Wrap Ups & Hauls

November & December 2017 Wrap-Up + Book Haul + Update


Happy New Year bookworms!

I cannot believe 2018 is here.  This year has flown by… which I’m sure has a little to do with how chaotic my life was the second half of 2017.  Despite everything that went on these past two months, I still managed to read 16 books!

Let’s see what I read in November & December, shall we?



If you have been following my little saga, you would know that back in August we purchased a new home that we gutted and completely renovated.  After 4 months of renovations, we have finally moved in!  I cannot say what a huge relief it is to finally be in our new home.  Between renovations on our new home, and fixing up, listing, and selling our old home, my life has been pure chaos since August.  I do not do well living in chaos nor having my routine disrupted… I am more than ready for my life to get back to normal and to resume my daily routines, which includes blogging!  I am super excited to announce that as of the new year, I will be back from my hiatus.  I cannot wait to catch up with everyone and find out what I’ve missed.  I feel so out of touch with the bookish community.


What I read this month *Book titles link to Goodreads

November 2017


Book Haul


» The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch


» The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon


» The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti


» Warcross by Marie Lu


Physical Books:

» Ready Player One by Ernest Cline


» Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic by J.K. Rowling



Which books did you read in November & December?

Have you read any of the books I read or hauled these past 2 months?  If so, what did you think?

Did you buy any books?  If so, which ones?

Comment below & let me know 🙂

23 thoughts on “November & December 2017 Wrap-Up + Book Haul + Update”

    1. Thank you! It’s so good to officially be back. I’ll be catching up with everyone’s blog in the next day or so, so expect a visit from me 🙂

      The Hate U Give is so good. It is amazing how Angie Thomas can write a YA book that can appeal & teach so many different types of readers.

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      1. Hmmmmm. I think if the 14 year old is a mature 14 year old, yes! Obviously there is racism, violence (not graphic), language, drugs, underage drinking, and referencing to teen sex (no graphic descriptions). I would let my 14 year old read it IF I felt they were mature enough, but I’ll leave that decision up to you 🙂 There is a lot of GOOD in that book…. lots to learn from!


      1. Most definitely! I’ve seen the trailer for it already and it looks like they did a good job from that little clip but we will see. 🙂


  1. I am so happy to hear you are all settled and ready to return to the “norm”. I am also a creature of routine so I can only imagine! I would have gone nuts haha. But it is wonderful to have you back and it seems you managed some great reads! I am eager to hear your thoughts on Locke when you get to it. Happy New Year 💗


    1. Thanks Danielle! Yes, the disruption of my routine for 5 months was a little hard to bear. I am not ashamed to admit that I did not do well with it lol Mental breakdowns were had often. My husband is a very patient man 🙂


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  3. Welcome BAAAAAAACK! I am super excited for you. Not only do you FINALLY have your house remodeled, but you also sold you old house and you get your routine back! What a crazy 4th quarter of the year for you. I couldn’t be happier for you and your family.

    I’m still going to badger you for before/after photos if you have them! I’d love to see a post giving us an idea of all the hard work your family did these past few months.

    I’m super glad you finally read and enjoyed The Night Circus! It’s my favorite book. Also, this is your first time reading The Giver? I read it when I was in elementary school, and I definitely did not appreciate everything until a recent re-read as an adult. I don’t recall the problematic content in question… this makes me want to re-read it. When I re-read the novel, I hadn’t quite figured out what problematic content was in texts yet. O_o

    When I started reading this post, I had assumed most of these books were audiobooks. But, after seeing the illustrated Harry Potter texts… how many of these did you listen to on audio? Did you find any new favorite audiobook narrators?


  4. I’m happy to see you enjoyed The Night Circus and THUG! The first has such wonderful descriptions and the second is brilliant. I’m looking forward to read the Giver, Lilac Girls and Ready Player One this year! And The Sun Is Also A Star is a great contemporary read. Have a wonderful 2018!


  5. WELCOME BACK, Amanda! It is so exciting to read new posts from you, I have missed you around here. It’s good to hear you settled in well, I hope that everything will be great in your new home 🙂 I hope you’ll get back into your routine soon 🙂
    I feel like you have read some great books, that’s amazing! I can’t believe I haven’t read The Night Circus just yet, everyone has been raving about it for SO LONG. It’s one of my goals to read it this year, ahah 🙂


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