Kickin' It: November 2019 Wrap Up

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

November was so busy! I spent most of it away on vacation. As much as I packed a few books, there never seemed to be enough time to take them out and get to them. I did a trip with my family; we went out west to Utah, Nevada, and California. Then I had a few days at home before leaving for a lovely trip to Disney World and Sea World. It was great, I had loads of fun! However, I did not get much reading done. Totaling the month with only 6 books read, that’s my lowest reading month yet. Here’s what I read:

Julie and Julia by Julie Powell (3 stars): I’ve been thinking about dropping this one down to a 2 star. I was expecting a fun cooking memoir and what I received was more of a whiny narrative of a person who cooks a lot. I probably would have enjoyed reading Julie’s blog more but her journey through The Art of French Cooking cookbook in novel form just doesn’t work as well.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (3 stars): The premise was really cool but I found the story itself to be lacking. The protagonist felt a bit flat. This book just wasn’t for me.

Fullmetal Alchemist (vol. 19, 20, 21) by Hiromu Arakawa (4 stars): I probably should have read the books first before watching the anime since I know, for the most part, where the book will go from here. However, I’m having a blast reading through the series. If you’re looking for a great manga to read, definitely check out Fullmetal Alchemist.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson (4 stars): Mystery isn’t really my thing but mystery written by Maureen Johnson—or anything written by Maureen Johnson—is definitely right up my alley.

Refraction by Naomi Hughes (5 stars): This may be one of my favorites of the year, which is so strange for me to say since it’s a science fiction novel. Sci-fi isn’t really my thing but Refraction was so fast paced with lots of outstanding twists. I can’t wait to reread it!

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams (4 stars): I’ve been waiting for this one to come out! It was about a group of guys who start a book club to get romance pointers in the books they read. The premise was super cute and there were some great moments in the story as well. It was a fun, summer read that had a few laugh out loud moments!

Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen (12/3/19): This is a historical novel that follows a Jane Austen fan who turns to Austen’s work in order to help navigate her own life. Cohen had me at Jane Austen, I can’t wait to start this one!

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters (12/3/19): Evie is an assistant at a screenwriting agency, where she must help a struggling writer through his romantic comedy screenplay. This debut sounds adorable!

What amazing books did you read this month? Did you watch any good movies or shows?

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  1. You may not have gotten a lot of books in, but it sounds like you made a lot of memories!