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Blogmas Day 1 – October and November Wrap-Up + Rankings/ Book Awards ๐Ÿ†๐ŸŽ„

Happy December lovelies!

Can you believe we’re going to be in the new year in just a month?? 2021 was a blur. It isn’t over but I can confidently say 2021 has been my best reading ever in terms of number and favourites. I have discovered so many new authors, tropes, genres and i have finally figured out what my reading tastes are. Since I took a hiatus, I thought that a fun way of doing this Wrap-Up would be to do A “Monthly Awards” inspired by Books With Wings with my favourite characters, plots, etc! You can see her amazing posts where she explains the concept here!

  • Best character: Pippa “Pip” Fitz-Amobi from A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson. Pip is a rock star. I love her to bits; I love how unapologetically herself she is; how she is proud of who she is and uses it to her advantage. She’s determined, obsessive, witty and methodical and I really enjoyed reading the book through her eyes.
  • Funniest character: Vivienne Jones from The Ex Hex. Vivienne’s delirious and lovestruck thoughts were delectable and I found myself laughing out loud several times. I was kind of disappointed by the plot, because it was very different from what I expected but the humour really saved the book.
  • Best plot: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, really made me understand why so many people like thrillers or mysteries.I was hooked from the same page and the thought was so clever that I was blown away. I honestly cannot recommend this book if mysteries aren’t your thing!
  • Worst plot: A Deal with The Elf King was a huge disappointment. I thought it was a series so I didn’t expect it to end so abruptly. Technically the book can be read as a standalone because the second book follows other characters and as such, I thought the plot was underdeveloped and disappointing, the character development was unbelievable and the romance didn’t really have time to grow, so much so, that it felt forced. I think one has to enter this book with as little expectations as possible.
  • Craziest plot twist: Good Girl, Bad Blood had me SCREAMING. The best plot in the trilogy just gets better and better and I have to say that I did not expect what happened towards the end. I canโ€™t believe how brilliant the author is.
  • Best worldbuilding: Even though I didnโ€™t enjoy the book as much as I wanted to, I thought the world building in A Deal With The Elf King to be very interesting. The descriptions of the landscape were lush and original and I could picture it all perfectly. I could almost smell the aromas and I really enjoyed that.
  • Best romance: The Soulmate Equation was excellent. The hero gave off strong โ€œMr. Darcyโ€ vibes aka the broody, mysterious but passionate lover and I loved that. The characters had great chemistry and they felt like family.
  • Most diverse book: You Has Me At Hola was a beautiful live letter to telenovelas and Latin culture and I loved the emphasis of language and how important it is to oneโ€™s culture.
  • Best book overall: Does it come as a shock to you if I say A Good Girlโ€™s Guide To Murder?? It is now one of my all-time favorites and is very much well worth the hype. Itโ€™s actually my favourite book out of the series but the other two are just as good.It really convinced me to give thrillers or mysteries a chance. I think I might reed Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson next!

  • Best character: Piper. She won my heart. I couldnโ€™t help but find her endearing. I loved her high maintenance persona and her kindness. She is spoiled yes, but that doesnโ€™t mean that she doesnโ€™t have a heart or know the with of things and I really enjoyed reading about her character development. I also loved her relationship with her sister.
  • Most interesting character: Zayneb was fascinating. I liked seeing the world through her eyes and how unapologetically muslim she was. I really loved the way she navigated her way around and through her anger. She had every right to be but she was also a kind, caring and supportive character. So interesting!!
  • Funniest character: Tom Severin was what I called “accidentally funny”. He is a proper grump who was both infatuated and irritated by his sunshine and I enjoyed every minute.
  • Best plot: HANDS DOWN: Kindred. I have never read a book with such a unique, original plot that mixes so many different genres seamlessly.
  • Craziest plot twist: November 9. I got sucker punch from that plot twist. WOW.
  • Best romance: Hook Shot was nothing short of magnificent, and a typical old-school romance, with deep, profound topics, incredible chemistry and an addictive great writing style.
  • Most diverse book: Love from A to Z, was beautifully diverse with muslim characters and characters from all over the world, which was soo nice!
  • Best book overall: My favourite was Hook Shot! I wish I could read it again for the first time. (Check the trigger warnings though because it deals with some heavy triggering topics).

I hope you enjoyed this slightly different Wrap-Up!! Have you read any of these? What did you think? ๐Ÿฅฐ Let me know in the comments! ๐Ÿ’•

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