November Wrap-Up || December TBR (2016)


Hello, December! Today I’m writing to you from my hometown in Indonesia, after a quick weekend trip to Singapore with the family. If October was super exhausting for me, November was more… understanding. Kinder, if you will. πŸ˜‰

This month, I’ve been relying on mostly drafted posts from ages ago. I’m so backlogged with my drafts that one of the posts I published this month, I actually wrote all the way back in 2015. That’s a whole year! I’ll let you be the judge if that shows (or not), though, so here we go. πŸ™Œ

Book Reviews

Book Looks

Miscellaneous Posts

Around the Blogosphere

Most Anticipated Reads

The One Memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr

the-one-memory-of-flora-banks-emily-barrSeventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories.

That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again.

So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.

This will be my first foray into the world of fictional amnesiacs and I’m super intrigued! The blurb’s got those ~50 First Dates feels~ down to a T.



Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in storeβ€”for both of us.

I wasn’t initially planning to pick up this book — Yoon’s Everything, Everything didn’t impress me and I got a very insta-lovey sense from the blurb, but overwhelmingly positive reviews from trusted bloggers have finally swayed my attention. πŸ’ž

Every Heart A Doorway – Seanan Maguire

every-heart-a-doorway-seanan-mcguireChildren have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

Same as above: wasn’t planning to read this one because magical realism isn’t really my thing… but then, reviews. We’ll see about this one.

So, tell me, lovely people! πŸ’ž

  • How was your November? Feel free to link me to your wrap-up.
  • Any exciting Christmas/New Year plans? I’ll probably be taking a short break during those weeks, but we’ll see.
  • What book are you looking forward to read in December?

97 thoughts on “November Wrap-Up || December TBR (2016)

  1. Welcome back to Indonesia, Reg, hope you are enjoying your visit ❀ nooo I can't believe there was a post you wrote last year!! Which one was that?!! Hahaha I'm also planning to read The Sun is Also a Star and Every Heart A Doorway soon, the synopsis sounds so interesting but I've heard mixed reviews on The Sun is Also a Star. Thank you so much for featuring my post and have a wonderful December πŸ˜€


    • Thanks! I just flew back to Aus on Monday but I was there for three weeks, and I did enjoy myself. ❀️

      And it was the review for Zac and Mia, an Aus YA book, haha. I read it aaages ago and just kept pushing back the review until oops, a year (almost) has passed.

      Hope you have a wonderful December too, Puput. 😊

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  2. Looks like a great month! You’ve reviewed so many books I hope to get to soon, such as Timekeeper, Red Rising and Heartless. I should also really start Wolf by Wolf soon. And I’m highly anticipating The Sun Is Also A Star and Every Heart A Doorway πŸ™‚ I’m hoping to get to some series that I started but never finished in December.


    • Thanks, Lindsey! I highly recommend Wolf by Wolf – I loved that duology, and now is a great time to pick it up bc all the books are out. πŸ˜›

      I hope you have a great December and manage to pick up those unfinished series. πŸ’—


  3. So glad to hear you enjoyed Gena/Finn it’s one I’m really excited about reading!! I also adored Every Heart A Doorway to pieces and I feel like it’s definitely more Fantasy than magical realism, but I can see how it’s also the type of book that not everyone is gonna be into. I hope you enjoy it!! Either way I’m looking forward to seeing what you think πŸ˜€

    Thanks so much for sharing my post β™₯


  4. My November was ok, but it got really busy during Thanksgiving. I will be going on a secret trip on the 26th. I might be blogging until the 23rd. I don’t know if I will blogging during my secret trip.


  5. I’ve read so many great reviews for Every Heart a Doorway so I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it! I’m not usually one for magical realism either but it sounds interesting nonetheless! Also thank you so much for linking my post on here I really appreciate it and it means a lot to be semi-featured on such an amazing blog like yours, Reg! πŸ™‚


  6. A draft from 2015!!!? I laughed so hard! A whole year that post was waiting there, in the shadows, for its moment to shine. I’m glad it finally saw the light of the blogosphere haha. I don’t have the organizational skills/dedication to have posts saved up for later. I usually schedule one day to the next. I know I need to get better at that, though!


    • I know, I’m terrible! And there’s not only one but at least one more still… oops. πŸ˜‚

      I think you just do whatever works for you! This is good for me bc I’m too lazy to be consistent and write something every day (or week, tbh) so when I get that burst of energy I just do as much as I can. πŸ˜›


  7. Colorfully delicious post as always, Reg!
    Indonesia! You’re a lucky duck, I’ve always wanted to go. Do you have any family or friends there? I just heard about the earthquakes I hope you and everyone you know is okay.
    Wow I’m so happy you liked my prompts! I am truly honored to be in between my *heroes* Liam and Molly πŸ’œ


    • Thanks so much, Becca! I was actually born there, so literally all of my family is there. My friends are mostly spread around the globe, though. And thank you so much -yeah, everyone I know is okay. πŸ’ž

      You have the BEST ideas and you’re always so creative! I aspire to be you one day. 😘


  8. I’m glad to hear November was kinder to you ❀ I hope that'll continue into December! Every Heart A Doorway sounds really intriguing – I look forward to your thoughts on that one. πŸ˜€


    • Thanks, Cilla! I hope so too. It’s looking to be a hot month – do you have any plans for Christmas and New Year? 😊

      And yeees, Every Heart A Doorway has popped up everywhere, it feels! That cover is gorgeous. 😍


      • I’m having Christmas and New Year by myself this year, by the looks of it! My cousin’s decided to go home haha. Do you have plans?

        That cover really is beautiful *__*


        • Ooh, are you not going home as well? I just went home so won’t be going home again until at least CNY (which is like in six-ish weeks, I guess), but Christmas and New Year I’ll be spending with the bf and his family. No real plans though, just a vague idea. πŸ˜‚


          • Nope! I have Christmas and New Year off, but I pretty much have to keep working on my thesis, so it’s easier to stay put πŸ˜‚ Pretty sure I won’t be going home until August, for my friend’s wedding. Lol, your vague idea sounds nice!


            • Oh nooo, haha. I guess that makes sense if you have lots of work to do. Do you have a break from your internship?

              And August is quite a long way away. Are they visiting you soon? My family would flip if I go more than six months without visiting them, and by August I’ll have visited them probably two more times. πŸ˜‚


              • Thankfully, yes, haha. I’m starting my next internship by the end of Jan; it’s just the thesis that goes over the summer break.

                Yeah, my family is coming in Feb! I usually decline to go home more than once a year, and they haven’t demanded I change my ways. πŸ˜‚


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