November Wrap-Up & December TBR

So… I didn’t actually finish any books in November. 😅 I read 30-ish pages of Renegades by Marissa Meyer… but then I fell into a moving-related reading slump, and now I’m 81% through my Kindle edition of Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. (And I’m loving it! 😊 I just haven’t had much time to read lately.)

I expected this month to be crazy, but — if possible — it was even crazier. There are times when packing everything up and moving doesn’t seem so bad… But there are also times when you feel incredibly overwhelmed, with no idea where to even begin. 😫 Luckily, we’ve gotten a lot of help, advice, and encouragement from our family and friends, so I think the not-so-bad moments have outnumbered the frustrating ones. ❤

It’s felt weird to not be taking photos, writing reviews, or interacting with other bookstagrammers as much as I did before the move. I’m always encouraging friends to never feel bad if they have to take a break or post more infrequently, but I’m really bad at taking my own advice. 😦 That being said, I’m going to try to be gentle with myself this month. We still have a lot to do around the house, and with the holidays coming up, we’ll be extra busy. I’m hoping to write reviews of each book I read, as well as some other posts. (You can see a sneak peek below! 😁) But will I be posting photos and blog content every day, or even every other day? Probably not. And that’s okay. ❤

I do have some amazing books on my December TBR, and I’ve already started thinking about January and February! (Too many books! Too little time! 😂) Here are the books I’m planning to read this month…

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
This is a book I started in November, but I’m planning to finish it sometime in the next few days. I’ve heard that the ending is… well, emotionally devastating. 😥 So we’ll see how that goes! 🙃 But so far, I’m loving the story, and I was so happy to return to this world after some time away. You can read a synopsis here!

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
Since I’ll be finishing up Empire of Storms soon, I figured I would keep the Throne of Glass momentum going. I’ve purposefully avoided reading much about this book, because I definitely want to go in spoiler-free. And I’ll admit, I wasn’t too wild about a Chaol-centric book, but I’m curious to see what he and Nesryn are doing on the Southern Continent, and how this book will affect the rest of the series. 😃 (Which I think is set to conclude with a seventh and final book next fall…? IT’S SO FAR AWAY, but also, I’M NOT READY! 😭) You can read a synopsis here!

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
I meant to read this months ago, but you know me… I’m terrible at sticking to a TBR. 😝 I’m a huge fan of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, and this seems like a beautiful companion to the world she’s built in the Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows duology. You can read a synopsis here! And by the way… If you’re interested in purchasing a signed copy of this book — and receiving a free, exclusive art print — I’d suggest heading over to Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore and placing an order with them. 😉

Furyborn by Claire Legrand
I recently received an ARC of this book, and I’m beyond excited to read it! 🙂 Every review I’ve read so far has been nothing short of glowing, and the story sounds incredible. I have a feeling this is going to be one of the most anticipated YA releases of 2018, so add it to your wish lists now!
Here’s a synopsis:

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed… unless the trials kill her first.

One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable — until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world — and of each other.

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
I bought this book shortly after it was published, but I still have yet to read it. The main character is a dragon slayer with the weight of a harsh destiny on her shoulders. It also doesn’t hurt that it has a stunning cover, and that the audiobook is narrated by Pearl Mackie. (Bill in Doctor Who!) 😁 I think this will be the perfect book to read right before the new year.
Here’s a synopsis:

In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be darkness — and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death-bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up learning in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari — a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend — a slave boy from her betrothed’s household — Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.

Along with reviews of the books I read this month, here are some posts I definitely plan on writing:

  • Favorite Fall & Winter Candles
  • My Top 10 in 2018 (These will be the ten 2018 releases I’m most looking forward to!)
  • Bookish New Year’s Resolutions

What are some books you’ll be reading this month? 😀 Let me know below!

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