I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that it is December already, and that in less than 30 days this year will be officially over. Where did the time go?! Not that I’m not glad to see the end of 2020, but it’s just that I’m worried what new tricks 2021 will bring. November was not only the bringer of bad news, but also marked the early arrival of Summer and a new flare up of an extremely itchy rash all over my body that is related to my allegedly? sun allergy. Fun times! 😦 At least I had another fantastic buddy read with Nicki to distract myself, and of course I had to bake my favorite cookie recipe in tradition.

Next: the bookish numbers.

  • Number of books read in November: 25
  • Total number of books read in 2020: 233
  • Total number of pages read in November: 8.912
  • Total number of pages read in 2020: 79.715

My reading mojo is here to stay apparently, as I once again managed to read a LOT during November. I was also lucky with my reading choices, with TWO new 5 star reads, seven further nearly perfect ratings and only three books below 3 stars! True, I did get a new DNF, but overall I’m really happy with these results. The blogging slump is still very much there, but at least I’m able to read so that’s something I guess. xD

NOVEMBER 2020 READS

5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now.

Anxious People – by Fredrik Backman // The Devil And The Dark Water – by Stuart Turton

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

Clap When You Land – by Elizabeth Acevedo // The Last Thing To Burn – by Will Dean // Breathe Your Last – by Lisa Regan // Beach Read – by Emily Henry // All Boys Aren’t Blue – by George M. Johnson // The Shadow Man – by Helen Fields // The Winter Of The Witch – by Katherine Arden

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

Such A Fun Age – by Kiley Reid // Only Mostly Devastated – by Sophie Gonzales // Cemetery Boys – by Aiden Thomas // Deadly Betrayal – by OMJ Ryan // You Had Me At Hola – by Alexis Daria // The Guest List – by Lucy Foley // The Vanishing Half – by Brit Bennett 

3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!

When – by Victoria Laurie // Dear Edward – by Ann Napolitano

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

Harrow Lake – by Kat Ellis // The Coral Bride – by Roxanne Bouchard // He Started It – by Samantha Downing // One By One – by Ruth Ware

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

Dead Girls Don’t Lie – by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

2 STARS: It was ok. But mostly ‘meh’. 

Fallen Angels – by Gunnar Staalesen

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

Get A Life, Chloe Brown – by Talia Hibbert


I decided to not increase my Goodreads challenge for the second time, so I’m still done with all the offical challenges for this year!

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other goals… My ARC/backlist ratio finally went down a bit, but I calculated and it’s basically impossible to reach my goal of 40% as I need to read over 50 books to do that. So I guess that goal will be hanging out with the TBR and 800 pages goal in an ‘unfinished goal’ party this year… xD Completing the series goal should be easy as it only requires me to read two more books, but I’m a bit worried about the TBR jar pick goal as there are still three titles left. Looks like I won’t be smashing my goals all that well this year in the end haha.

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 3 (modern) classics (rereads don’t count) DONE!! 3/3 (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang // A Study In Scarlet // The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button)
  • Complete at least 10 series (rereads don’t count) 8/10 (Feverwake // Lacey Flint // If I Stay // The Bird And The Sword Chronicles // The Hundred-Year-Old Man // Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell // The Girl With All The Gifts // Winternight Trilogy)
  • Reread at least 2 books DONE!! 2/2 (Deep Blue Trouble // Pippi Longstocking)
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 600 books and keep it that way. 702/600
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages 0/1 (highest page count 774 pages; She Has A Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be)
  • Keep ARC/backlist title ratio below 40% 48,5%
  • Read at least 2 books in Spanish DONE!! 2/2 (Harry Potter Y Las Reliquias De La Muerte // Entre Senderos De Lavanda)
  • Read at least 1 book in Dutch DONE!! 1/1 (Moederkruid)
  • Read at least 15 international authors and/or translations DONE!! 15/15 (Dark Mother Earth (Croatia DNF) // My Sister, The Serial Killer (Nigeria) // Perfume (Germany) // Death Deserved (Norway) // Blue Night (Germany) // Pippi Longstocking (Sweden) // Sister (Norway) // The Girl In The Tree (Turkey) // The Creak On The Stairs (Iceland) // The Guest Cat (Japan) // Moederkruid (The Netherlands) // The Accidental Further Adventures Of The Hundred-Year-Old Man (Sweden) // The Child (Germany) // Entre Senderos De Lavanda (Argentina) // Fruit Of The Drunken Tree (Colombia))
  • Read at least 10 TBR jar picks 7/10 (Like This For Ever // What We Saw // The Storied Life Of A.J. Fikry // Evil At Heart // Broken Hearts, Fences And Other Things To Mend // Dead Girls Don’t Lie // When)
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year DONE!! 5/5
  • Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80% 98%

Stay safe and happy reading!


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