November Wrap-Up

Wow! I can’t believe that another month has passed so quickly, and we’re into the final month of 2019! It’s been a very busy reading month for me which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. Work has been hectic, with assessments and parents’ evenings, not to mention beginning preparation for our Christmas Production but I still managed to get lots of reading done!


I took part in a fabulous Readathon, Believe in the Impossible, which led to me reading 12 books, and posting 8 reviews. My wrap-up post is here.

Other books read

I’ve also read Starchild Book One: The Age of Akra, and Angel on the Roof by Shirley Hughes. This brings my total of books read this month to 14.


It was my birthday this month which meant I got book pressies from my husband! He bought me these gorgeous books which I’m really looking forward to reading during December/January.

Other books bought!

I didn’t realise how many books I’d bought this month until I went to check. No wonder I have so many on my TBR! I bought 14 books this month which is quite a lot – even for me! I loved The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club so much (read for Believathon) that I just had to but the next two.

Sophie Anderson, one of my favourite authors, recommended Russian Magic Tales from Pushkin to Platanov and Koshka’s Tales: Stories from Russia as reading her books has made me want to read more Russian folklore.

I went to a poetry workshop with the wonderful Joseph Coelho which was brilliant fun! Of course, I just had to get a few signed copies for my class library.

I went to London a week ago and I always buy books when I go into Foyles. This time I bought Way of the Waves as I loved the first book in the series, Riddle of the Runes. I also bought The Titanic Detective Agency as I loved Lindsay’s first book, Guardians of the Wild Unicorns (which was also the first book I was approved to read on NetGalley). I love nothing better than browsing in a bookshop, so was really pleased to find Snow and Rose which looked intriguing.

I also bought Pearl in the Ice as I’ve read some fantastic reviews for it. I bought Starchild: The Healing Stone as I’d read the first two for a Blog Tour and really loved the series, so want to continue reading it. I imported West as I’m going to be reading North Child and wanted to be able to pick up the next one in the series. I’ve been meaning to pick up a book by Katherine Arden for a while now and, when a parent recommended The Bear and the Nightingale, I decided to get it.

Blog Tours

I was invited on my first ever Blog Tour for Awa and the Dreamrealm. I’m also taking part in another two Blog Tours in December and another one in February. I never thought when I started my Blog that I’d get the chance to take part in Blog Tours, so I’m very excited and grateful to be given the opportunity.


I’ve now earned my ‘Top Reviewer’ badge on NetGalley and am close to my ’25 reviews’ badge. I have 4 books on my NetGalley shelf which I hope to read in December.

Wow! It’s been a busy book month as always – and I wouldn’t have it any other way! How has your reading month been? Have you read any of these?

15 thoughts on “November Wrap-Up

    1. Snow and Rose is gorgeous to look at and I’m sure it will be a wonderful read! Thank you – I never thought I’d get invited on blog tours! I’m not at all surprised you’ve been invited – your blog posts are amazing – I’ve bought a lot of books based on your reviews!

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      1. Oh that means so much to me!! I’m promising myself I will work up the courage to be braver about approaching publishers in the new year! You are doing so brilliantly too, I’m so glad to have your blog in the world sharing your reading, inspiring me to read and getting recognition too, us picture to middle grade (with occasional YA) are a rare breed and it’s wonderful to have the support of each other!

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      2. I think publishers would be happy to have you review their books so definitely go for it! We are indeed – I’m so glad I found your blog! You’ve been a brilliant support and a real inspiration for me!

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  1. Ooh, all those books you received from your husband look like ones I would like to read 😛 Snow & Rose has been on my TBR for awhile. I haven’t read anything by Edith Pattou but I think I should… The Bear and the Nightingale is pretty good – I thought each book in the trilogy was better than the one before it, though. Hope you enjoy it!

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    1. I’m definitely looking forward to the wintery reads! I read Uprooted and loved it so a bookshop employee recommended this as did one of the parents in school so I thought I’d give it a go! Snow & Rose looks gorgeous.

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