How is there just one more month left of 2020? This year has dragged on for so long and has been full of so many events. Throughout November I read a total of 11 books this month. So, I am back with another what I read this month posts! I have a lot of thoughts I want to share on the books that I read in November, so I’m going to do mini reviews November!
You by Caroline Kepnes
“When a beautiful aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.
There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.
As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.”
I read this as part of the Crime Readathon and throughly enjoyed it. This book has a lot more differences to the TV adaptation that I thought. After finishing reading this book I loved re-watching the TV series and noticing all the differences. I will definitely be reading the second book in the series soon and seeing the differences in that one. I throughly recommend giving this series a go and I posted a full review of this book, which you can find here.
I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick
“When Anna Cicconi arrives to the small Hamptons village of Herron Mills for a summer nanny gig, she has high hopes for a fresh start. What she finds instead is a community on edge after the disappearance of Zoe Spanos, a local girl who has been missing since New Year’s Eve. Anna bears an eerie resemblance to Zoe, and her mere presence in town stirs up still-raw feelings about the unsolved case. As Anna delves deeper into the mystery, stepping further and further into Zoe’s life, she becomes increasingly convinced that she and Zoe are connected–and that she knows what happened to her.
Two months later, Zoe’s body is found in a nearby lake, and Anna is charged with manslaughter. But Anna’s confession is riddled with holes, and Martina Green, teen host of the Missing Zoe podcast, isn’t satisfied. Did Anna really kill Zoe? And if not, can Martina’s podcast uncover the truth?”
I’ve been excited about reading this book for so long and I thought was time would be more perfect to read it than during the Crime Readathon. I loved this one and its little small-town mystery that gripped me and kept me right on edge throughout reading. I cannot recommend this one enough and also have to add the audiobook is so fun to listen to! I wrote a full review of this one as well, which you can find here.
Here is a quick snapshot of 6 of the books that I read this month and the ratings that I gave them! I enjoyed them all, some more than others and they are all book that I will certainly be recommending in the future. I have written full review for a few of these, so be sure to check out the links for them!
- Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales – ★★★
- Agent Zaiba Investigates: The Missing Diamonds by Annabelle Sami – ★★★★
- Becoming Unbecoming by Una – ★★★★
- Agent Zaiba Investigates: The Poison Plot by Annabelle Sami – ★★★★
- This is Not the Jess Show by Anna Carey – ★★★
- Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson – ★★★★
Who I Was With Her by Nita Tyndall
“There are two things that Corinne Parker knows to be true: that she is in love with Maggie Bailey, the captain of the rival high school’s cross-country team and her secret girlfriend of a year, and that she isn’t ready for anyone to know she’s bisexual.
But then Maggie dies, and Corinne quickly learns that the only thing worse than losing Maggie is being left heartbroken over a relationship no one knows existed. And to make things even more complicated, the only person she can turn to is Elissa — Maggie’s ex and the single person who understands how Corinne is feeling.
As Corinne struggles to make sense of her grief and what she truly wants out of life, she begins to have feelings for the last person she should fall for. But to move forward after losing Maggie, Corinne will have to learn to be honest with the people in her life…starting with herself.”
I picked this one up at the library on a whim as so many people were discussing how incredible it was. This book has really short chapters and an incredibly captivating storyline, so that meant I read this book in a couple of sittings. I have to say this book is very difficult to read at times due to the topics it covers but it tackles them amazingly. I would highly recommend this book but please check all the trigger warning beforehand.
The Cousins by Karen M. McManus
“Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they’ve never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they’re surprised . . . and curious.
Their parents are all clear on one point–not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother’s good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it’s immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious–and dark–their family’s past is.
The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn’t over–and this summer, the cousins will learn everything.”
Any book that Karen M. McManus writes, you will find me reading it. The Cousins was no different. The minute this book was in my hands, I started reading it. I was captivated by the mystery in this book from start to finish. I will be writing a full review for this one very soon, so keep your eyes out for that. For now, I cannot recommend this enough!
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
“Desi Lee knows how carburetors work. She learned CPR at the age of five. As a high school senior, she has never missed a day of school and never had a B. But in her charmed school life, there’s one thing missing–she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a known disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet.
When the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides it’s time to tackle her flirting failures. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has watched obsessively for years–in which the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. Armed with her “K Drama Rules for True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos. All’s fair in love and Korean dramas, right? But when the fun and games turn to feelings, Desi finds out that real-life love is about way more than just drama.”
I only picked up a book by Maurene Goo in the middle of this year completely at random. Less than 3 months later and I’ve read every book that has she has ever had published. Maurene Goo has very quickly become a favourite author of mine and an author who I will auto-buy anything she writes. I loved this book and how adorable and sweet it is. If you are after a sweet and adorable romance book, then look no further than Maurene Goo’s writing!
There you have it, everything I read in November! What have you read in November and what are you looking forward to reading in December? Let me know in the comments!