Monday, 2 December 2013

November Wrap-Up/December TBR 2013

It's been a while since I've posted a wrap-up or a TBR, and that is simply because I didn't feel like it this past month so... I'm sorry. Now I come to you with a few books that I would like to get to this month, and the books that I read in November. So without further ado... books!

November Graphic Novel Count: 6
This month the majority of my reading came from graphic novels. I was on a huge kick! It was great, and it really boosted my goal even though it didn't really need any boosting. I'm really excited to check out some more, so if you have any suggestions please leave them in the comments below! Also, if you would like to see a full review of any of these graphic novels then tell me that as well.

  1. The Library by Joe Brusha: This graphic novel was SO GOOD. It is a great fantasy that I recommend to anyone who enjoys the magical stuff. (****/)
  2. Disney's Alice in Wonderland by Alessandro Ferrari: I just watched the movie and the graphic novel was just as great. The photos were wonderful and the visuals were perfect and I just... Really good and I recommend it. Especially if you like the book and/or the movie. (****)
  3. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Tom Ratliff: Probably my least favourite graphic novel of the bunch. It was set up at less of a graphic novel so it wasn't as engaging, and the story wasn't my fav. but it was nice to get into the story without it being too difficult to read. Recommended to anyone who wants to try out the story but the actual classic scares them. (***)
  4. Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge: I wasn't planning on reading this at first but I'm really glad that I did. The artwork is AMAZING. That's what made this book for me. he plot was sort of dull, although cute, but THE ARTWORK!!!!!!! So good. If you are looking for a (really) light read or something with amazing photographs then choose this book it's the best for that. (****)
  5. All-Action Classics No. 4: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Ben Caldwell: This book was another great look-back on the classic fairytale. The only other expirience that I've had with this story was the VeggieTale, so it was great to see some perspective. And Scarecrow... I love him. So funny and a great book to read if you are feeling sad or you just want a fun book. Pick this one. (****)
  6. The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel by Jeanne DuPrau: I am reminded once again about how much I love this middle-grade novels. Although this book isn't quite as good as the novels, I suggest you taking a look at it if you liked the original story of movie. So easy to get through and so much fun! (****)
November Novel Count: 1
Uh, yeah... Sorry to say I only read ONE NOVEL. Ahhhh! And I thought the last couple months were bad... Oh well, the book that I DID read was pretty good, so I'm not too disappointed. And remember, I'm only one book away from my goal! I have nothing to worry about.

  1. Allegiant by Veronica Roth: I have a full review of this up on my blog which you can view by clicking here. But... well, I liked the ending. And I didn't cry! That's a serious improvement for me. I literally cry in every book...
Winter-ish Books TBR
This month I don't really have a theme TBR. I just have a bunch of book lying around that I am hoping to finish by the end of 2013. However, there are a few christmas-y books that I am wanting to get through, so I guess I could show you those...
  1. Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Miracle: Sounds really good and I like stories in which there are multiple perspectives/main characters, and then there stories come together. I don't really know too much else about this but I am looking foreword to reading these a lot!
  2. Winterling by Sarah Prineas: This is a middle grade fantasy that is sort of winter themed. That is about all I know about this book. At first, I wasn't sure if I should read it or not, but the shortness and the theme won me over so I got it from my local library. This is a possible read-along with other book bloggers, so let me know if you would like to see that happen!
  3. Chicken Soup for the Soul Christmas Treasury for Kids by Jack Canfield: Although I'm not planning on reading this whole book, it is a tradition for my family and I to sit down and read one story every couple of nights from this book just to warm our hearts. I think that it would be interesting to talk about some of these stories specifically in a separate post. Again, let me know if you are interested!
Other Random Books That I Might Get To
All in all, this list is 17 books long. And as much as it pains me to say it... I'm not going to get them all done. However, this list is basic, and I will probably be randomly choosing some books from this list to read throughout the month (which will hopefully be better than last month... and the month before that...). I may prioritize some if you want to see a review! Right now, they are in order of what I want to read first, to last.
  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (re-read): I have already started this book and am pretty close to finishing it so I am hoping to finish it off first thing this month, which will also complete my goal of reading 72 books this year! Yay!!!
  2. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black: I started this book a while back but I had to put it down for various reasons. How disappointing! The storyline is so great and I really want to dive back in and finish it for y'all.
  3. Champion by Marie Lu: Yes... Yes... The last book in a (so-far) fantastic trilogy. I've been hearing some great things about this book so far and I have high hopes for it. And after being reminded of what happened in the last couple of books... GIVE IT TO ME NOW!!
  4. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: I've had this book on my radar for a while, so I think it's about time I pick it up and read it! I've been in the mood for a historical lately as well, so this is just the thing to fulfil my wants and needs. 
  5. Ask The Passengers by A.S. King: I have heard some great things about this author and her books, and I am really wanting to read something that is nice and a bit more relaxing than the other books that I've been reading lately. So yes, this is on my list.
  6. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins: With the movie out, and the re-read of the first book... Come on, this is a must. Must. Fill. Finnick. Desires.
  7. Blackout by Robison Wells: This is the second "series" that Wells has created, and since that I loved Variant (Feedback was alright as well), it is natural for me to need this book. Like, now. The plot sounds so cool as well. I just... I need to start reading it! I can't even...
  8. Unwind by Neal Shusterman: Okay... This book needs to be read. It's calling for me. I read the first few pages. Already amazing... I need it!
  9. Hold Me Closer Necromancer by Lish McBride: I was going to read this for October – didn't happen. I was going to read this for November – didn't happen. I am GOING to read it this month. It looks and sounds amazing, and I have heard many good things about it already.
  10. 172 Hours on The Moon by Johan Harstad: Ever since Ariel and Raeleen read this and raved, I couldn't help but want it... and now I have it... and I really want to read it.
  11. Unspoken by Sarah Brennan: Yes please. Need I say more? The cover is beautiful, the plot sounds amazing... Yes please.
  12. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry: Ever since reading The Giver three years ago, I have wanted a sequel in my hands. Now I have it. It's about time, hey?! If anyone could give me a reminder of what happened that would be great as well...
  13. Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride: I love this cover! The wold, the blue... And if I enjoy the first one, I'm sure this book will come up in my priorities.
  14. Unwholly by Neal Shusterman: Same deal here as Necromacing the Stone. If Unwind is good... Yum, yum... Unwholly come to me! You look so pretty too! I can't even...
  15. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: This was my Epic Rec for last month but I didn't get it done. Thankfully, Danika didn't either so I look a little more innocent. This is going to be the first of two books that I am going to be rec-reading this month.
  16. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers: More on this in a post to come (later this week)!
  17. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard: I wasn't planning on having this on my list... but here it is. It actually came in as a hold from the library by accident, so I might as well read it! Plus, I may need a bit of a (sort-of) break to keep me from exploding in all of these intense books. Not saying PLL isn't intense... but you know. Easy to fly through...
Okay, that was long. If you made it to the end, I congratulate you! In fact, comment saying "Moo" if you read this far. I'm interested to see how many of you read all of that. Anyway... Cheers to December, and happy reading!


  1. Moo. ;) Ahah this was super long, but seriously awesome. I don't even need to look further than your's or Danika's blog for books to read! And Disney's Alice in Wonderland is something I have been itching to get my hands on, with the play and things coming up too! I also have to finish Splintered from like 2 months ago...oops.

    As for your Winter Reads, love them! Let It Snow is also on my Winter TBR! I can't wait to read it during the holidays. :)

    AND OH MY GOD CHAMPION. CHAMPION IS ON MY BOOKSHELF. I REPEAT. I HAVE BOUGHT CHAMPION. I AM IN POSSESSION OF A COPY OF CHAMPION. I don't even know why I haven't even read it yet, but the cover is sooooooo beautiful; and the ending of Prodigy. Ugh.

    And there's a sequel to The Giver??!?! Whhaaaat! Tbh I totally forgot what happened, but all I remember is that it was totally awesome.

    Thanks for sharing, love this post. :)

    1. Aw thanks Kalindee. I congradulate you for making it to the end! That takes serious skill.

      You should defiantly consider picking up the Alice in Wonderland Graphic Novel, especially if you are interested in it because of the play! As far as Splintered goes, if you don't want to read it then dnf it, there are so many other books that you will enjoy so much more that it's not worth your time.

      I am super excited for Let It Snow... next year. I didn't exactly get to it this winter but I still really want to read it. AND CHAMPION TOO! I need to get my hands on that one too, as it didn't get read when I said it was going to... Man I'm bad at this.

      I think I'm going to be re-reading The Giver and then reading the sequel, after second thought. Maybe we can read it together like old times :)

      ~ Brianna @ For The Love of Books