2016 Monthly Status Update: November

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Few days late again for the update but things are crazy. Gearing up for the holidays and also working a bunch leaves little time for blogging. We went away to MA this past weekend and had a great time, really got us into the festive spirit! Anyways here is my status update for what I got done in November.

Monthly Stats:
# books read this month: 12
# pages read this month: 3,396
# books read year-to-date: 114
# pages read year-to-date: 34,534

Favorite Books I Read:

Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt – 4.25 stars
My Girl by Jack Jordan – 4.25 stars

Books I Didn’t Particularly Enjoy: 

There weren’t really any books that I disliked this month, was a good month for reading!

Other Posts this month:

The Legendary Lord BLOG TOUR
Mistletoe, Mischief and the Marquis BLOG TOUR!!!

Status of 2016 Reading Challenges:

I’ve pretty much given up on the reading challenges for 2016, I’m mostly just trying to survive at this point.

PopSugar Reading Challenge 2016 Checklist – 20/20 books read
Book Riot Read Harder Reading Challenge – 8/24 books read
Penguin Random House: Challenge Your Shelf A-Z Reading Challenge – 0/26 books read

December TBR list:

-Love Connection by Camilla Isley
-The Trouble with Dukes by Grace Burrowes
-The Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner
-Burning September by Melissa Simonson
-The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie

I’m actually happy that I managed to keep the list short for this month because there are a lot of books on my backlog too so I’m hoping to have some time to dig into some of those but we will see how the month goes. Happy reading everyone!

2016 Book #115 – Thirty Days to Thirty by Courtney Psak

51bx4uomm7l-_sx331_bo1204203200_Title: Thirty Days to Thirty
Author: Courtney Psak
Date finished: 12/3/16
Genre: Fiction, women’s fiction
Publisher: CAMP Publishing
Publication Date: October 19, 2015
Pages in book: 228
Stand alone or series: Stand alone
Where I got the book from: NetGalley NOTE: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Blurb from the cover:

What if you were on the cusp of marrying the guy of your dreams and reaching that career goal you set for yourself, only for all of it to be taken away in one fell swoop?
What if this all happened a month before you turned 30?
This is the story of Jill Stevens, who after moving back home, finds a list she made in high school of thirty things she wanted to accomplish before her thirtieth birthday.
With a month left and hardly anything crossed off her list, she teams up with old friends to accomplish as much as she can before the big 3-0. Along the way, she discovers her true self and realizes it’snot about the material successes in life but the journey.

My rating:  3.75 stars out of a scale of 5

My review: I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. This book tells the story of Jill Stevens, a woman who loses her job and finds out her boyfriend (of 6 years) is cheating on her in the same night just about a month before her thirtieth birthday. Suddenly single, homeless, and jobless, she’s forced to move back in with her parents while she figures out what her next step is. While at home she finds an old high school writing assignment, 30 things to accomplish before she turns 30. She hasn’t accomplished more than a couple items from that list, and while re-establishing old relationships she decides that she will use the next month before her birthday to do as many of the additional items as she can. Along the way she finds out things about herself that she never knew and she decides that maybe losing her job and her boyfriend were two of the best things that could have happened to her.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. The story line was interesting and sweet. I liked seeing Jill’s character evolve during the book and her cast of supportive characters was hilarious. This book made me (literally) laugh out loud multiple times, you can’t help but laugh at how ridiculously awful Jill’s life is at certain points. She is surrounded by people who love her though and for that she realizes she is extremely lucky. This was a heart-warming story about one woman’s journey to self-discovery and happiness. I would definitely recommend if you’re looking for a good read!

The bottom line: This was a great, uplifting read. It was heart-warming and it was a quick read. I enjoyed this one a lot.

Link to author website

Click on the cover to go to the book’s Amazon page