Two monthly reading wrap ups in a row? What is going on here??
November definitely wasn’t as good a month for reading, as October was. I expected to finish more, but a couple things tripped me up a bit. I figured I’d get this wrap up posted a bit earlier than I usually post them since I don’t really anticipate doing any reading between now and December. Also…HOW IS IT DECEMBER ALREADY???
Anyways, I didn’t really get sucked into reading anything the way I did in October, and one book definitely made my progress stall out a bit because I probably should have given up on it but I didn’t want to. I did still manage to read a few things, and that’s way better than nothing.
This is what I read in November:
Only Him by Melanie Harlow
I didn’t love this one as much as some of the other Melanie Harlow books I’ve read. It wasn’t bad at all it just didn’t really do it for me and as a result I struggled to actually want to continue reading. Neither of the 2 leads really did anything for me and I actually found them both really annoying, to be honest.
I expected to love this one a lot more because the basic premise revolves around the fact that they were in love about 12 years ago but he ended it abruptly for Reasons and now he’s back to make peace with her for REASONS and obviously the whole second chance dynamic comes into play. WHICH I HAVE A HUGE SOFT SPOT FOR (why am I yelling? How much coffee did I drink???) because, Fun Fact: my fiance and I actually were in love once when we were much younger – over a decade ago – broke up because Reasons, got in touch many, many years later and fell back in love. SO, I thought I’d love this one because that scenario hits so close to home for me. But I just couldn’t connect with either character and their self pitying got annoying after awhile – even thought some of the self pitying was very justified, it still got annoying.
Insatiable by Melanie Harlow
I read this one in like a day, maybe 2, and while it wasn’t my favourite of the Cloverleigh Farms series (which I’m reading out of order by the way, I’ll explain why in a future blog post) I did enjoy it. It definitely had the same issue that I complained about with the first Melanie Harlow book that I read back in October, with regards to a certain relationship dynamic that is common in these types of books that I find off-putting (I’m trying not to be too spoilery, even though I know to a certain extent books in this genre typically go exactly how we expect so I don’t personally think spoiling them is necessarily possible.)
I will admit I LOVE the childhood friends who fall for each other dynamic, and I really liked these two characters together. I think I would have loved this one completely if it hadn’t been for the fact that some of the conflict just seemed kind of ridiculous and unnecessary, and it was a little frustrating to read. I definitely rolled my eyes a few times near the end.
The Birthday Girl by Melissa De La Cruz
Read my full review of this book HERE.
I don’t think I’ve ever read a book before where I enjoyed it until the ending, when something flipped the entire thing for me and made me hate it, but that’s where I am with this one.
I don’t really know what else to say about it other than that and what’s already in my review that I linked above, but this one left a bad taste in my mouth for sure. Which is a shame because it’s not a badly written book it’s just…upsetting. Certain themes and situations could have been left out – in my opinion – and the story would have still worked.
I really thought I was going to finish reading the Library of the Unwritten this month as well – which I started and have really enjoyed so far – except I brought it with me to pass the time while my daughter got her hair cut, and then accidentally forgot it in my purse. Which is bad for me because I’m kind of an impulsive, out of sight out of mind kind of person so I legitimately forgot it was in there until I went looking for my sunglasses and saw it. So, that went well.
It’s kind of funny reading my recaps like this, because it doesn’t really sound like I enjoyed anything I read this month. Which isn’t exactly the case, I did still enjoy a lot of what I read they just had certain aspects I wasn’t crazy about. I am definitely loving Melanie Harlow’s writing style still, and am excited to read more of her books.
Anyways, leave me a comment, let me know what you read in November and what you’re planning to read in December. Have you read any of the books that I listed above?
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