What I Read in November 2020 + Reviews

This will be the first time in a few years that I more than likely won’t meet my Goodreads reading goal, but hey – #2020. That said, I’m glad that what I read in November 2020 and in the first week of this month have been enjoyable and brought me much-needed moments of peace (and stress relief). Cheers to the last SUYB linkup for the year!

what i read november 2020 reviews

What I read in November 2020

*ARC received from author.
My rating & review: 4-4.5 stars. For us OG fans of R.S. Grey, this was so reminiscent of her early books, and I enjoyed every minute of it. This book feels like a comeback somehow for our girl, and it reminded me why I fell in love with her books in the first place. The writing is sharp, the humor is witty, and the plot line is well-developed with two characters you almost instantly fall in love with. I sure did.

BEFORE THE CROWN by Flora Harding
*ARC received from NetGalley.
My rating & review: 3.5 stars. This read like an early episode of The Crown, so that alone made this an enjoyable read. As always with historical fiction, it was a fun game to pick apart the fact from fiction. It was, however, at several points very slow and dull. I kept hoping for a bit of intrigue or a juicy bit of gossip.

BRINGING DOWN THE DUKE (A League of Extraordinary Women #1) by Evie Dunmore
My rating & review: 4 stars. A modern take on regency romance? Sign. Me. Up! I adored this book. The characters, plot, banter, steamy scenes – it’s all there.

THE SWEETEST THING (Lucky Harbor #2) by Jill Shalvis
My rating & review: 3.5 stars. I had high hopes for this since I absolutely loved Simply Irresistible. Overall, it fell flat – Tara is an odd character that I’m not sure if I like or not? She’s hard to read. There wasn’t as much character development or background as I wanted – I felt like the previous book in the series went a little deeper as far as this genre goes. But, I still gave this 4 stars because Ford. Oh, sweet Ford. So swoony. I’m still enjoying this series, though and plan to continue!

THIS TIME NEXT YEAR by Sophie Cousens
My rating & review: 4 stars. If you loved One Day in December, this is the 2020-equivalent read for you! This was a delight. It was everything I expect from a book romcom/dramedy – two characters to root for the whole way through, low angst, and a good amount of character development/background. I also appreciated that Minnie and Quinn didn’t just fall into each other’s arms. Each of them had a respectable amount of shit they had to work through before they could even think about giving love to another person. Realistic and relatable. I think if you end the year reading any book, this should be it.

Currently reading: A Rogue of One’s Own (A League of Extraordinary Women #2) by Evie Dunmore

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

Linking up for Show Us Your Books with Steph and Jana.

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  1. 12.15.20

    Oh I love historical fiction. Currently I am reading a book about pilots in WWII. Though I have not been reading as much as I use to because of stress. I LOVE the cover of This Time Next Year so well done!

    Allie of

    • 12.28.20
      Karly said:

      I know the feeling, this is the first time in a few years I haven’t met my reading goal. Oh well, some reading is better than none!

  2. 12.15.20
    Lovely said:

    Great recommendations! This Time Next Year sounds interesting!

  3. 12.14.20
    Abby Kate said:

    I loved reading your book review!! I really enjoyed One Day In December so I’m sure I would love This Time Next Year! Happy Monday!!

    • 12.28.20
      Karly said:

      I agree that you would love it!

  4. 12.10.20
    Becki said:

    I need a delight πŸ™‚ This Time Next Year sounds great. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your holidays!

    • 12.28.20
      Karly said:

      It was so cute, loved it. Cheers to the New Year!

  5. 12.9.20
    Natalia said:

    I love your recommendations! I love The Crown, so I think I’ll start there πŸ™‚


  6. 12.9.20
    Biana said:

    just downloaded the new rS grey one you mentioned here – it’s on kindle unlimited so yay!

    • 12.28.20
      Karly said:

      Yay for K.U.! Hope you enjoy it more than her last one. πŸ™‚

  7. 12.9.20
    Kay R.D. said:

    Ive not read any of these but added them to my list!

    • 12.9.20
      Karly said:

      Happy reading! Definitely a lot of feel-good books.

  8. 12.8.20
    Julie said:

    This Time Next Year looks cute!

  9. 12.8.20

    I just added This Time Next Year to my to read list. I haven’t read any R.S. Grey books, but feel like I should!

    • 12.9.20
      Karly said:

      Loved This Time Next Year – such a cute book and great for this time of year.

  10. 12.8.20
    Jana said:

    There’s still one more SUYB this year!

    I somehow met my Goodreads goal but last year I was harassed and harassed because I fell behind at one point. RELAX, Goodreads. It’s all for fun.

    • 12.9.20
      Karly said:

      Haha, right?! I feel like I got emails almost daily from them.

  11. 12.8.20
    Anne said:

    I keep hearing about Bringing Down the Duke, and I think I need to pick it up! Just finished the first in the Bridgertons series – I don’t usually read anything regency romanc-y, but the Netflix series coming out soon inspired me to pick it up, and I must admit that I completely devoured it.

    Stopping by from Show Us Your Books πŸ™‚

    • 12.9.20
      Karly said:

      I had NO idea that was a book series! I’ve been excited for the Netflix release, so I guess now I’ll have to pick up the books!

  12. 12.8.20
    Nadine said:

    I absolutely LOVED Date Me Like You Mean It! I am going to Add Bringing Down the Duke and This Time Next Year to my list. The way you described it sounds like the perfect book!

    • 12.9.20
      Karly said:

      R.S. Grey’s latest was so good – I really enjoyed it. I think you’ll like the other two!

  13. 12.8.20
    Debbie said:

    Always fun to see what you’ve been reading!