November Wrap-up + December TBR

Hi friends!

Not gonna lie November was a weird month for me between the election and the holiday and a bunch of other stuff I felt very unproductive which weirdly enough isn’t reflected in my reading? It’s definitely reflected in the fact that I hardly posted this month and I definitely haven’t been blog hopping and engaging in the community as much which I’m hoping to get back to in the coming weeks!

  • Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova // As soon as I finished Labyrinth Lost I knew I needed to read the rest of the Brooklyn Brujas to see where this story went. It took me a minute to adjust to Lula (?) who is a very different character and bruja than Alex and nothing could have prepared me for the casimuertos (basically zombies but scarier).
  • Shine by Jessica Jung // I was super excited for this story but it wasn’t quite what I expected? I guess this book was a lot darker than I expected with the fatphobia and shaming and the drugging and the manipulation and the ending just wasn’t what I expected. It was still good and I think if I had really known what I was getting into I would’ve enjoyed it a lot more.
  • 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne // I’ve read this book 3 times now and it’s still one of my favorites. The same lines get me in the feels every time and if anything I get more emotional cause I’m so invested in the characters at this point. I’m seriously crossing my fingers hoping there might be a sequel following the brother and best friend cause that sounds like a romance I’d enjoy.
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo // I had no doubts I would love this book because I loved With the Fire on High and Clap When You Land and I took a chance and listened to it on audio and I have never been so captivated by an audiobook. It definitely made me want to reread Clap When You Land on audio because I feel the experience would be similar.

💫Related Posts: 99 Percent Mine Review and The Poet X Review

  • How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams // This was such a fun romance that successfully balanced the swoony nature of falling in love with exploring serious topics like intimate partner violence, abuse, and women in academia. It’s out tomorrow and I highly recommend this book to any lover of contemporary romance!
  • Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert // This is an instant fave and definitely going on my list of top reads in 2020 and I already can’t wait to read it again. I knew from Chloe’s story that I would love Dani’s but nothing could’ve prepared me for how instantly I was obsessed with Dani and then Zaf the cinnamon roll 🥺
  • Wayward Witch by Zoraida Córdova // I think this series broke me. Like most series the last one took me the longest to get through because I just didn’t want it to end and I’m still hoping that maybe we’ll get another book or spin-off offering a conclusion for some of the things left unanswered and honestly I would follow these girls and their stories for a while.

Currently reading: Serpent & Dove (audio rereading) and These Violent Delights

✨Related Posts: How to Fail at Flirting Review

Here are some books that I released over the last month that I added to my TBR! You can also check out my February releases post here!

My Top November 2020 Releases!

  • These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong // IT IS FINALLY HERE AND IT IS GLORIOUS. I’m currently reading this and I don’t know if I can handle it but I’m sure it will be enjoyable even if it hurts 🥺
  • Mind the Gap, Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan // Okay was no one going to tell me another Dash and Lily book was coming out OR remind me about the Netflix series until both took me by surprise almost simultaneously??? Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares is one my fave rereads especially around the holidays and I thoroughly enjoyed Twelve Days of Dash and Lily so I’m pumped we get more of their story and I’ve heard great things about the show!
  • A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey // I can’t even put into words why I am so excited about this book but it sounds like it has all of my fave YA traits and tropes so I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.
  • Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao // Fake dating had me sold instantly but then I’ve heard nothing but great things about the characters and the romance and the rep and that cover is just so cute so of course this made the list.

So normally I would include a whole ass over-ambitious TBR right here, BUT you’ll see in a week or so that I’ve created a winter TBR so for this post I just wanted to include the two books I’m hoping to read before the end of the year.

I’m still not holding myself to it because of the holidays and who knows where my mood will take me but yeah I’ve been dying to read Legendborn since before it came out (I should’ve just bought a copy 🤡) but I’m finally on hold for it at my library so it shouldn’t be too much longer! As for Blood & Honey for some insane reason I decided to reread Serpent & Dove via audiobook which even at 1.5x is like 12 hours long and since I only listen to audiobooks when running errands it might take me awhile 😅

Here’s just a little glimpse at some of the things I watched last month!

  • Parks and Rec // At the beginning of November I caught some flu bug and was pretty much stuck in my bed for the week of the election and I just needed some guaranteed joy so I decided to rewatch my fave episodes of Parks and Rec (spoiler: it’s most of them). I swear this show gets better every time I watch it because there’s something new that makes me laugh every time as well as the same classic jokes.
  • Secret Society of Second-Born Royals // I decided to watch this on a whim when I was feeling sick and while I don’t regret it I don’t know if I’ll ever rewatch it?
  • Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting // This movie was so strange and honestly felt like a fever dream come to life. But it was a good post-Halloween movie and I might even be tempted to watch it again next year.
  • Holidate // I watched this with my roommates via zoom since we’re all currently at home and the trailer did not properly convey the chaos of this movie. First of all, I thought it was a christmas movie specifically meaning prior to christmas the characters decide to be each other’s holidates to christmas specific parties because that’s what the trailer made it seem like but in fact the movie follows these two characters over the course of a year’s worth of holidays. It was funny and I’d probably recommend just maybe not with your family.
  • A variety of holiday movies on lifetime and hallmark but none of them have been standouts so far (if you have any recommendations please hit me up)

Not gonna lie I got off my rhythm this month and didn’t do much blog hopping or reading blog posts in general, but there are still a few I’d like to highlight!

  • Tiffany @ Read by Tiffany put together a wonderful, well-researched, and super informative post on Everything You Need to Know Before You Read The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang! I haven’t read TPW yet but it’s high on my TBR and I will definitely be rereading Tiffany’s post before I get started 😊
  • If you haven’t already, check out The Swoon Awards aka the awards for romance readers to nominate and vote for their favorite romance books of 2020 💞 AND it was put together by romance readers so go show them and your fave romance books some support! (FYI the initial nominations run until Dec 31 so you’ve got plenty of time to think of what books you want to nominate and make sure to read all the rules first!)
  • Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales put together A Complete Database of South Asian YA Books to Look Out For In 2021 that reminded me of a few releases I’m excited for as well as gave me more books to add to my tbr 😅 I highly recommend bookmarking this post and checking it out as it’s updated with more releases!

💫What did you read/watch/love in November? What are you looking forward to in December?

✨What are your favorite holiday movies?

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