What I Read in November 2019 + Reviews

It’s about that time for the last reading roundup of 2019! Catching up on past-due ARC’s was my focus for what I read in November 2019. I’m still behind on a few – along with my overall Goodreads goal – but hey, I can only do so much and any progress is good progress! 😉

what I read in November 2019
GET A LIFE, CHLOE BROWN by Talia Hibbert
*ARC received from NetGalley.
My rating & review: 4 stars. There’s so much to unpack in this book. The themes of self-love and bravery really hit home. I also appreciated reading about an abusive relationship with a male victim. Too many times that’s ignored when it’s just as likely to occur. I did love Chloe’s and Red’s chemistry, and their easy banter. Some of the language/word choices during the steamy scenes were a bit much for me, but nothing that couldn’t easily be skimmed.

*ARC received from author. Available on Kindle Unlimited!
My rating & review: 5 stars. As a Disney/princess/fairy tale/theme-park loving girl, this rom-com spoke my love language. It won’t be for everyone, and it’s not perfect but I loved it so, so much. Whitney and Derek were simply adorable, and their chemistry was popping off the page. Their quick banter – whether in annoyance, anger or pure lust – was writing gold. Unrequited love stories aren’t always done right, but this one nailed it perfectly.

AMERICAN ROYALS by Katharine McGee
*ARC received from NetGalley.
My rating & review: 3.5 stars. This took me way longer to finish than necessary. I drifted in and out of it for nearly two weeks. The story line is very The Royals meets Gossip Girl, and the premise is an interesting one to think about if American history went differently. Some parts and characters were dwelled on longer than necessary. And honestly, it was hard to remember that most of these characters were high school age given the social circles and situations/events they were a part of. The only story line that remotely held my attention was Beatrice and Connor. I wanted more flashbacks to their early days, but I ate up any chapter that was focused on them. I liked Samantha, too and her journey of starting to find her adult-self.

*ARC received from NetGalley.
My rating & review: 3 stars. This was a cute, quick read! Perfect if you’re looking to get into the Christmas spirit. I loved following along with Isobel’s and Tom’s adventures around London – the author did a good job making me as the reader feel like I was there. The plot line was nothing to write home about and often was filled with gaps and a lack of depth. But I still enjoyed it nonetheless for what it was.

WE MET IN DECEMBER by Rosie Curtis
*ARC received from NetGalley.
My rating & review: 3.5 stars. I adored Jess and Alex – their walks around London and the whole bit was just too cute. And, really reminiscent of One Day in December (which I enjoyed way more). Beyond that, the plot was so all over the place and on/off that it got boring. Even though I enjoyed all the characters, I didn’t understand so much focus on the B players in the story.

HUGE DEAL by Lauren Layne
*Available on Kindle Unlimited/Prime Reading!
My rating & review: 4 stars. SO CUTE. I loved this. It was exactly what I needed in a book right now. This was far more enjoyable than the first book in the series (I skipped the second because I didn’t really care about the characters). Kennedy and Kate might be one of my favorite romance couples this year.

Bottom line …

His Royal Highness is a must-read for rom-com fans, and I highly recommend Huge Deal. The rest are take it or leave it depending on your mood/preferences.

Currently reading: Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn

I just want to send a huge thanks of gratitude to Steph and Jana for hosting this linkup every month. It’s the best day of the month for blogging! I sincerely enjoy connecting with other book worms and continuously adding to my TBR pile. Can’t wait to see what books 2020 has in store!

What are you hoping to read before the end of the year?

Let’s connect on Goodreads! You also can keep up with all my reading in the archives.

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  1. 12.12.19
    Dara said:

    I’m reading Chloe Brown soon, I hope!

  2. 12.10.19

    I am not generally a fan of rom-com books (or movies) but Chloe Brown seems like one I might like when I need something lighter

    • 12.11.19
      Karly said:

      I know, this post is probably your worst nightmare reading-wise lol. Chloe Brown is pretty good, though – deals with a lot of other stuff besides just romance.

  3. 12.10.19
    Becki said:

    Thanks for the reviews – definitely adding His Royal Highness to my list. 🙂

  4. 12.10.19
    Dani said:

    Sounds like a pretty good reading month! I have both of those December books on my TBR… sounds like I should just read One Day in December. I’m hoping to squeeze in a few more holiday-themed romances before the end of the year!

    • 12.11.19
      Karly said:

      One Day in December was such a cute read! It has mixed reviews, but I really enjoyed it.

  5. 12.10.19
    SMD said:

    I have to sit down and organized my ARCs into when to read. They’re out of control.

    • 12.11.19
      Karly said:

      I was/am SO behind, so that’s pretty much been all I’ve been reading lately.

  6. 12.10.19
    Tina said:

    I loved Chloe Brown! There was so much more depth and I felt that she tackled chronic illness and abuse in a very authentic way. Looking forward to reading more by her!

    • 12.10.19
      Karly said:

      I agree, it was a good read!

  7. 12.10.19

    Sounds like you had a pretty good reading month – thanks for sharing! I still need to read some more Christmasy- books.


    • 12.10.19
      Karly said:

      I always love a good Christmasy-book this time of year!

  8. 12.9.19
    Debbie said:

    Always enjoy seeing what you’ve been reading!

    • 12.10.19
      Karly said:

      Hopefully you can do more reading in the new year!

  9. 12.9.19
    Biana said:

    I read his royal highness too!! Loved it as well! Lauren layne is one of my favorites and I am reading her new series now! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • 12.10.19
      Karly said:

      Those are the only two books that I’ve read by Lauren Layne, so I’ll have to check out some others!