Bibliophile Commentary

My 5 Top Reads of November

Despite the holiday and my crazy life, I actually read 12 more books in November than October! I am so happy to be getting my reading groove back! I read 23 books in all this month and while they all were really great, four books and one series stood out to me as my favorites! 

Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman 

This book was not what I was expecting, but I ended up really enjoying the space ride that it took me on. I usually am not a fan of when a series changes main characters between the first installment and the sequel, but this book was a great exception. The main characters really clicked with me and I liked that we got to see more of the crazy space world that these authors have created from a new and fresh perspective. I can’t wait until the next installment when the two groups of characters collide and the conflict is finally resolved!

Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty 

Although I was excited to start the Daevabad Trilogy, the first installment was a lot of background and world building so the action only started towards the end of the book. The second installment; however, was crazy action throughout the entire book! Characters I loved in the beginning became characters I wanted to strangle and characters I didn’t enjoy as much became my favorites. The book was so unpredictable in the best possible way and I was speed reading for a majority of the book. The ending also ended on such an unexpected cliffhanger that I can’t wait to read the final installment this month! 

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco 

HOLY POOP THIS BOOK! So I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I found this book, but somehow it was SO MUCH MORE THAN I THOUGHT! This summary sounded amazing and the cover was so gorgeously creepy and it was just a perfect pick for me. I ended up reading the book in four hours and I was so depressed that I finished it so quickly. The book world was such an interesting perspective on witches and also gave a new twist to one of my favorite tropes, the seven deadly sins. I was extremely intrigued with ALL of the characters and couldn’t wait to see what they would bring to the plot. The ending was A COMPLETE SURPRISE and unfortunately a cliffhanger and the next installment doesn’t come out until next year. So rude, but it was so good! I also discovered a new author through this read and have proceeded to buy all her books. 

Hannaford Prep Series by J. Bree 

So I started this series when the first installment, Just Drop Out, and I have been hooked ever since. I honestly did not keep up when the installments came out so when I found out the last one had been released, I decided to binge the entire series. I read them all in three days. They were just as good as I remember and then some! I honestly was so obsessed that I made one of my besties read. She didn’t have much of a choice in the matter, but it was really fun to see all her reactions through videos and pictures! I am devastated that this series is over, I don’t know what I’m going to do without my girl, Lips, and her men. The ending was good, but not enough for me!!! 

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab

This was everything I wanted and so much more. I honestly didn’t know what to expect because the last book I read from this author wasn’t really for me. However, this book blew me away in the best way possible and I was sobbing by the time it was over. It was really hard for me to put down and once it was over, I was devastated that I read it so fast. This book was so emotional and magical and so heartfelt. GOD IT WAS GOOD! The characters were so complex and the writing was so beautiful! It also took place in so many exotic and gorgeous places that it was nice to escape this COVID world for a while. It also was an amazing way to end the reading month of November! 

November was such a great month with so many amazing reads! I’m looking forward to next month! How was your reading month, tell me about it in the comments below!  

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