Everything I Read In November 2020

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you.

November was a pretty solid reading month for me clocking in at 15 books! I read a couple novellas, which helped, but I also read a whole book in a day more than once (usually a couple chapters short of the whole thing) which is rare for me but not unheard of.

There were some great ones and a few that were just SO BAD I couldn’t even. It was a big month for series’ for me. I read two whole trilogies and 2/3 of another, 1/2 of the novella series and the final of one I started in January!

If you’re interested in trying Audible, you can get your first month free which includes a free audiobook!  This is a great option if you want to listen to books more.  If you’re on more of a budget, try Scribd!  You can get your first month free there.

The Breathless

Author:Tara Goedjen

Genre: YA horror?

Rating: 2/5

About the book: No one really knows what happened on the beach where Roxanne Cole’s body was found but her boyfriend, Cage, took off that night and hasn’t been seen until now, a year later, when he knocks on the door of Blue Gate Manor and asks where she is.

He has no memory of the last year and thinks she was alive the day before. Ro’s sister Mae wouldn’t believe him but there’s something that isn’t right and hasn’t been since she died.

And then Mae finds the little green book full of secrets in Ro’s room about her family and Ro. If what it says is true, she may not be gone forever.

Final thoughts: Direct from Good Reads:

I.. didn’t really like this.

It wasn’t as creepy as it could have been, like not even close.

I didn’t care about any character at all. They were all flat and boring.

The love triangle stuff was weird. Two guys liked the dead girl, but after she was dead both of the guys liked her younger twin sisters because they looked like her?

They constantly referred to converse shoes as Cons which, honestly, annoyed me the most! No one calls them cons. (Some people actually do, I polled my IG)

There was magic. Well, it was supposed to be magic but it was the most boring magic and didn’t feel thought through at all.

Ugh. Did not like this.

The Girl with the Raven Tongue

Author: Christoffer Petersen

Genre: Nordic Noir

Rating: 3/5

About the book: It’s up to Petra Jensen to close the case and let the parents grieve when a girl’s shoes are found next to a dead raven and the search for her body is called off.

Final thoughts: This is a perfectly fine little novella. I read it quickly and enjoyed it enough. It’s a little weird and the wording/writing is a little strange but it wasn’t enough to really bother me. I liked it enough to read all four of these, but I also just love Greenland.

Transient

Author: K.M. Hill

Genre: YA dystopian

Rating: 4/5

About the book: Finding out her date of death is not Rae’s idea of a great birthday present. She doesn’t want to find out at all, but does. The Cryptograph is a test to show your DOD so you don’t have to worry your whole life and can live exactly how you want, at least if you’re a Constant or an Interim. Transients are less fortunate and face a short grim future.

Is Rae’s future as set in stone as she thinks?

Final thoughts: From Good Reads: Is this the best dystopian book out there? No but it was entertaining, an easy read, and a really interesting concept. I mean, would you want to know when you die?

The weirdest part to me is that, as far as I can tell, takes place in 2016 which feels weird since that already happened and these are usually the future. It threw me off a little but I’ll definitely keep reading them.

Catacomb

Author: Madeleine Roux

Genre: YA horror

Rating: 4/5

About the book: Senior year is over and Dan and Abby are joining Jordan on a road trip to his uncle’s house in New Orleans where Jordan will be living now. The past is finally behind them, but that all changes when Dan receives a message from someone who died last Halloween.

Strange things keep happening and Dan is forced to see that what is happening aren’t coincidences, but fate. A fate that ties him to the Bone Artists who have a connection to a notorious killer from the past. Now all Dan wants is to make it out of this trip alive.

Final thoughts: From Good Reads: My favorite of the three! I loved the setting and that it was different than the first two. It could definitely have been creepier especially since it’s set in New Orleans but I did enjoy this as a lite spooky book.

The Wood

Author: Chelsea Bobulski

Genre: YA sci-fi

Rating: 5/5

About the book: Winter didn’t want to be the guardian of the wood but she has no choice when her dad vanishes. She has to protect the travelers who accidentally slip through the portals.

The wood is poisoned though and soon the trees are bubbling inky black. Creatures that live there are becoming bolder and torturing lost travelers. With the help of Henry, a young man from eighteenth-century England who knows a little too much about the wood, Winter must find the truth and hopefully those they’ve lost.

Final thoughts: I loved this! I appreciated that it wasn’t part of a series and that the ending may not be as perfect as expected. I also really love the cover. If you have any suggestions of other books with characters kind of stuck in the wrong time, I’d love to hear them! This is actually one of my favorite books of the year!

The Boy with the Narwhal Tooth

Author: Christoffer Petersen

Genre: Nordic Noir

Rating: 4/5

About the book: Constable Petra Jensen travels to the far north of Greenland to find a young Greenlandic boy that was reported missing almost 12 months to the day that he disappeared. If you’re looking for a short book set in Greenland, this series is perfect for you.

Final thoughts: From Good Reads: 3.5 rounded up. It’s not the best mystery out there but it was short and entertaining. I’ll keep reading them.

Sanctum

Author: Madeleine Roux

Genre: YA horror

Rating: 4/5

About the book: Dan, Abby, and Jordan are still traumatized by their summer in New Hampshire. They just want to move on but someone is determined to keep the terror alive by sending them creepy carnival photos.

Instead of their plan to never go back, they return to New Hampshire College for a prospective students weekend. Here they find out the carnival is real and being held for the first time in years. They have to uncover the terrible past of the town and find out the influence of the asylum ran deeper than they thought.

Final thoughts: Direct from Good Reads: I could not get over how the author called cell phones mobiles in this. It’s set in New Hampshire, it just doesn’t make sense! And she’s from Minnesota so it’s just baffling to me.

Mobile aside, I enjoyed this. It was a little creepy, culty, but a nice easy read.

The Testing

Author: Joelle Charbonneau

Genre: YA dystopian

Rating: 5/5

About the book: The Seven Stages of War have left most of the planet a charred wasteland. The elite students of the university are in charge of renewing it and are chosen through The Testing.

Malencia Vale is honored to be chosen for it and eager to prove her worthiness as a student and future leader. But on the night she leaves, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies – trust no one.

Final thoughts: I LOVED THIS! Another one of my favorites from the year. It’s kind of like the Hunger Games, but instead of food, you can go to College where the testing never really stops. I read most of this in a day and picked up the next two for my drive home and read those almost as fast.

The Rule of All

Author: Ashley Saunders, Leslie Saunders

Genre: YA dystopian

Rating: 3/5

About the book: Ava and Mira Goodwin are ready to defy Texas’s tyrannical Governor Roth and have inspired millions of people across the country to liberate themselves and live free under the new common rule.

Now they are trying to hunt Roth down after he fled Dallas while he holds someone beloved by the sisters hostage. With the help of new friends, they’re braver than ever on their journey south.

Final thoughts: From Good Reads: I loved the first book, the second was good, but this one was just fine for me. I didn’t enjoy having the four points of view, it got confusing and I never knew who I was reading from.

It was a little hard to take the water cartel seriously for me, especially with a 15 year old leader? I did enjoy the last 20% more than the first 80, which kind of felt like it dragged on. I’m just torn on how I feel about this one.

Independent Study

Author: Joelle Charbonneau

Genre: YA dystopian

Rating: 5/5

About the book: I don’t want to ruin the first one with a description here but you can find one in the title link.

Final thoughts: I still really loved this series and it’s probably one of my favorites now. Everything Tomas is frustrating to me, but I like the rest of it.

Graduation Day

Author: Joelle Charbonneau

Genre: YA dystopian

Rating: 3.5/5

About the book: Again, don’t want to ruin the series since they’re all in this post.

Final thoughts: From Good Reads: Maybe closer to 3.5. I liked this but not as much as the first two. I did appreciate that this one wasn’t just a war which is how most dystopian trilogies end and I hate that. So this was a nice change.

I will say, I don’t care about Tomas AT ALL. He’s boring and we could have done entirely without him.

And as for the bag, in the first book she was told (I think by her dad?) tO always be prepared or something like that so she just keeps everything with her and it helped her before so she continues to pack rat that backpack.

It was annoying how much explaining we had for the planning in the beginning but I also get it because she thinks everything through a lot. She’s not impulsive and needs reasons for everything. I also think this is just a way to emphasize how smart she is. It’s mentioned a lot that she’s the youngest person in their class and testing group so she’s probably smarter than the average student and this is just how we see that.

Overall I enjoyed it for the most part.

Configured

Author: Jenetta Penner

Genre: YA dystopian (can you see a trend this month?)

Rating: 2.5/5

About the book: Love makes you a traitor in the future. 120 years after a virus decimated the Earth’s population, the survivors thrive in the safety, away from the dangers of the Outerbounds.

Avlyn Lark has advanced intelligence and is separated from her twin brother at birth and raised by adoptive parents where she gains privilege and he dies. She barely remembers him but remains linked to his memory.

But after a string of rebel attacks on the city she starts receiving strange messages along with visions of her dead twin. She is urged to join the fight by a mysterious radical to find answers and freedom.

Final thoughts: From Good Reads: 2.5 rounded down. I didn’t care about anyone in this. My favorite thing about it was kyra at the end. I thought a lot of it was weird, didn’t make sense, and is very fast paced. Like, typical book three events in a dystopian series are basically starting in this one.

She almost immediately becomes a rebel with little to no questions after seeming pretty into the whole government thing. This just didn’t make sense to me.

Why is Meyer offended she doesn’t agree to rebel the second he asks her? She literally knows nothing. Then waits 30 seconds and joins him. Ok.

This just wasn’t what I hoped it would be but I can see how people like it.

Outliers

Author: K.M. Hill

Genre: YA dystopian

Rating: 3.5/5

About the book: Again, I won’t include a description since all three books are on this list.

Final thoughts: From Good Reads: ** spoiler alert ** 3.5. I did mostly enjoy this but there are a few things that bothered me a lot.

The timeline between this and the first book. Apparently the whole two years between the test and DOD have passed? It seemed more like a few months unless I missed a mention of time.

They talk about how much time rae and Logan spent together but as far as we can tell, it was only one evening? This came up a lot and it bothered me every time but I like her with Logan more than Drew.

Her relationship with peter was my favorite though since it’s different and unexpected, though I wouldn’t consider how he’s living “off the grid” in any way at all. He’s literally working for OBK.

A lot of typos and weird wording in sentences but I enjoyed it enough to finish off the series. They’re easy reads which I usually appreciate.

Source

Author: K.M. Hill

Genre: YA dystopian

Rating: 1/5

About the book: This one doesn’t even deserve a description.

Final thoughts: From Good Reads (buckle up, this is long. Basically, don’t bother with this book. There are spoilers in this but it’s so bad I don’t care. I’ve never given a book I’ve completely finished one star before.)

Ugh. Where to even start? The non-ending? The shockingly high number of typos and errors? The details that don’t make sense?

Ok. The non-ending. WHAT WAS THAT!? I read over 600 pages total in this series to not even really know how it ends? Is everything the same as it was this whole time?

Her friends that despised OBK now all love it and somehow she disrupts everything with one prick of blood but we don’t even know how? Nothing even changed. The government or OBK or whatever still controls everything as far as we know so this was all for LITERALLY NOTHING.

There’s a disclaimer in the beginning that it was written and edited in the UK so things like spelling and punctuation may differ from the US but this has to many mistakes, typos, weirdly worded sentences (like they wrote it then changed it but didn’t take out all the words they should have) that have nothing to do with UK English. Also, was this even edited at all!?

Now for some random thoughts I noted while I was reading which I literally never do these just bothered me that much:

Logan and Peter couldn’t be seen together in public becaus eots suspicious but they have lunch together immediately and at work! Where people know them! Then they meet up again in public.

Drew sucks.

In the second book her story was that she spent time with homeless people but this one says they’re extinct

Why are they in a quarantine? Why a lockdown? What contagion does she have?

How does the entire world get this lifelong AV update thing? Do they have some technology in them already? I don’t get this.

Did OBK shut down the entire world after the attack? Just the US? What was the threat they told people? Do I just not remember?

How does peter delay his appointment so long? It’s originally the next day then all of a sudden it’s over a week later? And he just isn’t going to work during this or what?

There is just one world government now? Is that what this is?

I’m glad this is over.

Ghost Boys

Author: Jewell Parker Rhodes

Genre: YA social justice?

Rating: 5/5. 10/5.

About the book: Jerome is just twelve years old and is shot when a police officer mistakes a toy gun for a real one. As a ghost he observes his family, the trial, and the devastation that has been unleashed on them and the community.

Soon he meets another ghost: Emmett Till, a boy from a different time but similar circumstances who helps Jerome process what’s happened. He also meets Sarah, the police officer’s daughter, who struggles with her father’s actions.

Final thoughts: Another favorite of all time! That’s three in one month. Wild. This was heartbreaking and eye opening. I think everyone needs to read this, especially with all of the police brutality stuff going on this year. I think this may be middle grade so it’s easy to read and follow. This was really so good and one I’ve recommended at least ten times since I finished it.

Well, there you have it, my November 2020 wrap up!

What did you read in November? Have you read any of these? Which ones?

Author: Megan Johnson

I'm Megan, a Wisconsin native currently working my way around the US. You can probably find me reading on the beach, wandering through the desert, or hanging out in a cute little coffee shop.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.