Monthly Recaps

NOVEMBER RECAP // i turned 18, new anticipated releases, audiobooks, blog redesign & finishing high school

For a change, this post is actually going up on time? I don’t know how am I either tbh.

I didn’t read many books in November, which I’ll get into later. But I did get some awesome books. I mentioned that I’m going to start incorporating book mail into my recaps. I, unfortunately, haven’t managed to get my “last” book haul up yet. It’s taking a lot of work. So it’ll be coming soon after this post. But it is coming (ICYMI it’s just a very late haul of books from March to end of October)

But um yeah there isn’t much else to say in this into so let us just chat about what happened in November.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston {★★★½☆}: this was a reread for me because I thought I might like it even more (ignore my 2017-self’s 4-star review who couldn’t rate back then). I landed up flying through this one on a free dat and I had such a fun time. The only word I can use to describe this book is cute and that I liked it. It wasn’t perfect, I didn’t buy the actual story a lot of the time. I loved the retelling aspect though, I think it was done well and had a unique take. The writing was fine, not the best I’ve ever read. I also didn’t totally love the romance. But all-in-all, it was a fun read and I do plan on reading her other books. Thanks to Readers Warehouse for sending a copy my way (stay tuned for some collab content) and you can see my GR review here.

Find Me by André Aciman {★★★½☆}: I literally just finished this a few days ago and boy. Still in my feels. I plan on doing a whole CMBYN-related post since I NEED TO TALK ABOUT IT (and haven’t yet? Idk why not, really baffles me). Oh, this is the sequel to CMBYN if you didn’t know. But um yeah, this book was good.

I find it hard to put my thoughts into words. This one, in particular, I find hard to discuss. It’s essentially just a glimpse into the character’s lives. I didn’t care too much about the other characters we were introduced to. The writing was still lyrical and pretty but it felt different having just read the first book that had such beautiful writing. The book has a whole different vibe, which is not a bad thing… I don’t exactly know how to describe how I feel. I still enjoyed the book, the last two parts (the book is divided into 4 parts btw) were my favourite. Again, you can read more of my thoughts over on Goodreads, click here. Thanks to Jonathan Ball Publishers for gifting me with a review copy!

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston: one of my most lovely friends on Instagram (@whiterosestories) who is also kinda my twin very kindly gifted this book to me?? And I truly don’t deserve it. This book is lowkey my favourite of the year and I read it on ebook and wanted a physical copy and she sent it to me?? If you’re reading this then you already know that YOU’RE THE BEST!

Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys: I’ve haven’t read any this author’s previous books yet (I own one) BUT I’ve been really loving historical fiction recently and the synopsis of this one sounds brilliant?!?! Like totally up my alley, it’s about the Spanish civil war and has a sorta forbidden romance. So excited. Big thanks to Penguin Books South Africa for sending it my way.

Lovely War by Julie Berry: this was also sent to me by Penguin and it’s also historical fiction. You notice the trend. Again, I don’t know much apart from the fact that it’s  set in World War I & II and I think is told from the perspective of a Greek goddess. Correct me if I’m wrong though haha.

Sea Witch by Sara Henning: Jonathan Ball Publishers totally surprised me with this book that came out last year I think. I ADORE The Little Mermaid and this one is an Ursula origin story. I already know I’m going to love it.

Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry: the folks over at Jonathan Ball are spoiling me at the moment because they also sent me this one. The biggest thanks to you guys ily!! And I’m so extremely read for this book. I read the like first page and was already laughing and *insert keyboard smash* I CAN’T WAIT!!

Geekerella by Ashley Poston: As I mentioned, RW sent this one to me that I’ve already read. We’re doing a fun collaboration post (not sure what yet exactly, still in the brainstorming process) but what I didn’t mention is that they sent me SIGNED HARDCOVER (!!). Like what?!?!? It’s so pretty and I love that I can own it.

Frankly In Love by David Yoon: I did a giveaway with this one (it’s closed now) but RW also hooked me up with my own copy of this one. I ADORE the UK paperback, it’s so pretty omg. I’m also so psyched to read this, it gives me all the To All The Boys vibes.

Supernova by Marissa Meyer: and then finally THIS BOOK!! I feel like I’ve said this everywhere but ohmygosh the ending of Archenemies just,,, left me speechless. IT WAS SO GOOD. And I MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. My absolute favourite people over at Pan Macmillan SA sent this to me because they know how much I love it. I did start it (you can see the bookmark) but I’ve put it down for the minute. I shall get back to it before the year ends (hopefully), just not in the mood for sci-fi just yet.

It is the end of the year, meaning everyone’s trying to read all the books to read their Goodreads goal. Which I’ve actually already done (YAY!!) but I want to see if I can hit 50 books for 2019. As of right now, I need to read 7 more to reach that. I  have like tons of time now so I might actually just read all the books? We’ll see, don’t speak too soon Ruby.

Also, there is this readathon I want to participate in. I always fail at them but this one seems chill enough that I might actually do it. Again let’s not jinx *knocks door*me and speak too soon. It’s just called the End-of-the-Year-a-thon. I’ll link something here so you can see for yourself. I’m not going to choose what to read just yet, I might not even do it. But yeah it seems fun. Who knows? I’m a disaster.

  • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
  • A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir
  • Supernova by Marissa Meyer
  • The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black
  • Everless & Evermore by Sara Holland
  • Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
  • The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

Nothing much happened because I was busy throughout most of November BUT I did a little thing. I designed a whole new blog header WITH ART (!!). I’ve had that photo of myself for ages and I finally changed it and decided I wanted something more simplistic. I’m trying to stick to more a coherent theme consisting of tones of green and lots of plants. And I also chose a new theme which I LOVE and don’t think I’ll be changing anytime soon. I’m super happy with how it turned out eek.

I joined the ALC reviewer list where they basically send me a list of the month’s audiobook picks that I can download & listen to. And I AM SO EXCITED. is an audiobook listening platform that works with independent bookstores. ALC is their recent programme that allows reviewers and other booksellers to have access to this list to talk about them. And it’s the coolest thing ever and I plan on taking full use of audiobooks now. SO EXCITED. Their standard monthly subscription plan is $14.99 and they have such a great selection. Highly recommend.

I also hosted a giveaway, it’s over now but I really loved doing that. I especially loved working with Reader’s Warehouse! They’re the best.

I’m pretty sure I surpassed 1400 followers on Instagram last month too. Which is cool.

I literally think that’s it welp. I may just have a bad memory.

I wrote actual reviews!! Like full-length blog post reviews which I haven’t done in ages and haven’t been keeping up to date with. I did a whole little series of posting a review of each book in a trilogy I binged this year each day. So yeah I posted a lot!

I also plan on posting even more and getting back on the blogging game this month and hopefully the months to come. I used to be more consistent and my blog was the main platform, I want to get back to that. Fingers crossed.

I didn’t post any “unique” content last month though, totally didn’t mean to do two only book tags and reviews back to back, but at least I posted ha. I swear more interesting content is coming. MORE MOVIE CONTENT ESPECIALLY!!!

I FINISHED HIGH SCHOOL!!! I mean what?!?! I no longer have to wear a school uniform. I,,, don’t know what to with myself. I had this moment where I was had no idea what to with myself. It’s not like I didn’t have plans for next year but I felt completely off course. It was a lot™

I also turned 18!!! I’m a legal adult now. Last month was eventful people. Also, so many people over Instagram starting wishing me a happy birthday and I SO SO APPRECIATE IT. Thank you (if you’re reading this)!!

And then I finished finals. NO MORE HAVING TO DO SUBJECTS I DON’T WANT TO. Okay obviously I’ll still have to but it’s different.

And then I also had my matric dance aka prom if you’re not from South Africa. Which was a super fun time!




  • Lais @ The Bookish Skies

    happy belated birthday, ruby! i hope you had an amazing day!
    i really hope you love heretics anonymous! i’m dying to get a physical copy of this book too because it’s one of my favorites of the year, but i listened to the audiobook. it’s really funny as you said, but it was also quite thought-provoking.
    i’m wishing you luck on your goodreads goal. opposite of always was a really interesting read for me; i loved all of it, but hated the ending, so i’ll be looking forward to your thoughts.
    your new theme looks beautiful btw! and congrats on 14000 followers!!!

    • Ruby Rae Reads

      Oh thank you! You’re the actual best!!

      Ah yay okay now that you’ve read and loved, I NEED TO GET TO IT ASAP!!!! I love contemporaries, especially when they’re fluffy & fun but also have other layers discussing other issues. I just described that terribly but you get the point – they’re my favourite kind to read : )

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