Blogmas Day 1: November Wrap-Up!

Welcome to Blogmas! I have never done Blogmas before and I am not sure if I will post every day of it because it is also Finals Season at Grad School for me. If you have any suggestions for Blogmas posts you might want to see from me, let me know! Also, for Blogmas, I will be suggesting a post by another Book blogger I follow so look out for that at the bottom of this post!

November was another great reading month for me as I try to catch up to my Goodreads goal! I have 9 books left to make my goal of 50 books so lets see if I can somehow make that work around my final projects!

Here is what I read in November. I read 6 books!

All Together Dead (Sookie Stackhouse Book 7) by Charlaine Harris          From Dead to Worse (Sookie Stackhouse Book 8) by Charlaine Harris Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse Book 9) by Charlaine Harris        Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse Book 10) by Charlaine Harris

So 4 out of the 6 books I read are from the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. If you aren’t aware of this series, It is the book series that the HBO show True Blood is based on. It is an Adult Supernatural Mystery series! It is also referred to as Urban Fantasy Romance. I find that while there is a lot of romance, I almost feel like there are more mystery and thriller scenes than there is romance! This is one of my favorite Vampire series, especially if you like romance but also like action.

This is a reread for me. I originally read the series in high school but never read the last book so I have been rereading the series by borrowing the books from my local library through the app Libby! Libby is an app that is owned by Overdrive which connects you through your library card to all the ebooks and audiobooks your library has available for you to borrow. As soon as I finish a book, I can borrow the next book in the series from my library for free immediately without leaving my bed! I love it and I love supporting my library while being able to be lazy so it’s a huge Win! I would definitely suggest trying it out. Borrowing books from your local library allows them to maintain funding and also continue to update the books they have available!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I finally started the Throne of Glass series after hearing the book community talk about it all year! I was worried because there is a lot of hate toward Sarah J. Maas in the book community but also a lot of love for her. I also started the “A Court of Thorns and Roses” series this year and have loved that so far! I just want to quickly address one of the things I have noticed for some of the criticism towards SJM was the lack of diversity in her series. I am a POC, I also grew up not seeing myself in many books I enjoyed growing up, especially YA fantasy but I personally don’t agree with hating on SJM for writing majority white characters. I want more diversity in this genre, but we don’t need to go after every author who isn’t fulfilling this need. Unless they say something problematic like that they would never write diverse characters or something negative or racist towards diverse authors, books or characters. Also, I loved the character Nehemia in Throne of glass. While one diverse character is hardly revolutionary, I thought she was well-written and was a strong character and great friend. It also seems she is going to have a big part throughout the story so I am excited to see what her character does. (I hope she doesn’t die T_T).

I really enjoyed this book and immediately ordered the sequel, which I have been wanting to start for days now!

Look forward to a full review of Throne of Glass soon! Maybe for Blogmas!

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Everless by Sara Holland

I also finally read Everless after hearing about it all year! I have to say, after the hype, it didn’t really measure up to what I thought it would. I still enjoyed it and I look forward to the sequel but I felt like not a lot happened in this book. I provided a mini-review of the book in my last blog post!

In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

I won’t make an official December TBR post but I think I will continue to reread the Sookie Stackhouse series and try to read Crown of Midnight, the sequel to Throne of Glass.

For my Blogmas Day 1 Book blog post recommendation, I recommend checking out Struggling Bookaholic’s review of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas! You can read it Here.

What are you looking forward to this month? Bookish or Otherwise! I am looking forward to my birthday!

Thanks for reading! Look forward to more Bookmas posts!

6 thoughts on “Blogmas Day 1: November Wrap-Up!

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  1. I used to LOVE the Sookie Stackhouse books but never ended up reading that many of them. I think I still have the set at my parents’ house so will have to pick it up in the new year!

    Throne Of Glass is on my Christmas list so I’m hoping I get a chance to read it. I loved the ACOTAR and devoured it this year. Can’t wait to see what you think of it.

    As for Everless, I adored this book. I don’t know why, because they’re wasn’t anything particularly original or special about it. In fact like you said, not much really happened but I cannot wait to pick up the sequel for some unknown reason!

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    1. Ooh. I hope you are able to enjoy the series again. I reads ACOTAR and ACOMAF but I havent reads ACOWAR yet, I think im like 15% in and got distracted. haha but I LOVED ACOMAF. I loved the world of Everless, I am still excited for Evermore because im hoping for more action!

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  2. I was putting off all of Sarah J. Maas’ books because of how much negativity there is surrounding them. I’ve only read the first in the Throne of Glass series and enjoyed it, glad I picked it up now. Nehemia was one of my favourite characters! When there was a lot of kicking off earlier this year about the lack of diversity, I’ve seen a lot of people claim that there are diverse characters in her books, although I’m not sure if they meant TOG or ACOTAR or both. I’ve not read the ACOTAR series yet so I have no idea.

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    1. I think TOG has more diversity. ACOTAR doesnt really although I heard Rhysand is supposed to be olive skinned in the second book. Honestly, I don’t much pay attention to many character descriptions half the time. I just imagine them how i want most of the time. haha. I still dont understand all the negativity, as far as I have seen she hasnt done anything wrong


  3. You had a great reading month in November! I’m planning on rereading the Sookie Stackhouse series in December because like you I never read the final book and now really need a refresher of the series. I remember I loved it the first time I read so I’m really hoping I like it just as much now.

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