November 2018 Monthly Wrap-up

Welcome to my November 2018 Wrap-up! A Monthly Wrap-up is exactly what it sounds like, a summary of the month. I’ll be recapping books I read, purchased/borrowed, posts of the month, a little bit of what’s going on outside the blog. I’m linking this post to the Monthly Wrap-up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction, hosted by Nicole.

How did November pass so quickly? At the beginning of the month I had had every intention to read more, blog more and participated (unofficially) in Nonfiction November, sadly those intentions didn’t work out so well. It was a busy month, and I’m still trying to recover from it all.

We had a wonderful time visiting with family from Wisconsin. I was invited by my brother-in-law Michael to Ateos, El Salvador in March with Helping Hands Medical Mission. Michael is a Doctor and the Medical Director, he has attended mission trips for many years along with his children and other family members. I’m seriously thinking about joining them this year.

Christmas decorations are up, but I’m sure in a couple weeks I will be ready to pack everything up. My husband would like if I left all the decorations up until New Years, I prefer to pack it all up the day after Christmas. I have a difficult time with all the ‘extras’ in the house. Hopefully, by this weekend I will have finished all the Christmas shopping, that’s my plan as of today.

Books Read/Listened to in November:

Chernobyl 01:23:40: The Incredible True Story of the World's Worst Nuclear Disaster by Andrew Leatherbarrow ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Losing It (Losing It #1) by Cora Carmack ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach ⭐⭐⭐
The Witch Elm by Tana French  
#Moonstruck (#Lovestruck #2) by Sariah Wilson ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Hate Notes by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1) by Kevin Kwan ⭐⭐⭐⭐
China Rich Girlfriend (Crazy Rich Asians #2) by Kevin Kwan ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians #3) by Kevin Kwan ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Reading Stats:

Total Books Read: 10
eBooks: 3
Books: 4
Audiobooks: 3
Pages Read: 2957

Library Borrowed: 3
From My Shelves: 7
Gifted: 0

Longest Book: 541 pages; Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians #3) by Kevin Kwan
Shortest Book: 280 pages; Losing It (Losing It #1) by Cora Carmack

Total Books Read/Listened to Since January 2018: 151

Favorite Reads this Month:

Hate Notes by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

From New York Times bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward comes an unexpected love story of secondhand hearts and second chances…

It all started with a mysterious blue note sewn into a wedding dress.

Something blue.

I’d gone to sell my own unworn bridal gown at a vintage clothing store. That’s when I found another bride’s “something old.”

Stitched into the lining of a fabulously feathered design was the loveliest message I’d ever read: Thank you for making all of my dreams come true.

The name embossed on the blue stationery: Reed Eastwood, obviously the most romantic man who ever lived. I also discovered he’s the most gorgeous. If only my true-love fantasies had stopped there. Because I’ve since found out something else about Mr. Starry-Eyed.

He’s arrogant, cynical, and demanding. I should know. Thanks to a twist of fate, he’s my new boss. But that’s not going to stop me from discovering the story behind his last love letter. A love letter that did not result in a happily ever after.

But that story is nothing compared to the one unfolding between us. It’s getting hotter, sweeter, and more surprising than anything I could have imagined.

Something new.

But I have no idea how this one is going to end...

Inky Impressions Bookish Thoughts:  

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult | Review | Rating: 
#Starstruck by Sariah Wilson | Review | Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Chernobyl 01:23:40 by Andrew Leatherbarrow | Review | Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach | Review | Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach | Review | Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Putney: A Novel by Sofka Zinovieff | Review | Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Witch Elm by Tana French | Review | Rating: 

Books Purchased in November:

Hardcover: 5
Paperback: 5
Kindle: 12
Total Purchased: 22

Not Our Kind: A Novel by Kitty Zeldis
Putney: A Novel by Sofka Zinovieff
The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Healer by Donna Freitas
Hate Notes by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
#Moonstruck (#Lovestruck #2) by Sariah Wilson
Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1) by Kevin Kwan
China Rich Girlfriend (Crazy Rich Asians #2) by Kevin Kwan
Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians #3) by Kevin Kwan
Need to Know A Novel by Karen Cleveland
Fool Me Once (First Wives #1) by Catherine Bybee
Half Empty (First Wives #2) by Catherine Bybee
The Lost Queen (The Lost Queen Trilogy #1) by Signe Pike
The Proposal (The Wedding Date #2) by Jasmine Guillory
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
Love Sincerely Yours by Meghan Quinn & Sara Ney
Mute: Motorcycle Club Romance (Dragon Runners #1) by ML Nystrom
The Great Alone: A Novel Kristin Hannah
Finding Rebecca by Eoin Dempsey
Running Into Love (Fluke My Life #1) Aurora Rose Reynolds

Books/eBooks/Audiobooks Borrowed in November:

Chernobyl 01:23:40: The Incredible True Story of the World's Worst Nuclear Disaster by Andrew Leatherbarrow
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

My apologies for not linking any of the books in this post. Have you read any of the books I have listed?

Happy Reading! -Jovita

Books from the Backlog: S. by J.J. Abrams & Doug Dorst

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf or e-reader unread. If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link at Carole’s Random Life in Books, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.

This week's neglected book:

S. by J.J. Abrams & Doug Dorst
Hardcover, Slipcase, 456 pages
Published October 29th, 2013 by Mulholland Books

One book. Two readers. A world of mystery, menace, and desire.

A young woman picks up a book left behind by a stranger. Inside it are his margin notes, which reveal a reader entranced by the story and by its mysterious author. She responds with notes of her own, leaving the book for the stranger, and so begins an unlikely conversation that plunges them both into the unknown.

THE BOOK: Ship of Theseus, the final novel by a prolific but enigmatic writer named V. M. Straka, in which a man with no past is shanghaied onto a strange ship with a monstrous crew and launched onto a disorienting and perilous journey.

THE WRITER: Straka, the incendiary and secretive subject of one of the world’s greatest mysteries, a revolutionary about whom the world knows nothing apart from the words he wrote and the rumours that swirl around him.

THE READERS: Jennifer and Eric, a college senior and a disgraced grad student, both facing crucial decisions about who they are, who they might become, and how much they’re willing to trust another person with their passions, hurts, and fears.

S., conceived by filmmaker J. J. Abrams and written by award-winning novelist Doug Dorst, is the chronicle of two readers finding each other in the margins of a book and enmeshing themselves in a deadly struggle between forces they don’t understand. It is also Abrams and Dorst’s love letter to the written word.

Why did I add S. to my bookshelf?

I’ve had this book since 2013, my husband gave it to my that year for Christmas and I haven’t tried to read it yet. At first, I wasn’t sure what to think of it, I've only known about J.J. Abrams from films and television shows that he produced. It looks like it would be a fun mystery, but I’m a bit intimidated by it.

I’m not sure how to read it… from what I gathered from other readers, it’s better to read a chapter and then go back and read the margin notes. Then it gets tricky and confusing, because the margin notes are colored, and it’s recommended to read certain colors first. I feel like I would have to have notes next to me, so I would remember what color to read. Ugh… intimidating.

It’s a wonderfully ‘interactive’ book, it contains post cards, newspaper clipping, letters, maps, old photographs, a decoder wheel and so much more. When I do read it, I’m excited to see that someone created a blog, S. Files22, to help the readers along.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book or any books by J.J. Abrams or Doug Dorst? Would you recommend it to others?

Happy Reading! -Jovita