Tracking my TBR – November 2015

Last month: October 2015 | This month: November 2015

In Tracking my TBR, I look back on the prior month’s TBR progress — which books did I read? which books did I skip? — and feature the upcoming month’s TBR “grab-bag” (my version of a semi-scheduled TBR pile).

Happy November!! AKA the month I have to hold myself back from snapping at people who mention anything too Christmas-y before Thanksgiving. (Thanksgiving is important, too, okay?! GOSH.) 😉

Anyway, I’m super excited to talk about my TBR this month, so let’s get down to it. First, though — these were the books in my October grab-bag. Out of those books (plus my audiobook to-read list), these were the ones I ended up reading in October:


Re-reads: Cress, The Hero of Ages, The Alloy of Law
New Reads: Shadows of Self, Carry On, The Woman Who Rides Like a Man,
Lioness Rampant, Passenger, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, The Song of Achilles
DNFs: Soundless, Inherit the Stars

This month, I re-read three books, and finished seven new ones. Yay! I also DNF’d two, which was unfortunate, but oh well. Check out my DNF Q&A for Soundless, if you’re curious — basically, I just found it to be hugely underwhelming on all fronts. Inherit the Stars was… okay? I didn’t do any sort of write-up for it, but essentially I just didn’t like much about it. The worldbuilding was very light, the characters didn’t really make me feel anything, and I never felt any urgency to the plot that made me want to continue reading.

But I did make a lot of progress elsewhere this month! I finished my Lunar Chronicles re-read with Cress, and finished re-reading the Mistborn series. I read Shadows of Self (which was AMAZING) and Carry On (just as delightful as I’d hoped). I also finished the Song of the Lioness quartet; the last two books were par for the course, for me — both 3 stars. And then I had to cave and read Passenger immediately when it arrived in my mailbox — it was very good (expect a review closer to release).

I also did something this month that I almost never do — read two new-to-me books on audio! I usually only read audiobooks when I’m re-reading. But this month I finally read Will Grayson, Will Grayson, which was really good. Its narrators are Nick Podehl and MacLeod Andrews — AKA, two of my all-time favorite narrators. (Nick reads the Kingkiller Chronicles, and MacLeod reads the Reckoners series.) And I also listened to The Song of Achilles. Don’t talk to me, I’m still not over it. It was so far beyond amazing I don’t even have words. Also if I think about it too much I’ll start crying again.

But even with all that progress, there were still some leftovers from my September grab-bag that I didn’t end up reading:


This is the best I’ve ever done with leftovers!!! Only four last month. I 100% know I’m going to get to Magnus Chase this month (I just picked it up from the library, which is the only reason I didn’t read it in October). I might get to Hotel Ruby and Hello, as well — those ones are definitely dependent on my being in the right mood to read them, so hopefully that’ll happen this month.

So in addition to those, here’s what I’ve got in the queue for November:


The slightly see-through books are ones I’m already reading: Wolf by Wolf, and These Broken Stars (which is an audiobook re-read). Next up will be This Shattered World on audio (another re-read), to prepare for Their Fractured Light in December! I’m also planning to re-read Illuminae as an audiobook, because I am dying to see how it was done.

And of COURSE I’m reading Winter this month. I’m going to Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Ball (aka, the release party) on November 10th, and I am soooo excited. I added Magnus Chase to my official TBR instead of just leaving it in my “leftovers” because there’s no way he’s not getting read this month. And I also have The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch out from the library because I’ve heard really good things about it. The Fixer is on my TBR this month because Angie convinced me to read it the other day, and now apparently I’m incapable of waiting. Then we have Riders and Starflight, which both don’t come out ’til 2016, but I think I want to try and read them early. And finally, there’s Wild Magic, the first book in Tamora Pierce’s The Immortals series. While I’m not absolutely blown away by Pierce’s books so far (they’ve all been 3-stars for me), they’re fun and quick, so I’ll keep making my way through them when the mood strikes.

What were your favorite books you read in October?
What’s on your TBR this month?
Anything you’re super excited about?

Let me know in the comments!

15 thoughts on “Tracking my TBR – November 2015

  1. I always always suck at reading books from an established TBR pile and October was not an exception! *sigh* You’ve done great though!!

    And now I’m thinking that I really need to re-read These Broken Stars and This Shattered World in preparation for Their Fractured Light!!

  2. I am going to the Lunar Ball as well! My roommate and I are so excited to go to this, especially since we don’t have class the next day!

  3. I’m so glad you liked the audio for Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Those are two of my favorite narrators too. I bought it during the audible sale and still need to listen to it.

    Your November TBR looks great. I liked The Fixer a lot and I’m also planning to reread the Starbound trilogy books because Their Fractured Light is coming! O_O

    • WGWG was so good. I probably wouldn’t have loved the book as much had I just read it — the narrators really made me feel for the characters. I thought it was really well done.

      I’m so excited to try The Fixer!! And I am soooooooooooo excited for Their Fractured Light. ONE MONTH TO GOOOOOOOOOOO.

  4. I LOVED These Broken Stars – I hope you do, too! I’ve heard a lot of mixed feelings on Passengers. I kind of want to read it just to pet that pretty cover, haha. :P But GO YOU! Clear out that TBR pile! :D

    • Oh, I’ve already read These Broken Stars and This Shattered World twice, so I definitely love them! ;D Passenger was a lot of fun — it didn’t blow me away, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The ship is especially great. ^__^

  5. Two of my blogging buddies have been trying to convince me to find the time to read Tamora’s books, but I have seen other meh reviews and I have a hard enough time finding the hours to read books I know I definitely want to read. I think they started reading them as preteens, and I think reading them for the first time as an 11 or 12 year old is a completely different experience. And my Illuninae fiasco. I was approved for an eARC on Netgalley, but when I saw it wasn’t downloadable to my Kindle my heart sank. I am an oldster, and I sit at a computer all day,so my back can’t take more on my laptop at night. Lol. Anyway, I sent them notification via Netgalley right away asking for a physical ARC and was disgruntled because everyone and their brother was getting them, but I heard nothing. Well, they must have checked their Netgalley emails on the day it pubbed because I got a rude email from the publisher saying that if I had wanted an ARC I should have requested one before the publishing date. I guess she didn’t look at the date I requested it. Ha! My two standouts from October were my audiobook of the Martian (although it took me awhile to warm up to the narrator), and a book titled The Fix. What is funny is I requested The Fix on EW by mistake, thinking it was The Fixer, but it was really good. :)

    • Ahhhh, yeah, my new favorite saying is “friends don’t let friends read Illuminae as an ebook.” It does not translate well to Kindle/computer/etc — MUST be read as a paper book. That’s disappointing that there was confusion about your ARC request, but I hope you’re able to get the physical book soon, because it is 100000% worth it.

      And I agree about Tamora Pierce. I can see it being hugely influential to a young person, but where I am right now, it’s just kinda meh for me. =/

  6. You must let me know right after you read Riders! I am pretty sure I’ll feel similar to you on it so I must know if you like it or not. I just read Ten Thousand Skies Above You and Wolf by Wolf. I hope you enjoy. I love that you fit in so many rereads. I’ve not been able to accomplish that myself. Have a great month.

  7. I’m so jealous that you’re going to the Lunar Ball, but have fun there! The Song of Achilles is one of my absolute favourite books – the first review I ever posted on my blog actually! – and I’m glad you enjoyed it too. :D Good luck with your November TBR!

  8. I really, really want to re-read the whole Mistborn series! Maybe when book 7 comes out…. since 6 won’t be too far away (omgggg). I’m in the middle of Shadows of Self now <3
    *doesn't look directly at Winter* and yayyy Illuminae! I can't wait for Passenger and Riders too!!

  9. I also read Carry On and Shadows of Self this last month and really enjoyed them! Oh, and I’m glad you liked Passenger- that’s one I’m really excited about myself. I love Alexandra Bracken’s books. I also think re-reading Illuminae on audio would be such a good idea! I LOVED the book itself, but I have NO IDEA how they could possibly make it into an audio book. Even with lots of voice actors and special effects!

  10. oooh yay I’m so glad you are reading through Tamora Pierce’s books! some of my favorites! (I so want to get the new box sets with those covers…but I already own all of her books so yeah…)

    bummer that I haven’t been able to make it to any of the book events recently, hope next year will be better, need to put aside money for books or just suck it up and go to them but not buy the books *le sigh*

    can’t wait for Passenger! glad to hear you liked, I definitely hold your opinion high!

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