November Wrap-up

I have noticed a pattern in my reading. Every October and November, when I get lots of schoolwork, I lose my motivation to read many books. This November, that was the case too. I don’t beat myself up for it though. It is what it is. Reading is still just a hobby for me. Anyway, let’s get into this wrap-up!


reading

This month I read a total of three books. To be fair, I also read a large chunk of both The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami.

10433091Delicacy by David Foenkinos

Goodreads

How to review this book? I wouldn’t say it’s badly written or has a bad storyline. I liked the grief portion and the relatively slow build of the romance. I was a fan of both Markus and Nathalie. I had two main problems with this book though. The first is the predictability. I saw everything coming and was thus very bored throughout. I wrestled my way through for French class, but I definitely would’ve DNF’d it if I could. Well actually, I would have never picked it up. My second problem was Charles. He was so so so annoying! I couldn’t stand him. He only whined. I was also irritated by the fact that he is presented as a love interest and believes himself to be one, even though he’s MARRIED! Overall, I gave this 2.5 out of 5 stars. I would only recommend this if you’re looking for a light, brainless read and even then I would recommend an array of other novels first.

23170126Eilandgasten by Vonne van der Meer

Goodreads

This is the second book I had to read for school this month, for my Dutch class this time. The book hasn’t been translated to English, but in my opinion you’re not really missing out. The novel was just okay. It was better than the last book I had to read for Dutch, so that’s something, right? I felt the book often lacked depth and I was left wanting more. The author was ticking boxes of ‘difficult subjects’ with each story, but didn’t properly execute any of them. There were very few characters I cared about and I wasn’t the biggest fan of the writing style. Overall, I gave this 2.5 out of 5 stars and I wouldn’t recommend it.

35216509They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Goodreads

Now onto the only book in this post that I would actually recommend. I did it! I finally read an Adam Silvera and jumped on board the hype train. I really liked this and was surprised by how emotional it was. Yes, I know. EVERYBODY says it’s heart-breaking , but for some reason I didn’t think it would hit me that hard. Boy, was I wrong. I was full-on sobbing by the end of this novel. Even though I read it in short chunks whenever I had the time, I quickly built and attachment to the characters. I really liked the writing style as well. The book had a good flow to it and read very quickly. The plot was nicely constructed. I’m already looking forward to reading another of Silvera’s works! (I asked What If It’s Us for Christmas 🙂 ) Ultimately, I gave this 4 out of 5 stars.


on the blog

This month, I celebrated my blog’s second birthday! Can you believe I’ve been blogging for two whole years? I can’t! Thanks again to everyone who has supported me!

Here’s an overview of everything I posted in November:

Bullet Journal

Festive December Bullet Journal Set-up!

Self-love

Social media detox 2.0

Tags and Memes

Reading Habits Tag // 2 years later

Down the TBR hole #13

Wrap-up

That’s a wrap! // October

Other

Top 5 books I’m itching to re-read!

2 year anniversary!


THE ONE I’M MOST PROUD OF:

Festive December Bullet Journal Set-up!


How was your month? Have you read any of the books I read in November? What was your favourite post of mine in the past month? Chat with me in the comments!


I hope you enjoyed this post. Thanks for reading! See you next time!

Love,

eva 2.0

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7 thoughts on “November Wrap-up

  1. Hi *waves* I just came across your blog!

    Great wrap up post. I’ve heard SO MANY amazing things about They Both Die in the End and somehow don’t own a copy yet. :S I’ve never read anything from Adam and the hype is kind of scary.

    I also see from your about page that you live in Belgium? Brugges is one of my all-time favourite places in the world and I love the Belgium culture (you guys have the best food). Is there anywhere in Belgium you would recommend I visit?

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    • Hi! *waves back*

      Thanks😃 I felt the same way before picking up TBDATE. The hype is real with Adam Silvera books! I’m happy to report this one didn’t disappoint😉

      I do indeed! It’s awesome to hear that you love Bruges! I do too😃 We do have delicious food haha. As for my recommendation, it depends on what you like. Bruges is the best place for history as the whole city is full of historic buildings, to a much larger extent than any of the other cities. Antwerp and Ghent are great as well. They’re a lot more vibrant and lively than Bruges. In the South of Belgium you have a stunning region with forests. It’s a lovely place to hike. ( The Dutch name is Ardennen, but I don’t know how you say it in English.)

      Thanks for your comment!

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      • I went to Antwerp to do an Escape Room one evening when I was on a European road trip, but we went really late at night and it was pouring with rain, so I didn’t get a chance to explore anything really, so it’s nice to know it would be worth a revisit! I haven’t visited Ghent at all although the name makes it sound cool 😀

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