November was a great month for reading with the exception of one that I had too push through to finish. I wanted a month of cozy, memorable reads and for the most part that’s exactly what I got. I was able to read + listen to six books in November and really enjoyed my picks! Click on the links below for the standalone reviews of each title.
Eliza Starts A Rumor was the perfect read to start my month. I really loved this one! I cozy, sisterly hug with depth and substance. Such a fun read with more thought provoking themes than I anticipated. Fast paced and hard to put down, for me anyway. Loved this one so much! If you’re a fan of Big Little Lies or Little Fires Everywhere, I think you’ll enjoy this one, too. 3.9 out of 5 stars.
The Simplicity of Cider was the coziest book I read all month. A slow burn set on an apple orchard in Door County, WI. This one read like a giant hug. Romance, drama, and a lot of heart. A wholesome read I didn’t want to end. I genuinely loved this one and feel like you might, too…especially if you love cozy reads. 4.2 out of 5 stars.
The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living is the book that read most like a Hallmark movie. Small town charm mixed with heartfelt moments and mostly lovable characters. Sweet and tender, albeit somewhat predictable. But isn’t that what we all love the most about those Hallmark movies, anyway?! LOL! I drank this one up like a warm cup of tea. If you’re a fan of an easy to watch, feel good Hallmark movie, I think you’ll love reading this one. 4.4 out of 5 stars.
The cutest rom com of the month goes to Very Sincerely Yours. Predictable, lighthearted, and fluffy. A closed door romance void of profanity and steaminess, but full of charm. If a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood & You’ve Got Mail had a baby, Very Sincerely Yours would be it. Absolutely adorable. 3.8 out of 5 stars.
My favorite book of the month was The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie. Oh goodness this one tugged at my heart. A beautifully enchanting read that stayed with me long after I closed the book. If you love magical realism and enjoy a little time travel mixed with a lost love/second chance at love trope, don’t miss out on this one. It’s so cozy, so tender and sweet, and I will definitely pick this one up to read again! 4.8 out of 5 stars.
My least favorite book of the month was Always in December. I originally rated this one a 3.5 out of 5 stars, but the more I thought about it the more I felt “meh” about the whole story so I went back and changed it to a 3. I didn’t hate it. I didn’t love it. It was just okay. A super slow burn that dragged in parts and I felt like I pushed myself to keep going. I didn’t have an emotional investment in the characters so I didn’t have quite the feelings everyone else seems to have with this one, but to be completely transparent my mood just wasn’t on point. I think it’s worth the read if you love a slow burn. 3 out of 5 stars.
Can’t wait to see what December has in store for me. Bring on the books!
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