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 🙂

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.

Bookish Bingo: Spring 2018 (Possible) TBR

I completely and totally failed at the Winter one (I think…I actually haven’t even looked at the card since January, but I haven’t really read anything since then), but I still wanted to sign up for the spring round. Why? Because it’s a fun, low-pressure challenge, and sometimes it helps me narrow down what I want to read next.

Check out the card for Spring

(^^card links to Pretty Deadly Reviews’s post)

So pretty! I have a few ideas for this card, already, and I’m really excited.

Here’s what I’m thinking (these aren’t absolutes, just what came to mind right away as I looked over this card):

  • Mythology: Probably one of the Heroes of Olympus books, because I think I only read the first two back when they first came out, but now I own all of them and have been wanting to re-read, and then finish, the series.
  • Pink cover: This one is going to be a challenge, but I do have a copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover that has a pink cover. I only own like 3 books with pink covers, though, and I think I’ve read all the others.
  • Made into a Movie: My current read! I’m reading Lord of the Rings, so I’m using it for this one.
  • Historical Fiction: I’m thinking Burial Rites for this one, since it’s been on my TBR for a long time.
  • White Cover: This is another hard one because I don’t own many books with white covers that I haven’t read. Maybe The Luminaries, though.
  • Spring Release: Probably the witch doesn’t burn in this one by Amanda Lovelace, because I have an ARC that I’m planning to read this weekend.
  • New-to-You Author: I have tons of choices for this one, too, but I’m thinking Becky Chambers (The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet) or Naomi Novak (Uprooted).
  • Retelling: Time Lord Fairytales! I got the boxed set last year and I’ve only read one so far. (I might pick something else, but that’s definitely the easiest option.)
  • Animal on Cover: I think I have a few choices for this one, but I’ll probably read Life After Life because my copy has a fox on the cover.
  • Aussie Author: Oh I’m definitely reading Gemina for this one (finally)!
  • 2018 Debut: Probably DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker.
  • Family:  Maybe Fun Home.
  • Witches: I have a few for this one, but I might go non-fiction and read The Witches: Salem, 1692.
  • Flowers on Cover: Either Moloka’i or The Sun and Her Flowers.
  • Set in Another Country: Another one with tons of choices, but right now I’m thinking of going back to Great Expectations, or reading Spellbook of the Lost and Found.
  • LGBTQ+: I might finally read Everything Leads to You for this one, but I think I have a couple other options on my Kindle and library holds.

The rest of the topics I’ll have to check out my shelves more thoroughly, and maybe get something from the library for one or two of them.

Hopefully this will help motivate me to read more, because I’ve been in a bit of a slump since January :/


Are you participating in Bookish Bingo?

Let me know if you have any recs for any of these squares!

2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge Book Recs

**Edited April 4th to include a few more books**

I’ve been doing the PopSugar Reading Challenge since 2015, which might have been the first year. Usually, I try to have an idea of what I plan to read as soon as the list is posted (I actually have pages of scribbled ideas in my reading/blogging binder right now). This year, I realized I’ve already read a lot of books that would work for the prompts, so I thought I would share a few, for anyone who’s doing this challenge and might want some suggestions.

I can’t suggest things for a lot of the topics, really, because I don’t know what other people have read/seen, favorite colors, birth years, etc., but I’ve got recommendations for some, and I hope someone finds this post helpful. (There will definitely be some books appearing in multiple categories, too.)


Regular Challenge

True Crime: This one is going to be hard for me this year because I don’t read much true crime, but I will suggest The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. It has some other historical stuff mixed in, but I would count it.

A novel based on a real person: If you want to stretch “novel” to include “novel in verse,” try Audacity by Melanie Crowder. There’s also Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith, possibly the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder (I want to say these were based on her family, but double check), an argument could be made for The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

A book with a time of day in the title: Ok, I’m stretching this one to be more vague, so something like The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern would fit for me. It’s harder to find books with a specific time in the title, but something like Twilight by Stephenie Meyer would work. Think “twilight,” “dusk,” “dawn,” “evening,” “morning,” “noon,” “midnight,” etc.

A book about a villain or antihero: I already know exactly what I’m reading for this one (Vicious by V.E. Schwab). Well, probably. Other suggestions: Macbeth by William Shakespeare would work…I think, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire (I never finished it, but I think it counts), The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

A book about death or grief: I have to suggest Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (non-fiction) by Mary Roach for this one. I vaguely remember reading Death Be Not Proud (non-fiction) by John Gunther waaaay back in middle school (I liked it then, but that was like 14 years ago, eek :/ ). I want to say The Stoning of Soraya M. (non-fiction) by Freidoune Sahebjam might count, too. For fiction, there’s The Crow by James O’Barr (graphic novel), Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt,  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (I think counts), Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, and maybe The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

A book with alliteration in the title: Cozy mysteries are probably a great place to look for these. I would count things like Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.

A book about time travel: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger is an obvious choice. Ages ago, maybe in high school, I read Time & Again by Nora Roberts (I think it’s two novels in one volume?) and it’s still the only Nora Roberts I’ve ever picked up. But I liked it then. You could probably count A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs, probably any Doctor Who novel, and I want to say maybe Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams (but it’s been a long time since I read those books).

A book with a weather element in the title: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer-Bradley (does “mist” count as a weather element?), The Tempest by William Shakespeare (another one I’m not 100% sure counts),  Storm Front by Jim Butcher, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen, Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, Soldier of the Mist by Gene Wolfe, Lightning by Dean Koontz, and Frostbite by Richelle Mead.

A book with an animal in the title: The Soul of an Octopus (non-fiction) by Sy Montgomery was a favorite of mine from last year. I also really liked Releasing the Wolf by Dianna Hardy (this is definitely an adult book), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, The Crow by James O’Barr, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Bird Box by Josh Malerman, The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, Blue Horses by Mary Oliver, The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt, and Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. Oh and of course The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

A book set on a different planet: The Maritan by Andy Weir is an obvious one. I also liked 27 Hours by Tristina Wright (I think they were actually on a moon of a different planet, but whatever), and loved Saga, vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, and I’m pretty sure you could count at least some of the Hitchhiker’s Guide books by Douglas Adams for this one.

A book with song lyrics in the title: Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (Heart Shaped Box by Nirvana), Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas), Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote (Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Deep Blue Something), One for the Money by Janet Evanovich (Blue Suede Shoes by Elvis), Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris (Dead to the World by Nightwish), Wildflower by Drew Barrymore (Wildflower by The JaneDean Girls), Seize the Night by Sherilyn Kenyon (Seize the Night by Meat Loaf), Neverland by Shari Arnold (Lost Boy by Ruth B).

Advanced Challenge

A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title: The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen, Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, The Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman (I haven’t read this one…I’m assuming “berry” counts, and this is what I plan to read), Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn (this one is making 3 appearances on this list).

An allegory: Ok, I’m not totally sure about any of these :/ The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood,  Life of Pi by Yann Martel, The Pearl by John Steinbeck, Animal Farm by George Orwell, The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, When She Woke by Hillary Jordan, and I think Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn would also count for this one (it was suggested several times in the goodreads group for the challenge).

A microhistory: I’m reading Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy by Hallie Lieberman for this one. I would suggest The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach, or Hidden Figures by Margo Lee Shetterly. I haven’t read much non-fiction until recently :/

A book about a problem facing society today: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp, and I’m planning to read (finally) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge: Take your pick from anything I’ve listed 😛 If free-picks count for this (as in, not books that fulfill any other prompts), I’ll recommend a few more: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio, Love and You by Gretchen Gomez, Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, The Valiant by Lesley Livingston, and My Invented Country by Isabel Allende.


Happy reading, everyone, and I hope this helps someone 🙂

Bookish Bingo: Winter 2017/18 Sign Up

Winter is heeeeeerrrrrre!

I’m very excited and relieved that this year is almost over. I’m trying to not put a lot of pressure on myself for reading during December, because I really need a break from that  (pressure, that is) after NaNo, and I need to just enjoy books/reading again. Writing so much, with so much panic constantly, really drained my creativity and stuff, and I’m hoping to recharge a bit by just relaxing while reading. So, I’m abandoning trying to finish reading challenges, and just picking up what sounds good in the moment.

The exception is Bookish Bingo! I really like these, and I think I’ll probably continue doing them. I feel like, with the bingo format, they’re less stressful than some other challenges I do, and more fun.

Here’s the card for winter

I have ideas for what to read for some of these, which is pretty great. I don’t have definite book in mind for most of them, but I know I have books that will fit them once I start looking/thinking more about it.

I’m wondering if I read a book that was released much earlier in the year for “2017 release you missed,” if it would still count, because it’s still 2017:/ (I just started When Dimple Met Rishi, which was released in May, I think. I finally got it from the library.) I’m not sure about that one *sigh* I might still count it, though.

Spinoff” is going to be a bit of a challenge, maybe. I’m thinking of reading a Chronicles of Nick book for that one, though, which would probably be the easiest thing to do since I own one or two I haven’t read yet.

Winter Release” will take some thinking. I’m hoping I’ll have something from Net Galley to fit that one, because I definitely won’t be able to buy more books for quite a while, and my library doesn’t get many books I’m interested in very often, and when they do, the wait list is usually months long.


Are you doing bookish bingo this time around?

Have any suggestions for books I could read for some of these prompts? (Please let me know! Especially for the winter-y ones.)

How about other challenges? Are you participating in any this winter?

Autumn Wrap Up

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 WON!!!

I still can’t believe it, but I wrote 50,611 words in the month of November, and won NaNoWriMo for the first time!

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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:

october books read

  • 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.


Fall Bookish Bingo

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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

This was hosted by My Capricious Life and Estella’s Revenge.

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.


#FrightFall Readathon

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


Tell me know about your autumn reading in the comments 😀

Did you join any challenges? Was it a good season for books, for you? What was your favorite autumn read?