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Reading Challenge: November Update

November Book Challenge ListI don’t know where my head was last night. But apparently, I forgot to finish this post and instead of saving it as a draft, I scheduled it. So I apologize to anyone who read this before I was able to pull it down this evening.

Last month was another productive month on the book front and it looks like December is going to be extremely busy for me. So far I have four blog tours and several author requested reviews for this month. Add to that, the fact I still have five challenges left to accomplish and I better start hitting the books. Metaphorically, of course. I don’t believe in book abuse. Just reading overdoses.

Sorry, it’s late and my sense of humor gets a little weird. I hope everyone has a great holiday season and I look forward to getting to know more of you and seeing more posts from my fellow bloggers!

For the month of November, I read the following books:

TwilightTwilight by Joss Whedon

Challenge: A book with nonhuman characters, book with a one-word title, a book set in a different country, a book you can finish in a day, a book with a love triangle, a book with magic, a graphic novel, a book based on a TV show

Review: Finally after several volumes, we get some insight to Twilight. Even more so, we discover Twilight is not a person. Ironically, Whedon pokes fun at the Twilight books by having Buffy point out that her vampire lover was far better than Edward. But there’s a lot in this volume and for the most part it’s all great. The best part is the appearance of Angel, … Read More

Life After the Undead CoverLife After the Undead by Pembroke Sinclair

Challenge: A book with nonhuman characters, a book by a female author, a book you can finish in a day, a book with antonyms, a book set in the future, a book by an author you’ve never read before

Review: If you asked me a few years ago, I would have said I absolutely hated zombies. I wouldn’t read anything about them nor watch anything about them. In truth, they freaked me out a bit. Most likely because to me, it seems as if the idea of a “zombie” is more plausible than any other type of supernatural or paranormal creature. I mention this, because it’s my past views on such… Read More

The Masked TruthThe Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong

Challenge: A book published this year, a book by a female author, a mystery or thriller, book from an author you love but haven’t read,

Review:This is a completely different book than what I would normally expect from Kelley Armstrong. It’s a solid thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat every time you have to put the book down. I found myself wondering exactly what was going on and why someone would want to take a bunch of kids hostage… Read More

The Lost Art of Second ChancesThe Lost Art of Second Chances by Courtney Hunt

Challenge: A book published this year, a book by a female author, a mystery or thriller, a book set in a different country, a book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit, a book by an author you’ve never read before

Review: For most people, there are key choices in our past that severely altered our lives. Sometimes these are for the better, sometimes for the worst. This particular book shows how two couples take every curve ball life throws at them and make new lives for themselves… Read More

TWD Vol 23 - Whispers Into ScreamsThe Walking Dead Vol. 23: Whispers Into Screams by Robert Kirkman

Challenge: A book published this year, a book with nonhuman characters, book from an author you love but haven’t read, a book you can finish in a day, a book with antonyms, a graphic novel, a book turned into a TV show

Review: This is a particularly interesting volume because the majority of it actually takes places away from Rick and the majority group. In fact, it seems as if Carl is starting to become a more prominent character in this series. Which is great, because he’s a teenager (I think?) at this point in time and he’s the future for the survivors. Settling into his new home on the Hilltop,… Read More

Junior InquisitorJunior Inquisitor by Lincoln S. Farish

Challenge: A book published this year, a book with nonhuman characters, a mystery or thriller, a book by an author you’ve never read before

Review: I was so excited the day I received an e-mail about being a winner of a signed copy of this book. One, I rarely win anything and two, the whole reason I even entered the giveaway was because the book itself looked really interesting. Especially since I have been trying to branch out from my usual stream of mysteries and young adult paranormal books. But still, the cover… Read More

Kristy and the SnobsKristy and the Snobs by Ann M. Martin

Challenge: A book by a female author, a book you can finish in a day, a book from your childhood, a book based turned into a TV show

Review: Ann M. Martin writes about how this is a book of firsts, the first book about Kristy and her new family, Kristy’s new neighborhood, the first time a pet dies, etc. But what she failed to do was make Kristy seem sympathetic in regards to her feelings towards the other kids in her neighborhood. Sure, Kristy goes to a public school and wears normal clothes, but she is… Read More

SecretsSecrets by Francine Pascal

Challenge: A book by a female author, book with a one-word title, a book you can finish in a day, a book from your childhood, a book set in high school, a book based turned into a TV show

Review: Maybe it’s because I read some of the later books before I ever read these earlier ones, but as I was rereading this last night I couldn’t help but wonder how these ever got popular. Jessica and Elizabeth are too polar opposite from one another that it’s actually annoying to read about their different takes on things. Jessica is so self-centered, you’d think her sister would have … Read More

Death Before DecafDeath Before Decaf by Caroline Fardig

Challenge: A book published this year, a funny book, a book by a female author, a mystery or thriller, a book based entirely on its cover, a book with a love triangle, a book by an author you’ve never read before

Review: I was really excited to see that this book took place in Nashville. I grew up right outside the city in Clarksville and love the idea of being able to reminisce about familiar landmarks that I know, even though I’m just reading a book…. Read More

TWD InvasionThe Walking Dead: Invasion by Robert Kirkman & Jay Bonansinga

Challenge: A book published this year, a book with nonhuman characters, book with a one-word title, book from an author you love but haven’t read, a book turned into a TV show

Review: You know, I really enjoyed the Governor series when it came out. It was a great way to get some much needed insight into how Woodbury and the Governor came to be. It even gave more insight into the time Rick, Michonne and the others spent captured by the Governor and his goons. But I feel it’s gone on for far too long…. Read More

Last GleamingLast Gleaming by Joss Whedon

Challenge: A book with nonhuman characters, a book set in a different country, a book you can finish in a day, a book with a love triangle, a book with magic, a book based on a TV show

Review: I’m actually really torn by this volume. I suppose a lot of it has to do with Buffy and Angel’s ascension in Twilight. To me, it seemed as if that was a bit of a preposterous idea. Then again, some of the things I’ve seen during the season eight volumes have been over the top. But can I just ask something? … Read More

WinterWinter by Marissa Meyer

Challenge: A book with more than 500 pages, a book published this year, a book with nonhuman characters, a book by a female author, book with a one-word title, a book set in a different country, book from an author you love but haven’t read, a book you can finish in a day, a book set in the future, a book with magic

Review: I won’t lie. I was a bit wary of this book. First of all, when I discovered the page count was over eight hundred, I thought the author probably tries to cram way too much into the last book. Also, it’s been my experience that books in a series rarely get better. For example, I actually disliked Scarlet when I read that book. But somehow, some way Marissa Meyer gave me new hope…. because this… Read More

The Murder HouseThe Murder House by James Patterson & David Ellis

Challenge: A book with more than 500 pages, a book published this year, a mystery or thriller, book from an author you love but haven’t read, a book you can finish in a day, a book with a love triangle, 

Review: In light of some lesser than worthy books from James Patterson, I went into this book with few hopes that it would be anything even remotely worth reading, let alone blogging about. Boy was I ever wrong... Read More

The Unknown ElementThe Unknown Element by Vince Milam

Challenge: A book published this year, A book with nonhuman characters, a mystery or thriller, a book set in a different country, a book by an author you’ve never read before

Review: Three very different individuals. A dark force rising. The chase begins. A reserved small town sheriff in pursuit of justice. A beautiful and eccentric technology genius striving to understand. A bon vivant French priest… Read More After December 3rd

Party Games Party Games by R.L. Stine

Challenge: A book published this year, a mystery or thriller, book from an author you love but haven’t read, a book you can finish in a day, a book set in high school

Review: As a fan of the original Fear Street series, I was really intrigued to find out R.L. Stine was not only updating some of them but also creating new ones. However, since they were books I absorbed as a pre-teen, I didn’t have high expectations for this particular book to blow me away. But in truth, it really kind of did. I won’t go as far to say it’s the best book ever or… Read More

FreefallFreefall by Joss Whedon

Challenge: A book with nonhuman characters, book with a one-word title, a book you can finish in a day, a book with a love triangle, a book with magic, a graphic novel, a book based on a TV show

Review: In this first volume of Season 9, we find Buffy attempting to have a normal life. She’s found an apartment to share with two new individuals and it’s time for a housewarming party. Of course, Buffy and the gang never have much luck with parties. This one turns out to be fairly normal and Buffy even finds herself randomly waking up naked and alone… Read More

Chocolate Chip Cookie MurderChocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Challenge: A book by a female author, a mystery or thriller, a book by an author you’ve never read before, a book turned into a TV show

Review: One of the challenges I have to do for this year is read a book my mother enjoys. I immediately recalled her love for Joanne Fluke’s food related murder books and figured they might be a good way to read a good book. Fortunately, I was correct. This is a really cute book and I enjoyed it so much that I am planning on picking up the next one… Read More

Candy For ChristmasCandy For Christmas by Joanne Fluke

Challenge: A book by a female author, a mystery or thriller, a book you can finish in a day, a book turned into a TV show

Review: This was an adorable little novella added to the back of Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder. I thought about including this review with my review of the book, but the two stories had two different tones and it just wouldn’t have read well. This holiday novella is about the mysterious circumstances behind a young girl’s appearance in The Cookie Jar, just a few days… Read More

Pretty Little CreaturesPretty Little Creatures by Vince Milam

Challenge: A book published this year, a book with nonhuman characters, a mystery or thriller, a book set in a different country, 

Review: EBOLA, JIHADISTS, BLOOD DIAMONDS, DRUG CARTELS, AND A DARK FORCE DRIVING EVENTS.
In pursuit, an eclectic team of three very dissimilar individuals.
A reserved small town sheriff on a reluctant quest for justice. A beautiful and eccentric technology genius striving to piece together international clues to terrorism... Read More after December 3rd

The Firma Twins and the Purple Staff of DeathThe Firma Twins and the Purple Staff of Death by D.H. Timpko

Challenge: A book published this year, a book with nonhuman characters, a book you can finish in a day, a book with a color in the title, a book with magic, a book by an author you’ve never read before

Review: As a child, I was always fascinated by Ancient Egypt. From the myths to the process of mummification, there was nothing that could sway me from thinking it was the most interesting time frame in history. As it is, the main character, Isis, also has a deep rooted fascination with the era. For her and her twin sister’s birthday, she chooses to see the mummy exhibit at the… Read More

Don't Stay Up LateDon’t Stay Up Late by R.L. Stine

Challenge: A book published this year, a mystery or thriller, book from an author you love but haven’t read, a book you can finish in a day, a book set in high school

Review: It’s funny how I really enjoyed the first book in this remake version of Fear Street. I say that because I really didn’t like this book, at all. I suppose it’s because I have years of experience when it comes to Fear Street books. They, for the most part, follow a particular pattern. But at the end of the day, there is rarely anything supernatural about these thrillers… Read More

When the Tiger KillsWhen the Tiger Kills by Vanessa Prelatte

Challenge: A book published this year, a book by a female author, a mystery or thriller, a book by an author you’ve never read before

Review: The great thing about mystery books is the fact that you never know where the story is going to take you. A fantastic mystery writer can take you on a roller coaster ride full of deception, misdirection and red herrings. Not all writers can achieve this kind of suspense, but it’s clear that Vanessa Prelatte has a masterful mind that can take two seemingly unconnected… Read More

Life and DeathThe Walking Dead Vol. 24: Life and Death by Robert Kirkman

Challenge: A book published this year, a book with nonhuman characters, book from an author you love but haven’t read, a book you can finish in a day, a book with antonyms, a graphic novel, a book turned into a TV show

Review: So it seems my hope that the Whisperers could find a way to be amicable with Rick and the rest of the colonies was short lived. It’s hard to describe them, because at times they almost seem savage-like. But when you take another look, you realize they live a more simplistic life and a judgement like that is like the European settlers’s idea of Native Americans. Regardless of… Read More

SoundlessSoundless by Richelle Mead

Challenge: A book published this year, a book with nonhuman characters, a book by a female author, book with a one-word title, a book set in a different country, book from an author you love but haven’t read,

Review: I truly wanted to love this book, but as with many of her Bloodlines books, this one just fell short in the interest factor. Don’t get me wrong, what the book promises to be, a fantasy steeped in Chinese folklore, is interesting. This book was however, not steeped in Chinese folklore and honestly if it hadn’t been for a few names, you would have never guessed the people on Fei’s… Read More

The Devil's Engine - HellraisersThe Devil’s Engine: Hellraisers by Alexander Gordon Smith

Challenge: A book published this year, a book with nonhuman characters, book with a one-word title, a book based entirely on its cover, a book by an author you’ve never read before

Review: Now before you assume my rating means this is a bad book, let me just say, it’s not. The only problem I found with this book was the person who was trying to read it, aka me. I didn’t hate this book, but I really found myself struggling to keep going through it because it just isn’t the kind of book that’s meant for me. This happens from time to time and honestly there’s nothing… Read More

On Your OwnOn Your Own by Joss Whedon

Challenge: A book with nonhuman characters, a book you can finish in a day, a book with a love triangle, a book with magic, a graphic novel, a book based on a TV show

Review: You know, I’m really torn about how I feel about this comic series. Sometimes everything makes sense and things are interesting. And then there are the times when Spike and his alien ship of bugs and the constant vagina mouthed monsters leave me wondering what the hell the creators were thinking? … Read More

Books read to date (Total): 152

Challenges completed: 45 of 50

Goosebumps Reread (Total): 2

Fear Street Reread (Total): 3

House of Night Reread (Total): 8

Sweet Valley High Reread (Total): 2

The Baby-sitters Club Reread (Total): 11

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About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

One comment on “Reading Challenge: November Update

  1. That looks like an amazing challenge, and well done keeping track of it all!! I may have to bookmark it for next year 😉

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