The Weather Turns Cold, But It’s Fine I’m In the Caribbean – The November Wrap Up

Posted November 25, 2019 by Amber in Checking In / 4 Comments

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Hi loves!

November and December’s wrap-ups will be short and sweet, as I haven’t been supremely involved in the community lately, and what’s worse, I haven’t been reading as much as I wish I could.  This month, I’m just going to do a quick review on the books themselves and a smidge of life. 🙂 Thanks for always being so cool about the flightiness of my wrap ups! <3

Also, just a reminder from Friday that I’m Bahama-bound so I want to talk about this month’s books!  But I can’t reply to comments under next week. </3

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Preorders rolling in this month!  I’m really excited and nervous about The Guinevere Deception because I’ve had hit-or-miss experiences with Kiersten White… and I love Arthurian legend.  I have high expectations for this retelling and I’m looking forward to it… and I’m also nervous!

The only books here that aren’t preorders are I Am Malala and Day After Night– both of these I picked up from the book sale at work.  Which I basically have to buy books from because, um, it’s the closest thing I get to a Scholastic Book Fair as a grown up.  I pulled Milk and Honey and Eleanor & Park from this same book sale day last year – unfortunately no YA for sale this year, but I have hugh hopes for both of these!  I Am Malala has been on my TBR for a while. 🙂

Then, of course, at long last… The Starless Sea is here!

You guys know how determined I am about sticking to my TBR Jar.  Well, The Starless Sea is one of the few books that take a pass on that because I am SO INCREDIBLY EXCITED.

I made myself wait until I went on vacation to read it.

Which is where I am now.  If you’re reading this on publication day.

So The Starless Sea is on the boat with me and it’s my vacation relaxation book and I’m really excited to talk about it when I get back, assuming I’ve had as much downtime to read as I’m hoping. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Actually, a lot of decent reads this month!  The last couple months have been pretty “meh” as far as reading and I’d been struggling with a slump.  November’s been a lot better, with a lot of different types of books rolling in.  Saints and Misfits, I think, is what broke the slump for me and I absolutely loved it.

11 books found

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Highlights:

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter / ★★★★★ So obviously I’ve already spoken about this one a couple times – once in my review and once in my buddy read questionnaire, so you know I’ve spent a bit of time thinking about it.  This was a great discussion of a lot of different issues and a protagonist who stood out to me, so id you’re on the fence about this one, I recommend it!

The Madwoman Upstairs / ★★★★ So.  I mean, this one was a tacky romance as all get out, but it was also really good.  I think my happiness theme for November was imperfect protagonists.  There’s a lot about the Bronte sisters woven in as well, enough to pique my interest in revisiting their works.  Really fun and fascinating, as a while.

The Red Tent / ★★★★ – Even though I’ve dropped the rating down from five to four stars, I cannot deny that The Red Tent is still one of my all-time favorite books.  I love the opening section where Dinah talks about her mothers and is a child herself – it only loses a star from me because I personally am a bit bored in the second half.  But the first half?  I love it so much.

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Woo, so, as mentioned above, I am on vacation.

And I am so, so grateful.  I started pining for this cruise back in July and the days have been crawling ever since.  It’s really well-situated for me this year as Mattie and I are moving into our new home (hey, we bought a house!) right before Christmas and have spent a lot of November getting stuff ready.  Not to mention all the busyness of work, which is pretty standard this time of year.  When we booked this trip in January, I don’t think we realized exactly how much we would need to get away for our own mental health by the end of November, and I am super grateful.

December will be packing and moving and I am sure plenty of audiobooks as I’m going to be pretty busy – perhaps too busy for reading, but never too busy for listening!  The one thing I bemoan of our new home is that the library is doubling as a dining room because it’s the only room that would situated both items well.  Fortunately, we keep formal dinner parties to a minimum.  But I will miss the library/office I was so proud of when we moved to our current apartment.

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What’s been going on in your November?  I would love to hear about everyone’s adventures, or (for Americans) how you spent your Thanksgiving!  Tell me all in the comments. 😉

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4 responses to “The Weather Turns Cold, But It’s Fine I’m In the Caribbean – The November Wrap Up

    • Amber

      I absolutely loved The Starless Sea! It’s really going to be an objective thing. I think that people who enjoyed the pacing and worldbuilding in The Night Circus will like her sophomore novel, but if you didn’t, then The Starless Sea won’t be your cup of tea. 🙂 I hope that it meets the hype for you, but if it doesn’t, that’s okay too. 🙂

  1. Leah

    Enjoy your vacation! The Caribbean sounds wonderful.

    I also got the Waterstones edition of The Starless Sea, although the hype has put me off reading it for now. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

    • Amber

      Haha, I have been so busy the last few months, I’ve missed most the chatter about the book. Though hype doesn’t surprise me – The Night Circus was pretty well-loved and people went crazy when ARCs started dropping over the summer. I genuinely enjoyed it because I like the way Erin Morgenstern writes, but I think other people will be bored (as they were with The Night Circus). I do hope you like it when you decide to pick it up!

      The Caribbean was wonderful! Came back to a major snowstorm – I should have stayed in the Bahamas! XD