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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-12-18 15:56
They Might Not Have Been the Best But Here Are My Better-Than-Average Reads in 2017

Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on December 18, 2017.





The subject matter and the way these stories are told affected me in a bad way. I also realized that the event had long reaching effects that went on for generations. You can find my reviews here.



Binti is good YA, which should be recommendation enough. Just in case it isn’t, my review is here.



Middle-grade fantasy books that seem as if you are coming home after a long time? Count me in! Here’s what I thought of it.



A good collection of stories that brought on different levels of enjoyment. Check it out!




A really fun book on Frakenstein-esque tendencies that are buried in all of us. My review should explain all that goes on in the book.



I dunno what is within these books that keeps attracting me to them. I will read one of them, then forget about the series. Then a few months later, there will be this compulsion to see what John Taylor is up to and that will be that.




You know when you begin something new and are unsure whether it is going to be good or not? That is the way I feel about this series because I liked the first installment quite a bit. I don’t want to be emotionally invested and put in my time, if it is going to turn around and STAB ME IN THE BACK! What? It could happen!





It is Wilde #nuffsaid.



Not to sound like a broken record but this one was an Austen-tatious book. I knew I was going to enjoy it and I did!



It helped that I read this whole thing in Tom Hiddleston’s voice! And, while Loki might have been biased, the Asgardians were a bunch of ingrates!



My review more than covers why this book left such an impression!



These books are fun to read and sometimes that is exactly what the doctor ordered!



My love for this two-book long series is never ending. Yes, it is YA that features lovesick teenagers but they are also made aware:

That there are consequences to one’s actions.

That family and friends are important.

That being shallow won’t cut it.



These books have such sad characters in them that they tug on my heart strings. I think that is one of the most important reasons why I continue to read this series.



Feminist fantasy that makes fun of cliches found in other fantasy books. What’s not to like?



A female raptor trying to figure out where she fits in her world. I think many of us will be able to relate to this concept. I did!



Sometimes, you don’t read a book for the story or how it is being told but for what it is being told through it. This was one such book.



Writers like Simak can make a story out of nothing. Here are some reasons why this book left such a big impression on me.


How many of your reads were better than average? Tell us about them!

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text 2017-12-06 03:01
Monthly Reading Wrap Up -- November 2017

November was definitely the slowest month for me in reading and blogging all year.  I barely posted anything, and read a total of 6 books.  I had ambitions for this month, I promise, but things just didn't work out and now I've got a lot more books on my TBR that I'd been hoping to finish before the end of the year... all crammed into December.

It looks like I'm either going to have to get more ambitious... or just call it a day and screw my reading list!  I'll read what I want!



November Reads




Books Dropped/Put On Hold


None this month!  Yay!



Currently Reading




November Reading Stats


Total works read:  6

  • 5 print/e-book novels
  • 1 novella

Average rating: 3.36 Stars

  • Highest Rated:  Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare // 4.5 Stars
  • Lowest Rated:  5 books // 3.0 Stars
    • (1) Close to Heaven by Pamela Clare
    • (2) It's in His Kiss by Jill Shalvis
    • (3) Frost Line by Linda Howard and Linda Jones
    • (4) A Lady by Midnight by Tessa Dare
    • (5) Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare


Series I started reading:

  • Castles Ever After by Tessa Dare
  • Hercule Poirot by Agatha Christie


Series I completed:

  • None


Series I have made progress on:

  • Colorado High Country by Pamela Clare
  • Lucky Harbor by Jill Shalvis
  • Spindle Cove by Tessa Dare


Favorite reads:  Really, Tessa Dare made my month great, what with everything being so slow in November.  My most favorite read was, obviously, Any Duchess Will Do, with the other Tessa Dare books following very closely behind.

Disappointing reads:  I wouldn't necessarily say that I was disappointed in any books, really... except maybe the one book took me a while to finish... which took some motivation to finish that last chapter...  more on that later...



Reviews & Notable Posts


Reviews Written




Other Posts



Coming Up In December


Tentative TBR



Other Stuff

The above tentative list of books I want to read in December isn't as ambitious as I thought it would be, but at the rate that I'm going (and if history is to show a pattern), I'll probably be lucky to finish most of them at all.  Especially since I've still got three books currently being read.

Nonetheless, my main goal is to get those books read, and become more active on my blog for this last month of 2017, at least.  And hopefully I can stick to that, but it almost seems easier just to go into a slump and stay there for the first three months of the next year... much like I did this year.  Very tempting...

I think I'll just take it day-by-day at this point.



2017 Wrap-Ups 


Past Monthly Reading Wrap Ups
See Also: 2015 Reading Wrap-Up posts (scroll to bottom of page)

(updated as year progresses by month)
January | February | March | April | May | June
July | August | September | October | November | December


Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/12/monthly-reading-wrap-up-november-2017.html
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text 2017-12-03 13:49
My November 2017
Der Fledermausmann: Harry Holes erster Fall - Jo Nesbø
alias Grace: Roman - Margaret Atwood,Brigitte Walitzek
Elias & Laia - Die Herrschaft der Masken - Sabaa Tahir,Barbara Imgrund
Der Fledermausmann - 5 stars
Alias Grace - 5 stars
Elias & Laia - Die Herrschaft der Masken - 4 stars


Favorite book(s) of the month: Everything I read.


Books started this month but haven't finished yet: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Sündiges Spiel, Der Himmel in deinen Worten


November has been terrible. In life and in the reading world. I have so much going on at the moment that I can't really stay focused on a book. I keep reading and reading but I can't seem to finish any books. It's driving me up the wall. On the other hand, I may not have finished many books last month but the ones I finished, I truly loved and enjoyed. So Quality over quantity, right?!

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video 2017-12-01 18:31

Hey everybody! I have got a few new followers thanks to the interview I did on the Booklikes blog. Thanks for having me Kate, and thanks everyone who followed me and commented on the blog post.


I thought I would share with everyone my reading wrap up for November. I read a lot, so the video is long. Feel free to put me on double speed. I do that all the time to be honest, because there are so many great videos and so little time.


What have you read in November? Do you Booktube? Let me know. :)


P.S. Not mentioned in this video is a book I DNF'd yesterday, which was The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Sadly, it ended up not being for me, at least in this present moment.





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text 2017-12-01 10:49
November Wrap-Up

In the month of November I read a total of 7 books: 5 physical books, 1 e-book and 1 audiobook.


5 stars:


Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Slytherin Edition - J.K. Rowling 


4 stars:


Addicted to You - Krista Ritchie,Becca Ritchie  The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson  Not a Drop to Drink - Mindy McGinnis  


3: stars


The List - Siobhan Vivian  The Thousandth Floor - Katharine McGee   Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor (Book 2) - Rick Riordan  



It was not a bad reading month and I had so much fun re-reading Harry Potter! I think my favourite was Not A Drop To Drink, I really am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.


Thanks for reading,





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