Reading Wrap-up – November 2018

It’s becoming a thing guys: I’ve read another 4 books this month!

Technically, I finished the last book in the first half hour of December first, but let’s not get too fussy about that, shall we? Because I read most of that book in November anyways.
November is a month where my Harry Potter kick happily continued, and I know that it will in December as well. Basically, I’ve been living, breathing and craving Harry Potter, like I was living, breathing and craving the Cainsville series a few months back (but still a little bit now..). I’ve gone through a little reading slump this months, but picked it up quite quick and now I’m back with my nose in a book every free moment!

Anyways, let’s see what I’ve read… 

grave sight – CHairlaine Harris

“Harper and her stepbrother Tolliver are experts at getting in, getting paid and then getting out of town fast, because the people who hire Harper have a funny habit of not really wanting to know what she has to tell them. At first, the little Ozarks town of Sarne seems like no exception. A teenage girl has gone missing, and Harper knows almost immediately that this girl is dead. But the secrets of her death, and the secrets of the town, are deep enough that even Harper’s special ability can’t uncover them. With hostility welling up all around them, she and Tolliver would like nothing better than to be on their way. But then another woman is murdered. And the killer’s not finished yet…”

So the only non Harry Potter book I’ve read this month is the first book in a new series I’ve started reading. You might now that I accidentally got the fourth and last book in this series secondhand a while back, thinking it was the first. I then also found book 2 and 3 secondhand, but this one, the first one, I had to get new. And in November I got it and immediately started reading it. I like this book, and I think I will like the rest of the series as well. It’s not Rituals though, which is what I compare literally everything to at the moment. It’s not a book that I’ve had stuck in my head after reading it, that I can’t stop thinking about and that I can’t wait to read more of.
However, like I said, I did like it. It is in between Young Adult and New Adult, I’d say, although definitely more NA. I can’t entirely figure out if I would classify this as something Urban Fantasy or not. The thing that makes this kind of magical/fantasy is the fact that Harper can sense dead people, but other than that it’s kind of more mystery/crime-y. I enjoyed the combination of the two though. It didn’t disappoint, but it didn’t blow me away either, so I ended up giving it 3 stars. 

harry potter and the chamber of secrets – j.k. rowling

“Harry Potter is a wizard. He is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Little does he know that this year will be just as eventful as the last…”

Although not my favourite Harry Potter book, I still enjoyed my reread of The Chamber Of Secrets. Last time I tried to reread these books I got stuck on the second one, so I am happy I got through this time. I don’t know what it is about this book  (probably the GIANT SPIDERS) but I just don’t enjoy it as much as the others. I still gave it 4 stars though, because although I don’t like this one as much as some other books, I still love Hogwarts and the whole Harry Potter universe 🙂

harry potter and the prisoner of azkaban – j.k. rowling

“Harry Potter, along with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, is about to start his third year at Hogwards School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry can’t wait to get back to school after the summer holidays. (Who wouldn’t f they lived with the horrible Dursleys?) But when Harry gets to Hogwards, the atmosphere is tense. There’s and escaped mass murderer on the loose, and the sinister prison guards of Azkaban have been called in to guard the school…”

This is my sister’s favourite Harry Potter book. She must have read it at least 35 times, I’m not kidding. I like this one a lot as well, definitely more than the second  one, and I love that you can also kind of feel the shift from children’s book to a little more grownup maybe. One this I love about this book of course is Serious, is there anyone that doesn’t love Serious Black? And one thing that my sister pointed out that I actually hadn’t realized is that this is the only book that doesn’t center around Voldemort. I mean, he is mentioned, but it is about Serious. I don’t really know if that matters to me too much, but it is kind of refreshing I guess.. Anyways, 5 stars from me!

harry potter and the goblet of fire – j.k. rowling

“The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can’t wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and there are spells to be learnt and (unluckily) Potions and Divination lessons to be attended. But Harry can’t know that the atmosphere is darkening around him, and his worst enemy is preparing a fate that it seems will be inescapable …”

I can’t believe how fast I flew through this one. I honestly didn’t think I would finish it before December, but clearly I did. Well, sort of, I finished this in the very first half hour of December, but I still think it counts as a November read. I literally spent 3 days with my nose in this book every free moment and must’ve read about 200 pages a day (exactly 200 pages a day considering this one has 636 pages and the first day I read about 35). I am now properly getting into the books that I haven’t read for YEEAAAARS so that’s very exciting, and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I had forgotten so much of the story, but then I also surprised myself by remembering certain bits really well. Obviously because of the Triwizard Tournament this is very action packed which I loved, and it has definitely made a shift towards a more grownup audience. There are also some more annoying bits and characters coming up in this book and the next ones (Rita Skeeter for example) which I feel isn’t the case with the first three (okay, except for Lockhart) but it’s also just getting more and more exciting! Again, 5 stars

Soooo.. that is all I’ve read last month. Quite good, right? I already know I will finish the last 3 Harry Potter books in December, but I am excited to see what other books I will read this month. The new Rivers of London, probably. I might continue the Harper Connelly series. I most likely will give my first bookish purchase of December a shot (SPOILER ALERT it’s another Harry Potter-ish book 😉 ). We shall see in the new year… 😏

Thanks for stopping by ❤

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