Month In Review: November 2018

I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that it’s almost 2019. Seriously, where did 2018 go?! I’ve been loving the Spring weather though, enjoying the sun and preparing our garden for the summer months. It’s one of my favorite things to do whenever I’m not reading. The good weather also ment it was time for a big pending DIY project during the first week of December, something that didn’t affect my November reading of course but does explain why this wrap up is coming later than normal. 😉

Now to the bookish numbers:

  • Number of books read in November: 29
  • Total number of books read this year: 227
  • Total number of pages read in November: 9.617
  • Total number of pages read this year: 71.193

I somehow managed to read a LOT last month; more than I ever read before in fact. Although I didn’t get a 5 star read, did have two DNF and quite a few lower ratings… All in all not the best reading month I had despite the high number of books and pages, although I did find a few new favorites.

NOVEMBER READS

4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic! 

The Cheerleaders – by Kara Thomas // The Liar’s Wife – by Samantha Hayes // Cold Dark Places – by Kylie Brant // The Great Alone – by Kristin Hannah

4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!

Corner To Corner Crochet – by Jess Coppom // The Chalk Man – by C.J. Tudor // Every Note Played – by Lisa Genova // Daughters Of The Lake – by Wendy Webb // All Your Perfects – by Colleen Hoover // Her Final Confession – by Lisa Regan // Last Lullaby – by Carol Wyer // PLUS+ – by Bethany Rutter // Blue Blood – by Sara Blaedel

3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!

The Cruel Prince – by Holly Black // Children Of Blood And Bone – by Tomi Adeyemi // Hunting Annabelle – by Wendy Heard // A Woman Of War – by Mandy Robotham

3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic. 

River Bodies – by Karen Katchur // The Cottingley Fairies – by Ana Sender // The Wife Between Us – by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen // Babel – by Gaston Dorren // Heresy – by Melissa Lenhardt

2.5 STARS: I give this one the benefit of the doubt. Nothing too exciting.

The Burning World – by Isaac Marion // Educated – by Tara Westover

2 STARS: It was ok. But mostly ‘meh’.

Elevation – by Stephen King // The Living – by Isaac Marion

1 STAR: Boy, this one gave me a hard time. Not a book to touch again. 

Girl, Wash Your Face – by Rachel Hollis

0 STARS (DNF): I didn’t even bother to finish this one. Either horrible or definitely not for me!

An Officer And A Spy – by Robert Harris // Not A Clue – by Chloe Delaume


I haven’t joined a lot of challenges this year, mostly because I decided to focus more on ‘fun’ reading and less on goals I have to complete. I had decided to update my Goodreads Goal anyway, but I should have aimed higher because I’m done once again. This is officially the year I’ve been able to read the most ever… Although quite a few were shorter reads. I have managed to complete the When Are You Reading? challenge in the first days of December as well, so even though it technically doesn’t count as November achievements it at least means I don’t have any pending challenges open for the final days of this year. 😉

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other goals… No progress whatsoever in the final two goals, and I’m pretty sure the TBR one is hopeless. I’ve finally started with Outlander so hopefully I’ll be able to finish that one before the end of the month.

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 3 (modern) classics (rereads don’t count) 3/3 DONE!! (Murder On The Orient Express // Slaughterhouse-Five, The Mysterious Affair At Styles)
  • Complete at least 5 series (rereads don’t count) 5/5 DONE!! (The Conspiracy Of Us // Bad Girls Don’t Die // Embassy Row // The 5th Wave // Legend)
  • Reread at least 2 books 2/2 DONE!! (Harry Potter Y La Camera Secreta // Harry Potter Y El Prisionero De Azkaban)
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 300 books and keep it that way435/300
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages 0/1 (maximum 528 pages)
  • Read at least 1 book in Spanish 1/1 DONE!! (Harry Potter Y La Camera Secreta)
  • Read at least 1 book in Dutch 1/1 DONE!! (Het Jaar Dat De Wereld Op Zijn Kop Stond by Clare Furniss)
  • Read more international authors/translations (at least 10) 10/10 DONE!! (Stage Four (The Netherlands)/ Born A Crime (South Africa)/ Halfway (India)/ A Castle In Romagna (Croatia)/ My Sweet Friend (Belgium)/ The Elephant Keeper’s Daughter (Germany)/ The Letter For The King (Indonesia)/ The Air Raid Killer (Germany)/ My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry (Sweden)/ The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden (Sweden)/ Radiance Of Tomorrow (Sierra Leone))
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year 5/5 DONE!!
  • Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80% currently at 94%

Happy December and Happy Reading! 


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