I’ll try to keep this as short as possible, but it might get a little long (and repetitive, sorry ), so I’ll bold anything important, like challenge names and the like.
So, I decided not to do a November wrap up because…well, not much happened in November, except NaNoWriMo. Let’s start there.
For NaNoWriMo… *imagine there’s a drum roll here*
I still can’t believe it, but I wrote 50,611 words in the month of November, and won NaNoWriMo for the first time!
I got all the badges I could for NaNo this time, and I’m still in shock. Every. Single. Day, I wrote. A few days, it was literally only a sentence or two, but I did it. I wrote every day, I wrote just a bit over 50k words, and I have a huge chunk of a very rough first draft of a novel completed. I’m exhausted still, and feel like I might never write again (I will, and I am), but I’m also just a tiny bit proud, even though I know thousands of people win this every year, and this is probably nothing to actual authors, so what I accomplished isn’t really that big of a deal. But still, it was new for me, and I’m very slightly proud, and pleased with what I accomplished.
Reading? What’s that? Seriously, I only read a little over half of a graphic novel in November (Spoiler: I still haven’t finished it. *sighs forever*) I don’t think I did an October wrap up, either, now that I think of it. October was a better month for reading, for me. Here’s how I did:
- Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi (4.5/5 stars)
- Persepolis 2: The Return by Marjane Satrapi (5/5 stars)
- The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde (5/5 stars…I love Oscar ❤ )
- Peper Girls, vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan (5/5 stars)
- Hellboy, vol. 1: Seed of Destruction by Mike Mignola and John Byrne (4.5/5 stars)
- My Invented Country by Isabel Allende (5/5 stars)
- Bird Box by Josh Malerman (4/5 stars)
- Aberrations by Jeremy C. Shipp, et al (2/5 stars)
- A Night in Terror Tower by R.L. Stine (4/5 stars)
- Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (3/5 stars)
- Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (3/5 stars)
- Outcast, vol. 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him by Robert Kirkman (3/5 stars)
- The Duality Paradigm (Blood & Bone trilogy #1) by Lia Cooper (3/5 stars…maybe 3.5/5)
- A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay (4/5 stars)
- Why I’m Afraid of Bees by R.L. Stine (3/5 stars)
- The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe (5/5 stars)
Time to wrap-up the challenges I participated in during the autumn months! Here’s my original sign up post for the challenges below.
What I read for each space
- Person on cover: Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
- Poetry or Verse: Blue Horses by Mary Oliver
- Co-Authored: Basic Witches by Jaya Saxena & Jess Zimmerman (reviewed here)
- Horror: Halloween Carnival, Vol. 1 Edited by Brian James Freeman (reviewed here)
- First in a Series: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- Set at a School: Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis (reviewed here)
- Illustrations: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- Magic in the Real World: The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor (reviewed here)
- Different Culture: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
- Ensemble Cast: 27 Hours by Tristina Wright (reviewed here)
- Mental Health: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
- Set in Another Country: A Night in Terror Tower by R.L. Stine
- Paranormal: Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
- Black Cover: Bird Box by Josh Malerman
- Translated: My Invented Country by Isabel Allende
- LGBT: The Duality Paradigm by Lia Cooper
- Required Reading: The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe (Is this cheating because it was “required reading” back when I was in school?)
I got 2 bingos, which isn’t amazing, or as good as I’d hoped, but I’m satisfied. I can’t wait for the winter one!
Then there was the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge
I chose “Peril the First,” which was to read at least 4 books for the challenge. I succeeded! I read:
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
- A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
- Bird Box by Josh Malerman
I probably could count a couple others, but I’ll leave it at those.
The only requirement for this readathon was to read at least one scary book during the month of October. I read more than one, but since I’ve already listed everything I read for October and other challenges, I won’t repeat them here.
Lastly, I did the Halloween Read-A-Thon
I did all the prompts, whoo! I never posted a wrap up of this one, but meant to. I just got absorbed in other things I read:
- Costume Party: Aberrations by Jeremy C. Shipp
- Haunted House: Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
- Urban Legends: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
- Witching Hour: I think both Goosebumps books counted for this. I read a lot at night, but I think I decided to read a whole book in a night for this one.
- Scary Movie: I didn’t get the bonus challenge (reading a book then watching the movie), but I do a month-long horror movie marathon every October (watching at least 1 horror movie every day), so this one was super easy.
- Trick or Treat: I read A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay for this one. I’d had it on my TBR for ages and finally read it.
- All Hallow’s Eve: I did read 7 books for this, but I’ve already listed all of them. Basically, everything in the image of my books from Aberrations on, minus (I think) The Duality Paradigm, which is 8 things (one short story).
Normally, I would conclude this with a book haul pic, but…I can’t remember what I bought and my books are all messy right now, and this post has gone on for about three centuries already. Plus, I’m too lazy to check my last haul and then look for everything I’ve bought since then. But I’ll probably make a different post for that once I’ve finished sorting my books out.
If you’ve stuck around since the beginning of this post, please drink some water and stretch. You’ve probably been sitting, looking at this, for way too long :p