What I read in November

Did November go fast for anyone else? Sheesh, it was like I blinked and it was over! I am sure December will do the same thing. So frustrating. My favorite season and it all just goes so fast. 🙁 I only read three books last month! I started two more but I haven’t finished them yet, so I guess that will be on next months post!

I ended up deciding against upping my goal on Goodreads.com and just going with 60. I will see how many I ended up reading at the end of the year and decide my next years goal as well! How are you doing on your goal? 🙂

Here is what I read in November and as always, let me know any good books you have read lately! 😀

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Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid – Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids—the ones who sit at the same lunch table every day, dissecting the drama from homeroom and plotting their campaigns for prom king and queen. They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they’d never, ever do in high school.

Some of the rules have been easy to follow, like #5, never dye your hair a color of the rainbow, or #7, never hook up with a teacher. But Dave has a secret: he’s broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It’s either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he can remember.

Julia is beautiful, wild and impetuous. So when she suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along. He even dyes his hair an unfortunate shade of green. It starts as a joke, but then a funny thing happens: Dave and Julia discover that by skipping the clichés, they’ve actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love.

What I thought: Well, this book was on the predictable side, but I kind of thought it would be with the description. It was just a different plot than some other books, which is nice, and I thought it was a cute story…

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Untwine by Edwidge Danticat – Sixteen-year-old Giselle Boyer and her identical twin, Isabelle, are as close as sisters can be. They are each other’s strongest source of support even as their family life seems to be unraveling and their parents are considering divorce. Then the Boyers have a tragic encounter that will shatter everyone’s world forever.

Giselle wakes up in a hospital room, injured and unable to speak or move. She doesn’t know what’s happened to her sister, to her family, to herself. Trapped in the prison of her own body, Giselle must revisit her past in order to understand how the people closest to her—her friends, her parents, and above all, Isabelle—have shaped and defined her. Will she allow her love for her family and friends to buoy her and lead her on the path to recovery? Or will she remain lost in a painful spiral of longing and regret?

Untwine is a spellbinding tale, lyrical and filled with love, mystery, humor, and heartbreak. Award-winning author Edwidge Danticat brings her extraordinary talent to this graceful and unflinching examination of the bonds of friendship, romance, and family; the horrors of loss; and the strength we must discover in ourselves when all seems hopeless.

What I thought: I liked this book! It reminded me of another book I read about twins where one died and the living one pretended to be her… This wasn’t like that, but it just reminded me.. I thought the characters were nicely developed and the story didn’t drag on like it could have…

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I’m Happy for You {Sort of…not really} by Kay Wills Wyma – Is comparison living hijacking your life?

Do you find yourself measuring your value against your friend’s house, body, marriage, resume, paycheck, organic garden, or Pinterest-worthy holiday décor, and coming up lacking? Do your college roommate’s Instagram snapshots bear little resemblance to the scene at your house this morning?

Excessive comparison and competition sap our energy and steal our joy. Our friends become our audience and judges, and our kids become part of our brand. Add social media’s constant invitation to post and peruse, and it’s no wonder that we’re left exhausted, discontent, and lonely. Thankfully, there is another way!

With  refreshing candor and humor, Kay Wyma shares her experiences with comparison living and offers readers the simple remedies that helped her and her family reboot their perspective and discover freedom, authenticity, and joy.

What I thought: I recently reviewed this book here and am also giving one away! So, if you are interested, make sure you check it out. 🙂

So, those are me three lonely books that I read last month! It is such a short list! ha! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and all!

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