Kickin' It: November 2015

Monday, November 30, 2015

Kickin’ It is a new feature at The Bucket List where I round-up the whole month in one post, bringing you reviews you may have missed, other awesome bookish things, and even what I’m currently obsessed with in other media besides books. November was so busy and, as always, gone too quickly.  But that's okay because my countdown to Christmas and 2016 just started and I am getting into that holiday spirit! Things are also looking up in the job department but I won't say anything more- don't want to jinx anything.  December is going to be filled with awesome things, including the annual Best of... 2015 week! Definitely get your sleigh bells on and join me for that!

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch (4 stars): Snow Like Ashes will rock your world.  With nonstop action, a quick plot, and a strong heroine, readers are sure to fall in love with Raasch’s fantasy debut.  Winter is coming and with Meira, Winter is already here.

Soundless by Richelle Mead (5 stars): Soundless is not about a girl who regains hearing in a sea of quietness.  It is about a girl who strives to better her people, to save them from a fate she wished does not exist.  You definitely do not want to miss the next Richelle Mead novel.  Even without sound, Mead creates a retelling readers will be making noise about for a long time.  

Storm by Amanda Sun (5 stars): As much as I hope for another book in the series, Storm concludes The Paper Gods series.  It was a good ending to a great series.  Readers will love the final battle between the past and present.  Amanda Sun has truly created a work of art.

Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins (5 stars): Until We Meet Again is an extraordinary novel, a new-favorite, that will blow your mind.  Renee Collins steals readers with her masterful writing which will glue you to your seat. Until We Meet Again will have you counting down until the next time you give it a reread.

The Paper Gods series by Amanda Sun: This series was certainly a gem. I loved every single one and I am so sad that I've finished it.  It ended perfectly which is all I could have asked for.  I hope Amanda Sun revisits this story she created in her next books.  I'm definitely looking forward to her other work!

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (May 3, 2016): I have yet to read Since You've Been Gone but with tons of amazing reviews, I know I won't be disappointed.  That's why when I heard about this release, I had to put it on my list.  Plus, the cover is so busy and unique.  There is so much to look at and like the title, I'm definitely going into the book expecting everything.

Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sun (April 26, 2016): Didn't I just say I'm looking forward to Amanda Sun's next book?  Well, here it is.  We know she can do killer fantasy but Sun takes it to the next level with this one.  It is truly going to be spectacular.

Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein (May 3, 2016): They are marketing this book as the When Harry Met Sally YA novel.  And When Harry Met Sally being the one of the best romance movies of all time, I must say this should be on everyone's radar for 2016's releases.

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom (December 1, 2015): I haven't heard much about this book but from what I've heard, it sounds pretty amazing!  A blind girl who loves to run is haunted by her ex-boyfriend who just showed up back in her life after all these years. The original narrative coupled with maybe some tragic romance is enough to win me over.

So many awesome things released this month! Let's start with Adele's gorgeous, heart-wrenching Hello.  After years of waiting, her album comes out right in time for Black Friday.  But, alas, I still haven't gotten a hold of the amazing album.  The hit-single, however, is all over and I'm sure you've heard it but your day is not complete if you haven't heard it at least four times.  Get your quota in and watch below.

As much as I dubbed November, Official Sequel Month, I wasn't really thinking in terms of saying goodbye to the Hunger Games.  Jennifer Lawrence gives a fantastic performance in the last Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay Part 1.  And despite not liking James Bond, Spectre gave the character a little more depth which was unexpected and pretty nice to watch (plus, I loved the introduction scene! gif below)


Also, in TV world, two awesome shows premiered this month that have been on my radar for a while.  A fitness trainer falls for his client in Oh My Venus (trailer below).  And you know how much I love Park Seo Joon, I invited him to my fictional Thanksgiving. But in case you didn't fall for Park Seo Joon as hard as I did, his new show, She Was Pretty, just released and looks fantastic.  

How was your November?

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  1. Spectre was the first James Bond movie I've ever not fallen asleep to (but it may be because it's the only one I paid for) I'm really glad you read a lot of 5 star books!