Monthly Wrap-Up: November 2022

November has felt like both the longest and shortest month of my life. I genuinely thought this month had flown by, but when I’ve looked back at what I’ve read and when I’m shocked at how long it has felt. 

I’ve read a LOT of books this month, like I’m fully impressed with myself. There have been quite a few Christmas books and as I don’t have photos for them yet I’m not including them. Plus the reviews for them will start being posted in a few days. 

Witches Get Stuff Done by Molly Harper

Read: 03/11/22 – 04/11/22

Rating: 2 out of 5.

This was a huge disappointment, not that I have ever read anything from Molly Harper before, but still. I did a proper review of this so check it out here if you want. 

Synopsis: Riley Denton-Everett always felt like something was missing in her life—and her numerous odd jobs and short-lived relationships haven’t brought her any closer to finding it. Everything changes when receives a mysterious message: You’re a Denton. You belong on Starfall Point. Once you’re here, I’ll tell you everything you need to know.

When Riley arrives on the Island, she learns her aunt has left her a historic mansion brimming with haunted antiques. Turns out, that’s not the only thing she’s inherited. Riley also hails from a long line of witches whose magic is critical to protecting the living.

Edison Held, the town’s frustratingly hot librarian, is completely unaware of the ghosts in Riley’s ancestral home and is determined to convince her to open it up to the public. Riley starts to wonder if Edison’s knowledge of the Island’s history can help her get a handle on her new powers—but can she trust him with her secrets? And can she trust herself with the simmering attraction brewing between them?

The Tea Dragon Society by Kay O’Neill

Read: 10/11/22

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I am completely in love with this series. The art style is seriously stunning and I cannot get enough of it. If you want to read my review of it, do so here.

Synopsis: After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives—and eventually her own.

Spectacle by Megan Rose Gedris 

Read: 13/11/22

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’m always on the lookout for new graphic novels and when I saw this on Netgalley I couldn’t resist checking it out. Unfortunately, I wasn’t too impressed with the first volume, but I do have copies of the rest of the series to check out, so hopefully they continue to get better. 

Read it here

Synopsis: Pragmatic engineer Anna works as a psychic in the Samson Brothers Circus, but she doesn’t believe in anything supernatural — until her twin sister Kat is murdered and comes back as a very demanding ghost. Sharing a room with her sister was hard, but now they’re sharing a body while trying to identify the killer. With few leads, a troupe full of secretive folk, and strange paranormal occurrences popping up around the circus, solving the case seems near impossible. But the murderer in their midst may be the least of their problems…

Dark Souls Vol.1 by George Mann

Read: 13/11/22

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I can’t remember too much about this other than the fact that I wasn’t too impressed. Read my review here.

Synopsis: Join Fira – a battle-hardened warrior – as she embarks upon a perilous quest to save her ailing kingdom, fighting countless hoards of demonic foes along the way! From writer George Mann, artist Alan Quah and Bandai Namco Entertainment comes this epic new tale from the perilous world of Dark Souls! Collects Dark Souls #1-4.

Belittled Women by Amanda Sellet

Read: 10/11/22 – 14/11/22

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was the biggest disappointment of the month. I’ve had a review copy of this sitting on my Kindle for literally months and my excitement to read it got a little too high and then it was a huge let down. 

No hate to the author or anything, it was well written, just wasn’t my cup of tea. Read my review here

Synopsis: Lit’s about to hit the fan. Jo Porter has had enough Little Women to last a lifetime. As if being named after the sappiest family in literature wasn’t sufficiently humiliating, Jo’s mom, ahem Marmee, leveled up her Alcott obsession by turning their rambling old house into a sad-sack tourist attraction.

Now Jo, along with her siblings, Meg and Bethamy (yes, that’s two March sisters in one), spends all summer acting out sentimental moments at Little Women Live!, where she can feel her soul slowly dying.

So when a famed photojournalist arrives to document the show, Jo seizes on the glimpse of another life: artsy, worldly, and fast-paced. It doesn’t hurt that the reporter’s teenage son is also eager to get up close and personal with Jo–to the annoyance of her best friend, aka the boy next door (who is definitely not called Laurie). All Jo wants is for someone to see the person behind the prickliness and pinafores.

But when she gets a little too real about her frustration with the family biz, Jo will have to make peace with kitsch and kin before their livelihood suffers a fate worse than Beth.

All Eyes on Us by Kit Frick

Read: 12/11/22 – 24/11/22

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Again this was a very average read. It took me way too long to get through (I didn’t even start tracking it on my reading apps for a while so the dates aren’t even correct) and the plot got dragged out a little too much for me. 

Read my review here

Synopsis: PRIVATE NUMBER: Wouldn’t you look better without a cheater on your arm?

AMANDA: Who is this?

The daughter of small town social climbers, Amanda Kelly is deeply invested in her boyfriend, real estate heir Carter Shaw. He’s kind, ambitious, the town golden boy—but he’s far from perfect. Because behind Amanda’s back, Carter is also dating Rosalie.

PRIVATE NUMBER: I’m watching you, Sweetheart.

ROSALIE: Who IS this?

Rosalie Bell is fighting to remain true to herself and her girlfriend—while concealing her identity from her Christian fundamentalist parents. After years spent in and out of conversion “therapy,” her own safety is her top priority. But maintaining a fake, straight relationship is killing her from the inside.

When an anonymous texter ropes Amanda and Rosalie into a bid to take Carter down, the girls become collateral damage—and unlikely allies in a fight to unmask their stalker before Private uproots their lives.

PRIVATE NUMBER: You shouldn’t have ignored me. Now look what you made me do…

The Tea Dragon Festival by Kay O’Neill

Read: 26/11/22

Rating: 5 out of 5.

As with the first volume in this series, this was super cute. It had more of a developed story and it was great seeing a few characters return but as their younger selves. I’m super excited to read the last instalment soon. 

Read my review here.

Synopsis: Rinn has grown up with the Tea Dragons that inhabit their village, but stumbling across a real dragon turns out to be a different matter entirely! Aedhan is a young dragon who was appointed to protect the village, but fell asleep in the forest eighty years ago. With the aid of Rinn’s adventuring uncle Erik and his partner Hesekiel, they investigate the mystery of his enchanted sleep… but Rinn’s real challenge is to help Aedhan come to terms with feeling that he cannot get back the time he has lost.

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