Wrap Up: November 2018 // Blogmas Day 2

Do you guys ever look at your previous reading months and wonder why you did ‘worse’ during your most recent one? Because that’s what happened to me today. As I was getting ready to write this post I checked what I had gotten read in November and turns out it wasn’t that much. But then I checked the page count and I’m at 2.300+ pages for November. 

Right at the end of October was when Kingdom Of Ash released and as I wasn’t caught up quite yet, a bit of my reread moved into November and is part of that huge page count. Excluding the one novella I read, my average page count per book was 775 pages. 

But before I start rambling, why don’t we just jump into the books I read?

The first book I finished during the month of November was Tower Of Dawn! I’ve been meaning to read this book since it first came out last year. Chaol Westfall is my man, okay. I was super excited about his solo book but as was the case with so many autumn 2017 releases, I just never got around to it. Which is a shame. This book was so freaking good. 

We get to know a completely different part of the world in this book and a new set of characters (plus, we’re reunited with some characters from the novellas!) and they were all such a nice breath of fresh air. The relationship dynamic in this book. I was here for it. All the way. 

Do I wish people would communicate more often? Oh, definitely. But I also kind of like it when they don’t (while being frustrated at the same time) because it leads to that one big argument that is packed with tension and awesomeness. 

And just in case you’re wondering if you need to read this book before Kingdom Of Ash? Yeah, 100%. Even if you’re not a fan of Chaol. Read this. People who didn’t care about him loved this book. That’s how good it is.

Oh, it’s time to talk about the book that had me crying so. many. times. while reading. 

This is the finale of a seven book series. It is huge. Every storyline slowly comes together to that one final battle and you can’t do anything but go along this journey with all these characters you’ve come to love over the course of many, many years. And you’ll cry. So much. 

If you’re looking at the page count and worrying that this book drags on? It doesn’t, in my opinion. We follow different sets of characters all on their own side quests working toward that one big final goal they all have in common and it’s brutal getting there. Characters loose. Often. Characters lash out and deserve some serious talking to. Characters die. Characters get hurt. Characters are reunited in the most beautiful ways (aka Swetlana can’t see the words on the page because she’s crying so fucking much – and it wasn’t a romantic reunion. Oh no.).

This book is a roller coaster of emotions but in the end, it’s a worthy finale. 

If I’m being honest, I was worried Sarah J. Maas would go the A Court Of Wings And Ruin route with this book and I would’ve been so freaking disappointed if she had. Having read this, I wonder why ACOWAR wasn’t on KOA’s level. 

For anyone who hasn’t read this series, I would recommend it. It’s flawed, for sure. But Sarah’s writing is addicting, her characters always manage to make me love them a ton, the way she expands the world and storyline with each book was super fun and I, for one, am glad I picked up Throne Of Glass all those years ago!

Up next, to give myself a bit of a break from all that crying (or so I freaking thought) I read the last novella that we’re getting from Ghost Of The Shadow Market before the bindup gets released next year – with two more stories, set after Queen Of Air And Darkness. I am already quite nervous. 

The thing is, I don’t really remember too much of what happened here? I know vaguely what the plot was – especially that ending. Oh, that ending. I just know that all of it is going to play into Queen Of Air And Darkness and I already thought I wasn’t ready for what is to come in that particular finale but after having read these novellas? Hahahaha, good luck to me. 

Oh look, another book in the Shadowhunter universe. xD

I just knew that I would want to have the events of both this and the next book fresh in my mind before I went into the finale to get the full effect on my emotions. Plus, I figure I probably missed quite a bit of foreshadowing and whatnot during my first read (of Lord Of Shadows) so this was very much needed. 

Unfortunately, it took me quite a bit to actually get into this book? It wasn’t until around 300 pages that I found myself actually reading big chunks at once and wanting to read more and that was such a weird thing to experience. I usually get hooked on Cassandra Clare books quite easily and want to binge read as much as possible.

But also, reading Lady Midnight for the third time (and the first time after having read Lord Of Shadows) is so fascinating because you can actually see the change in some of the character dynamics and the intensity in their interactions that you learn about in the next book.

I love whenever authors do that. And it’s part of the reason why I love rereads so much. You see the foundations that the author laid down for what they’re about to do to you in the next books. xD

Before I forget, if you’re wondering if you can jump into this trilogy without having read any of Cassie’s other books – you can’t. I talked more about it here! 

Now I want to know, what did you guys read during the month of November? Any new releases you were finally able to get to? What was your highlight? Did you read anything that didn’t quite meet your expectations? Let’s chat in the comments down below – I’ll be waiting. 🙂

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10 thoughts on “Wrap Up: November 2018 // Blogmas Day 2

  1. I’m really glad to see you enjoyed Tower of Dawn, that was one of the 2017 releases I didn’t get around to and I’m probably not going to get around to it before the end of this year either! Kingdom of Ash is high on my most-anticipated to-read list so the sooner I can get around to that release the better. 😀
    Also you got more read this month than I did, but hopefully you’ll manage to get through more books in December. Great post, and great recap. 🙂 ❤

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  2. I’m glad you had a good reading month! And wow those books were all huge!

    I too reread Lady Midnight in November, as well as Lord of Shadows and the last five Ghosts of the Shadow Market stories (because I was BEHIND), and AHHH I JUST LOVE THEM ALL SO MUCH! Although I agree, Through Blood, Through Fire wasn’t the *strongest*. I did like it a lot, but it wasn’t a favourite.

    Also I FINALLY read Ace of Shades, which I’ve been looking forward to FOREVER and I LOVED IT SO MUCH!!!!

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      1. I figured you’d be excited 😂 All your posts about it were a big part of what made me so hyped for it, and OHMYGOSH I LOVED IT SO MUCH!!!!!

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