THE BOOKS WE READ IN NOVEMBER 2021

RACHAEL

It’s time to share the books we read in November! This month I’ve managed to read 6 books, which I am pretty impressed with! I’ve read some great books which i’m incredibly excited to share with you all, including some brand new favourites.

In October I kind of fell out of love with reading and it took me a LONG time just to get through one book which really affected my reading mood. I’ve been sharing lots of book updates as Pinterest ideas, which I’m actually really enjoying!

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ROCK PAPER SCISSORS BY ALICE FEENEY

SYNOPSIS: Ten years of marriage. Ten years of secrets. An anniversary they’ll never forget.

Adam and Amelia are spending the weekend in the Scottish Highlands. The remote location is perfect for what they have planned. But when their romantic trip takes a dark turn, they both start to wonder – can they trust the one they’re with? Because every couple tells little white lies. Only for Adam and Amelia, the truth is far more dangerous.

MY RATING : ★★★★★

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I absolutely LOVED this book! I listened to it via Scribd (you can get 60 days free by clicking the link) and really enjoyed consuming the story that way. The narrators were great, the plot was INSANE and it honestly had me shocked numerous times!

I find it really hard to be thrilled by thrillers anymore as i’ve read so many but this one had me gasping!

 

THE WEDDING NIGHT BY HARRIET WALKER

SYNOPSIS: When Lizzie calls off her wedding in the south of France only a week before the big day, not even her closest friends know why. But since the chateau is already paid for, they figure it’s the perfect place to take Lizzie’s her mind off her suddenly single state.

But when the group arrives, the wedding is waiting for them – food, flowers, and all. The next day, Lizzie wakes to find her friends have drunkenly revelled in the wedding-that-wasn’t – but not all their antics were benign. Someone is set on tormenting Lizzie, and she can’t think who.

MY RATING: ★★★

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This is marketed as a thriller however it is definitely more of a mystery, so I was slightly disappointed as that isn’t what I was expecting. I really enjoyed the different characters and reading from all their different perspectives (although it did take me a while to figure out who was who, who was connected to who and how). The plot did feel veryyyy drawn out and some sentences were just….too long – very overly descriptive when there was no need.

 

 

THE LOVE HYPOTHESIS BY ALI HAZELWOOD

SYNOPSIS: As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn’t believe in lasting romantic relationships but her best friend does, and that’s what got her into this situation. Convincing Anh that Olive on her way to a happily ever after was always going to be tough, scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting woman, Olive panics and kisses the first man she sees.

That man is none other than Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor and well-known ass. Which is why Olive is positively floored when he agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend.

MY RATING: ★★★★★

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*ARC Massively hyped over in the Bookstagram/Book Tok world, and I completely understand why! Hate to love is my absolute favourite trope ever, closely followed by fake dating so this book was perfect for me! I can’t recommend this book enough; if you love snarky banter, sexual tension and all the fun that follows – you need to read this!

 

BOOKS WE READ IN NOVEMBER

KINGDOM OF THE CURSED BY KERRI MANISCALCO

SYNOPSIS: With the enigmatic Prince of Wrath at her side, Emilia sold her soul to become Queen of the Wicked and travelled to the Seven Circles to fulfil her vow of avenging her beloved sister. But the first rule in the court of the Wicked? Trust no one. And it quickly becomes clear that nothing in Hell is what it seems. Even Wrath, her onetime ally, may be keeping secrets about his true nature. But that suits Emilia just fine – she’s got secrets of her own.

Faced with backstabbing courtiers, princes who delight in fear, luxurious palaces, dazzling galas, and conflicting clues about what truly happened to her sister, Emilia finds herself on a mission to unlock the mysteries of her own past and uncover the answers she craves. As long as her sins don’t catch up to her first . . .

MY RATING: ★★★★

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I won’t go too much into detail about my thoughts for this as it is the second in a series BUT I will say; I really enjoyed the first book Kingdom Of The Wicked, and this one was even better. The pacing was better, the characters seemed more intriguing and the smut went up a serious level – which I really appreciate in fantasy!

 

BOOKS WE READ IN NOVEMBER

AWK-WEIRD BY AVERY FLYNN

SYNOPSIS: There’s more to me than just being awk-weird. I own my own flower shop, have some great friends, and I have my eye on adopting the most adorable kitten. But sadly, hot guys don’t tend to be blown away by my trivia-spouting, dorky self.

So when a Thor-lookalike who happens to be a professional hockey player hits on me at my bestie’s wedding rehearsal party… You better believe I climbed that tree like a cat. And the fact that it happened not once, not twice, but three times? Yeah, that’s pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a woman like me. There’s zero chance I’ll end up ever seeing him again…right? Until the pregnancy test comes up positive.

MY RATING: ★★★

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Another book I listened to via Scribd. Really easy listening whilst doing other things; working, tidying ect. The plot was fun and it had me laughing out loud in parts! I did find the main character Tessa REALLY infuriating with some of her logic and the decisions she made, but I understand it was there to add to the plot. It just felt really repetitive.

 

TRUST ME BY T.M. LOGAN

SYNOPSIS: TWO STRANGERS. A CHILD. AND A SPLIT SECOND CHOICE THAT WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING.

The chance encounter. Ellen was just trying to help a stranger. Giving a few minutes respite to a flustered young mother sitting opposite her on the train. A few minutes holding her baby while the woman makes an urgent call. Five minutes pass. Ten.

The twist. As the train pulls into a station, Ellen is stunned to see the woman step off the train and rush away down the platform, leaving her baby behind. Then she discovers a note in the baby’s bag, three desperate lines scrawled hastily on a piece of paper: Please protect Mia, Don’t trust the police, Don’t trust anyone.

MY RATING: ★★★

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The beginning of this book is one of the best I’ve read! The action and mystery aspect got going from the very first page and I was completely hooked! It constantly kept me guessing and although the ending was slightlyyyy predictable, it didn’t ruin my enjoyment at all!

 

 

JADE

Ok, so I severely let myself down on the reading front this month. For someone who runs a book club, not making even a tiny chink in my TBR list is a shambles! Let’s just say life took over, I did manage to read the December book club pick too but you’ll have to keep an eye our for that (no spoilers!) However, the book that I have delved into this month have been pretty damn glorious.

BOOKS WE READ IN NOVEMBER

MRS. MORRIS AND THE GHOST BY TRACI WILTON

A grieving young widow, Charlene needed a new start–so she bought a historic mansion, sight unseen, and drove from Chicago to New England to start turning it into a bed-and-breakfast.

On her first night in the house, she awakens to find a handsome man with startling blue eyes in her bedroom. Terror turns to utter disbelief when he politely introduces himself as Jack Strathmore–and explains that he used to live here–when he was alive. He firmly believes that someone pushed him down the stairs three years ago, and he won’t be able to leave until someone figures out who. If Charlene wants to get her business up and running in time for the Halloween tourist rush, and get this haunting houseguest out of the way, she’ll have to investigate.

Though truth be told, this ghost is starting to grow on her . . .

MY RATING: ★★★★★

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REVIEW: I absolutely loved this book and would definitely recommend it if you’re into a nice, easy, well-written read with the perfect hint of murder and mystery. This book is the first in the series as well, so if you fall in love with it like me, you’re set for a good 5 books!

 

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3 Comments

  1. December 8, 2021 / 1:44 pm

    Rock Paper Scissors looks fantastic! I’ll be adding this one to my TBR list

  2. December 8, 2021 / 3:07 pm

    You certainly read some of the most hyped books lately. I enjoyed The Love Hypothesis and while I don’t think it’s quite as deserving of the intense hype it receives (my personal opinion, of course), I did find it really cute! I hope you enjoy your December reads just as thoroughly 🙂

  3. December 9, 2021 / 10:39 pm

    I really want to read The Love Hypothesis, I’ve heard such mixed opinions! Awk-weird sounds like a fun one too 🙂 x

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