every month goes by so fast that by the time i finish writing my monthly wrap-up, we’re already far into the following month. i try to be on time every month, but who am i kidding. let’s just forget i am five days late and get on with this post.
even during a lockdown, november was one busy month. my finals are starting in a few days (rip), and college is just overwhelming. i couldn’t even sit down and read, not because i didn’t have free time, but because i used it to either sleep or watch netflix. and since my college major requires a lot of reading (books, articles, you name it), i wasn’t in the mood to do more reading. however, i did manage to finish NINE BOOKS this month. so let’s talk about seven of them! (the other two were non-fiction i had to read for college.)
read this month:
click on the cover for more info about the book!
- ATE, by rilzy adams: this novelette was everything i could ask for in a short story. it was sexy, straight to the point, yet swoony and addictive. i highly recommend reading this one to pass time between classes (or maybe even during them).
- Freaking Romance, by Snailords: this romance webtoon with a twist of fantasy/horror is really really cute, but i should warn you, the angst is on a high level. i want to snatch my hair each time i read an episode! this story is still ongoing, but i cannot wait for the last episode to drop so i can finally know what happens at the end.
- Truth or Dare, by danielle allen: this book guys. This Book. the superiority of friends-to-lovers really showed in this novella (i say this as a hardcore fan of ennemies-to-lovers trope). this was so good, the chemistry between the two characters was on point, and though i did not enjoy the last bit as much as i enjoyed the beginning, i was still a big fan of the overall story.
- You Deserve Each Other, by sarah hogle: i am a mess of emotions just thinking about this one. i was expecting pure fun from this book, and instead i got a lot of fun that turned into wholesomeness (the type that breaks your heart) when i least expected it. i was left a puddle of emotions by the end.
- These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights #1), by chloe gong (ARC): i expected to be heart-broken after finishing this book, and indeed i was. while the story is very slow in the first half, the second half snatched my heart from its place and tore it to pieces, all while stabbing me in the back (metaphorically). the world-building was very well-done, the characters multi-layered and complex, and the writing beautiful.
- His Beauty, by jack harbon (ARC): i am not the type to read monster romance, but this one caught my attention. and i, surprisingly, enjoyed it. the initial aspects of Beauty and the Beast were kept, all while adding a touch of sexiness and action. i liked it a lot.
- The Drowning Faith (The Poppy War #2.5), by r. f. kuang: this is a small collection of some scenes from the original series, but told through nezha’s point of view. if you’ve been here for 0.0085 seconds, you probably already know that nezha is my absolute favorite character in the series and i live for him. somehow, these scenes made the original story more heart-breaking than it already was… which is nice.
on the blog:
- a quick notion tour (how i keep track of my different activities, studies & habits) + some tips!
- these violent delights, by chloe gong: a book that tore my heart to pieces, and yet i loved it (ARC review)
- there’s still time to ace that goodreads challenge! tips to read more books in a shorter amount of time (+ some recs!)
though i didn’t post a lot, i am still proud of these three posts. each one of them took me a lot of time and dedication, and i was glad to see a positive feedback.
i do not tend to share my monthly goals in here, but i thought maybe if i did, it would help me more in achieving them (cause, you know, the pressure). i’m not sure if i will remember them though… anyway, here are my december goals:
- drink a lot of water
- sleep well (but not oversleep)
- study as hard as i can without overworking myself
- get into some ARCs!