November & December ’20 Wrap Up

Hey ya’ll!

I thought sharing this post soooo late would be really weird. I went back and forth on posting or not for awhile. I also thought about adding all of this to a new post covering everything I’ve read since this post, but I thought that might be too long. Ultimately, because I had most of the post written and gathering dust since I started it, I decided to share it anyway. If you are interested in knowing my thoughts on books and life from late last year, keep reading!

SO let’s get started!

Personal Thoughts

November and December brought a lot of stress which isn’t surprising considering how 2020 behaved itself the whole year haha. However, I am very proud of how I finished up my first semester in my new university. I managed to maintain my 4.0 GPA from one college to another, despite the fact that I wasn’t really trying to. That definitely brought me a lot of joy towards the end of the year. It was also great to get lost a little bit into the holidays and rejoice in the health and safety of my family at the end of the year. I have a lot of hopeful expectations for 2021 regardless of how the last few years have gone though they are mostly for me and what I hope to continue to create for myself. I’d love to know how the end of last year was for you!

Library Book Haul

November

December

Book Haul

November

December

Books I Read

November

  1. Beard with Me (Winston Brothers #6) by Penny Reid –  I am really happy to have continued with this series because I’ve been waiting through five books to hear this story. It was great to be able to see this family in the past, as they were growing up and to understand how their relationships got to where they are in the present. I loved Scarlet and Billy as teens and felt so hopeless while reading because as you read, you know it won’t turn out well. However, I still loved this story and it made me so much more excited to read the last book!
  2. Beard Necessities (Winston Brothers #7) by Penny Reid – I think this is my favorite book of this series! I think second chance romance is becoming one of my favorite tropes because of this duo and everything they went through together. I loved the humor in this story and how we finally get to see everyone all together in one place and working toward making their sibling and their friend happy. Everything about this made it an amazing conclusion and I wanted to reread it as soon as I was done haha.
  3. Engagement and Espionage (Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries #1) by Penny Reid –  Because I loved the Winston Brothers series so much, I jumped on reading this other companion series featuring one of the earlier couples. This couple was one of my favorites of the series and I always wanted more from them so I was really excited to see a more current series where we fill in some of the gaps from the first series. This was hilarious, sweet and also intriguing. I love the combination of romance and mystery and I am really excited to read the rest of the series.
  4. Moonlighter (The Company #1) by Sarina Bowen – I picked up this book because of the male lead. I am a big fan of the Brooklynn Bruisers series by Sarina Bowen and Eric Bayer has been a big part of it but never got the spotlight until now. However, this definitely wasn’t one of my favorites. I think the security company story line will get more interesting as this particular series develops but for this first book it was strange. I wanted more about Eric and hockey because that was his niche though I really liked how the ending keeps him in Brooklynn Bruisers. I am hopeful for the rest of this series though this was a little lackluster.
  5. The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3) by Rick Riordan – While this definitely isn’t one of my favorite series by Uncle Rick, I really enjoyed this conclusion. The whole series was interesting and I really loved the cast of characters. This series kind of grew on me the more I read it and I am glad I picked it up. It makes me more confident to try more of Rick Riordan’s books that aren’t part of the Percy universe, so I might try the Egyptian mythology trilogy as well.
  6. Man Hands (Man Hands #1) by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby – After finishing Moonlighter, I wanted to see more of Sarina Bowen’s backlog because I really enjoy her books. I found this series which she co-wrote and figured I would give it a shot. It was interesting enough to continue reading but this book definitely wasn’t mind blowing or a new favorite. I loved the heroine in this one however! She was hilarious and super relatable.

December

  1. Man Card (Man Hands #2) by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby – I continued on with the series because I really liked the side characters from the first book and they absolutely shined in this one! It was a really well-done enemies to lovers with lots of hilarious banter and it was great. It still wasn’t one of my favorites and I feel like the rest of the series will be the same way: easy to read, quick and fun.
  2. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo – Re-read! I got to reread this for a class this semester. I was so freaking excited because this is one of my favorite books of all time. Every time I read this or sections from this book, it blows me even more away. It was amazing to be able to look at this academically as well and discuss it with classmates. I can’t wait to reread it again!
  3. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds –  In order to complete an assignment with some friends who also read The Poet X, we buddy read this book and discussed how they use poetry to convey similar yet unique situations. I wasn’t sure what this book was going to be about and it was amazing. I was blown away by the writing and the characters and how much was packed into an elevator ride. Would most definitely recommend to anyone but also if you love novels in verse.
  4. Love at First Sight (Dimple and Rishi #2.5) by Sandhya Menon – I really wanted to read this little novella because I loved this series! It was super cute and fun. I also really liked seeing the protagonists of the third book interact before I read their story because it gave me a good idea about how they’re starting.
  5. Boy Toy (Man Hands #3) by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby – I think this was my least favorite of the series so far. This couple had a lot of different issues they had to confront and deal with. It was messier than I usually want my romances to be but it was still great to experience and I had a fun time reading.
  6. Man Cuffed (Man Hands #4) by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby – This was my last read of the year and I think it was my favorite book of this series. I really loved the heroine’s personality. I found her really funny and bubbly and I loved the contrast she had with the hero. I was laughing out loud the whole time so if you’re interested in any of these books, try this one!

Challenges Update

    • Goodreads Reading Challenge – 98/50 (196%)
    • Read It While It’s Hot Challenge – 10/12
    • Finishing the Series Challenge – 11/12

So that’s it for this post! Thank you so much for taking the time to read my extremely late wrap up! I am already working on another post to catch ya’ll up on my 2021 reads as well as some books that I have also managed to review (gasp!) I also wanted to let everyone know that I am becoming much more active on Instagram, so follow me there if you’d like day to day updates on everything I’m reading. Have a great day!

2 thoughts on “November & December ’20 Wrap Up

  1. SARA HI! congratulations friends! i know focusing on school in the middle of a pandemic was super stressful and hard, so go you!! don’t worries about being late with posts, i’m still trying to catch with my march 2021 wrap up 🥴 oops? lol can’t wait for you content! 💖

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