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


8 comments:

  1. I'm working on getting decorations up this weekend. I discovered mice got into the storage bin so having to clean up some of the outdoor decorations. See what I read in November Girl Who Reads

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    1. Oh no Donna, that's too bad about your outdoor decorations, those pesky little critters do like to chew into everything.

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  2. Great reading month for you! I haven't read any of these books. We put up our tree and went "lighter" on the decorations this year. I know my husband would want to leave them up longer, but I also just want to put them away--I dread this every year because it is a sad time. On a happier note, I'm glad you had fun with family in November. I hope your December goes well!

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    1. I need to consider going 'lighter' with our decorations as well, it's too much. I tell myself every year, that I'm getting everyone gift cards and then my husband and I are running away to the Bahamas... so far that hasn't worked out to! Danielle I'm sorry to hear that this is a sad time of year for you.

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  3. I don't decorate for the holidays anymore. I guess I am a bah humbug. I have told my daughter that she can put the tree up if she wants (but she also has to take it down). We have a small house with 3 medium sized dogs so decorations really end up being a nusiance. It looks like you had a good reading month. Have a great December!

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    1. I don't think you're bah humbug, we actually went with a smaller tree last year and it fits nicely now. Now that the children are older it's harder to get them together with their work schedule to decorate. This year my husband and I did it ourselves, and I can't believe how much longer it took. I would have liked to read more, I'm glad I read something.

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  4. Yeah its great to get Christmas decorations up but I agree I like them to be down by New Years at the latest. You breezed through the Crazy Rich Asians series! I read the first but haven't tackled the rest yet. Happy Reading!

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    1. I only had plans to read the first book, Crazy Rich Asian. I didn't realize when I purchased it that the story continued. Once I received the other books, I wanted to read them right away to find out what happened with the characters.

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