Seeing as how I only read two books in November I decided to combine my November wrap-up and my December wrap-up into one post. This post is also combined with my usual Friday Update! Disclaimer: This is a long post!
These are the two books that I read in November:
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️-This book started off really slow, and I considered DNF’ing it. However, the pace did eventually pick up. I loved how there were more peculiar things that happened in this book. There’s an adventure in this book, which I think helped pick up the pace. I’m curious to see how the series ends.
Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️-This book started slow but the pacing picked up. This had a faster pace than Ink and Bone despite starting off slow. There was a lot more danger in this book, and holy hell I did not see any of the plot twists coming. This book was just as adventurous as Ink and Bone, and I can’t wait to read book three.
These are the 18 books I read in December:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️- This is the first Austen Novel I have ever read, and I loved it! I found the conversations to be witty and humorous. My favorite character is definitely Elizabeth, she’s really headstrong, unlike her sisters. I read the Barnes and Noble Classics Edition and it was lovely. There is supplemental material, which I highly recommend reading. *Disclaimer: I started this book in November but finished reading it in December.
Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide by J.K. Rowling ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️-
While this book is short, it is still informative. It contains J.K. Rowling’s own thoughts about the Black Lake, time turners, and other things that make up the Wizarding World. I loved reading about how she admitted that she made mistakes regarding the time turners and how she fixed them. This was a quick and fun read, and it definitely isn’t unreliable.
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardships, and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K. Rowling ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️-This book provided insight and backstories on some of the characters from the books. The backstories on Professor Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin were really interesting, all of the stories were. I love how quick and entertaining this book is to read.
Harry Potter: The Character Vault by Jody Revenson ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️-This book was a great behind the scenes look at the characters from the film. A lot of emphases was put on the costumes and the magic wands of the characters.
Harry Potter: Magical Places from the Films: Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and Beyond by Jody Revenson ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️- This book, like The Character Vault, provided an excellent behind the scenes look at how the places seen in the film were constructed and the various places where the movies were filmed. The photos and illustrations were stunning!
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling Illustrated by Jim Kay ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling Illustrated by Jim Kay ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2 by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, and J.K. Rowling ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️
The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️-
*I received this for review from NetGalley*
There were things that I really enjoyed and one thing that I had a minor issue with. I’m going to start with the Hawthorne the main character. At times I found her obsession with finding out what happened to Lizzie Lovett annoying. I also found Hawthorne to be bratty, especially towards her mother. One of Hawthorne’s was really far fetched, that it was actually funny, and I do give Hawthorne points for her creative thinking about her theory. I loved the writing, and the author’s style, it was fast paced. Hawthorne standing up to the “queen b” was something that I felt was relatable. Another thing that I really loved was the authentic feeling I got from reading this book. While “The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett” was out of my comfort zone, I’m excited to see what Chelsea Sedoti comes up with next.
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️-I’ve always loved this book, it is the perfect Christmas eve story, and one of my favorite Christmas books!
A Christmas Carol: The Original Manuscript Edition by Charles Dickens ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️-I’ve known the story of “A Christmas Carol” from seeing some of the movies, but I have never read the book until recently. The book is definitely better than the movies. This book is heartbreaking in the best way possible. It is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read, I found the writing poetic. I loved everything about the story and seeing Scrooge recognize that he needed to change. I will definitely be reading this book again, it has become one of my favorite Christmas books!!
If you are new to my blog, I recently decided to put Friday 56 on hiatus. Friday Update is an update on what I read during the week, sometimes what I am currently reading, and what book/books I plan on starting over the weekend.
What I read this week:
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
A Christmas Carol: The Original Manuscript Edition by Charles Dickens
What I am currently reading:
The Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer- I started this back in June, and I’m not planning on starting a new book until the new year, so I figured I would get through more of it.
What I will read this weekend (meaning January 1, 2017):
A List of Cages by Robin Roe- I am fully aware that this book will be published on January 10, 2017.
You read more than I did! 🙂 I loved Fantastic Beasts, both the movie and the book. It is always nice to come back to wizarding world but I wish there’s more to it at the same time.
Whoa, awesome reading month Ashley!!
Wow you read a lot of books this month! Seeing so many Harry Potter books made my heart so happy, now I feel like doing a marathon myself 🙂
Wow you read a lot. You really had a Harry Potter marathon this month haha. I want to read the HP short stories, and I haven’t read Fantastic Beasts or watched the movie yet.
I suggest seeing the movie before you read the screenplay. And yeah I love Harry Potter and re-read the books every December.
Yeah that is what I’m planning to do 🙂
What a good month! Whoo Hoo!
You’re welcome! 😊