November 2017 Wrap-Up and December 2017 Reading Plan

Posted November 30, 2017 by Minx

Can you believe that there is only one more month left in 2017?? Where did it go? Well next month will be a year in review post as well as a monthly wrap-up. I must say that I am curious to see how many books I have read and reviewed on this blog over the past year. I also have been thinking about where I want this blog to go over the next year. All of which will be mentioned next month.

So, November was was good month for me. I did slow down a bit on reading but I feel refreshed and excited to dive back in… January, lol. December is a busy month for me. I usually handcraft presents for my extended family so I will be in my craft area like a little elf until I get every present completed. It’s stressful but it is also a blast for me.  Good Times!

Here is a quick re-cap of books I have reviewed on the blog in the month of November:

  1. [1 Nov] The Right Kind of Reckless by Heather Van Fleet
  2. [1 Nov] Wolves and Roses by Christina Bauer
  3. [2 Nov] A Kiss To Build A Dream On by Katie Baldwin
  4. [3 Nov] Prism by Nina Walker
  5. [4 Nov] Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano
  6. [6 Nov] Ready for Wild by Liora Blake
  7. [7 Nov] Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano
  8. [7 Nov] Veiled by Stacey Rourke
  9. [8 Nov] Artemis by Andy Weir
  10. [9 Nov] The Late Show by Michael Connelly
  11. [10 Nov] The Panther’s Lost Princess by McKenna Dean
  12. [11 Nov] The Devil of Dunakin Castle by Heather McCollum
  13. [12 Nov] Flamingo Road by Sasscer Hill
  14. [13 Nov] Heart of the Fae by Emma Hamm
  15. [14 Nov] Romancing the Scot by May McGoldrick
  16. [15 Nov] Die Before You Wake by D.A. Bale
  17. [15 Nov] Semi-Human by Isabel Jordan
  18. [15 Nov] Semi-Twisted by Isabel Jordan
  19. [16 Nov] Captured Memories by Katherine McIntyre
  20. [17 Nov] Mistletoe Magic by Amanda Siegrist
  21. [17 Nov] Semi-Sane by Isabel Jordan
  22. [19 Nov] The Bohemian Magician by A.L. Sirois
  23. [20 Nov] Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  24. [20 Nov] As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner
  25. [21 Nov] Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh
  26. [22 Nov] Mischief in Mudbug by Jana Deleon
  27. [23 Nov] Hunger Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff
  28. [24 Nov] Tall, Dark & Deadly by Kharma Kelley
  29. [25 Nov] The Chosen Knights by Mary Ting
  30. [26 Nov] The Romanov Ransom by Clive Cussler, Robin Burcell
  31. [27 Nov] To the Duke, with Love by Amelia Grey
  32. [28 Nov] Flame in the Dark by Faith Hunter
  33. [29 Nov] The Edge of the Blade by Jeffe Kennedy
  34. [29 Nov] Sins of the Fathers by A.J. McCarthy

Here is some of the blog tours etc. that I have done on the blog this month:

  1. [3 Nov] Playlist & Giveaway: My New Crush Gave To Me by Shani Petroff
  2. [4 Nov] Blitz, Excerpt, Playlist & Giveaway: Shattered Glass by Destiny Hawkins
  3. [5 Nov] Excerpt & Giveaway: Winter’s Siren by Krystal Jane Ruin
  4. [9 Nov] Excerpt & Giveaway: Forsaken Prince by Andrea Pearson
  5. [15 Nov] Cover Reveal: Dreams Collide by Kristina Beck
  6. [16 Nov] Excerpt & Giveaway: Love the Wine You’re With by Brooke E. Wayne
  7. [18 Nov] Excerpt & Giveaway: Wild Hearts by Vivian Wood
  8. [18 Nov] Blitz with Excerpt: Rogue by S.A. Stephenson
  9. [21 Nov] Cover Reveal: Rescuing Prince Charming by Edward Hoornaert
  10. [23 Nov] 🦃 Happy Thanksgiving with some holiday facts 🦃
  11. [23 Nov] Excerpt, Playlist & Giveaway: Marrying An Alien PopStar by Kendra L. Saunders
  12. [27 Nov] Cover Reveal: The Lost Savior by Siobhan Davis
  13. [28 Nov] Author Q & A, Excerpt, with Giveaway: Bad Princess by Julianna Keyes
  14. [29 Nov] Blitz with Excerpt & Giveaway: Leader of Titans by Kathryn Le Veque
  15. [30 Nov] Flights of Fantasy Update November 2017
  16. [30 Nov] November 2017 Wrap-Up and December 2017 Reading Plan

November was a good month for me because I was able to review books from my personal collection that I read in October plus I was able to “get ahead” of my reading. Which basically means that I was able to read books in November that are for review in December. Due to my lighter reading schedule I was able to make some scrapbook pages this month, do more activities with my kiddos, and just chill. It was really nice. I have a much better read/life balance now. For awhile there I was just doing too much and I had to pull back some.

With that said, how much did I manage to read in the month of November? That would be 34 books. That is a reduction of 8 books from last month 😉. Here is a screenshot of all the books I read:

November 2017 Goodreads Screenshot

The reviews for all of those books are either on this blog, will be on this blog, or are mini-reviewed on Goodreads. If you have interest in reading my other reviews you can go to my Goodreads account and check them out.

November 2017 Book Haul

November 2017 Book Haul The Genre Minx Book Reviews

This here be my book haul for the month aaannnnd you are probably wondering why I have two Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne, if you’re not then obviously you didn’t look at the picture ↑ there 🤪. Funny story, I have been trying out PageHabit’s subscription service (More Info HERE) for the categories of fantasy and now horror, and each month you get a surprise book that has author notes and annotations. Which is pretty cool BUT you also do not know what you are going to get until you receive the book 🤨. I knew I had that book coming from my book club in AZ and I couldn’t wait because it was first printing, first edition, and SIGNED by the man himself. Eeeeek! LOL so imagine my surprise and “oh fudge” moment when I got this book in the mail from PageHabit. Not entirely too excited to pay twice for a book BUT I have a neat gift for a lucky friend or maybe a cool giveaway when I review the book.

Moving on….Okay I have the newest Clive Cussler book, Typhoon Fury, which I am excited to read because that is from The Oregon Files series and I love that series. The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch is actually a novella from the Peter Grant series and I was excited to have that book!! Kills me to pay so much for his books but I have to get them from London, so it is what it is. Now a book that I wanted to have BUT not sure when I will read is Renegades by Marissa Meyer. I loved and hated her book Heartless and no, I have not read her Lunar Chronicles series, which I would probably love, but want to know a secret? I am not the biggest fan of young adult fiction. I try to be very, very choosy in that genre because they THRIVE on love triangles and high school drama, two things that annoy me to no end. So, because of Heartless I wanted to try this book but I am in no rush to read it. A book that I am jazzed to read is The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty! What is there not to love? 18th century Cairo, a con woman, a mysterious djinn warrior, magic, and court politics…..oh my, I can’t wait to read this tale!!

Now, As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner is an ARC that I received and reviewed this month. Even though it does not publish until February 18, 2017, the publisher asked if I wold have the review up within three weeks of receipt. It was a superb book and you can check out my review on it, I highly suggest you get that book if you are a fan of historical fiction. The Trouble with the Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones and The Empress by S.J. Kincaid are two books that I reviewed as ARC’s but bought anyhow because I am collecting the series. I will say that I LOVE the digital picture cover of The Empress but the actual book cover is kinda disappointing. It is not as sharp and the colors are muted 😑. The story is amazing though, so its a keeper!

November 2017 TBR Shelf

My TBR shelf is starting to get a wee bit crowded as you can see in the picture below. I am still dying to read Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco and I want to read Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory. I keep waiting for one of those books the meet a book reading challenge. I am actually down to one book reading Challenge over at Goodreads. Its the Scooby Doo: Hunt for the Mystery team challenge that I am currently participating in. I was in the Hunger Games reading challenge but was “killed” in week 24..out of 25…..soooo close!! Anyhow, I digress. As for now, this is what my TBR shelf looks like at the end of November.

November 2017 TBR The Genre Minx Book Reviews

What am I planning to read for the month of December? 

I have one book left to read for my Fantasy Reading Challenge so that is going to be the only book I “commit” to this month. I saved the best for last because I love reading Bed McMaster’s steampunk books and this one is the start of a new series:

Mission Improper by Bec McMasterMission: Improper by Bec McMaster

Three years ago, London society changed forever, with a revolution placing the widowed Queen firmly on the throne her blue blood husband tried to take from her. Humans, verwulfen and mechs are no longer considered the lesser classes, but not everybody is happy with the new order…

Entire families have gone missing in the East End. When Caleb Byrnes receives an invitation to join the Company of Rogues as an undercover agent pledged to protect the crown, he jumps at the chance to find out who, or what, is behind the disappearances. Hunting criminals is what the darkly driven blue blood does best, and though he prefers to work alone, the opportunity is too good to resist.

The problem? He’s partnered with Ingrid Miller, the fiery and passionate verwulfen woman who won a private bet against him a year ago. Byrnes has a score to settle, but one stolen kiss and suddenly the killer is not the only thing Byrnes is interested in hunting.

Soon they’re chasing whispered rumours of a secret project gone wrong, and a monster that just might be more dangerous than either of them combined. The only way to find out more is to go undercover among the blue blood elite… But when their hunt uncovers a mysterious conspiracy, Byrnes and Ingrid must set aside their age-old rivalry if they have any chance at surviving a treacherous plot.

Well that is it for my November wrap-up and December reading plans. Are there any books you are looking forward to reading? Anything you are hoping Santa brings you this Christmas?


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