November Wrap-Up Post

It’s a new month, which means it’s time for a wrap-up post of what I read last month! Thanks to Comic-a-Thon, I read 35 books last month and some of them were some real treasures- without further ado, here’s what I was able to finish in November:


Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Summary: Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.

Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office.

As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win each other.

Thoughts: If I’m being honest, I was kind of let down by this one. Enemies to lovers, Christina Lauren, and office romance? This should have been a five star read for me, but I just wasn’t feeling it- I think I just didn’t love the plot development. However if you’re looking for a steamy read, this one is an excellent pick.

Readalikes: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, Misadventures with the Boss by Kendall Ryan, The Takeover Effect by Nisha Sharma


Calexit by Matt Pizzolo, Amancay Nahuelpan, & Tyler Boss

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Summary: What if a fascist, autocratic President took over the United States? And what if that President lost California, the sixth largest economy on Earth, by nearly 2-to-1…a margin of almost 3 1/2 million votes? What if the day after that President took power, the largest mass demonstration in history occurred, and the state with the largest turnout was California. And then, the following week, two of the largest international airports in the world, California’s LAX and SFO, were blockaded by protesters? What if California refused to be ruled?

From the creators of Young Terrorist, Matteo Pizzolo (Godkiller) and Amancay Nahuelpan (Clandestino), comes this tale of resisting oppression, punching Nazis, protecting each other, kicking ass, and demanding liberty for all.

Thoughts: This is really more of a 3.5 stars for me. I love the idea behind this book, and the illustrations are gorgeous, but the ending was very abrupt and I can’t tell if this story continues in any iteration; also, I felt that some of the world-building was lacking. Overall, this was a good book and I hope the story continues because there are some characters that I’ve grown invested in.

Readalikes: V for Vendetta by Alan Moore, Archangel by William Gibson, Bitch Planet, Vol. 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick


Amelia Westlake Was Never Here by Erin Gough

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: Harriet Price is the perfect student: wealthy, smart, over-achieving. Will Everhart, on the other hand, is a troublemaker who’s never met an injustice she didn’t fight. When their swim coach’s inappropriate behavior is swept under the rug, the unlikely duo reluctantly team up to expose his misdeeds, pulling provocative pranks and creating the instantly legendary Amelia Westlake–an imaginary student who helps right the many wrongs of their privileged institution. But as tensions burn throughout their school–who is Amelia Westlake?–and between Harriet and Will, how long can they keep their secret? How far will they go to make a difference? And when will they realize they’re falling for each other?

Thoughts: This was a cute read- it was pleasant and cute, but not perfect. If you’re looking for an enemies to lovers romantic comedy with a feminist twist, this is a perfect pick!

Readalikes: The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George, Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu, The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena


The Bride Was a Boy by Chii

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Summary: For a summary for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon intro post here.

Thoughts: This was such a cute and informative title! I’d solidly recommend it to anyone and everyone, but particularly those looking for some good LGBTQIAP+ titles- I learned so much about transgender experiences across the world.

Readalikes: For readalikes for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon wrap-up post here.


Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: For a summary for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon intro post here.

Thoughts: I definitely am not the target audience for this series (being asexual and all) but this was WILD. Give me a book with a librarian and I’ll be a happy camper, and I really enjoyed the art and the humor. Surprisingly, I think I’ll continue with this series to see what happens!

Readalikes: For readalikes for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon wrap-up post here.


Jonesy, Vol. 1-3 by Sam Humphries & Caitlin Rose Boyle

Rating: Average 4.33/5 Stars

Summary: For a summary for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon intro post here.

Thoughts: The first volume in this series was a 5 star for me, because the art and the characters were TRULY the best! I loved seeing Jonesy’s journey and honestly, I was sad to see it end. This is one of my favorite series I’ve had the pleasure of reading so far!

Readalikes: For readalikes for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon wrap-up post here.


Heavy Vinyl, Vol. 1 by Carly Usdin & Nina Vakueva

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Summary: For a summary for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon intro post here.

Thoughts: The thing that kept this cute volume from being a 5 star read was some rushed character and plot development, but I’d be over the MOON to be part of this incredible girl gang. For those who love 90s nostalgia and amazing female characters, this is a no-brainer for you!

Readalikes: For readalikes for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon wrap-up post here.


Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Vol. 1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates & Brian Stelfreeze

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Summary: For a summary for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon intro post here.

Thoughts: I was expecting to love this one but in the end, I was more confused than anything. With Marvel, DC, and other superhero comics, it’s hard to tell if they are good intro titles or rely on a lot of backstory- for me, sadly, this was the latter. It was a good title I guess, but you have to know earlier titles and what is going on in the greater Marvel universe to understand it if you ask me.

Readalikes: For readalikes for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon wrap-up post here.


Bitch Planet, Book One by Kelly Sue DeConnick & Valentine De Landro

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: For a summary for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon intro post here.

Thoughts: I was expecting to love this title and I enjoyed it, but it didn’t quite build up to the hype. I think the crude nature of the story and the art was what deterred me from giving it 5 stars but while I didn’t love it as much as I expected, I definitely want to continue the series to see where it goes.

Readalikes: For readalikes for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon wrap-up post here.


Goldie Vance, Vol. 1 by Hope Larson & Brittney Williams

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Summary: For a summary for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon intro post here.

Thoughts: This is another one I expected to love, as this title has been compared to one of my favorite shows Veronica Mars; in the end though, I didn’t love it at all. There was no real plot or character development, and those things are really important to me. I doubt I’ll continue the series but if you love mysteries, hijinks, and nostalgic stories, this one will be a hit for you!

Readalikes: For readalikes for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon wrap-up post here.


High Crimes by Christopher Sebela & Ibrahim Moustafa

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Summary: For a summary for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon intro post here.

Thoughts: I picked this one because I’ve loved Christopher Sebela’s Crowded series so far; overall, I enjoyed this gritty action thriller, and the art was breathtaking. It wasn’t perfect , but this is a solid choice for spy thriller enthusiasts!

Readalikes: For readalikes for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon wrap-up post here.


Everyone’s an Aliebn When You’re an Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Summary: For a summary for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon intro post here.

Thoughts: While the art and the sentiment in this one were undeniably cute, I really didn’t love it. If anything, it grated on me as I read; this isn’t a style of comic I usually enjoy but if you’re a fan of Nathan Pyle’s Strange Planet, you’ll definitely love this one.

Readalikes: For readalikes for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon wrap-up post here.


Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: For a summary for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon intro post here.

Thoughts: As an asexual person myself, it warms my heart to see ace representation on the pages. This was an incredibly informational and heart-warming read, and I wholly recommend it to any and all people!

Readalikes: For readalikes for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon wrap-up post here.


The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: For a summary for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon intro post here.

Thoughts: This was such a sweet and beautiful book- it was recommended to me by a coworker, and boy does she know my taste! I loved reading about this family and the shirking of societal gender norms, and I cannot WAIT to continue in this series.

Readalikes: For readalikes for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon wrap-up post here.


In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: For a summary for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon intro post here.

Thoughts: Like many of my Comic-a-Thon reads, this was an incredibly eye-opening read! I loved getting to know more not only about these characters as they grew, but also the gaming industry worldwide. As always, Jen Wang’s art is simply breath-taking, and I’m so happy to have finally taken the chance to read this one.

Readalikes: For readalikes for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon wrap-up post here.


Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn & Claire Roe

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: For a summary for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon wrap-up post here.

Thoughts: This was a wildcard choice, as I was unable to get Mooncakes in on time to read for Comic-a-Thon, but I picked it up for the cover and I wasn’t disappointed! This gave me flashbacks to one of my favorite graphic novel reads of the year Abbott, and if you’re a fan of noir crime stories this is a best bet!

Readalikes: For readalikes for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon wrap-up post here.


Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Summary: For a summary for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon intro post here.

Thoughts: This book took me back to my days at Girl Scout camp in the summers, and that desperate feeling of belonging was so so true to my pre-teen self. This is another book that I wish I had had when I was a kid, and I’m so excited to read more from Vera Brosgol.

Readalikes: For readalikes for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon wrap-up post here.


Paper Girls, Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, & Matt Wilson

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: For a summary for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon intro post here.

Thoughts: This title was such a fitting end to this series! I’ve loved getting to know this crew of gals and while I’m sad to see it end, I’m so pleased with the way the author and illustrators chose to do it. I definitely recommend this series to Stranger Things fans- it really takes you back to the 80s!

Readalikes: For readalikes for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon wrap-up post here.


Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: For a summary for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon intro post here.

Thoughts: This is the book I wish I had as a tween/early teen- I loved Astrid’s journey to self-discovery and self-love, and the inclusion of roller derby made me adore this one even MORE. This one has been on my TBR list for quite some time and now I’m sad it took me so long to finally get to it!

Readalikes: For readalikes for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon wrap-up post here.


Roadqueen: Eternal Roadtrip to Love by Ming Ong Chua

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Summary: For a summary for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon intro post here.

Thoughts: This one was a real wild ride- the art is cute as well as the premise, but some of the plot points were too outrageous for me to overlook. For those looking for a humorous, LGBTQIAP+ friendly read, this one is a sure thing!

Readalikes: For readalikes for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon wrap-up post here.


V for Vendetta by Alan Moore & David Lloyd

Rating: 2/5 Stars

Summary: For a summary for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon intro post here.

Thoughts: I picked this one because I’ve always loved the film…and this was a disappointment. I know this is often deemed a graphic novel classic, but I just don’t enjoy this style of comic (aka panels and text galore). I guess this is a classic case of loving what you see/read first better!

Readalikes: For readalikes for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon wrap-up post here.


On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: For a summary for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon intro post here.

Thoughts: This is my first book that I’ve read by Tillie Walden, and it certainly won’t be my last. The art is absolutely beautiful and transformative, and this story of the things we do for long lost first love clearly transcends time and space. This was an absolute marvel.

Readalikes: For readalikes for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon wrap-up post here.


Tales from La Vida: a Latinx Comics Anthology, edited by Frederick Luis Aldama

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Summary: For a summary for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon intro post here.

Thoughts: I’m not normally a short story or anthology person and I don’t like having different art styles in the same book, so I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I probably should have; however, I loved being able to see the breadth and depth of the Latinx experience across North and South America. While this wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, this is something that the publishing world and audiences need more of!

Readalikes: For readalikes for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon wrap-up post here.


Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, & Brooke A. Allen

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: For a summary for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon intro post here.

Thoughts: I know, I can’t believe I hadn’t read Lumberjanes before…and now I’m extra ashamed of that fact! I love quirky girl gangs and hilarious situations, and this volume had both of those in spades! I can’t wait to continue with this one 🙂

Readalikes: For readalikes for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon wrap-up post here.


The Handmaid’s Tale by Renée Nault & Margaret Atwood

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: For a summary for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon intro post here.

Thoughts: I, like most, devoured Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, so I was really excited to read this one. The use of color is one of the best aspects, and perhaps the only reason I didn’t give this one 5 stars is because it cut out aspects of the original (which I didn’t love, but I’m sure is necessary for the medium). Despite this, I recommend this one to those who love the original story, the show, or even newbies!

Readalikes: For readalikes for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon wrap-up post here.


Let’s Play by Leeanne “Mongie” Krecic

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: For a summary for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon intro post here.

Thoughts: This was my first webcomic and it was absolutely addicting. As I’ve said many times, enemies to lovers and slow burn romances are my fave so I. ATE. THIS. UP. The only reason I didn’t give it full stars is because there was some definite subtle fat-shaming and that’s not something I can or will overlook. Despite this, this is a good pick for romance readers!

Readalikes: For readalikes for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon wrap-up post here.


Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Summary: For a summary for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon intro post here.

Thoughts: This is another graphic novel that I came in with high expectations, and those expectations weren’t really met. The art, of course, was incredible, but I found the stories a little lacking; I don’t tend to enjoy short stories though, so this might be why. Horror fans, however, will find a lot to love in this one.

Readalikes: For readalikes for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon wrap-up post here.


Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Savanna Ganucheau

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: For a summary for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon intro post here.

Thoughts: This was the LGBTQIAP+ baking romance of my DREAMS! The two main characters were cute and lovable, and the single color palette really let the story speak for itself. I really enjoyed this one, and those who loved Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me will fall in love with Bloom.

Readalikes: For readalikes for this work, check out my Comic-a-Thon wrap-up post here.


Jell-O Girls: A Family History by Allie Rowbottom

Rating: 1/5 Stars

Summary: In 1899, Allie Rowbottom’s great-great-great-uncle bought the patent to Jell-O from its inventor for $450. The sale would turn out to be one of the most profitable business deals in American history, and the generations that followed enjoyed immense privilege – but they were also haunted by suicides, cancer, alcoholism, and mysterious ailments.

More than 100 years after that deal was struck, Allie’s mother Mary was diagnosed with the same incurable cancer, a disease that had also claimed her own mother’s life. Determined to combat what she had come to consider the “Jell-O curse” and her looming mortality, Mary began obsessively researching her family’s past, determined to understand the origins of her illness and the impact on her life of Jell-O and the traditional American values the company championed. Before she died in 2015, Mary began to send Allie boxes of her research and notes, in the hope that her daughter might write what she could not. Jell-O Girls is the liberation of that story.

Thoughts: You know the old adage “if you have nothing nice to say, you shouldn’t say anything at all”? Well, that really applies here; this would have been a great story, but it wasn’t in the way it was presented. Just…bad.

Readalikes: The Beneficiary by Janny Smith, Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs, Hillbilly Elegy: a Memoir of Family and a Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance


A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Summary: Fifteen-year-old Simran “Simi” Sangha comes from a long line of Indian vichole-matchmakers-with a rich history for helping parents find good matches for their grown children. When Simi accidentally sets up her cousin and a soon-to-be lawyer, her family is thrilled that she has the “gift.”

But Simi is an artist, and she doesn’t want to have anything to do with relationships, helicopter parents, and family drama. That is, until she realizes this might be just the thing to improve her and her best friend Noah’s social status. Armed with her family’s ancient guide to finding love, Simi starts a matchmaking service-via an app, of course. But when she helps connect a wallflower of a girl with the star of the boys’ soccer team, she turns the high school hierarchy topsy-turvy, soon making herself public enemy number one.

Thoughts: This was a cute little romantic comedy, but I feel like it tried to address too many things that in the end, nothing was really resolved or wrapped up to my satisfaction. Nevertheless, this is a great pick if you’re looking for a cute and quick romance read!

Readalikes: My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma, When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, 29 Dates by Melissa de la Cruz


Komi Can’t Communicate, Vol. 1 by Tomohito Oda

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

Summary: Timid Tadano is a total wallflower, and that’s just the way he likes it. But all that changes when he finds himself alone in a classroom on the first day of high school with the legendary Komi. He quickly realizes she isn’t aloof—she’s just super awkward. Now he’s made it his mission to help her on her quest to make 100 friends!

Thoughts: I’m going to be honest, this one disappointed me. I’ve read countless rave reviews of it, and I could barely make it through. I love the concept of it, but execution just didn’t grab me; perhaps my dislike comes from this being the first volume and being a lot of set-up (with no action), but I’m not sure I’m going to continue this one…I just didn’t enjoy it all that much.

Readalikes: Horimiya by HERO & Daisuke Hagiwara, A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Oima, No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! by Nico Tanigawa


Bone Parish, Vol. 2 by Cullen Bunn, Jonas Scharf, & Alex Guimaraes

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Summary: War breaks out in New Orleans as multiple crime families fight over a new designer drug made from the ashes of the dead.

“The Ash” is the hottest new drug in the Big Easy, and there’s only one way to get it: the Winters, an upstart crime family that pioneered the drug made from the ashes of the dead. But with multiple other factions moving in on their territory with deadly results, just how long can Grace Winters and her children hold on to the lucrative trade?

Thoughts: I didn’t love this volume as much as I adored the first (the pacing was off tbh), but the art is still absolutely stunning and I feel like this was a filler volume for the longer story and I can’t wait for the next volume!

Readalikes: Preacher, Vol. 1 by Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon, The October Faction, Vol 1 by Steve Niles & Damien Worm , Sin City, Vol. 1 by Frank Miller


Lady Killer, Vol. 1 by Joëlle Jones & Jamie S. Rich

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

Summary: Josie Schuller is a picture-perfect homemaker, wife, and mother—but she’s also a ruthless, efficient killer for hire! A brand-new original comedy series that combines the wholesome imagery of early 1960s domestic bliss with a tightening web of murder, paranoia, and cold-blooded survival.

Thoughts: I expected more of this volume because of the creators but in a word, this was just meh. I feel like it could have benefited from some more plot development, but the retro-y vibe and the characters were cool. For true crime fans and those who love bada** ladies, this is a great selection.

Readalikes: Criminal by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips, The Last Contract by Ed Brisson & Lisandro Estherren, The October Faction, Vol 1 by Steve Niles & Damien Worm


My new reading goal for the year is 225 books, which means I have 18 more to finish for this month-wish me luck!

Until next time…

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