I had another great reading month in November. I read thirteen books and gave eight of them 5-star ratings. Not too shabby, eh? I’m not one to complain about a wonderful reading month, but it does making picking my favorites tougher. That said, even with the number of 5-star ratings I gave, there were five books that stood out from the pack.
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
Is it ok to admit I was halfway in love with The Bromance Book Club from the cover and blurb alone? I only hoped the story inside would live up to both. And boy did it ever. I mean, a significant other reading romance novels as a type of instruction manual? It’s the dream, right? This book gave me the perfect combination of feminist vibes, bromance banter, and a super sweet romance between Thea and Gavin. Did I mention feels? There were plenty of those, too.
His Royal Highness by R.S. Grey
I can always count on Rachel to give me the swooniest rom coms. The competition is tough, but I think His Royal Highness is one of her best books yet. It was 100% what I like to call a “cheesy grin book”. Why? Well, because I read pretty much this entire book with a huge cheesy grin on my face. A romance set in a literal theme park between characters? LOVE. IT. Talk about a super-specific trope I didn’t know I needed in my life. I adored Whitney. Derek was so freaking swoony. This is one of the most charming books I’ve read all year.
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata
Is it fair to include my top favorite book, one I’ve read eleven times in less than three years? Probably not, but it wouldn’t be honest not to include it. No matter how many times I read The Wall of Winnipeg and Me, I fall in love with Vanessa and Aiden all over again every single time. It’s amazing how many feels this book gives me. If you’ve not read it yet — and you’re down with the most exquisitely slow of all slow burns — you need to read it. It’s long and that’s intimidating for some, but believe me when I say it’s worth it. Enemies-to-lovers meets marriage of convenience in the most amazing way. I’m destined to reread this book for years to come.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Talia Hibbert is one of the authors who’s been on my “need to read” list for ages, but I’d never made time to do it before now. Shame on me. If Get a Life, Chloe Brown is an indication of her talent, I need to devour her backlist ASAP. Y’all, this book was everything. The cover may lead you to believe it’s a light and fluffy romance, but it does touch on some hard issues. Specifically Chloe’s chronic illness and Red’s past abusive relationship. It made me cry more than once, but I don’t consider it a heavy book. There are plenty of lighter moments that made me chuckle and some sexy scenes that made me blush! The audio for this book was absolutely delightful, too, if you’re a fan of audiobooks.
The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez
I’ve been waiting for The Happy Ever After Playlist with total grabby hands since the moment I finished The Friend Zone earlier this year. If you’ve read The Friend Zone, you will undoubtedly understand why. (Side note: if you’ve not yet read The Friend Zone I have to ask what you’re doing with your life. 😂) But I digress. My expectations for this book were sky high and I’m thrilled to say it exceeded them. I laughed, cried, swooned, and cried some more. It was perfection. This book doesn’t release until April 2020, but it should be on your radar.
What were your favorite books of November?