Wrap-Up: November 2018

  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor(★★★★☆)
  • These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas (★★★☆☆)
  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (★★★★☆)
  • The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory (★★★★☆)
  • Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea (★★★★☆)
  • Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (★★★★★)


A solid month with mostly unexpected reads! I hadn’t at all anticipated on reading so much romance/women’s fiction this month. What happened was, I had a sort of half-dream about a contemporary romance story and I started writing it with fervor, and that made me want to read other romance books to get a feel for the flow of the narrative, since I’ve never read romance before. I had a good time! I also finally got around to Laini Taylor’s latest, which makes me want to read her backlist now!

I’m not sure why my reading seems to be slowing down quite a lot…perhaps it’s because of the holidays. I had a solid five days off this month where I did absolutely no reading (instead I binged The Office for like the fourth time).

I am currently reading:

Sawkill Girls is so freaking good so far!!! It’s so much creepier than I had anticipated. I love reading good old-fashioned horror. Vampire Academy isn’t bad or anything, but I’m not finding it as compelling as I had hoped…then again I’m only like 10% into it. I think I just might not be in the right mood. I was totally in the mood for vampires at the start of the month but then I had that romance story dream and my mood shifted, so who knows.

The fact that Sawkill Girls is so good makes me think I’ll pick up Furyborn sooner than I had thought! But before that, I’ll probably get to Vengeful, and then Damsel, and then maybe, hopefully, The Girl in the Tower? I’ve had it on my Kindle for ages. I also had kind of wanted to read at least one non-fiction book because it’s been ages since I read non-fiction, but winter is such a cozy month that I want cozy, seasonal reads, not non-fiction, so I’m not sure if that will happen. Also being considered are The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater and my re-read of The Traitor Baru Cormorant, but these are both very tentative. I might push both to January.

Mini Life Update: 

Because of some fortuitous evens, I am all set to graduate library school by the end of Spring 2019 rather than Summer 2019. That means just one more semester and I can drop two of the four classes I was signed up for! Before I can get to all that, though, I have to get through this semester – I have so many papers and assignments piling on that I need to get to but have been steadfastly ignoring.

Mini TV Update: 

I watched Thirteen starring Jodie Cromer, which was the perfect short thriller series. I’ve also been catching up on season 13 of Supernatural, which, while frustrating in many ways, is still really enjoyable. I’m such trash for this show. Like, I fully acknowledge that it should probably end, but I’ll likely be devastated when it does. I’ve also been enjoying Hasan Minaj’s Patriot Act because it’s freaking hilarious. And I’ve also been rewatching random episodes of The Office.

Otherwise, things have been quiet. I’m very much looking forward to next month both here and on BookTube; I love seeing everyone’s end-of-year lists!

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