My TBR Pile: November 2018

Posted October 30, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 10 Comments

Every month I put a list together of the books that I either need to read for review or the books that I want to get around to reading (finally) and I’m going to post my TBR Pile on the blog for you guys to share in my hopes and dreams of reading all of the books. Before we get to my list for next month, let’s see how I did in October.
Previous Month Stats

Books to Read: 7
Books Read: 5
Books Unread: 2

I read all but 2 books from my TBR list for last month. I think the reason I didn’t get around to reading Kill the Queen is because I have a print ARC of that book and I just don’t read from print books anymore. Weird, huh? Oh well…I hope to get it read since I’m very interested in reading it. Maybe November will be my month to read it. I went through a couple of weeks of a reading slump. Maybe I read so much in September that I needed to slow my roll in October? I have no clue though it’s probably because of all of the baseball I was watching. Yeah, I’m going to go with that excuse. I’m going to keep Wait for It on my TBR pile for November because I’m reviewing that book with Ames this month. Wish me luck!

My favorite TBR pile reads from last month go to Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks and Iron Kissed Both books were rough and emotional but still so good.

My least favorite TBR pile read is Shadow and Ice by Gena Showalter. I spent a lot of that book bored.

Wait for It by Mariana Zapata
Released on December 7, 2016
Publisher: Self Published, Mariana Zapata
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 670
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

If anyone ever said being an adult was easy, they hadn’t been one long enough. Diana Casillas can admit it: she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing half the time. How she’s made it through the last two years of her life without killing anyone is nothing short of a miracle. Being a grown-up wasn’t supposed to be so hard. With a new house, two little boys she inherited the most painful possible way, a giant dog, a job she usually loves, more than enough family, and friends, she has almost everything she could ever ask for. Except for a boyfriend. Or a husband. But who needs either one of those?
Every month, my book buddy Ames and I read a book together that we then review together here in my blog. This is our pick for November and though I thought I’d have it read already, I haven’t touched it yet but I will…this is probably going to be the first book that I read in November.

Highlander Most Wanted (Montgomery’s & Armstrongs #2) by Maya Banks
Released on March 19, 2013
Publisher: Random House, Balantine
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

In Highlander Most Wanted, a reclusive woman content to live in the shadows shows a Highland warrior the true meaning of love.

Genevieve McInnes is locked behind the fortified walls of McHugh Keep, captive of a cruel laird who takes great pleasure in ruining her for any other man. Yet when Bowen Montgomery storms the gates on a mission of clan warfare, Genevieve finds that her spirit is bent but not broken. Still, her path toward freedom remains uncertain. Unable to bear the shame of returning to a family that believes her dead or to abandon others at the keep to an imposing new laird, Genevieve opts for the peaceful life of an abbess. But Bowen’s rugged sensuality stirs something deep inside her that longs to be awakened by his patient, gentle caress—something warm, wicked, and tempting.

Bowen seizes his enemy’s keep, unprepared for the brooding and reclusive woman who captures his heart. He’s enchanted by her fierce determination, her unusual beauty, and her quiet, unfailing strength. But wooing her will take more than a seasoned seducer’s skill. For loving Genevieve, he discovers, means giving her back the freedom that was stolen from her—even if it means losing her forever.
My book club enjoyed Never Seduce a Scot so much that they wanted to keep that discussion going into the second book of this series so we’re reading Highlander Most Wanted for discussion this month. I’m pretty anxious myself to get this book read so on my TBR pile this goes.

Mornings on Main by Jodi Thomas
Released on April 10, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin, HQN
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

From the beloved and bestselling author of the Ransom Canyon and Harmony, Texas series comes a powerful, heartwarming story about generations of family and the ironclad bonds they forge.

When Jillian James lands in the small town Texas community of Laurel Springs, she’s definitely not planning to stay–except to find a few clues about the father who abandoned her and destroyed her faith in family.

Connor Larady is a single dad, and the only one caring for his grandmother, Eugenia, who has Alzheimer’s. And now he has to close Eugenia’s quilt shop. When Connor meets down-on-her-luck Jillian, he’s out of options. Can he trust the newcomer to do right by his grandmother’s legacy?

Jillian is done with relationships. But as she grows closer to Connor and Eugenia, she must consider giving up her nomadic life for a future with those who need her.

An inspiring family saga that asks us to consider what love and chosen family really mean.
Each month, my Book Binge buddies and I will be reading and reviewing a book together and we’re taking turns picking the book. It is the only time that I can force them to read any book that I want them to read and they have to read it. The only downside is that they get to force me to read a book too. Holly was up to choose our buddy book this month and she chose Mornings on Main by Jodi Thomas. I’ve only read one book by Thomas and I can’t remember a thing about it so this should be interesting.

Fall (VIP #3) by Kristen Callihan
Released on October 23, 2018
Publisher: Self Published, Kristen Callihan
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 436
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

The first time I met Jax Blackwood things went a little sideways.

In my defense, I didn’t know he was Jax Blackwood—who expects a legendary rock star to be shopping for groceries? More importantly, a blizzard was coming and he was about to grab the last carton of mint-chocolate chip.

Still, I might have walked away, but then he smugly dared me to try and take the coveted ice cream. So I kissed him. And distracted that mint-chip right out of his hands.

Okay, it was a dirty move, but desperate times and all that. Besides, I never expected he’d be my new neighbor.

An annoying neighbor who takes great pleasure in reminding me that I owe him ice cream but would happily accept more kisses as payment. An irresistible neighbor who keeps me up while playing guitar naked–spectacularly naked–in his living room.

Clearly, avoidance is key. Except nothing about Jax is easy to ignore—not the way he makes me laugh, or that his particular brand of darkness matches mine, or how one look from him melts me faster than butter under a hot sun.

Neither of us believes in love or forever. Yet we’re quickly becoming each other’s addiction. But we could be more. We could be everything.

All we have to do is trust enough to fall.
I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about this book so I need to read this pronto. I read and enjoyed the other books in this series so I’m looking forward to digging into Jax’s story. Kristen Callihan is so good at writing these rock star romances. I am so thirsty for more.

My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren
Releases on December 04, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Gallery
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher, NetGalley

From the New York Times bestselling author that “hilariously depicts modern dating” (Us Weekly) comes a sexy romantic comedy about online dating, and its many, many fails.

With a world-famous speaker at their university, Millie Morris and her four woefully single male colleagues make a pact that they’ll all find dates. Unfortunately, Millie has more success helping them make matches online than she does navigating the onslaught of lewd pics in her own feed. But when she creates a fictional name for a new account, Millie finds herself vying for the online attention of a man she sees every day in the flesh.
I watched Sierra Burgess is a Loser on Netflix and a huge part of that movie was about a girl catfishing a boy and that was my least favorite part of the movie. I mean, I didn’t like the movie at all because of all the lying and asshole behavior going on but the catfishing part, I really hated that part….so I have no idea why I wanted to read this book so much that I requested it for review. I must have a lot of faith in Christina Lauren’s writing ability because even though I’m not a fan of catfishing and lying, I still really want to read this book. I’ll definitely be reading this book next month for sure.

What books are on your TBR pile for November? Anything good that I should keep my eye out on? Please share the books you have on deck to read next month.

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10 responses to “My TBR Pile: November 2018

    • I enjoyed the first two books in the VIP series so I’m so looking forward to Jax’s book. I hope we get to see everyone else in this, too.

      Thanks, I hope you have a great reading month too Joy!

    • I’m pretty excited to read it My Favorite Half Night Stand. I’ve got my fingers crossed that it will work better for me than the last catfish storyline that I watched.

      Thanks for stopping by, Tanya!!

  1. You’re reading the next book in the Maya Banks series? I actually went and got (and read) the first book after your review and loved it! You were totally right on that one can;t wait to see your thoughts on the next one. And I also still need to go to Wait For It I don’t know what’s holding me back from reading it but for some reason I’ve not had the motivation for picking it up yet. I can see you have plenty of awesome books on your TBR and can’t wait for all your thoughts.

    • Oh yay! I’m so glad that you loved it. I am reading the next book in that series for my book club this month. I’m looking forward to that read too.

      I know what you mean about holding back from reading Wait for It. I’ve been wanting to read it for a while but never picked it up. I have no idea why or a specific reason for my hesitation but I’m going to push through and get it read though. I hope you do too. 🙂

    • Thanks, I hope its a winner too. I should be reading it soon. Like, this week.

      I really enjoyed Phoenix Unbound. A lot different from my normal reads but still, really good. I’m looking forward to the other books in this series.

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