November Reading Wrap-Up

Hello, hello! November has marked the slow return to normal within my life. All things considered, I feel I had a rather successful month in terms of both reading and the academia. Though I haven't read nearly as much as I used to, I have finished several books when only a month ago, I struggled to get through more than one book. Of course, I finally get my schedule under control just as school is coming to a close. *Sigh* sounds like typical Lori nonsense.

Let's take a closer look at my reading triumphs over the course of the month, shall we?

Reading Stats

Overall Stats

Total Books Read: 9

Total Pages Read: 2,310

Average Book Length: 267

Range of Publishing Years Read From: 1898-2019

Star Ratings

1 Star: 0

2 Stars: 0

3 Stars: 2

4 Stars: 5

5 Stars: 2

Average Star Rating: 4.1

Buying Habits

Number of Books Purchased/Received: 7

ARCs Received: 0

Miscellaneous Goals

Readathon Participation: N/A

Self-Destruct Books Read (to date): 0/6

Goodreads Goal (to date): 96/80

Books Read...

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

5 Stars | Goodreads link

Auggie Pullman knows he is a normal boy. Sure, he's undergone far more surgeries than most people his age due to some facial defects at birth, but he's never felt like this created any major differences between him and other kids. When Auggie attends his first conventional school at Breecher Prep, he soon learns that for most people, it's what's on the outside that counts.

I was not expecting a short middle grade to screw with my emotions so much. Wonder was... well... wonderful. It made me feel immense joy and innocent wonder, while also providing utter heart-wrenching drama. It perfectly captures how humans may be disgusting or warm when faced with the unconventional. This book is brutally honest. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well... I enjoyed all but a Star Wars joke that was very devastating to my poor emotions. Regardless, you can't help but root for these characters, especially Auggie.

Scott Pilgrim: Full Color Edition Volume 1 by Brian Lee O'Malley

5 Stars | Goodreads link

Scott Pilgrim's life is... cozy. For him, anyway. He's comfortably sitting between jobs, dating a very passionate high-school girl named Knives, and is in a rock band. He's perfectly content in this world of his, and does not wish to pursue any further goals. However, he starts to see a rollerblading delivery girl with hot pink hair zooming through his dreams, his conscious, and finally, through a party he just happened to be drug to by his bandmates. He simply HAS to find out more about her... and maybe have to fight each of her seven evil boyfriends in the process.

I am SOOO glad I started reading these comics! This edition is a full-color bind-up of volumes 1 and 2 of Scott Pilgrim. I've only ever watched the movie, though it is quite fantastic, the novels are so very vivid and energetic. The vibrant coloration brings the story to life. I will admit, there are few to no differences between the comics and the movie thus far, but just reliving this fantastic story in a different medium is just fine with me! This story has become quite the cult classic, with its video game-based humor, awkward narration, and extremely unique characters. I am incredibly excited to work my way through the series!

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West and Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire

4 Stars | Goodreads link

I'm sure you've all heard the story of Dorothy Gale, as a twister dropped her house on the head of the Wicked Witch of the East. You know her grand journey to see the Wizard in Emerald City, and of the quest that ultimately lead to the Wicked Witch of the West's tragic demise.

However, what do you know of the land of Oz? What makes it tick? What political atmospheres caused the Munchkinlanders to praise Dorothy for her murderous path, or the Lion's utter cowardice? Who was the Wicked Witch of the West? Was she always Wicked, or was she the product of a foul world?

This read through of books 1 and 2 of the Wicked Years series was a buddy read with Karo. I have read Wicked before, way back in freshman year of high school. I remember enjoying it, though any distinct memories beyond that have been lost. This time around, I understood far more of the internal conversations within the novel. This is more than the story of Elphaba, but of the myriad of powers and opinions ruling over Oz, and the effects corruption have on the peoples