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Monthly Wrap Up November 2020

Since it’s the end of November, I’m going to be talking you through all the books I’ve read this month and share some brief thoughts on them along with my ratings!

You can check out last month’s wrap up here.

1. Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco ★★★★ — This was a read I unexpectedly loved. It was a solid fantasy with a main character I really liked and I enjoyed the idea of the Princes of Hell each representing a different deadly sin. The relationship between Emilia and Wrath was tumultuous, but amusing. I can’t wait for the sequel.

2. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams ★★ — This was something I had to read for class and I finished it in a couple of hours. I’m not the biggest fan of reading plays, I much prefer to watch them, so I knew beforehand it wouldn’t be my favourite read this year. However, it does pose some interesting moral questions and human behaviour. The characters are very complex and interesting to read about in the sense they’re messy and screwed up.

3. Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer ★★ — I have never read about a more annoying, unlikeable, obnoxious character than Prudence. She thought she could play God with people and didn’t suffer nearly enough consequences for it. Even thinking about this book fills with me frustration. The (only) redeeming point was definitely Quint and his grand gesture.

• Read my full review on Instant Karma here.

4. Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett ★★ — On my Twitter, I called this a ‘Walmart Gilmore Girls’ and I stand by that. It had those close, but complicated, mother/daughter bonds, a small town, an absent father figure and a good girl getting in the relationship with a bad boy. It’s very circa season two. Something was just missing for me though. It was slow to read, but relationships within the book simultaneously moved way too fast.

5. Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao ★★ ½ — Wow, this was such a fun read with lots of fluff and drama. It was nice to learn a little more about Taiwanese/East Asian culture because I, admittedly, didn’t know that much. Chloe struggled with being part of two cultures and having an American identity when she was under so much pressure from her parents. My only gripe would be the romance came out of nowhere. Drew must have been hundreds of houses, so for him to fall so quick was a little strange.

6. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong ★★★★ — I’m still trying to find the words for this one and a full review is to come soon. It was incredible, full of action and romance and well-developed characters that you can’t help but fall in love with. The start was a little slow, but I couldn’t put it down once I got into it. Honestly, I need more Romeo & Juliet retellings in my life.

7. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord ★★ — After reading The Start of Me and You by the same author, this was underwhelming. Everything felt a little rushed and the main character wasn’t all that likeable. The book was easy to read, but I came out with no strong feelings about it and I don’t think it’s going to be a book I remember in the long run.

TOP 3 BOOKS OF OCTOBER: These Violent Delights, Kingdom of the Wicked and Rent a Boyfriend.

Let me know what your favourite book was this month in the replies below! I only have two books left before I reach my Goodreads goal, but I don’t have have any more anticipated reads.

read it and weep,

6 replies on “Monthly Wrap Up November 2020”

lovely wrap-up!! looks like you had a super productive november!! i just bought a copy of these violent delights and instant karma!! i’m so happy you liked these violent delights and am super pumped for it, but i’m not as excited for instant karma because i’ve heard a ton of mixed reviews! ❤

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