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November Wrap Up/Winter Plans

I’ve been procrastinating this post all month because I kept wanting to wait until I could get a picture of the whopping three books I read last month, but it hasn’t worked out, so we’re just doing this.

Last month was NaNoWriMo, and the most recent round of Tome Topple happened. I did post about my Tome Toppple plans, but I didn’t expect to actually finish a book (I don’t think I ever have before during Tome Topple). How did I do? Well, I read all three of the books o_O That’s right, I made it through Night Film, The Witches: Salem, 1692, AND The Diviners last month while also participating in NaNoWriMo. What?! I can’t believe it.

In my last update about all of this in November, I hadn’t finished my last book or NaNoWriMo. There was still time to fail. But…I didn’t. I don’t know what happened last month, but I was on fire.

I completed an actual entire first draft of a novel for the first time ever. It’s horrible, it needs so much editing and rewriting, but I actually did it! My final word count was 54,724 words! (The “goal” word count is 50k.)

Not only did I finish an actual first draft of a novel, but I also plan to go back and make it better probably during the spring. I can’t believe I really did it omg. I’m not going to lie, there’s a tiny bit of pride happening because of this.

I was also going to post my Bookish Bingo wrap up, but I totally lost track of what I read for the prompts and I didn’t do great with it anyway because I didn’t get much reading done this autumn.


That brings me to my winter reading plans and such!

First of all, Winter Bookish Bingo, yesss! I’m totally participating. Head over to Pretty Deadly Reviews to see the prompts for this round.

King of Scars comes out in January(!!!) so I’m considering pre-ordering that because I NEED IT! Aaah! Now I can finally read Wonder Woman: Warbringer because I’ll have another Leigh Bardugo book to read soon! You guys, I can not even begin to put into words how freaking excited I am for this book! It’s probably my most-anticipated 2019 release, honestly.

I’ll probably talk more about a few other 2019 releases I’m excited about in a later post (there’s a T5W with that prompt this month, but I’ll probably narrow it down to books released in the first half of the year).

Otherwise, I think I’m just going to try to read as much as I can before the end of the year. I’m definitely not hitting 30k pages read, but right now it doesn’t seem like I’m going to hit 25k, which was my goal once I started climbing out of The Great Reading Slump of 2018 :/ *sigh* 

And, hopefully, I’ll actually follow through with making some changes to this blog soon. I need to write a couple of reviews, and I have some ARCs I need to read and review soon. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping I actually get all of that done this month.


I really meant for this to be kind of short, but I rambled a lot more than I expected, oops. I just sat down and really felt like writing a blog post, so…here we are 😛

I hope your winter is off to a lovely start, and (if you celebrate any holidays this time of year) I hope your holidays are filled with joy ❤

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Fall Bookish Bingo Sign Up

I utterly failed with Summer, so I didn’t even both posting my card (I’m not sure I even got one space, honestly). And, with the reading slump bs, I considered not signing up for the fall round, but I just can’t stay away! I love Bookish Bingo (hosted by Pretty Deadly Reviews), so I have to do it, even if I fail again.


 

Here’s the card for this round:


And here are some of the books I’m thinking of reading:

  • Made into a movie: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (I actually saw the movie first, years ago, and still haven’t read the book. Oops :/ )
  • Middle grade: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab (assuming I can get a copy)
  • One word title: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • History with a twist: The Terror by Dan Simmons
  • Witches: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
  • Black cover: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (I’m pretty sure my edition has a black cover, but if now, I have plenty of choices)
  • Space or stars: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  • Fall release: Vengeful by V.E. Schwab, OR A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs (if I can get one/both of them)
  • Purple cover: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
  • Legend or myth: The Odyssey by Homer (I’ve been planning to re-read it for ages)
  • Pretty spine: Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • Less than 300 pages: Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

Anyone else participating this round?

If you  have any recs for the squares I didn’t list a book for (or even for the ones I did list a book for), please leave them in the comments!

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May + Spring Wrap Up

Goodreads is finally functioning a little more, so I can do this the easier way, yay!

May was An Experience, oh boy. I mentioned in my April Wrap Up that I was about 3,600 pages behind for my page goal. That…that was a lot of pages to be behind by. By the end of May, to get back on track, I needed my total page count for the year so far to be at least 12,500.

So how did I do? Well, my total pages for this year was 13,282 at the end of May 31st! Ho-ly craaaap that was a lot of pages read in May!

In May, I read 17 titles and finally (finally!) finished The Lord of the Rings! It took me about 2.5-3 months to read Fellowship and maybe the first chapter or so of Two Towers, but once I sat down and really started the rest of the book, I blew through it within the week, I think. I loved it, and I am so happy to finally be able to say I’ve read it haha.

Now, on to the rest of what I read:

may 2018 books

From last book of the month to first book of the month…

  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck– 3-3.5/5 stars
  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge– 3/5 stars
  • The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur– 4.5/5 stars
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins– 1.5/5 stars
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien– 4.5/5 stars (-0.5 star because I didn’t really start loving it until after Fellowship :/ )
  • The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs– 3.5-4/5 stars
  • The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo– 5/5 stars
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion– 3-3.5/5 stars
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine– 4/5 stars
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel– 1.5/5 stars
  • Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour– 4-ish/5 stars
  • The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw– 3.75/5 stars?
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee– 5/5 stars
  • The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan– 4-4.5/5 stars
  • The House of Hades by Rick Riordan– 3.75-4/5 stars
  • The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan– 5/5 stars
  • The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan– 5/5 stars
  • The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan– 5/5 stars

I pretty much did nothing but read every possible moment last month because I was determined to catch up while I was really feeling the urge to read. (That’s also why my blogging didn’t really happen last month, oops.)


I won’t get into my year-long reading challenges this time, but I’ll be doing a mid-year review/wrap-up at the end of June and include what I’ve read for the Pop Sugar and Book Riot’s Read Harder challenges.


Spring Bookish Bingo Results

Spring Bookish Bingo--finished

I was so close to getting every square this time around, ugh.

Here’s what I read:

  • Ocean Theme: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Mythology: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  • Part of a Series: Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (review)
  • Pink Cover: Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy by Hallie Lieberman (review)
  • Made Into a Movie: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • White Cover: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace (review)
  • Spring Release: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (review)
  • New-to-You Author: It’s All Fun and Games by Dave Barrett (review)
  • Retelling: Snow White and the Seven Keys to Doomsday by Justin Richards
  • Unlikeable Main Character: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  • Thriller: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • Free Space: The Night of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stine
  • Intersectional Diversity: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (Disabled/POC/LGBTQ+ character)
  • Animal On Cover: She Who Destroys the Light: Fairy Tales Gone Wrong by Shahida Arabi (review) (A wolf)
  • Aussie Author: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  • 2018 Debut: DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker (review)
  • Epistolary: Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
  • Family: Funhome: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
  • Witches: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
  • Flowers On Cover: The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
  • Set in Another Country: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Australia…I think)
  • LGBT+: Everthing Leads to You by Dahlia Adler (F/F relationship)
  • Multi POV: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  • Second Chance: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (I counted this because I gave it a second chance after trying to read it as a kid and not liking it. I still didn’t really like it :/ )

And that’s a wrap, whew.

May, and spring in general, was kind of eventful. A lot has gone on in my personal life, and not much of it was good :/ But at least I’m back on track with my reading goals, I guess. (Well, at least my page count goal, if nothing else.) And I’ve managed to actually do pretty well so far with my reading resolutions for this year. But I think I’ve done enough updating and wrapping up for one post, so I’ll talk more about that in the mid-year update around the end of June/beginning of July.

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Summer Bookish Bingo Sign Up & TBR

I haven’t posted in so. long. Ugh. I really wanted to, but holy wow was May a serious Reading Catch Up month for me. (My May/Spring wrap up post was supposed to go up before this one, but goodreads is having issues with not showing all the books I finished, and honestly I don’t feel like inserting that many cover pics into a blog post. But I might if they don’t get this fixed soon.) More on all that soon, hopefully.

Anyway…

This will be my fourth time participating in Bookish Bingo (hosted by Pretty Deadly Reviews), and I’m really excited.

Here’s the Summer card:

I haven’t put a lot of thought into this card yet, but I have some ideas for my options for a lot of the squares. This isn’t a TBR that’s set in stone, but basically what a) comes to mind quickly, and b) could potentially also be used for other challenges I’m participating in.


LGBT+
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

2018 Debut
Indecent by Corinne Sullivan

Sequel
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Asian Author
The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Magic
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Blue Cover
King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

A Book You’ve Been Putting Off
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

Yellow Cover
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Adventure
In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

Someone Else Picks For You
Vicious by V.E. Schwab (I haven’t actually asked my friend to pick a book for me, but I’m 99% sure this is the one she’d demand I finally read lol)

Red Cover
The Power by Naomi Alderman (I can’t tell if this cover is red or orange :/ )
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (well, my edition has a red cover, at least)

Set During Wartime
Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

Religion
The Poetic Edda

Metallic Lettering
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

Sci-Fi
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel


This card has a few challenging squares for me (particularly June/July/August Release because I can’t really buy new books, and my library rarely gets anything that’s a new release that I’m interested in 😦 ), so I doubt I’ll even come close to filling it.

Some, like Realistic Fiction, I’ll probably have tons of options for, though, which is why I didn’t include them. In fact, for that one, I might count one of my current reads: Black Swans by Eve Babitz. It’s a collection of short stories, and should work nicely for that one. 

For a book Over 5 Years Old, I have plenty of choices for that one :/ So many. Like, a terrifying number of books that were not only published over 5 years ago, but have been on my shelf at least that long.

Pirates is going to be hard, though, because I don’t actually own any pirate-y books. (And I can only think of maybe 2-3 books I’ve read in my entire life that had at least one pirate character.) I’d really like to get a space-pirates book, so if anyone has recommendations, please leave them in the comments!

Summer Thriller is another one I’m going to struggle with because a) I don’t really like thrillers, and b) does it mean a thriller set in the summer? A thriller released this summer? A thriller people would read on vacation in the summer? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

On the subject of thrillers, if anyone has recs, omg please send them! The only two thriller authors I can think of that I’ve actually really liked are Dan brown and Stieg Larsson. So if anyone can suggest other books (I’d really prefer books not by white men, but at this point I’ll take whatever), I would be eternally grateful ❤


Let me know if you’re participating in Bookish Bingo this time around!

And if you have any book recommendations for any of these squares, definitely let me know so I can check them out 🙂

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March Wrap-Up

Is anyone else finding it both hard to believe it’s already April, and feeling like it’s only April? I feel like that’s been the case for almost every month for a year or more :/

This year hasn’t been great so far in any area of my life, but reading has been particularly bad. I’ve been in kind of a slump since January and haven’t felt like reading much at all. Even things I’ve been super excited about (like, babbling constantly about them for months or more) just aren’t working out for me.

The biggest one is probably Gemina *sobs* I’ve had it since around the time it came out, give or take a couple of weeks, but held off on reading because I wanted to re-read Illuminae and then binge through Gemina and Obsidio. Well, I have Obsidio and I re-read Illuminae, but I have not been able to get into Gemina. I’ve been trying to read it for about 2 weeks now and still haven’t hit 50 pages in.

Ok, ok, this is supposed to be a wrap up and I’m getting way off track. I don’t think I’ll do a haul in this post because I haven’t been buying many books (I think my husband actually bought more books than I did), and I’m thinking I’ll just start doing seasonal ones or something. So, book haul will probably be coming around the beginning of June, for March-May.

As for what I read last month, well…It wasn’t impressive:

March 2018 reads

  • Heat by Rachel Windsor (got it from Net Galley quite a while back, ended up skimming most of it because it wasn’t for me, so I didn’t review it)
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (re-read, still 5/5 stars)
  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (I didn’t like this one as much as I’d expected, but 3/5 stars)
  • Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy by Hallie Lieberman (reviewed here; 4.5/5 stars)
  • Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn (I might write a review eventually, but I gave it 4/5 stars)
  • DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker (reviewed here; 5/5 stars)
  • The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace (reviewed here; 4.5/5 stars)

I still haven’t really crossed off many prompts (or any? I’m not sure) for the PopSugar Reading Challenge (I have a post with some book recs for prompts if you want to check that out), or Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge, but I have gotten a few squares for the Spring Bookish Bingo. (That was a lot of links, wow.)

spring bookish bingo MARKED--March wrapup

  • PINK COVER: Buzz by Hallie Lieberman
  • SPRING RELEASE: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace
  • AUSSIE AUTHOR: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  • 2018 DEBUT: DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker
  • EPISTOLARY: Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
  • FAMILY: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

I can’t believe I’m already so close to a BINGO, whoo! (Will it be cheating to use the entire Illuminae Files trilogy for this? Because I can use the other 2 for “Multi POV” and “Part of a Series”and I’m really thinking about doing that… Yeah, I’m doing it. Probably.)


I think that’s it. 2018 is turning out to be a weird year for me. I’ve been thinking a lot and re-evaluating things, and trying to figure out some stuff. Like what I want to do with this blog.

I haven’t been very active here for a few months, not really because I don’t want to be, but because of life being hectic and all the thinking. I’m hoping to have a clearer idea of what I want to do, soon, but for right now… I don’t know. I was honestly thinking about deleting and giving up, but that was a fleeting urge (thankfully, because I’m pretty sure I would have hated myself about 5 minutes after doing that).

I just got really overwhelmed for a while, and discouraged, but I’m feeling better about it all now. I think. I’m still a bit overwhelmed, honestly, but I’m working it out.