November is over. What a month.
Honestly, I’m struggling to think of what to say here, because in a year full of Bad, November somehow managed to be one of the worst months of all. I genuinely do not know how, especially since there were some really amazing things that happened (Biden won! a vaccine is coming!), but here we are at the end of the month and all I can think of is how awful it was.
Looking back, I don’t even know what I did with the month. I only read three books total, making this the worst reading month I’ve had in literal years. I took an unintentional two week hiatus from blogging because every time I tried to sit down and write a post it felt like my brain white-screened. I attempted NaNoWriMo, but basically abandoned that halfway through the month. So I didn’t read, I didn’t write, I didn’t blog—I kinda just failed at all the things I’m supposed to be good at.
I don’t know, man. It was a bad month and I don’t really have a reason for it. And December is going to be exhausting too, what with working in retail during a pandemic holiday season. I’m so tired. (Please be nice to retail workers this holiday season, everyone.)
But anyway, we should probably just get into the few things I read this month, huh?
Books I read
Ana on the Edge by A.J. Sass ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
This middle grade book about a nonbinary figure skater was soooo lovely and heartwarming! Mini review to come.
Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5
To everyone who told me I would love this book: you were absolutely right. This was exactly the sweet, emotional read I needed this month! Mini review to come.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (reread) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I reread this one because, duh, November. Loved it just as much the second time! My review from the first time reading it is here. I was going to make November cakes this month to but never got around to it…yet another thing this month that I failed to do. 🙃
Well, we managed to vote Tr*mp out! The first week of November was basically the most stressful week of my life, but what a payoff. I think that Saturday when Biden was declared the winner was the happiest I’ve been all year (though, frankly, the bar is so low). Yes, our democracy is still in shambles and there is so much work to do, but I’d kind of forgotten what it’s like to look to the future with anything like hope. And that’s nice to get back.
NaNoWriMo was…a thing that I did. Sort of. I wrote a total of 17,840 words, which isn’t great. Well below the 50k goal. Yikes.
I wrote an entire post about this, but basically, I’m really disappointed in myself for failing NaNoWriMo for the first time in seven years, and even though I know that this year has been So Much and there were circumstances beyond my control, I can’t help beating myself up about it. Ugh.
Something that I did not at all expect to come up this month was Supernatural, a show that I stopped watching years ago! But, uh, some things happened.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I genuinely do not know how to explain it to you, or how to explain the unhinged mix of hilarity and rage that the ending of this show induced. (Actually, Sarah Z on YouTube made a 2 hour video on the subject, which I watched and thoroughly enjoyed. I love weird fandom history and conspiracy theories.) It’s not at all surprising that this is how Supernatural went out—bad writing and queerbaiting its audience until the bitter end—but it’s also infuriating just how bad it was. At least the memes were funny! Honestly, the absurdity of watching everything play out was one of the highlights of the month.
And yet even after all this, I still love Castiel with all my heart.
In completely different news, if you want a laugh, I made a Twitter thread of 2020 books I read as John Mulaney quotes which I think is pretty fun!
November blog posts
Once again: not great on the writing blog posts front. Here are the ones that I did manage to write:
I’m truly ashamed at how little blog hopping I did in November. Seriously, it’s embarrassing. Here are a few of the posts I did read and love this month:
☁️ Marie @ drizzle & hurricane books wrote a brilliant post about why she believes that book bloggers should be paid, talking about the work that goes into it and how bloggers are under-appreciated compared to other bookish influencers.
☁️Lauren @ Twenty-Seven Letters asked several bloggers (including me!) who their favorite character is. I always love seeing the characters that others connect with, so this was such a fun post to read!
☁️ Mary @ Mary and the Words talked about why New Adult made the case for New Adult. I’m already very on board with this as a category, but Mary put it into words perfectly and included some books that could be categorized as New Adult.
If you wrote a post that you’re proud of this month, mention it in the comments and I’ll do my best to check it out! I don’t want to promise that I’ll be better about writing posts or blog hopping in December, but I’m trying so hard to get back to something like normal. Wish me luck.
- The Book of Dragons, edited by Jonathan Strahan
- The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson
- You Have a Match by Emma Lord (eARC; release: Jan. 12)
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore (reread)
Based on my reading lately, who knows how much I’ll do in December. But I do have some library books and ARCs to get to, plus I want to reread Graceling to prepare for the release of the fourth book in January!
How was your November? Did you accomplish anything that you’re proud of? Did you read any new favorites?