My October Wrap-up & November and December TBR

Whaaat? How is it November already?! Time has just flown by so quickly! I still remember writing my October TBR like it was only a couple of days ago, not a whole month! But it’s November now, which means that it’s time for my October wrap-up and my TBR, this time for both November and December. Please keep reading if you want to know which books I’m planning to read in the next two months. 

As for my October wrap-up, I was planning on reading four novels: Spellcaster by Claudia Gray, An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson, The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo and Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas. As you can probably guess by looking at my November and December TBR, I didn’t manage to finish Tower of Dawn in time. I really wanted to finish it, but I just didn’t have enough time to read in October because I had to study really hard for school. I did read Spellcaster, which I gave 3 stars! I also read An Enchantment of Ravens and The Language of Thorns, which I loved(!) and I gave them both 5 stars. Even though I didn’t manage to read all four books, I think it was a pretty good reading month, with two of my favourite 2017 reads.

And now onto my November and December TBR! Yes, you read it correctly: this will be my to be read for both November and December. The last two months of 2017 will be very busy for me, with school and the holidays, so I won’t have a lot of time to read. I’m planning on reading a total of five books the next two months, and hopefully I’ll be able to read them all in time.

1. The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli 
“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 command, 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.” – Goodreads

This novel is one of my most anticipated reads from 2017, so I’m SUPER excited to read it! The Dutch cover also looks stunning (and the dust jacket on every first edition even has a gorgeous poster inside!). Also, the author of this book is coming to The Netherlands next week, so I’m really hoping to have finished reading her book by then so that I’ll be able to go to her signing!

I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

2. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
“Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.” – Goodreads

I’ve had this book for a couple of months now, and I still haven’t read it. I don’t really know why, so I’ve decided to finally give it a try! I have watched the tv series on Netflix (I know, I probably should’ve read the book before I watched the tv series), so I’m curious to see if the book is just as good.

3. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.” – Goodreads

I received a copy of the Dutch version from the publisher in exchange for an honest review a little while ago, and I’m super excited to read this book! I love a good mystery and I’ve read a lot positive reviews about it. Also: that synopsis sounds SO interesting! I can’t wait to start reading it myself.


4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
“Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over. But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.” – Goodreads

Okay, so I started reading this novel months ago and I never finished it. I don’t really know why I didn’t finish it, I guess the beginning was just a bit too slow for my liking? I really want to finish it though, so I’ve decided to give it another try. Because it’s been so long since I started reading it, I’ll probably start all over again. I really hope that I’ll like it this time! That cover just looks so stunning, and the description sounds really interesting.

5. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
“Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken. His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica – the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them. But what they discover in Antica will change them both – and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.” – Goodreads

As you know, I was planning on reading this book last month, but I didn’t have enough time to do so. I started reading it a couple of days ago and I’m currently around page 100 (I think?), so I’ll hopefully finish it soon! I’m not really liking it as much as I thought I would. The beginning is just really slow, with pages filled with detailed descriptions and almost no dialogue. I’m hoping it’ll get better soon!

That’s it! I really hope to finish all five books this time. Which books did you read in October, and what is your November TBR? I’m really curious to know!

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  • Reply
    04/11/2017 at 14:07

    I only read two thrillers in October: You and The Devil Crept In.
    But, to compensate, I’ve already read two books in November: Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight. I’m ADDICTED to this series now, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Tower of Dawn. I freaking LOVE Chaol!!!
    I’ll probably spend the whole month reading all the books in this series hahaha

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      04/11/2017 at 15:40

      YAY for the Throne of Glass series!! I think Crown of Midnight is my favorite of the series and YES CHAOL AAHH!! He’s such a great character!! Enjoy reading ❤️

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    04/11/2017 at 19:59

    Hopelijk werkt het nu wel, maar ik geraak nu in elk geval al verder… Ik ga alleen niet alles nog eens typen, dus ik hou me nu aan de hoogtepunten 🙂
    Ciccarelli!!! Ik kijk zoooo uit naar dat boek én je review ervan! En meid, je kan toch ook gewoon laten signeren terwijl het nog niet uit is? 😀 Een vriendin van me laat een exemplaar voor mij signeren, ik heb nog niet eens een woord gelezen.
    En Caraval <3
    Mijn hoogtepunt in oktober was Frogkisser! van Garth Nix. In november staan er onder andere op het programma: Mirror, Mirror van Cara Delevingne (nu bezig), Shadowblack van Sebastien de Castell, La Belle Sauvage van Philip Pullman, Even the Darkest Stars van Heather Fawcett en The Midnight Peacock van Katherine Woodfine. Vooral naar die laatste twee kijk ik HEEL erg uit 😀

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      04/11/2017 at 22:20

      Ja, het werkt! 🙂 Ik ben ook zo benieuwd naar Iskari! Ja, ik hoop dat ik kan gaan. Het gaat er niet echt om of ik het boek dan uit heb, maar meer of de vriendin waar ik mee wil gaan ook wil gaan (want ze twijfelt nu nog). Ik ken Frogkisser! niet, maar ik zoek het straks wel even op 🙂 Oohh, Mirror, Mirror wil ik ook echt lezen haha! Veel leesplezier!

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        04/11/2017 at 22:32

        Aaaahhhh maar een echte fan laat zich niet tegenhouden als een vriendin niet wil gaan, toch? 😉
        Geloof me, echt een zalig boek. Ik heb verder nooit iets van Nix gelezen, maar dit was echt fantastisch.
        Dank je, en jij ook!

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    04/11/2017 at 20:46

    I started reading Caraval last week and it’s so good! You’re right, it is a little slow in the beginning but trudge on because it gets really good.

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      04/11/2017 at 22:17

      Ooh, I’m really hoping I’ll like it when I start reading it again! 🙂

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