrees Celsius but now that's dropped drastically with highs of -15 degrees Celsius.

I did a ton of Black Friday online shopping and am happy to have the majority of my Christmas shopping finished and also for my younger daughter's birthday which is in December. I just have a couple of gifts left to buy for Christmas and then I need to start wrapping! My Christmas tree is up, and now I just need to get back to the bathroom repairs which I hopefully can finish before Christmas. I'm holding off on my bedroom until January. I have too much on my plate right now!

I went from 13 books read in October to 12 books read in November. That's up from 9 books in November 2017, so I'm very happy with that!


4 stars
Heart-Shaped Box
by Joe Hill

5 stars
Naked in Death
by J.D. Robb
(In Death, Book #1)

4 stars
by Anna Hackett
(Galactic Gladiators, Book #1)

3 stars
Tartan Candy
by K.C. Burn
(Fabric Hearts, Book #1)

4 stars
Triple Trouble
by Michael J. Pellowski

3 stars
by Roald Dahl

4 stars
Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
(Ready Player One, Book #1)
[review to follow]

3 stars
The Midnight Kittens
by Dodie Smith
(The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Book #3)
[review to follow]


3 stars
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
by Aimee Bender

2 stars
The Queen of the Tearling
by Erika Johansen
(The Queen of the Tearling, Book #1)


3 stars
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
by Kiersten White

3 stars
Alaskan Holiday
by Debbie Macomber

My stand-out favourite read was Naked in Death followed closely by Gladiator. I've wanted to read Naked in Death for a long time, and I loved the futuristic aspect of the story and loved the main character Eve Dallas. I've never read a sci-fi romance before, and Gladiator was a very pleasant surprise. It was quite nearly a 5-star read for me, and I'm happy to have discovered a new genre to enjoy.

My least favourite read was The Queen of the Tearling, which was quite boring and long-winded. I won't be continuing with that series. Another big disappointment was The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein. I liked it, but I did struggle with it. The beginning was very slow but it picked up midway through so that's why I bumped it up from 2 stars to 3 stars.

I discovered nine new authors (including one Canadian, Burn), I started six new series (Robb's In Death, Hackett's Galactic Gladiators, Burn's Fabric Hearts, Johansen's Queen of the Tearling, Cline's Ready Player One, and Smith's The Hundred and One Dalmatians - I actually jumped in that series at the third book), discovered two new genres (sci-fi romance and M-M romance), read two debuts (Johansen's Queen of the Tearling and Cline's Ready Player One) and continued on in one series (Pellowski's Double Trouble). 

I read ten backlist books and two new 2018 releases. I listened to seven audiobooks plus read five traditional books. 

In October, I broke my Goodreads goal of 100 books. I'm currently sitting at 133, and I broke my 2012 record of 123 books since I started keeping track. So, yes, I'm feeling very proud!

January Wrap-up: 7 books

[3 shelf-love, 1 library, 3 review]

February Wrap-up: 13 books
[10 shelf-love, 2 library, 1 review]

March Wrap-up: 12 books
[5 shelf-love, 3 library, 4 review]

April Wrap-up: 14 books
[11 shelf-love, 2 library, 1 review]

May Wrap-up9 books
[5 shelf-love, 0 library, 4 review]

June Wrap-up13 books
[6 shelf-love, 7 library, 0 review]

July Wrap-up: 16 books
[9 shelf-love, 6 library, 1 review]

August Wrap-up: 10 books
[5 shelf-love, 4 library, 1 review]

September Wrap-up: 14 books
[6 shelf-love, 7 library, 1 review]

October Wrap-up: 13 books
[5 shelf-love, 8 library, 0 review]

November Wrap-up: 12 books
[8 shelf-love, 2 library, 2 review]

Year To Date Total: 133 books
[72 shelf-love, 43 library, 18 review]

So, how was your November? What was your favourite book? Least favourite? Please let me know in the comments! I'd love to add your favourites to my TBR :)


  1. I read Aimee Bender's book years ago and liked it. It seems like you were busy personally and in reading. It really sucks when big things happen during the holidays. Hope you get your repairs done. Happy December!

  2. Eve and Roarke are the best! That series keeps getting better and better, too :)

    We're about to get our first snow tonight. Ack! Hope you're having a good one!


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