November 2018 Monthly Recap

Hello everyone! November was busy, and I’ve still had difficulty finding time for reviews… but I am actually pleasantly surprised with how many I was able to write. Not only did I get to all the ARCs I’d committed to, but I also got to some other books too!

402045This month, there are technically no DNF (did not finish) books. Technically because I’m not counting the books I partly read for school but was considering reviewing. For my King Arthur class, we had to read sections out of both The Once and Future King by T. H. White and The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I was like, “hey, these are fantasy classics right? Maybe I could go ahead and read the whole thing for review?” But it turns out I hate both of them. Especially Mists of Avalon. It’s just the worst. And once you know what a terrible person the author was, the book gets five million times more creepy and gross. So I’m sticking to the 200 odd pages I have to leave for class and will be thankful once I get through it.


I’ve got some reviews in the works for December… but I haven’t gotten much actually written yet. Here’s what I do have:

  • A review of European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss
  • A review of Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Here’s what I’m working on:

  • A review of In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
  • A review of Minimum Wage Magic by Rachel Aaron
  • A review of Kingdom of Needle and Bone by Mira Grant
  • A review of Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst
  • A review of Failure to Communicate by Kaia Sønderby
  • A review of Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao
  • A review of Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

As you can see, I am very far behind on reviews. Worst comes to worst, I may have to take time off the blog again to get through exams and have time to write my senior seminar on Barnes and Noble and final paper for the King Arthur class (it’s going to be something about women and magic in Le Morte d’Arthur, but I haven’t figured out the specifics).

But once the semester ends in December… I will have a glorious few weeks of break! You can bet I will use it to catch up on reviewing and to bury myself in new books. I’ll also be putting together some of my standard “end of the year” posts, such as a list of new releases for January and February. Also, I’m working on my “best SFF releases of 2018” post. Most of my reading for December will either be January’s ARCs (which includeThe Girl King by Mimi Yu) or 2018 releases that I missed the first time around. Here is my non-exhaustive list of books I’m wildly optimistic about reading before I make my “best of” list:

  • The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander
  • A Cathedral of Myth and Bone by Kat Howard
  • Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews
  • The Descent of Monsters by JY Yang
  • All the Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma
  • Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson
  • Deadline by Stephanie Ahn
  • The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards
  • A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White
  • Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller
  • Impostors by Scott Westerfeld
  • Breach by W.L. Goldwater
  • A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland
  • How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin

Do you know of any other books I should try to squeeze in? I doubt I’ll be able to fit everything in, but I’ll give it my best shot.


Reviews from November

4 stars

Exit Strategy by Martha Wells

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

3 1/2 stars

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

3 stars

Toxic by Lydia Kang

City of Broken Magic by Mirah Bolender


Non-review posts from November:

I posted a series of essays originally written for my college class on Arthurian literature and film:

And that’s about it for me. How was your November? How is December looking for you?

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Tammy says:

    I’m also trying to catch up in December, with books I missed earlier in the year. Luckily I don’t have many December review books, so I want to get ahead and read some January books as well. Good luck to both of us!

    1. Sarah Waites says:

      I’m very glad December isn’t a huge month for releases. It gives me time to catch up. 🙂

  2. Ahoy there! I have to agree with yer assessment on Once and Future King by T. H. White and The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I liked part of the White book but got bored and stopped reading it. I read Mists because people told me it had girl power. I despised and loathed it. I didn’t finish that one either. The facts of those two books have subsequently fallen out of me noggin and I be okay with that. T.H. White as an author and person is somewhat fascinating. He is talked about a lot in the book H. is for Hawk. As for Bradley. Ugh. I wish I would never have paid for that darn book. Arrr!
    x The Captain

    1. Sarah Waites says:

      I’m going to have to write an essay on Bradley that will involve watching a three hour film version of The Mists of Avalon. I am so not looking forward to it.

      1. Ugh! I didn’t even know there was a movie version. Ye have me deepest sympathies. Truly.
        x The Captain

      2. Sarah Waites says:

        I actually talked to my professor and am going to write about Monty Python instead!

      3. How did ye manage that !?! I be happy for you.
        x The Captain

      4. Sarah Waites says:

        Monty Python was one of the other films we watched, and as I was having some mental health issues with Mists of Avalon, I asked to write on Monty Python instead. We just had our last day of class discussion, so Mists of Avalon is thankfully behind me!

      5. Glad to hear it. I am not a huge Monty Python fan but at least it is a much better topic for ye. Arrr!
        x The Captain

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