November Wrap-Up! || 2018

Who can believe that December is finally here?! I’m so excited, it’s unbelievable. The house has been fully decked out with Christmas and the presents have been bought. I AM READY.


But before we get too excited on that front, let’s think back on how I did with reading in November. I had a busy month. Why? I have no idea. I just kept myself very, very busy.


Between participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), doing two, two-week long read-a-thons simultaneously (and vlogging them), whilst working full time, reading and so forth . . . yeah, I had a lot on my plate. I see now why it was a busy month.


Yet I still managed to finish six books! Which, at this point, I think we can say is more or less my monthly average. Am I on track for my Goodreads reading goal? Nope. Will I catch up? Who knows!


I will have more time for reading this month but ach! What will be, will be. Now, let’s see what I actually read . . .

What I Read

The Boneless Mercies
by April Genevieve Tucholke

5 Star Rating System 3 and a half stars


Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy (Epic)
Author: April Genevieve Tucholke
Published: October 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 352 {paperback}

Will I continue the series? YES

I received this one for review and was so excited about it. It didn’t quite meet my expectations in the end, but I was still thrilled with the story and I’m super keen to continue on the series!

My review

Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold
by Stephen Fry

5 Star Rating System 5 stars


Genre: Ancient History, Mythology
Author: Stephen Fry
Published: November 2017
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Audiobook Length: 16 hours

Page Count Equivalent: 416 {hardback}

Will I continue the series? YES

This was absolutely mind-blowing. I hadn’t expected to laugh my way through this book out of sheer joy. In all honesty, I don’t think I had had any idea what to expect from this but I loved it. Highly recommend.

Review to come

The Assassin’s Blade
by Sarah J. Maas

5 Star Rating System 4 stars


Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: March 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 430 {paperback}

Will I continue the series? YES

With the release of the final instalment to this series, Kingdom of Ash, I’ve decided to do a complete re-read of it! So I started with The Assassin’s Blade last month and hope to continue my re-read through December.

My review

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy
by Mackenzi Lee 

5 Star Rating System 5 stars


Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction (Modern)
Author: Mackenzi Lee
Published: October 2018
Publisher: Harper Audio
Audiobook Length: 12 hours

Pages: 450 {hardback}

This was another brilliant story by Lee. I think I preferred the first book but only slightly. Felicity is such a wonderful character and we do so many exciting things in this book!

Review to come

The Lantern’s Ember
by Colleen Houck

5 Star Rating System 4 stars


Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy (Paranormal)
Author: Colleen Houck

Published: September 2018
Publisher: Hodder
Pages: 416 {paperback}

I was really pleased that I got around to reading this. I LOVE Houck (we know this) and I was worried I’d somehow not pick this up for a while – but I DID IT! And I loved it. This is quite literally a perfect Halloween read.

Review to come

The Librarian of Auschwitz
by Antonio Iturbe

5 Star Rating System 5 stars


Genre: Historical Fiction (WWII)
Author: Antonio Iturbe
Published: August 2012
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Pages: 423 {paperback}

This was another book that I received for review and so, so enjoyed. It’s based on a true story and all the more real for it. If you’re a fan of reading historical fiction about the Holocaust, this is not to be missed.

My review

On the Blog

On Booktube

The Statistics

Genres Read:

Pages Read:

Total: 2,487

Progress Towards Goodreads Challenge:

88%, or, 66/75 books

At this point, I’m not sure I’m going to hit my (already lowered) goal of 75 books for this year. I *should* make at least 70 but we will see how I go!

What About Me_

November was a very busy month and I certainly bit off more than I could chew. I participated in NaNoWriMo, as I’ve said, and whilst I didn’t officially win it, I’m still pleased with what I got done. I wrote nearly 30,000 words and am so close to finishing my book! Hopefully, I’ll see the new year in with a completed novel *gasp*.


I had good fun participating in Tome Topple AND The One Read-a-thon but didn’t succeed in completing more than the minimal number of challenges for either. I’m not the fastest reader on the planet and I certainly don’t have a lot of free time right now, so I’m not surprised that I didn’t magically smash out 19173 books in those read-a-thons.


I’m getting all ready and FESTIVE for Christmas. I love Christmas. Very much so. All presents have been bought and organised and I cannot wait! From now on in, the new few months are going to be busy, busy, busy. In just a few week’s time it will be Christmas, and just a few weeks after that, I’ll be going on a month-long, international holiday. The excitement if very real.


I also celebrated mine and Jayden’s one year anniversary (cheesy but cute, alright)! We had the perfect opportunity to celebrate by attending a Sam Smith concert, whom both of us love. It’s scary how quickly a year goes by. Sam Smith was amazing live – such an incredible performance!


But now, let’s see what movies and TV shows I got around to watching last month:


Movie PosterThe Green Mile, 1999: 7/10 stars

This was on the list of movies to watch that I’m going through with Jayden and some friends. As always, being a Tom Hanks film, it was amazing. If a little intense at times. I was not expecting the paranormal elements in this film (because I hadn’t realised it was based on a Stephen King book!) which was cool.

Sing (2016)Sing, 2016: 8/10 stars

This was a rewatch for me – and something I introduced to my parents, who ended up loving it. I don’t know why this film always makes me so happy but I love it. I love all the animals and how none of them is missed out – from whales to llamas to squids – this movie is a real pick-me-up!

Harrison Ford, Jared Leto, Ryan Gosling, and Ana de Armas in Blade Runner 2049 (2017)Blade Runner 2049, 2017: 7/10 stars

Having previously watched the original together, this movie also made it onto the movie list me and my friends are getting through. I enjoyed this infinitely more than the original. Whilst I still think this story is quite odd and has a weird atmosphere going for it, it was also really cool.

Kevin Kline, Demi Moore, Tom Hulce, David Ogden Stiers, Jason Alexander, Mary Kay Bergman, Corey Burton, Jim Cummings, Bill Fagerbakke, Tony Jay, Paul Kandel, Charles Kimbrough, Heidi Mollenhauer, Patrick Pinney, Gary Trousdale, Frank Welker, Mary Wickes, and Jane Withers in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1996: 9/10 stars

Obviously, a rewatch. I sat down spontaneously one afternoon with some girlfriends and sang my heart out throughout the entire movie. I love the hunchback and I think this is one of the most underrated Disney films. And also its music – such fantastic songs in this film!

Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)Bohemian Rhapsody, 2018: 8/10 stars

Wowee, what a film. This was also the only film I made it to the cinemas to see this month. I really have been missing out on some new releases. I loved this so much. It was an incredible tribute to both Freddie and Queen. Can’t recommend it enough!

TV Shows:

Bradley Walsh, Jodie Whittaker, Tosin Cole, and Mandip Gill in Doctor Who (2005)Doctor Who, series 11

Of course, I’m watching this! Whilst it had a bit of a slow start getting off the ground with this season, the last few episodes I have really enjoyed. I do so love Doctor Who and it’s always nice when there are new monsters at play.

Matt Lucas and David Walliams in Little Britain (2003)Little Britain, series 2

Jayden and I are still diligently making our way, giggling, through the entirety of Little Britain. My love of this series knows no bounds and I will positively weep when we get to the end of it.

Tick! November done!


What was your favourite book that you read in November?

Happy Reading

~~ Kirstie ~~


4 thoughts on “November Wrap-Up! || 2018

  1. Hey lady!!!! Ugh I’m so sorry I’ve been so MIA. I am a crappy book blogger friend. AND I still need to finish watching your Outlander recap you made! Which I promise to do. I just really haven’t sat down since October started. I know, excuses!

    It sounds like you had a lovely month despite being busy! Happy 1 year anniversary to you and your man!

    Um, how did I not know Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold was a thing?! I’m going to assume that audiobook is the way to go? I also assume he narrates it himself?

    Happy to see you enjoyed The Librarian of Auschwitz! Obviously It caught my eye, but I just finished reading The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas and need a little break from WWII HF after that book! It was devastating!

    I also read The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy and enjoyed it! While I adore Felicity and thought the story was fun, I felt like it was missing something… I think it was just going to be a hard act to follow when you have a character like Monty…

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    1. Haha that’s alright!! Life is so BUSY. I’m blaming 2018. Let the chill times roll in with 2019! 🥳

      Thank youu ❤️ I swear it’s gone as fast as my blogoversaries come around! (I’m pretty sure my blog is like 3 years old now. How did that happen?!)

      DUDE. Get reading. If Stephen Fry ever narrates his own books, ALWAYS get the audiobook. He’s so sassy, 100% worth getting an audio copy!

      Ooh yes definitely don’t read those two back to back 😂 go read something fluffy like The Confectioner’s Guild and cleanse your soul.

      I feel the same! I haven’t written my review yet but yeah, I think I just loved Monty and Percy too much. Am I a bad person if I say Felicity could’ve done with a novella series? 🙈 still, AWESOME book.

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      1. I *think* my blogiversary is 3 years in February… I do recall us starting our blogs around the same time 🙂 Yay us!

        I’m reading a fluffy Christmas book for book club right now, so I think that counts for a soul cleansing lol

        YES! OR have at least included more of Monty & Percy… She was really damned either way. Monty was just too great of a character to follow.

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