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November 2022 Wrap Up and TBR

Oh friends, it’s been a stressful month of wedding planning and managing my anxiety manifesting into physical symptoms. I will have to keep this wrap up short, but will say I’m thankful for the supports in my life to get through the harder seasons.

I’m really looking forward to Christmas and the break from work. But until then, let’s look back at November which came and went in a rather quick manner.

What did I read this month?

Most surprising: I’ve been trying to delve into more memoirs this year (not the biggest fan of nonfiction works) but Jennette McCurdy’s book was by far the most surprising. I’m Glad My Mom Died was truly a journey to take with this young star who chronicles so much of her hardships since she was a child.

New author alert: A Cosmic Kind of Love takes this one this month. I loved the angst, sometimes the miscommunications, and most importantly, the feel good moments. I think Samantha Young is definitely an author to keep an eye on for future books.

Not as expected: Not to be super critical but Karen McManus sets such a high bar for herself that Nothing More to Tell was a little underwhelming from a mystery standpoint. It’s definitely an average mystery with those telltale twists that characterizes McManus’ writing but it’s honestly nothing much to rave about.

Guilty pleasures: Yes, I’ve been in need of cute romances to help de-stress and rest more this month. Maggie Dallen’s books are just the fit, featuring geeks who end up finding their person in someone who is, well, higher in the social school ladder. Loads of silliness and nothing that has to be taken too seriously, all of her books were welcome reads that made November a bit better.

Currently reading

  • The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik
    • Love the school vibes still and El is as fierce as ever!
  • Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco
    • Is it getting steamy or is the temperature of my room going up??
  • The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning
    • Digging the first love romance so far

TBR list

  • Nine Liars by Maureen Johnson
  • Kingdom of the Feared by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Immortality: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz

How’s your month been? Looking forward to the end of 2022?

Next time, we will wrap up the year. Until then, look forward to some end of the year reflections on the blog!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Cozy Reads

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

It’s been such a hectic month in my personal and work life. I even missed last week’s TTT which is a first in two years. But I’m back and ready to share this week’s prompt: those cozy reads!

When I think of cozy reads, I think of warm blankets, a cup of hot something (used to be tea but I can’t drink caffeine anymore so I guess it’s apple cider in my imagination now) and most importantly, a sense of peace.

However, this list was crafted in mind of my recent illness last month and being stuck in my room trying to get better but also wanting something to keep my mind off of being so sick. In such a mood, I tend to gravitate towards books that feature epic romances that make me feel instead of think too much. So a lot of these books are contemporary romances although there are some that are fantasies or historical books.

If you chase such feelings when reading a book, I hope you’ll enjoy this list!

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3.5 star, YA

ARC Review: A Thousand Heartbeats by Kiera Cass

“Love has a sound. It sounds like a thousand heartbeats happening at the same time.”

Princess Annika has lived a life of comfort—but no amount of luxuries can change the fact that her life isn’t her own to control. The king, once her loving father, has gone cold, and Annika will soon be forced into a loveless marriage for political gain.

Miles away, small comforts are few and far between for Lennox. He has devoted his life to the Dahrainian army, hoping to one day help them reclaim the throne that was stolen from them. For Lennox, the idea of love is merely a distraction—nothing will stand in the way of fighting for his people.

But when love, against all odds, finds them both, they are bound by its call. They can’t possibly be together—but the irresistible thrum of a thousand heartbeats won’t let them stay apart. 

Kiera Cass brings her signature sparkling romance to this beautiful story of star-crossed lovers and long-held secrets.

Overall Recommendation:

A Thousand Heartbeats presents itself as a grand romance and it truly does deliver in that aspect, although I personally believe the enemies-to-lovers trope was too rushed to fully satisfy the perfect angst that was set in the beginning. The fantasy half was subpar with very little originality besides the entangled history between the characters’ two kingdoms. If you come at this as a romance with some fantasy, I guarantee this will be a fun read. If you want more of a fantasy, be warned this will probably not meet your expectations.

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