November Recap 2017 // Went Viral On Twitter & Hahaha More Like NaNOOOOWriMo

Hi. I went viral on Twitter and that’s the #1 thing that happened this month.

I mean, sure, I read some books that were fine, I guess. And I also received some really cool books.

BUT I WENT VIRAL ON TWITTER, GUYS. THIS IS MY MOST PROUD ACCOMPLISHMENT ON MY LIFE.

Also I only read like, 5 books last month and I need to read at least 25 books this month but hahahahahahah I’m perfectly fine.

Also I’m going on a hiatus too, but hahahaha I’m fineee.

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BOOKS I READ

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Unknown|★★★☆☆

  • Look, this is a school book, but I need to up my reading count. And it was dreadfully boring anyways, so obviously the one suffering here is me. At least I should get some numbers out of it.

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang|★★★☆☆

  • Look, this is also a school book but I 100% count this, because I probably would have read it anyways. I think I was planning to read this? Not sure. Also the author illustrated the graphic novels for Avatar: Aang so obviously… I had to. [review]

The November Girl by Lydia Kang|★★★★☆

  • Vaguely eerie. Also there’s a mainly Korean cast soooooo obviously I was excited for this book? Umm it kind of disappointed me, though. It was more gritty contemporary than beautiful magical realism. [review]

Winner Take All by Laurie Devore|★★★★★

  • 10/10, Laurie Devore has not failed me yet. I am honestly so happy about this. The cover is so pretty. [review]

A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen|★★★★☆

  • Hahahaha I have so many complaints about this book, but it was cute and fluffy at the same time? [review]

PHYSICAL BOOK HAUL

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I also got Wild Beauty and The November Girl, which are not pictured.

  • Picture Us In The Light // (ARC) I received an annotated ARC of this from a giveaway hosted by the author, and apparently the main character is Chinese so HELLO, MY HYPE
  • Wild Beauty // (hardcover) I got this from a giveaway on Twitter! THE COVER IS SO PRETTY SDKFJKDL.
  • The November Girl // (paperback) [★★★★☆] I received this from the publisher! Honestly, I pretty much enjoyed it. However, I don’t think a lot of people would like it?
  • Dread Nation // I got this from a book trade. I’M SO SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK, AND THE AUTHOR’S TWITTER IS FANTASTIC OKAY.
  • Winner Take All // (ARC) [★★★★★] Ahhhhhh omg I read this author’s debut and it was one of my favorite books so I had so many high expectations, and this book definitely exceeded them.
  • Tess of the Road // (ARC) I already got a digital copy of this from Netgalley in September, but I finally got a physical copy from a trade and I’m so excited! My friend loves the author.
  • Everless // (ARC) Hahaha I’m so freaking excited for this book I cannot even. The cover is so pretty, and the concept is so.. cool!

DIGITAL BOOK HAUL

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  • By a Charm and a Curse // Travelling circuses? Love? UM, SOUNDS CHEESY AND I’M 100% HERE FOR IT. (Also that pink font looks kind of garish but whatever.)
  • Children of Blood and Bone // DEAR #1 MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK IN 2018, HOW ARE YOU DOING. I already read a sampler of this and ughhhh I’m trying to pace myself and not get sucked in already.

OVERALL

Hahaha I only read five books this month but I need to read a ton of books in December. I have about 15 2018 ARCs that I need to read.

favorite book of the month?

  • Winner Take All, definitely. It wasn’t one of my *all-time* favorite books, but it was really good. Also, I LOVE THE COLOR OF THE COVER BUT THAT TOTALLY DIDN’T AFFECT MY RATING.

least favorite book of the month?

  • If you count Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, one of my school books, then that one.
  • If you don’t count it, then The November Girl. It just wasn’t really suited for me.

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Guys, I complained about having no ideas, but I GOT ALL THE IDEAS AND I’M HONESTLY SO EXCITED TO POST THEM AHHHHH.

But I’ve decided that I need to go on a hiatus temporarily. Maybe until the end of the month.

here’s why

  • I need to study for my classes, and I think that the midterms are coming up in around a month (!!!) and hahahaha I NEED TO STUDY.
  • Ummm there’s only a month left of this year and I need to read 24 books to finish my Goodreads reading challenge???
  • I feel like I’ve honestly been procrastinating too much on my blogging, and it will take a long time to catch up.
  • I need to do my Christmas shopping!!! Ahhhhh I’m not prepared gosh.

in conclusion

  • I will not be commenting on other people’s posts. When I come back I’ll probably be catching up.
  • I will post some reviews if I need to, but probably not that many. I won’t post any discussion posts, I’m sorry!
  • I actually *do* have ideas for posts, so I may be writing posts when I’m gone. If I am in the mood. So when I  come back, I’ll have posts and that “blogging spark.”
  • I’ll still be active on Twitter and Goodreads. Probably not on my Instagram.

Also, if you’ve been thinking about going on a hiatus, here are ten reasons why you should.

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Balie teaches us how to stop procrastinating, and it’s honestly very helpful. (Balie I downloaded the Forest app, please be proud of me.)

Jackie tells us the pros and cons of listening to audiobooks. And she’s definitely a pro at audiobook-ing, especially since she’s listened to at least THREE of them.

May discusses the concept of “good representation” and how it’s seriously SO CONFUSING OKAY. Different experiences exist, yeah?

Lu lists things that you should never say to other bloggers.

Ilsa reviews Love, Hate, and Other Filters and it’s an #ownvoices review so obviously everyone Go and Read It.

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If you didn’t know, November was the NaNoWriMo month.

I mean, if you’re in the bookish community, you probably knew.

But if you didn’t know… oh, my poor friend. NaNoWriMo is the month of Dying™ over your Novel™.

I mean, it was somewhat bearable, given the fact that I only wrote… around 3k words.

It was just like Camp Nano! What did I expect, honestly. I wrote a somewhat fine amount the first two or three days, and then the dreaded writing slump came.

*sighs*

Anyways, this section is really short because I’m already planning to make another Writing Update/NanoWrimo Update later (but there won’t be much of anything because hahahahaha I didn’t win.)

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BOOKISH

  • Read 24 books this month. I need to read 24 books this month in order to hit my Goodreads reading challenge for this year. My goal was 125 books, and I’ve already read 101. I mean, this might not happen but if I’m really determined maybe??
  • Write at least 5 Goodreads reviews. Guys, I have so many books listed as “priority-review” or “needreview” and I really want to.
  • Read all of my January ARCs. I have a bunch and I need to read them all before release date omg.

BLOGGING

  • Write at least three posts. This month I want to write posts, but I don’t necessarily need to publish them.
  • Relax. I mean I am on a hiatus so I don’t really want to do anything.

WRITING

  • Write at least ten more pages of my rough draft. I didn’t write anything during NaNoWriMo rip myself.

LIFE

  • Start studying better for class. I’m at that point where I don’t really need to study for any of my classes except for biology yet, but I want to get into the habit of doing it because I know college will be so hard.
  • Generally be better at not procrastinating. I’d love to be someone who doesn’t procrastinate but yet, here I am.

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Tell me your thoughts! (please)

What happened to you guys this month? How many books did you read? What’s your reading goal next month? Are you excited for any of the books I got?

34 Comments

  1. 1) okay what the frick is this you tell us you went viral on twitter and you don’t provide the tweet i see how it is

    2) did you steal the link-star-rating-thingy from me

    3) listen we all know you’re not going to write those 10 pgs (i’ll force you if i have to)

    4) aren’t most of your 2018 ARCs from trades,,, so technically,,, you don’t have to review them,,,,,

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  2. EXCUSE ME YOU TELL US YOU WENT VIRAL ON TWITTER BUT YOU DON’T SHOW US PROOF????? I see how it is……… also, good luck with reading 25 books this month LMAO I still don’t know if you’re serious about this because it’s pretty much IMPOSSIBLE unless you sacrifice literally everything in your life and don’t ever stop reading *shrugs*

    AND I’M SO JEALOUS OF YOUR BOOK HAULS LIKE STOOOOOP. Dread Nation??? Everless??? Tess on the Road?? Children of Blood and Bone??? WILD BEAUTY??? WON IN A GIVEAWAY???? GIRL I NEED YOUR LUCK I NEVER WIN ANYTHING ANYMORE 😦

    I’m sOOOOOO SAD ABOUT YOUR HIATUS but it’s completely understandable, I think I might actually go on a hiatus around Christmas (and then pretty much all of January because I have exams and studying is gonna be A PAIN IN MY ASS). also thanks for linking my post ILYYYY ❤

    AND GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR GOALS!!! studying better for class and not procrastinating are things that I need to learn as well but…….. yeah no thanks :')

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  3. Hahahahaha, I saw May comment earlier and I AGREE, where is that viral tweet you talked about, we want to see it and BE PROUD NOW 😛
    So many amazing ARCs, wow, that’s crazy and so amazing, you’re so lucky! I really want to read Tess On The Road, that book sounds super cool and the cover is soooooooo pretty, I love it. and Children of Blood and Bone ahhhhhhhh. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on all of these books! 😀
    Take care of yourself this December, I’ll miss you tons! xx

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  4. I read American Born Chinese too! It’s kinda weird, but in a good way lol. I was also sent an ARC of The November Girl, but I haven’t read it yet whelp. YOUR BOOK HAUL! AAAAHHH! 50% of the books you got this month are on my TBR (I haven’t read any of them yet D:)

    Midterms are coming soon and I’m going on hiatus too! Enjoy your hiatus + (super early) MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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  5. OMG TESS OF THE ROAD AND WILD BEAUTY!! I HOPE THAT YOU ENJOY THEM — I REALLY WANT THEM!!

    Also!! have a nice hiatussssss bc you need a break every once in a while, but I’ll mis you! (also thank you sm for linking to my post!!)

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  6. OMG HAHAA I loved this recap! Best of luck with all your studies 😀 I actually just got out of hiatus because I finished exams! (I’m sure you’re almost done since it’s almost the holidays yayy).

    Enjoy Children of Blood and Bone, OMG, that’s one of my most anticipated as well. Yay!

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  7. Congrats on going viral on Twitter its so funny what are life goals are nowadays! Sorry to hear your going on a hiatus but I hear you girl I hardly posted anything last month and its mainly because I was just too mentally tired to even function! I’m also really excited to read By a Charm and a Curse because it sounds amazing! (I actually originally discovered it not too long ago on Paper Fury and now I NEED to have it!)

    Also I just want to let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster Award on my blog because I LOVE reading your posts and reading your comments on GoodReads!

    Happy reading 🙂

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  8. I’m so hyped for Winner Take All now and I never even heard of it before ahah. (And I’m not going to ask about the viral tweet because of previous comments already having done so buuut *side glance* xD Also yayay about the character in Picture Us in the Light being Chinese! I hope you enjoy it. :)) Dread Nation sounds soooo good. Also I currently have Wild Beauty from the library and the cover is so pretty I want to buy it so that I can procrastinate more on it without paying fines and also have its beaaaautiful cover on my shelf but first I should actually READ THE BOOK. Omg. I hope you enjoy it when you end up reading it!

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