November Reviews, Part 1

I’ve finished my first 5 book reviews for November. (Ok, full disclosure? It’s actually like 3 I was able to squeeze in at the end of October and 2 more for November. Also, I’ve technically JUST finished a second five … so I’m a little behind. UGH) Anyway, let’s dive into the details.


Age Category: 3 A, 2 YA

Pretty typical for me, yes?

Author’s Gender: 4 F, 1 M

Ok one of these female authored books was co-authored by a male. I counted it as female because Amie Kaufman is listed before Jay Kristoff. Whatever … one more reason to hate tracking this, I guess. 

Genres: 1 NonFiction, 1 Contemporary, 1 Science Fiction, 1 Fantasy, 1 Mystery/Thriller

Doubt that I read everything? Let’s call this exhibit A.

Indie Authors: 2 Y, 3 N

Decently close to half-and-half, just the way I like it.

Total Pages Read: 1,662

Average Pages per Book: 332

Did anyone out there manage to look back on my old posts and tell me if this is normal? I’m going to go out on a limb and guess it’s higher than normal, thanks to the size of Illuminae. 

Ratings: 2, 3, 3, 3, 5

I love when the problematic books are balanced out by the genre-crossing 5 stars awesomeness. That makes for a good reading group.

Book Notes That Didn’t Make the Video

A Map to the Stars

  • This was a paperback advanced reader copy (ARC) sent to me by the publishing team in exchange for an honest review. 
  • This one gave me similar vibes to Burned by Ellen Hopkins, because it is telling part of a story through poetry, and The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. 
  • Support indie authors and get yourself a copy here

If, Then

  • I listened to this one as an audiobook I borrowed from my local library. 
  • This one reminded me a little in voice of The Things that Keep Us Here, although the books are NOTHING alike. I think it was the descriptions. Both authors have a remarkable way of describing things that is just BEAUTIFUL. 
  • Get yourself a copy of this one here


  • I borrowed this hardcover from my library. 
  • Read this one as a physical book you can hold (and twist and turn) in your hands. Trust me. 
  • I officially love this book. Everyone who recommended it is a freaking genius. I love you all. Keep those recommendations coming. 
  • Get yourself a copy of this one here

The Fields

  • The author sent me an electronic copy of this one in exchange for an honest review. 
  • The first chapter of this one sets the tone REALLY well and I noticed it DOES have a “Look Inside” feature on Amazon. So check out that preview and then you’ll know if this is your jam! 
  • Support indie authors and get yourself a copy here

Closer Than You Know

  • This was an audiobook I borrowed from the library. 
  • I’m doing a fast review of this one on the video, so you’ll have to head to Goodreads to find my full review (it should be linked on the About the Author page of this blog). Basically, I had a problem with the way the police procedure was painted in this one. A LOT of problems with it, actually. 
  • Get yourself a copy of this one here

The Video

Check out the full video below.

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