October Wrap Up & November TBR: aka the month I failed to get my act together but crossed off a bunch of authors I wanted to see at Yallfest 2019

Well, the Yallfest binge was read, and I think I mostly completed it? I still didn’t read everything I wanted, but here we are!

🧚 fairy blessing: I’m going to Yallfest next month!!
🧚 fairy blessing: I sort of got my reading rhythm reading again, and I finally read a decent amount of books.
πŸ§™ stepmother’s curse: I read, like, nothing yet again in the grand scheme of things and still haven’t gotten by audiobook love back??



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βœ”οΈ Our Bloody Pearl by D.N. Bryn | 🌈✨
βœ”οΈ A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai | 🌻
βœ”οΈ Scream All Night by Derek Milman| 
βœ”οΈ Caraval by Stephanie Garber | 
βœ”οΈ The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan | 🌈
βœ”οΈ Legendary by Stephanie Garber | 
βœ”οΈ The Beautiful by Renne Ahdieh| 🌻 
βœ”οΈ What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera & Becky Albertalli |🌈🌻 
βœ”οΈ How to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters  (DNF)|🌈🌻 
βœ”οΈ They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera |🌈🌻 
βœ”οΈ  Remember Me by Chelsea Bobulski
βœ”οΈ Truly, Madly, Royally by Debbie Rigaud |🌻 
βœ”οΈ Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia |🌻 

It had ups. It had downs. Mostly middle of the line books?? But THERE WERE SOME HIGHS, THOUGH. So basically like every single month for Mandy because she totally fails. Best book of the month: What If It’s Us. Worst book of the month: How to Be Remy Cameron.



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WHAT IF IT’S US WHAT IF IT’S US WHAT IF THIS MIGHT BE ON MY FAVORITES SHELF. Oh, who are we kidding. It’s totally on my favorites shelf. It’s been a hot second since I had a new addition, but this came in a big way. I loved it. I so recommend it for the feels, the realness, and so much more. Our Bloody Pearl; Legendary; Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, The Tyrant’s Tomb, and Truly, Madly, Royally were all Ariel ratings, so they count as bookish highs. They all had a few slight issues, but I really enjoyed.



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How to Be Remy Cameron was probably the worst, since it was DNF, but I mean, it wasn’t that bad? It just wasn’t that great, which had me giving up on it. They Both Die at the End, Remember Me, and Scream All Night were definitely some bumpy rides as well. I ended up being confused on how to rate A Match Made in Mehendi. So, I guess, honestly we were pretty equal in the highs and lows. A lot of them had some major issues in pacing and characters, so I struggled.



πŸ‘Έ Well, this month was Halloween, and I failed myself in my spookiness??? I read like zero spooky things, but I did watch Hocus Pocus. I think I out-spookied myself in September, so I failed this month. The Yallfest binge definitely had something to do with this.

πŸ‘Έ Next month is Disney+, but I AM HERE FOR IT. I already got my subscription ready, and I’ll most likely be raving about it all next month, so be ready for some fangirling. You might not be seeing much of Mandy because I’ll be binging old school Disney. I’m not sure I’m super excited for all of their new content, but eh, I’m still so so pumped for it.

πŸ‘Έ Speaking of Disney, I finally watched Wreck-It-Ralph. I was fine never watching it, but I got desperate and needed to see my princesses in the second movie. It was okay? Definitely not my favorite Disney, but I did enjoy it more than I thought I would. 

πŸ‘Έ Not too much really happened. I finally finally finally caught up on blogging and comments and moderations and blog hopping and LIKE EVERYTHING. I don’t even know who I AM. Is this real life or is it fantasy??? I’m feeling so much better and back in the zone and finally might be out of my funk…ofc right in time for me to go on hiatus for Yallfest time, lol. Ofc.



Well, this month is going to be finishing up the last few Yallfest reads, and then, well, a bunch of freedom to read a bunch of other books! I really wanted to find a readathon to do, but alas, there wasn’t any that really called to me. It’s left to my mood reading, and like, my mood reading really isn’t feeling picking things?? It just wants prompts to help out. Here are a few books I’m looking at trying out this month!

πŸ“— Leftover Yallfest Reads πŸ“—


πŸ“š Random Books Because Readathons Failed Me πŸ“š

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What do you think? What books did you read last month? Did we share any of the same? 

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15 thoughts on “October Wrap Up & November TBR: aka the month I failed to get my act together but crossed off a bunch of authors I wanted to see at Yallfest 2019

  1. Wreck it Ralph is a fun film but it’s not one of my favourites. And as much as I was interested in the princess scene for the second film, I’ve not even watched it. I might even be okay with never watching it to be honest. It’s just not my kind of Disney. I am however totally gutted that there is no news on when Disney+ will be coming to the UK. I know we are already fortunate having DisneyLife but it’s accessibility leaves a lot to be desired (not everything has subtitles and it won’t work on my laptop!). I shouldn’t complain really considering I have a whole shelf dedicated to Disney DVDs!!

    Moving away from Disney and onto books, I fell deep into Norse Mythology reading Neil Gaiman’s retelling and The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris. Luckily I loved them both and they ticked off a box in a Fantasy Tropes Readathon challenge I am supposed to be participating in. Looking at your TBR, The Bone Houses looks interesting. I’ve seen it on a couple of TBRs over the past few days and suffice to say it’s made its way onto my radar. Hopefully it will be something I enjoy too.

    Happy November reading! xx

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    1. To be honest, after watching, I’m not sure it’s worth it. I literally stopped halfway through and didn’t come back to it for like a month. Not the usual great Disney. But ugh, I’m sorry that it’s a mystery. 😦 Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later. And those Disney DVDs will for sure come in handy. πŸ™‚

      Oooooh I’ll have to check them out because those sound so intriguing. And yes! Hopefully. I’ve been seeing a lot of great reviews for it.

      You too!! πŸ™‚

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  2. I liked Remy Cameron. Sorry it didn’t work for you. I haven’t seen Wreck It Ralph in a while, but I remember thinking it was fun. I especially liked the support group they had.

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  3. LEGENDARY IS SO GOOD!! I remember being completely taken aback by just how good it was?! Bc while I still really liked Caraval… Legendary like completely blew me out of the water and is now one of my fav books of all time! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Finale! Awesome wrap up πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes!!! It was like Garber like ramped up everything that happened in Caraval and was like, I need to make it extra. It was super good. I think your review actually made me want to go back for it. And I’m excited!! Thank you, Jamie!!


  4. I’m so happy you loved What If It’s Us so much! 😊 I’ve been hearing great things about Tristan Strong too, so I’m glad to hear you liked it so much. Hope you have an amazing time at Yallfest!! Very jealous that you’re going, but I’m sure you’ll have a blast πŸ˜€

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    1. Yes! It was truly amazing. And Tristan was definitely such a good read. There was one small thing that kept it from being perfect for me, but otherwise, it was amazing. And thank you!! I think by the end of the day, my back will not be having a blast but hopefully the excitement will overpower it, lol.


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