November was a great month for reading – I was able to finish 11 books by the time it drew to a close.
During this month, I read some of my favorite titles from the year so far, so let’s dive in!
The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn
I read the original book about Dash and Lily a while back, and was excited to catch up with the couple over the holiday season. Unfortunately, the book wasn’t as great as I was hoping it would be, but that tends to be the case with sequels these days.
Sully: My Search for What Really Matters by Chesley B. Sullenberger, III
This autobiography tells the story of the man behind the Miracle on the Hudson. Not only does he recount the day of the plane’s emergency landing, but he brilliantly weaves together the story of his life that led to such a heroic decision.
The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne
With the election happening this past month, I found it fitting to read a book about kids mixed up in the politics of their families. While I do wish there was a bit more character depth, I enjoyed this book and the insight it gave into the world of Washington.
Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella
This series is my ultimate guilty pleasure. I am nothing like the main character, and often find her annoyingly immature, but I love reading about her antics and her passion for those she loves. A quick read every time, Kinsella did not disappoint with the 7th book in this ongoing series.
The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
I’ll be honest – I’ve never seen an episode of Fixer Upper, but Chip and Joanna intrigue me nonetheless. This book tells their inspiring story of faith and perseverance, and gives glimpses into their ever so public lives. Chip and Joanna really earned my respect with this novel, and I look forward to one day catching their show.
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
Like any young girl, Judy Blume has always been a staple on my bookshelf. This being her first book for adults, I figured I’d give it a try, and fell in love with the story. Sure, it gets confusing at the start as to who is narrating and the relationships between people in the town, but like the stellar author she is, Blume ties everything together in due time.
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
I wanted to like this book, but just couldn’t get into it. I’ve never been a huge fan of Kendrick as an actor, but going into this memoir with an open mind didn’t even help to hold my attention. I understand she was trying to be humorous, but a lot of the time her jokes fell flat with narcissism.
The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
The second book in the Shades of London series, this novel was one of my favorites of the year. I really enjoy this series by Johnson, and even though this book clearly felt like a middle stop between novels, it still had a substantial story all its own, and catapulted the reader into a new world for book three – which I can’t wait to get my hands on.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The movie by the same name was one a big part of my childhood, so I couldn’t believe I had never read the book before now. Thankfully, I was able to fall right back in love with the magical world like no time had passed at all.
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult is my favorite author. There’s no competition. So of course I loved this book and was heartbroken when it ended, simply because I know it will be a while before I get my hands on another new work of hers. That being said, this novel wasn’t my favorite by her. This book covers the important conversations that we all need to think about today, but I felt that the controversial topic took away from the spotlight of the intricate plots of Picoult’s past works. While the controversy is complex, I was wanting a bit more from the characters and the book itself.
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