Aly & Inge’s Monthly Wrap-Up Post: November 2016

Posted November 30, 2016 by Inge in Wrap-Ups & Unboxings / 7 Comments

Good morning, Wonderlings!

Winter has officially set in. It’s cold, it’s wet, you slip wherever you step and I have been very busy curling up into a corner to hibernate at any given moment. Pumpkin spice lattes are in; fruity cocktails are out! It’s time to read and eat yourself into a coma, and this month had been full of both for me, anyway.

I recently bought an Xbox One, along with Witcher III, and I’m sorry to say that that is why my reading has slacked off so much this month. Even though I’ve started audiobooks (which are GREAT, more on that later!) I have to fight with the gamer side of me to even get myself into the shower some days. Witcher III has quite literally taken over my life.

This month we dropped the bombshell about our very own book club coming in January 2017: The Of Wonderland Book Club! You can read more about it in the original post, and don’t forget to sign up and complete the form so we know what to aim for!

November has also been a great month for exploring different ways of reading. I’ve always been a huge fan of the paperback or hardback, but unfortunately I don’t always have the time to just sit down and read. I’ve had Audible for a little over a year, and finally, I started using it. I managed to complete Stalking Jack the RipperRuined and Shadow & Bone within a week and a half.

If you guys didn’t know, just by signing up with Audible you get a month free, plus one credit, which equates to one audiobook. So if you’re uncertain and want to give it a spin, you can try it here.



Crossed (Soul Eaters #3) by Eliza Crewe // ★★★
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A Fuck by Sarah Knight // ★★★★
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardships, and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K. Rowling // ★★★★
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics, and Pesky Poltergeists by J.K. Rowling // ★★★★
Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide by J.K. Rowling // ★★★★
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff // ★★★★★
The Last Ever After (The School for Good and Evil #3) by Soman Chainani // ★★★
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven // ★★ 1/2
Reading Like A Writer by Francine Prose // DNF
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven // ★★★
Heartless by Marissa Meyer // ★★★★ 1/2
The Mistake (Off-Campus #2) by Elle Kennedy // ★★★★ (reread)
The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus #2) by Rick Riordan // ★★★ 1/2
Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5) by Richelle Mead // ★★★
The Score (Off-Campus #3) by Elle Kennedy // ★★★★ 1/2 (re-read)
The Goal (Off-Campus #3) by Elle Kennedy // ★★★ 1/2
Thinner by Stephen King (as Richard Bachman) // DNF
Puck (A Twisted Lit Novel) by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes // ★★★★ 1/2
We Were On A Break by Lindsey Kelk // DNF

Pretty solid reading month, both in quality and in quantity. I finally read Illuminae (thank you, Natalie!) and it completely BLEW. ME. AWAY. I finally get what all the fuss is about, and have immediately ordered Gemina as well. Then there were the Pottermore Presents ebooks, which were really cute. We finally know what the Hufflepuff common room looks like and it’s PERFECT. I also really liked Heartless – such a good story. I also really needed the Off-Campus re-reads for comfort. ♥


Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco //★★★★★
Ruined by Amy Tintera //★★★★
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas // ★★★★★
Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo // ★★★★
Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo // ★★★★★
Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo // ★★★★ (STILL NOT OVER IT.)


Nov 1: The Of Wonderland Book Club Coming To You In 2017! #OWBookClub

Nov 2: Of Wonderland’s November TBR Challenge!

Nov 3: The Kiss of Deception: Review + Quiz!

Nov 4: UNBOXING: FairyLoot’s September Box

Nov 7: A List of Fantasy Books to Satisfy Your Bookish Hunger // We’re Back On Bloglovin’!

Nov 8: TTT: Top Ten Books I’ve Added To My TBR Lately

Nov 9: Wherefore Art Thou, O Words?

Nov 10: A Court of Rants and Fury

Nov 11: Authors I Want to Be When I Grow Up

Nov 14: Mini-Reviews: Points of Departure, Non-Heir, The Cursed Child

Nov 15: TTT: Top Ten Books to Movie Recommendations

Nov 16: Fun With Books: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones + Quiz!

Nov 17: ICYMI: #OWBookClub

Nov 18: Books for When You’re Missing Summer (Or You’re Australian)

Nov 20: Impromptu Hiatus Announcement (Inge)

Nov 25: My Last Five-Star Reads



On hiatus.


As you all know, Inge has gone on hiatus this month, which means I’ve been allowed to run riot. *evil cackle*

In truth, I’ve been too drained to do anything more than reading a little bit, gaming and sometimes, sometimes, writing. I recently joined the NaNoWriMo Facebook group and all the posts and memes got me into redrafting my fantasy novel. I haven’t gotten far (mostly character profiles, settings, magic systems etc) but I have high hopes for it! I’m super excited to be sending Inge chapters again, because I know she enjoyed reading it as much as I loved writing it.

I found out last week that my sister’s dog, Spot, who has been living with my dad for the past year will be moving to London to live with my sister and her boyfriend. I’m really sad about it, but happy for him: he’s a big dog and had been living in a small flat. Plus, my father will be 70 in February and he doesn’t have the energy to take him out for four hours a day, which is what he was used to.

All in all, it’s been a quiet month. I’ve had a lot of time to think, which isn’t great because bad things happen when I think too much, but I’m also learning to take things in stride and not stress so much.


What have you guys been up to this month? Have you read any great books? Talk to me in the comments below!

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7 responses to “Aly & Inge’s Monthly Wrap-Up Post: November 2016

  1. That is an impressive reading list for one month! I am so glad that you finally read Illuminae, Inge. It is one of my favorite sci-fi books. I have not gotten to read Gemina yet, but I am sure it will be just as good. I really hope you are enjoying hiatus and replenishing your energy and spirit. Just remember that we all are rooting for you and we’ll still be here when you get back.

    Aly, good luck with drafting your novel! I have never written anything like a novel myself, but I know it can be a daunting task. Regardless, I know that you can do it!

    • Ohh Gemina was just as clever and mind-blowing as Illuminae! I still prefer Illuminae, but even in Gemina do they drop about a hundred bombs on you. So good. Thank you for your kind words ♥

  2. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Eeep, you’ve read SO MANY BOOKS INGE. Well done! (Although trying not to be sad that you didn’t like ATBP. *weeps*)

    And omg I LOVE AUDIBLE. I only recently re-signed up because I got a really cheap deal for 3 months. hehe. So I’m using it while I can and am ADDICTED to The Emperor’s Blade series!! IT’S SO SO GOOD AND STABBY AND FANTASTICAL. And I really loved Six of Crows and The Raven Cycle on audio too. <3

    Happy December both of you! (And Inge, I hope you're doing okay. *sends hugs*)

  3. I see so many of my favorites on this list, which makes me so happy! Stalking Jack the Ripper was amazing, and its kind of underrated I think. More people need to read it! I really didn’t like All the Bright places either. 🙁 Also, that’s so cool you’re starting a book club. I want to join now, too! 😉

  4. The past month has been so horribly, horribly busy that I’ve not even had time for blog-hopping *wails* Looks like it has been quite a busy month over here in Of Wonderland!

    Such a lot of books you’ve devoured, Inge! I haven’t read any of those yet!!! xD I’m a little surprised to see you didn’t enjoy All the Bright Places though, since many people seem to have loved it. Ah well. Hope this hiatus proves to be fruitful- looking forward to having you back!

    Aly, hope you have fun wreaking havoc here 😀 I’ve seen so many gushing reviews of Stalking Jack the Ripper, and to see you’ve rated it 5 stars sure makes me want to check it out even more now! Good luck with your writing, and hope you don’t miss Spot too much!

    Ruzaika @ The Regal Critiques

    • To be fair, I kind of liked it? 😀 But I definitely expected to like it more, especially after such a high recommendation from Aly.

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