Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Rating: 4 out of 5.
  • New adult, contemporary romance
  • Fiction
  • Paperback
  • 310 pages
  • Goodreads rating: 4.34

The day before Fallon is moving across the country, she is saved from a disastrous lunch with her father by Ben, an aspiring novelist who is having lunch at the same restaurant by sheer coincidence. They spend Fallon’s last hours in L.A. together and decide to let each other live their lives, but meet up every year on the same date, November 9th. After 5 years, they will either stop or decide to be together, but a lot can happen in 5 years.

This was definitely NOT my favourite CoHo so far. Every new CoHo book I read is automatically my new favourite CoHo, except for this one. I thought it would be,I have been so curious about this book for ages and I was really, really looking forward to reading it. I did actually end up finishing it within 12 hours and it completely had me under its spell for hours and hours, BUT… the ending. I was so disappointed. But we’ll get back to that.

Let’s start with the dual POV; I loved it. CoHo is the queen of dual timelines and dual POV’s, she knows exactly how to use them to add extra drama and tension to the story and make sure you want to keep reading. Sadly, CoHo decided to incorporate a little miscommunication trope in this book, which I think is pretty common in dual POV stories, since you can see into the minds of multiple people. Miscommunication is one of my least favourite tropes because of the sheer frustration it comes with (“But she secretly loves you, why can’t you see that! Don’t run off with someone else because you think she isn’t interested anymore!”). So I wasn’t a big fan of that, but it is not the main trope, so I could kind of ignore it.

I absolutely loved the November 9 thing. I am a very impatient woman, so I love books that cover a larger period of time. That way you don’t have to wait 400 pages to find out what happens to them over the years. I mean, I want to know about Fallon’s life, but I like getting a recap more than having to read through an entire year of her life. I think it really kept up the pace of the book and made it fun to read.

Let’s talk about the plot. CoHo never ceases to amaze with the originality of the plot. She always seems to find the perfect balance between writing a romance worthy of envy and a story that is deeply disturbing on so many levels. In characters too, she finds the perfect balance between perfection and flaws. She managed to do it in this book as well for like.. 90%, until you get to the end and the level of toxicity just.. I don’t even have words for it. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll just say that throughout the book, Ben gives off a few red flags that probably would’ve made me very uncomfortable and likely would’ve made me run for the hills. But since it’s CoHo, you accept it, because she probably has a completely reasonable explanation for all this.

Which brings us to the ending. Let’s just say the explanation wasn’t exactly reasonable. I personally feel like the ending is definitely on the wrong side of the toxic line. I really wish she had either changed Bens motives or had let Fallon make a different decision, because this was just disturbing.

I know a lot of people love this book, including the ending, but the ending was just too toxic for me. The entire book was a definite 5-star read, but the last few pages just ruined it for me. Maybe the 4 stars are still a little generous, but I really did enjoy reading the book very much. Except for those last 10 pages.

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April 2022 TBR

April 2022 TBR

Good morning fellow bookworms! March has officially ended and the beautiful month of April has begun (also the month of my birthday, so I may be a little biased). I wrapped up my reading month a few days ago in this post, so now it’s time for the next step: setting my April TBR! I’m very much a mood reader, so the chances that I’m actually going to stick with this list are quite slim, but I hope to be able to scratch at least a few of them off!

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

This one is a no-brainer. I finished A Court of Thorns and Roses a few days ago and absolutely loved it, so naturally I am going to read the second book in the series. It’s supposed to be even better than the first book and it has a Goodreads rating of 4.61, which is absolutely crazy, so this is going to be fun!

Take A Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

Also kind of a no-brainer, since I finished Get A Life, Chloe Brown in March, although I didn’t enjoy it all that much. I’m gonna give the second book in the series a go, but if it has more of the same unnecessarily graphic sexual content, I’m DNF’ing.

Misery by Stephen King

I’m so excited for this one, though also a little scared since it’s kind of outside of my comfort zone. I used to read a lot of (psychological) thrillers, but I’ve kind of been reading a lot of lighthearted, fun Young Adult, fantasy and romance novels, so we’ll have to see if I’m still into the thrillers. I’ll keep you posted!

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

I’ve devoured two CoHo novels in the past few months and I’ve really been wanting to get my hands on this one. I finally found this one in my local bookshop and I’m so excited. I’ve heard so many good things about it, I can’t wait.

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

I’ve wanted to read this book for a while now, but I could only ever find Hardcover copies that cost like 25 euros and I didn’t really want to pay that much for such a tiny book, so I decided to wait. I finally found a paperback edition for 9 pounds in the airport bookshop when I was in Nottingham, so I decided to buy it! I just finished Notes on a Nervous Planet and am now reading Reasons to Stay Alive, so I’ll probably start on The Comfort Book after I finish that one. All three books have fairly short chapters, so they’re lovely books to have as a second or third read to pick up when you’ve only got a couple of minutes.

Verity by Colleen Hoover

Same story as November 9 by Colleen Hoover. I finally got my hands on this one a while ago after reading so many amazing reviews. I can’t wait to get started on this one. I’m really looking forward to Ugly Love as well, but I’ve already discovered that I can’t read too many CoHo’s in a short period of time, so it’ll have to wait a little.

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Ever since reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, I’ve wanted to read Daisy Jones and the Six. I loved Evelyn Hugo and the plot of Daisy Jones sounds amazing. I finally bought a copy, so let the fun begin!

Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

Good Girl, Bad Blood was another Birmingham Airport bookshop find and so was the third part of this series, As Good As Dead. Buy 1 get 1 50% off, baby! Anyway, I read A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder last year and absolutely loved it, so I decided that I wanted to read the rest of the series as well. Also, I challenged myself to actually finish some of the series I started this year, so I guess I have no choice!

Current Reads

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

I’m currently at page three-hundred something of the Prisoner of Azkaban for my Rereading Harry Potter series, which means that after tomorrows post, there’s going to be two more weeks/posts of the Prisoner of Azkaban, after which we’ll be starting on the Goblet of Fire. I’m so excited, shit is getting pretty Sirius!

The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss

Yes, this is weird. I started this book just before Christmas and I didn’t get the chance to finish it in time, but I don’t want to DNF, because I like the book. So I just thought I’d pick it up again so it doesn’t stay on my shelf half unread until next Christmas.

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

I’m about a third of the way through Reasons to Stay Alive. It’s wonderful so far and it’s probably best enjoyed when you read a couple of pages at a time during breakfast or a little coffee break or whatever.

The Gifts of Reading by Jennie Orchard

Might DNF. I’m about 16% in and I’m really bored.. It’s a series of short stories from various writers about gifting books and so far I’ve only enjoyed one of them. We’ll see.

Physical TBR

So I’ve been seeing a lot of people tracking their physical TBR and trying to reduce theirs, so I decided that I wanted to give it a go as well. I took inventory of all of my books, both physical and digital editions and counted how many books were still unread. I came to a grand total of 444 books, out of which 249 are still unread. Naturally, I put myself on a book-buying ban until at least my birthday, because this is absolutely crazy. I’m going to try to reduce my TBR and I’ll keep you guys posted!

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March Wrap-up

March Wrap-up

Hi my lovely bookworms! And thank you for clicking on this reading wrap-up for March. As always, time has flown by and I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s felt that way. March has not been a great reading month for me, due to me falling ill twice and working a lot. I’ve been a little overwhelmed, so forgive me for the list not being as long as you’re used to. Quality-wise it was a pretty good reading month, though, so I’m not too disappointed. Let’s have a look at the books I read in March and then we’ll have a look at some stats and the books I’m currently reading!

March Books

March was an okay reading month for me, I guess. I would’ve loved to read a little more, especially since the Heartstopper novels are quite short, but I guess seven books is not too shabby. In April, I’m gonna go for 10. These are my March 2022 reads:

Get A Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters #1) by Talia Hibbert

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was definitely the most disappointing book of the month. I had such high hopes for this, since it was hyped up a lot on Bookstagram, but I didn’t care for it much. I wrote an entire review on it which I’ll link below and in the title, but the explicit content was just way too graphic for my taste and it really got in the way of what would otherwise have been quite an enjoyable book.

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Loved it. My second CoHo book and it definitely lived up to my expectations. I do need a therapist now, though. Any recommendations?

Heartstopper Volume three by Alice Oseman

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Heartstopper Volume Four by Alice Oseman

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I had to buy volume three and four in this series after finishing the first two in February. These two graphic novels were just as adorable and fun to read as the first two, though they were a little less lighthearted. Especially volume four, where mental health and mental illness are important themes throughout the story. This whole series is wonderful to read.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I finally gave in to reading the most popular fantasy series on Bookstagram. I have to say, I’m not disappointed. It is definitely living up to its expectations so far. I’ll keep you posted on the rest of the series 😉

Stressvrij Beleggen by Lieuwe Jan Eilander

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I won’t bore you with an elaborate explanation of this book. It’s a Dutch book about investing (literal translation of the title: Stress Free investing). I wanted to know more about investing, so I read it and it was quite boring, though informative.

Notes on A Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The last book I finished in March. I became a big fan of Matt Haig’s after reading The Midnight Library last year. This is one of Haig’s nonfiction books about his own experiences with depression and anxiety and how to deal with mental illness in such a fast-paced society.

March Stats

I have read a total of 7 books this month, which brings my total for 2022 so far to 23 books, which is 31% of my Goodreads reading goal.

I have read a total of 2616 pages in March.

All of the books I’ve read in March were between 300 and 500 pages long.

Most of the books I’ve read in March were fiction. Only 2 of them were nonfiction; one was a self help book about mental health and the other was about investing. Am I slowly becoming the dullest person alive? Maybe.

Of the 7 books I read in March, 4 were physical copies and 3 were digital editions. Two of the digital editions were graphic novels and the other was just.. very graphic..

5 out of 7 books were romance novels. That means that every work of fiction I read in March was a romance novel.

My average rating in March was 3.93⭐️. That is slightly lower than my over all average of 4.06⭐️. We’ll do better in April.

Current reads

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

You’re probably going to see a Harry Potter book appear on every monthly wrap-up for the next couple of months, since I’m doing a Rereading Harry Potter series of posts (you may have seen it, if not, you can click on the link). I’m about two-thirds of the way through the Prisoner of Azkaban right now, so I’ll definitely finish that before my April wrap-up.

The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss

I know, it’s weird to be reading a Christmas romance novel in spring, but I actually started reading this before Christmas and then I didn’t finish it in time. I put it down for like three months and then I figured it would either become a DNF (because I’m not going to wait a whole year to read the second half of a book) or I would continue right now, so I decided on the latter. I’m about 60% through the book right now, so hopefully it will appear on next month’s wrap-up.

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Okay I’ve discovered that I am a sucker for Matt Haig books. This is my third book by Haig and I’m loving it. His honesty about his own experiences with depression and anxiety are just.. wow. Reasons to Stay Alive was actually written before Notes on a Nervous Planet, but they can both be read separately.

Favourite March Quotes

“If you only shine light on your flaws, all your perfects will dim.”

All Your Perfects, Colleen Hoover

“Apologies are good for admitting regret, but they do very little in removing the truth from the actions that caused the regret.”

All Your Perfects, Colleen Hoover

“And besides, libraries aren’t just about books. They are one of the few public spaces we have left which don’t like our wallets more than us.”

Notes on a Nervous Planet, Matt Haig

“Remember no one really cares what you look like. They care what they look like. You are the only person in the world to have worried about your face.”

Notes on a Nervous Planet, Matt Haig

“Happiness is not good for the economy.

We are encouraged, continually, to be a little bit dissatisfied with ourselves.”

Notes on a Nervous Planet, Matt Haig

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”

A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas

“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas

“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling

“Why, dear boy, we don’t send wizards to Azkaban just for blowing up their aunts.”

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling

This Months Posts

February Reading Wrap-Up

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 9

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 10

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 11

Heartstopper Volume 1-4 by Alice Oseman

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 12

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

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All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

Rating: 5 out of 5.
  • Fiction
  • Contemporary Romance
  • New Adult
  • Paperback
  • 305 pages
  • Goodreads rating: 4.31
  • TW: mental health, infertility

Quinn and Graham meet in an entirely improbable way that is probably not the best base for a relationship. Nevertheless, they get together and they are the absolute perfect couple. For a while, at least, until Quinn and Graham start trying to have a baby and it’s just not happening. They stop talking to each other and only have sex for the purpose of having a baby. But every month Quinn will get her period and fall apart all over again.

“If you only shine light on your flaws, all your perfects will dim.”

Colleen Hoover, All Your Perfects

Where do I even start? There are so many good things about this book. This is only my second CoHo book and I am absolutely blown away. First of all, the story is so original. The way that Quinn and Graham meet stirs up so many emotions, it really sets the tone for the rest of the book. Hoover writes her story and her characters in a way that makes you feel like you completely understand what infertility feels like without actually having experience it (luckily). It absolutely broke my heart to read about Quinn’s struggle with not being able to get pregnant. Everything that happens in this book is so well thought out. There is a box that is referred to in the story every once in a while and that keeps you curious (“What’s in the box!”). You eventually find out and it is absolutely perfect. If you must know, yes, I cried.

I’m a sucker for books with dual timelines. It keeps the story exciting and gives you exactly the information you need in a way that doesn’t get boring. Also, it keeps you from needing a therapist. Hoover has a gift for balancing the heartbreaking main story with lighthearted fun stuff from the beginning of Quinn’s and Graham’s relationship.

I came across some writing tips on Pinterest a while ago on how to write a character for your book or story. The main thing that stuck with me was that you shouldn’t make your character too perfect. An interesting character has flaws. Well, Hoover definitely has Pinterest too, because man, her characters have flaws. I’ve never written a book, but I’m guessing that creating characters is probably the most tricky part of writing. If the characters are too perfect, nobody will care, if they’re too flawed, everyone will hate them. The characters in All Your Perfects are perfectly imperfect, if that makes sense. Quinn’s mental issues that derive from not being able to get pregnant and her inability to communicate about it with Graham make her an amazing main character to a heartbreaking book. The imperfectness of Hoover’s characters is what makes this story so perfect.

Colleen Hoover is probably the most talented romance writer on earth. Her books are completely unique, unlike anything I’ve ever read before. After I read It Ends With Us, I thought “Okay, this is really good. Maybe I’ll read more CoHo books in the future, but I’ll probably only be disappointed, because nothing can match this.” I was wrong. This book was incredible, absolutely mind-blowing. If you can get your hands on this book or any CoHo book for that matter, do it. Buy it, read it, tell me what you think.

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It Ends With Us Book Review

It Ends With Us Book Review

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Rating: 5 out of 5.
  • Fiction
  • Contemporary Romance
  • Paperback
  • 376 pages
  • Goodreads rating: 4.44
  • TW: Physical/domestic abuse

“Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.”

Colleen Hoover, It Ends With Us

Lily is a young woman from a small town in Maine. When she is fifteen years old, she befriends and later falls in love with Atlas Corrigan, a teenage boy who was kicked out by his father and is now living in an abandoned house across from Lily’s bedroom window. After Atlas moves in with his uncle in Boston, Lily never hears from him again. Lily moves to Boston years later to go to college and start her own business. She meets Ryle Kincaid, the gorgeous neurosurgeon, on a rooftop. Ryle has a strict “no dating” policy, though. While Lily builds her new business, she starts thinking about her new relationship and thoughts of her first love enter her mind. Then Atlas suddenly reappears.

Reading this book was an absolute emotional rollercoaster. I cried, I laughed and then I cried some more. I had expected that I would go through this in one sitting, but I just couldn’t. Every now and then I had to put it down and make myself some camomile tea to calm my nerves. Colleen Hoover really deserves a pat on the back for this one. No wonder a cult has been forming around her on Bookstagram and Booktok. I have a very deep respect for her as an author.

Lily Bloom is such a wonderful character. She is so well-written and so relatable. The fact that you get glimpses into her diary and her life when she was 15 years-old really makes her character come to life. Ryle’s character was written beautifully as well. His life story absolutely broke my heart. I could actually feel all the blood drain from my face when I read it. I kept rooting for Ryle until the very end. The only character I wasn’t too fond of was Atlas.. It may be an unpopular opinion, but I just did not like him very much. I love his name, though.

The story of It Ends With Us is so well thought of, so original and such a brave story to tell, considering that it was (loosely) based on Colleen Hoover’s life. I’m not sure how much of the story was based on her life, but nevertheless my heart aches for her.

Colleen Hoover did everything right in this book. The glimpses into the past were in all the right places, the characters were perfectly imperfect, the storyline was amazing and well-balanced between incredibly romantic, funny and absolutely heartbreaking. As far as contemporary romances go, this is definitely not your typical one. Don’t read this expecting your typical fairytale love story, because it is not. Sure, there is plenty of romance, but it comes with an equally big share of heartbreak and hurt, for both the characters ánd you.

I would absolutely advise everyone to read this book, just beware of the trigger warnings. It’s not just a few scenes you can skip, it’s the whole book that is lined with triggers.

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