November Wrap-Up + December TBR

Hi everyone!

Today I’m bringing you a combo wrap-up/TBR post! Normally I would just be doing my wrap-up today and my TBR would go up tomorrow, but this month, I only successfully completed one book (and I doubt I will be completing any more before the end of the day).

It was The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang, which I have already discussed in detail in the review I wrote for the Sword of Kaigen Blog Tour. Because of that, I’m not going to say much about the book in this post, other than to encourage you to go read it because it’s great. If you’re interested in knowing my in-depth thoughts, you can go read my review by clicking here. Be warned that the review does contain spoilers, but they are in their own separate section at the end of the post, and I give a ton of warning before I start talking about them.

Anyway, that was my entire November wrap-up. Let’s get into what I’m hoping to read in December.


For December, my goal is to complete 4 books. That’s one more than my November goal, and clearly, I didn’t do great with that, but my semester will be over soon, and afterwards I’ll have more free time, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to meet that goal pretty easily.

So 4 books is actually my minimum goal. I do have a stretch goal, though—and when I say stretch goal, I mean a huge stretch. In order to complete the Goodreads challenge I set for myself this year, I would have to read 18 books this month, which I really don’t think is going to happen. Even when I was having good reading months back in the summer, I still only managed to read about 6 books per month. Still, if by some miracle I manage it, I’ll be ecstatic.

I’ll be happy as long as I get anywhere between 4 and 18, though.

What books am I planning on reading to meet that goal, you ask?

Well, one of the reading goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year was to read the entire Harry Potter series. I still have three books left to read from that series: The Order of the Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince, and The Deathly Hallows. All of those books are big, but I’ve at least started The Order of the Phoenix (barely, though). If I could read all three of them, that would be great.

I’m still working my way through my reread of Mistborn, so I’m a good chunk of the way through the first book, and I think I can definitely finish it in December. I also still want to finish my reread of the Percy Jackson series. I have The Battle of the Labyrinth and The Last Olympian left to read. After I’m done with that, I might decide I want to jump right into rereading the Heroes of Olympus too, so those books are also possible options. And, of course, I want to get my hands on and read Brandon Sanderson’s newest book, Starsight, which came out last month.

I bought Rebel by Marie Lu recently, and though I’m kind of nervous about reading it, I still really want to. And while we’re talking about rereads, I’ve also been craving a reread of the Legend trilogy, so that might happen.

Other books I’m really excited about:

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin.

Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake.

The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody. As I understand it, this book is a romance set in an airport on New Year’s Eve, so it’ll be the perfect thing to read this month.

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand. This is a retelling/reimagining of A Christmas Carol. I don’t actually own this book, so I maybe shouldn’t be putting it on my TBR, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, and it’s about Christmas, which makes it perfect to read for this month.


Okay! I know that was a lot, and like I said, I don’t think I’m going to be able to get to all of these books this month, but these are some of the ones I’m most excited about currently. Hopefully I’ll be able to get to at least some of them during December.

Thanks for reading, everyone! Let me know down in the comments, what are you planning on reading this month? Or if you’re not into making TBRs for yourself, what was the best read from last month?

I’ll see you soon!

-Ariel

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