Goodbye November & hello December!
Somehow I managed to read 16 books this month… Granted, 7 of these were graphic novels, but still! I’m pretty freaking proud of myself 🙂
Let’s see which books I read this month…
Whew! November felt like a whirlwind. I know December is going to be just as crazy, but I am still hoping to be able to get back into my blogging routine. I am loving my new job and look forward to going to work each day. Even though my life is a little chaotic these days as a working Mom, I am still very thankful to be living my dream.
» West(East #2) by Edith Pattou
While East was a 5-star read, West was a solid sequel.
» Nightbooksby J.A. White
Wonderful MG book that would be perfect to pick up around Halloween time!
» The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
I had a hard time at the beginning of this book, but once I found my reading rhythm it was smooth sailing. I adored this heartwarming story of love, grief, and perseverance.
» When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton
After reading Next Year in Havana and really enjoying it, I knew I’d read this spin off since Beatriz caught my attention in NYiH. This book was just as good as NYiH! Loved all the political intrigue & espionage.
» Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) by Leigh Bardugo
I think the concept for this story was brilliant. Unfortunately, I felt like I was thrown into the story without enough backstory or build up. The flow & pacing was off for me. I will read the next installment since I am intrigued enough to continue on.
» Sadie by Courtney Summers
This was an excellent audiobook! LOVED how the author chose to end it.
» The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Such a heartwarming read! Definitely recommend this one for MG readers that enjoy animal stories.
» The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) by Kazu Kibuishi
» Nightlights(Nightlights #1) by Lorena Alvarez Gomez
I wouldn’t really consider this a graphic novel, but rather a “middle grade picture book.” The story wasn’t anything special, but the illustrations were absolutely stunning!
» Jane, the Fox, and Me by Fanny Britt
Another book I would consider a “middle grade picture” book since it is so short. I am a huge Jane Eyre fan, so it really shouldn’t be a surprise that I loved this book. Do I think the target audience will appreciate it as much as I did? Probably not…
» Mighty Jack (Mighty Jack #1) by Ben Hatke
I really enjoyed this Jack and the beanstalk retelling! I also loved the inclusion of an autistic main character.
» Little House in the Big Woods(Little House #1) by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Such a heartwarming classic! This was my first time reading Little House in the Big Woods. I cannot wait to continue on with this classic series.
» Pashimina by Nidhi Chanani
A lovely story about an Indian-American girl that is struggling with her identity.
» Braveby Svetlana Chmakova
LOVED this graphic novel from the illustrations to the story. A wonderful depiction of the struggles of middle school.
» All’s Faire in Middle Schoolby Victoria Jamieson
I really enjoyed that the main character’s family were all actors in the local Renaissance Festival. Another great MG book about the struggles of middle school.
» Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery
After reading the Anne of Green Gables series back in 2017/18, I knew I wanted to read more of L.M. Montgomery’s books. I loved Emily just as much as Anne!
Goodreads Challenge Update:
2019 is shaping up to be my biggest reading year ever! How? I have no idea…
#YARC2019 Update: 16 books
This month I read Pashimina by Nidhi Chanani bringing my total to 16 books read in 2019 for #YARC2019.
» The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
Set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond, from the author of Me Before You
Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically.
The leader, and soon Alice’s greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who’s never asked a man’s permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.
What happens to them–and to the men they love–becomes an unforgettable drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. These heroic women refuse to be cowed by men or by convention. And though they face all kinds of dangers in a landscape that is at times breathtakingly beautiful, at others brutal, they’re committed to their job: bringing books to people who have never had any, arming them with facts that will change their lives.
Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope and epic in its storytelling. Funny, heartbreaking, enthralling, it is destined to become a modern classic–a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.
» Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
In her first novel since winning the Newbery Medal, Katherine Applegate delivers an unforgettable and magical story about family, friendship, and resilience.
Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There’s no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again.
Crenshaw is a cat. He’s large, he’s outspoken, and he’s imaginary. He has come back into Jackson’s life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything?
Beloved author Katherine Applegate proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary.
Which books did you read this month?
Have you read any of the books I read or hauled this month? If so, what did you think?
Did you buy any books? If so, which ones?
Comment below & let me know 🙂