Reading Update: November

Reading Update: November

Howdy friends! Another month, another update. I can’t believe how fast I have to write these things. I swear I just wrote one for October!! And of course, I accomplished absolutely none of the reading that I outlined. Nailed it.

Okay, but really.

I had my vacation at the end of October, solely to take a week of relaxing, sleeping, and of course, reading. But you know what I did?? I saw a total of SEVEN MOVIES. I read like, two books. And one of them I was already half done with. Very bad productivity on this vacation I tell you.

Actually, that’s a lie. I applied for my passport, we got a new apartment, I went to a wedding, went to a Halloween party, spent time with family, cleaned our whole apartment, knit a scarf…I just didn’t read. My bad.

I’ve read a string of horror novels lately and I think I’m ready to turn back to some romance. I’ve got 15 books awaiting my review on NetGalley that I would kill to start getting though! It’s hard when you have so many new books on your shelf you want to get to, but NetGalley is a commitment I like to keep track of, to ensure the future of my reading new books on demand. I think I’ll focus my attention there in November, after I finish my current read: Devolution by Max Brooks.

So what’s on my NetGalley dashboard right now?

  • One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle
  • Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper (yes, still)
  • Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake
  • Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey (I can feel your judgment through the screen)
  • Love at First Spite by Anna E Collins (I legitimately don’t even remember requesting this book but I must have wanted it?)
  • On Location by Sarah Smith (and I absolutely loved Simmer Down!! Why have I not picked this up yet??)
  • and oh my gosh, so many more. I’m drowning.

So that’s the plan. Buckle down, knock those out of the park. We’ll see how that goes when we have another move, Thanksgiving, and then Christmas on the horizon…but I’m hopeful! The holidays have been always been a strong time for my reading, probably because I usually have tons of time off.

I have to say, audiobooks have been my savior lately. I will read in any format: hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook, I don’t care. Any way to absorb the words is just fine with me, as long as it keeps me reading. Obviously I love to have physical copies to build out my collection, but if it takes someone reading Cujo to me in the car for fourteen hours, I’ll do whatever it takes. Lately I’ve been in the car quite a lot for work, so I’m really grateful for the voices and stories that fill my drive time. The only reason I’m caught up on reviews is thanks to Libby and my local library (shoutout to Oscar Foss Memorial Library!!).

Looking back at the last month, I actually had quite a few stand-out favorite books! I really enjoyed The Love Hypothesis. It was a break out five star romance I wasn’t expecting, and I’ll be looking for Hazelwood’s next book. Velvet Was the Night was just crazy good (review will hit Tuesday! Sneak peek!). I really enjoy Moreno-Garcia’s writing, and her stories stick with me quite a bit. And of course, The Return! My review last week was just me raving about Rachel Harrison. I’ve already lent my copy to a friend. Same with Velvet Was the Night. I feel like I’ve hit a treasure trove of good books lately, and I hope I can keep it going through the end of the year!

As we head into the holiday season, I just want to wish you a happy Thanksgiving, and happy holidays, and a happy new year. All the good things for you and yours. Thank you for reading with me. 🙂

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