November 2018 Wrap Up

Hey guys! Yes, it’s that time again for a long lost monthly wrap up! *Drum rolls* Last month, I’ve read a total of 8 books and I couldn’t be happier with my choices in November!

  1. Alienated: Grounded at Groom Lake by Jeff Norton

    What I liked about this book is the idea was new and the author tries to convey the message of diversity through the different kind of aliens and as well as human beings being part of a school. However, the story development of this book wasn’t at its best. I felt like it could improved and maybe then, it would be more fun and interesting. However, it taught me some really good values and I think it is perfect for the targeted readers, which is middle graders.
    Rating: 3.5 / 5 star
  2. A Map of Days (ARC) by Ransom Riggs

    I was excited for this book because I really enjoyed Miss Peregrine series. However, I found A Map of Days was the least interesting to compare with the first three books in the series. Maybe because the adventure sounds less fun to me and the relationship between Emma and Jacob didn’t make it better for me this time around. But as usual, Riggs has done a great job at the world building and the new era of the book was really different from the first three books. I’m still looking forward to discover what’s going to happen in the next book!
    Rating: 4 / 5 star
  3. The Restless Girls by Jessie Burton

    Firstly, this book has gorgeous illustrations! Secondly, this retelling was well written in a very strong and positive feminist perspective. I really loved the representation of POC as well. Overall, this book definitely gave the tale of The Twelve Dancing Princesses an incredible twist and a fresh outlook.
    Rating: 4 / 5 star
  4. Cloud Boy (ARC) by Marcia Williams

    Another contemporary children book that  really touched me this year. The story behind the book was also very sentimental. Love the values it taught me and oh, how this book could break one’s heart.
    Rating: 5 / 5 star
  5. A Line In The Dark by Malinda Lo
    One of the best mystery/thriller book I read this year! It has great representation of queer characters, so if you’d love to read queer books, I’d highly recommend this one. 😉 And like I said on my #bookstagram post of this book. A Line In The Dark was F*cking GOOD! That twist after twist at the end was mind blowing!
    Rating: 5 / 5 star
  6. Mesej by Anna Lee
    This was my first Malay book that I read this year and I loved it! Going into this book at first was intimidating and I was really skeptical about the language and the writing style. But once I got used to it, I really loved the plot development and the twists given to the story. However, I believe this book could be further improved. Overall, love the concept of the book. It is definitely something fresh in Malaysia publishing industry.
    Rating: 4.5 / 5 star
  7. And The Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness
    Again, another amazing illustrated book and yes, it is also a retelling of Moby Dick! Love the story, the whole idea of this book was just so cruelly true. Love the message sent by the author. This book was just so good, highly recommended!
    Rating: 5 / 5 star
  8. A Curse So Dark and Lonely (ARC) by Brigid Kemmerer
    Where do I even start with this one? One of THE best book I read this year and again, it’s another amazing retelling I read this month. This book is a retelling of Beauty and The Beast, with a not so perfect Beauty because she has Cerebral Palsy, yet she is not lesser than any other character in the book. Also, I am so forever thankful to the author for writing a book that highlights Cerebral Palsy. This book made me feel so many emotions and so many great values were included as well. Can’t wait for the sequel!
    Rating: 5 / 5 star
    That’s it for November 2018 wrap up! I had so many great reads last month, can’t wait to read more good books in the last month of 2018! Also, you can read each book’s review, just by clicking the title of the book on this page. Let me know what was your best read in November in the comment section below!

3 thoughts on “November 2018 Wrap Up

  1. Oh no! So sorry A Map of Days didn’t live up to your expectations. I admittedly still haven’t made it past book 1.
    But yay for 5/5 stars for Curse, Patrick Ness, & Malinda Lo! All three are super high on my TBR and I definitely can’t wait to read them! This is super reassuring ❤
    What a great reading month! I hope December is just as good ❤

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