November Wrap Up (+TBR)

My most important news of the month is that I finally made my blogger dream come true!!!! My review of Distress Signals got quoted in the new edition. And if that wasn’t enough, some of my favorite bloggers got quoted as well.

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☼ Books I Read ☼

A Murder In Time ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My Sister’s Bones ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Portraits of the Dead ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

Love You To Death ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tall Oaks ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Close Your Eyes ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Beautiful Dead ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Before The Fall ⭐️⭐️⭐️

A Poisonous Journey ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Murder On The Mineapolis ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Liar ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Behind Her Eyes ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What Remains Of Me  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (RTC)

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My favorites? Tall Oaks, of course, A Murder In Time and Murder On The Minneapolis. I also loved What Remains Of Me. But I actually liked them all. Before The Fall was a bit disappointing though.

☼ Books I Got ☼

Authors:

  • Hingston’s Box (Decima Blake)

Publishers

  • Behind Her Eyes (Sarah Pinborough)
  • Witches of New York (Ami McKay)
  • Little Deaths (Emma Flint)

Netgalley:

  • A Mother’s Confession (Kelly Rimmer)
  • If the Creek Don’t Rise (Leah Weiss)
  • The Magdalen Girls (V.S. Alexander)
  • The Marriage Lie (Kimberley Belle)
  • Before the Rains (Dinah Jefferies)
  • Pachinko (Min Jin Lee)
  • Ragdoll (Daniel Cole)

Friends (Thanks Kim!!!)

  • The Good Girl (Mary Kubica)
  • Eeny Meeny (MJ Alridge)

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☼ Possible December TBR ☼

Witches of New York (Currently reading)

A Mother’s Confession

The Bird Tribunal

Manipulated Lives

Hingston’s Box

Witness

Silent Scream

Miles Of Flies

The Magdalen Girls

Stalked

The Watcher

The Marriage Lie

Rattle

☼ Mini-Debate 

I’d love to debate Behind Her Eyes, but I believe it’s better to wait until more people have read it. So, what do you prefer: series or standalones? I’ve been thinking about this topic for a while, especially because I’m so behind in everything. And I think I actually prefer standalones.

Yes, I’ve loved and enjoyed amazing series these past few years and the connection is deeper when you’ve known the characters for a longer time… but it also has its disadvantages. I hate falling in love with a book and knowing the sequel won’t ever top it. And what about when someone recommends you a series that’s got already 10 installments? UGH. How am I supposed to read all of them and keep up with all the pending reviews?

I’ve been wanting to continue reading Rizzoli & Isles, start Angela Marson’s books as well as Sharon Bolton’s series… I need to read the sequel to A Gilded Grave and continue with Richard Montanari. Tana French’s novels. Read The Teacher (I read number 2). And of course, Robert Dugoni’s #4, Karin Slaughter’s #3 and Camilla Lackberg’s #9.  TOO MANY.

Have you read any of these? 🙂 

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Annie

In a past life I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves to listen to old songs and watch American movies from the nineties. I enjoy reading mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

55 thoughts on “November Wrap Up (+TBR)

  1. Congrats on your quote! Your question is hard but I think I prefer series. I have been reading series currently and even though sometimes is hard to keep up, as there are so many books to read, I enjoy the fact that your favorite characters doesn’t go with the first book, you get more of them 🙂 Woow you read a lot of books this month 🙂

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    1. Yes, I think most people agree with you, and I love getting to know them more, but when the first book is so perfect, I’m always afraid it won’t be good enough!

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  2. Congratulations on the quote!Wow, that is pretty impressive. You totally deserve it and I need to read Distress Signals soon. So many wonderful books on your wrap-up and TBR. I can’t wait to read Behind Her Eyes especially after your comments about it being unusual and the ending.

    On series vs standalones, I definitely prefer standalone books. I don’t like the wait between books and sometimes the characters change so much from one book to the other or the series fails to live up to expectations overtime. I like the DCI Erik Foster Series by Robert Bryndza though.

    Have a wonderful December ❤

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    1. ❤ Thank you Diana! I loved getting the notification about the quote, now I need to buy the book! If you want, I can send you via mail the other copy I have? (the one without the quote). Just let me know! I agree with you about standalones. I like some series too, but it's so overwhelming!

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  3. Congratulations on being quoted !!! Wow you have read a lot of books, and there are so many on your reading list too ! I wish I could read Behind her Eyes too but publishers seem to think Belgium is too far away. Anyway, there are still plenty of other books to read. I kind of like standalones but simply because I always seem to read the first in a series and move on to another series. Quite often I really like them but I never follow these up because there is too much time and other books in between and when I see they are releasing their 5th book already I know it’s no use to hurry up reading anymore ;-). Happy reading in December !!

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      1. No, thank you so much for sharing your insider info ;-). I’ve only had the one of What Alice Knew and I’m not sure I’ll be receiving any more ;-). I’ve sent out a few mails and tweets already to different publishers but usually no one even bothers to answer me. Killer Reads was all good for a proof until I said I lived in Belgium. Maybe I can’t sell myself all that good, or they just don’t like my reviews :-).

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        1. Hahaha Try the UK ones, Killer Reads won’t send to me either. I always say I love the cover so they feel guilty and want to send me the actual proof and not the e-copy 😄

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  4. Congrats on being quoted Annie! That’s so exciting. I haven’t heard of Distress Signals but I’m going to check it out for sure. Other than Sharon Bolton’s Lacey Flint series, I prefer Standalones. I just can’t commit to most series books and I feel like authors tend to hold back sometimes or drag things out because there’s another book coming in the series. But I really do want to give Camilla Lackberg and Peter James series a try in the new year.

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    1. I think you’ll love Distress Signals. It’s such a great book, there was only one thing that bothered me but the more I think about the story, the more I think it was an amazing read. Yes, I agree with you on that. SO MANY BOOKS!

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  5. You are a reading machine! Congratulations on being quoted. That’s very exciting and a great compliment to you. Have a lovely day!

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  6. Congrats on getting your quote in the book. I’m impressed if they mention my thoughts on Amazon 😉 Absolutely know what you mean about series as I missed a very long period of reading and am now starting at the end and trying to work my way back. Thank god for long commutes and audio books. If you’re going to hit a series though, definitely recommend Angela Marsons. They’re pacy reads and suck you right in. Loved them

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    1. Haha It’s my next series for sure, Ive been meaning to read her forever… I’m sure I will enjoy them, now I just need to find the time!! Ive never listened to any audiobook! :O

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  7. What a brilliant selection of reads for November – I like to read a mixture of stand-alone novels and series. The Tana Frenc series is quite different as although it is a series, you don’t have one main character as is normal in crime fiction- one character from the previous book may be more prominent in the next. Angela Marsons is brilliant, as is Sharon Bolton’s books!

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    1. 😀 Yay thanks for that about Tana French, I didn’t like the first one much (well, to be honest, i only hated the ending, the rest of the book was great) but I wanted to give her another chance!

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            1. Possibly 😉 I intend living an extraordinarily long time and spending my retirement reading. By the time that happens I’ll probably not be able to afford to buy them, so I’m stockpiling now.

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  8. Wow, such an amazing month! Congratulations on getting your quote featured inside a book, that is absolutely amazing! Definitely should be something to be proud of. As for the debate, I think I’ll go with standalones as well. Being able to deliver a compelling story with fantastic characters and a perfect world-building in one neat book will always impress me more than a series. And of course, series are dangerous.. with all the expectations that you could have for the next book (but I do love those successful series though!)

    – Lashaan

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    1. Why didn’t I get this notification? 😦 So sorry! Thanks for the comment ❤ I agree with you, series are dangerous lol WHAT IF I DONT LIKE THE NEXT ONE?

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  9. You had such a fantastic month! But I am shaking my head at you for reminding me that November is officially over.. sigh ❤ I am not ready. I need to heal so I can get in the spirit of things and wrap up a few (by a few I mean a lot of things).

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