Mini Book Reviews – November 2022: What To Read & What To Skip
Welcome to my regular round up of mini book reviews for November 2022! This month was a bit all over the place with finishing up one of my favorite fantasy series, reading Christmas romances, and more! I also ended up listening to more books since the 800-page fantasy took up all my physical book reading time. Phew!
In my list of mini book reviews, I include everything I’ve read recently that I finished. I like to share both my five star reads and any misses to help you get a better idea of what you should read or might want to skip.
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Mini Book Reviews – November 2022
Meet Me Under The Mistletoe
by Jenny Bayliss
A friend’s wedding brings a London bookshop owner back home to a castle the countryside for a weekend filled with unexpected twists and turns. Nory has happily built up her life in London, but she’s looking forward to reuniting with her former preppy classmates she grew up with.
Little does she know the castle’s gardener is a boy (now man!) who she used to despise. Isaac has no love for the snobby rich kids either, but they end up finding common ground…and something more.
This is another holiday delight from Jenny Bayliss! There’s all of the charm of a winter wedding, but also an exploration of longstanding grudges, societal roles and prejudices, and living life to its fullest.
A Court of Silver Flames
by Sarah J Maas
There is nothing I want more than to stay in the world of ACOTAR (A Court of Thorns and Roses series) forever. So, for that reason I was undeniably thrilled to whip through A Court of Silver Flames. In terms of plot though, there wasn’t as much punch packed into this book as the others.
It was certainly more focused on character development and less on the intense action of the prior books. However, the journey Nesta took to overcome her depression and anxiety and showcasing her courage is incredible to read in a fantasy book. I imagine it will give so many other girls and women the hope that they can overcome similar challenges when they see themselves in her.
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Below Zero / Under One Roof
by Ali Hazelwood
I had NO idea I would love Ali’s short stories as much as I did! I (very incorrectly) assume that the limited number of words means I won’t get as invested in the characters. Wrong! I listened to 2 of the 3 short stories in her 2022 collection and loved each one.
The tension and drama and banter are just as present in these stories as in her full length novels. They went by so fast I was disappointed they weren’t twice as long! Thankfully that’s where it helps to jump right into the next one 🙂
by Katee Robert
This recommendation came solely from BookTok!! It’s beloved for it’s take on the Persephone/Hades story and the spicy spicy scenes! Honestly, the cover put me off a bit so I wasn’t all that excited to start reading but when I was desperate for a new audiobook and it was available I gave it a shot.
And oh my – it’s so so entertaining!! A modern day retelling featuring the 13 gods of Olympus and a runaway bride who lands in the hands of Hades. Persephone and Hades agree to a mutually beneficial arrangement in which they fake a sordid relationship to get back at Zeus.
One Last Gift
by Emily Stone
Emily Stone is the queen of taking stories laced with sadness and turning them into holiday novels filled with hope. One Last Gift is no different. It doesn’t shy away from grief, but shows how we can still find love and happiness!
Cassie’s only true family is her brother, Tom, so when he dies in a tragic accident it sets her adrift. The only piece of him left behind is the first clue for his annual Christmas treasure hunt. When she finally takes the leap, she finds he’s given her exactly what she needs.
Do you have any five star reads that you finished lately?
For more mini book reviews, check out What I Read in October 2022!