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november 2020 tbr

since i don’t have any big assessments due in november (fingers crossed it’ll stay that way), perhaps this month will be good for getting some reading done. it’s getting so close to the end of the year, and i’m currently at 48/52 of my reading goal. it seems like i’ll actually reach (and hopefully exceed) my goal this year! my giant pile of tbr’s is ceaselessly growing because i keep buying secondhand classics from medimops.de (absolutely amazing site to buy secondhand books for everyone living in germany! apparently international shipping is a bit iffy, but nation-wide is pretty reliable), and i swear i’ve spent over €300 on that site in the past 4 months… it’s a bit of an addiction at this point. but who am i to pass up cheap aged copies of classic literature? my wallet says no but my heart says yes 😂

without any further ado, here’s my giant list of books i hope to read this month:

books i’ve already started:

the last wish by andrzej sapkowski (75%)

goodreads synopsis:

Geralt the Witcher—revered and hated—is a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent.

But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good… and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.

illuminae by amie kaufman and jay kristoff (5%)

goodreads synopsis:

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra — who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

stalking jack the ripper by kerri maniscalco (1%)

goodreads synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

books i want to start:

the secret history by donna tartt

goodreads synopsis:

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last – inexorably – into evil.

chain of gold by cassandra clare

goodreads synopsis:

Cordelia Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, a warrior trained since childhood to battle demons. When her father is accused of a terrible crime, she and her brother travel to London in hopes of preventing the family’s ruin. Cordelia’s mother wants to marry her off, but Cordelia is determined to be a hero rather than a bride. Soon Cordelia encounters childhood friends James and Lucie Herondale and is drawn into their world of glittering ballrooms, secret assignations, and supernatural salons, where vampires and warlocks mingle with mermaids and magicians. All the while, she must hide her secret love for James, who is sworn to marry someone else.

But Cordelia’s new life is blown apart when a shocking series of demon attacks devastate London. These monsters are nothing like those Shadowhunters have fought before—these demons walk in daylight, strike down the unwary with incurable poison, and seem impossible to kill. London is immediately quarantined. Trapped in the city, Cordelia and her friends discover that their own connection to a dark legacy has gifted them with incredible powers—and forced a brutal choice that will reveal the true cruel price of being a hero.

arcs and review copies:

bananas! by sandy manmittens

goodreads synopsis:

Check this: Big Banana, agricultural giant turned luxury brand, has become the world’s coolest corporation. Unbelievably profitable, socially significant, it’s Big Banana who controls the culture now. People love them. People worship them. Whole city-blocks painted yellow, and Big Banana’s logo on just about every jay-walker and DJ in town. But to hear Miranda Swami tell it, they’re baaaaaad news. Like really bad.

Miranda Swami: collegiate punk by day, wildly-famous influencer and street-artist by night. But shhhh, it’s a big secret. As her online alter-ego Gwami the Seer, Miranda has built exactly the kind of sycophantic following you’d need to take down a multi-national banana company singlehandedly. And tonight, at a gallery opening the whole world will be watching, Miranda plans to do just that. Only it’s never that simple, is it?

Watch a battle ensue between two titans: Big Banana vs. Gwami the Seer. Watch the vengeful Miranda fall into a strange, awesome world of twisted conspiracies and Dark Web maneuverings, gunslingers, shapeshifters, philosophical frogs, and the Devil himself. Watch our heroine wade through a maddening web of intrigue and nonsense to get what she wants. Only, well, what does she want?

Bananas! is a rich, ripe, and deeply imaginative exploration of the millennial mind. Equal parts absurdist and irreverent, this fast-paced, slobber-knocking, thrill-ride of a novel seeks to answer one hell of a prescient question: What does it mean to grow up as part of a generation unable to understand itself?

beyond relatively normal by mikaela miller

goodreads synopsis:

Jack Galloway has had enough of life and is chasing a high he just can’t seem to find. Upon meeting with a drug dealer from his school, he is given some mysterious, bean-shaped pills that just so happen to be nothing but beans. However, Relatively Normal beans do not grow miles and miles into the sky overnight, drawing attention from everyone around and destroying the very idea of reality on Earth. Now, in order to restore his Relatively Normal world, Jack must embark on a mission with a girl he barely knows from high school, Red Crawford, who just so happens to be the only one he knows who has encountered a tear in the non-magical reality they live in.

The beanstalk, too tall and too wide to climb, leads them down a rabbit hole to the strange and nonsensical Underland, where they must go through insane trials in order to reach the answer to their problems — the Giants, magical creatures who live in Overland and can rid the Relatively Normal world of that pesky beanstalk.

However, the beanstalk and its effects on reality might just be the least of their worries when they reach the dark, mysterious Overland.

riley’s excellent and not-at-all fake exorcism service by sophie queen

goodreads synopsis:

Most people’s in-laws try to make their lives a living hell, but Riley’s literally succeeded. Not only did they decide that selling their souls to demons was a good idea, they included Riley and her husband, Daniel, in the deal as well. Riley’s life wasn’t exactly perfect before, what with her failed writing career and not-so-great marriage. But at least she didn’t have to worry about creepy demons trying to snatch her body!

If it wasn’t for the help of a demon named Thomas, she probably (most definitely) would have gotten possessed. Thomas, for reasons unknown, takes a shine to Riley, much to her chagrin. But beggars can’t be choosers, and if Riley has any hope of stopping the demons plot, she has no choice but to accept this most peculiar alliance. Not that Thomas makes it easy, with his constant winking and cheesy smirks.

To defeat the demons, they enlist the help of a priest named Lanh, who suffers from fainting spells, as well as Riley’s instafamous bestie, Andrea. Together, they must work to stop the demon horde from body-snatching everyone and rescue her Daniel-in-distress. . . maybe her in-laws too, but only if they have time.

house of bastiion by k l kolarich

goodreads synopsis:

Centuries after the Forgotten Wars ravaged the world and turned it to ash, the Houses of Pilar, Darakai, Boreal, and Bastiion forged an accord with the royal line of Thoarne, founding a Quadren of advisory to the throne of Orynthia. Every generation, a single Haidren from each of the four Houses is appointed to this coveted chair.

Upon her Ascension to adulthood, Luscia Tiergan takes her seat at court as al’Haidren to the House of Boreal and is quickly drawn into a maze of political traps and dark secrets. As she adjusts to her new life, Luscia uncovers a pattern of forgotten children, slain in the streets of Bastiion.

Raised on superstitious rumors about Boreal’s penchant for sorcery, Zaethan Kasim, al’Haidren to the House of Darakai, inevitably clashes with Lusica when she arrives in Bastiion. But when his position is threatened by an old rival, Zaethan is forced to set aside his hatred and form an uneasy alliance with the Boreali al’Haidren to secure his claim.

Following a disturbing stream of innocent bloodshed across Orynthia, Luscia and Zaethan discover their ideals are far more aligned than they might have imagined. But in a land of war and deceit, the path to peace should never be trusted.

upcoming november releases:

how the king of elfhame learned to hate stories by holly black (nov 24)

goodreads synopsis:

An illustrated addition to the New York Times bestselling Folk of Air trilogy, that started with The Cruel Prince, from award-winning author Holly Black.

An irresistible return to the captivating world of Elfhame.Once upon a time, there was a boy with a wicked tongue.

Before he was a cruel prince or a wicked king, he was a faerie child with a heart of stone . #1 New York Times bestselling author, Holly Black reveals a deeper look into the dramatic life of Elfhame’s enigmatic high king, Cardan. This tale includes delicious details of life before The Cruel Prince, an adventure beyond The Queen of Nothing, and familiar moments from The Folk of the Air trilogy, told wholly from Cardan’s perspective.

This new installment in the Folk of the Air series is a return to the heart-racing romance, danger, humor, and drama that enchanted readers everywhere. Each chapter is paired with lavish and luminous full-color art, making this the perfect collector’s item to be enjoyed by both new audiences and old.

these violent delights by chloe gong (nov 17)

goodreads synopsis:

The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.

A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.

But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.


in total, that’s 11 books! i really do hope that i’ll get through all of the books, because that would be a feat in itself. as well as reading them, i plan on writing full-length reviews and posting that both here and on goodreads. feel free to hold me accountable! after all, christmas is coming soon and i will definitely receive more books to add onto my tbr 😉

let’s chat!

– what books are on your november tbr?

– have you read any of the books on my tbr?

– do you have any anticipated releases?

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