November Wrap-Up

Hi, hello, I actually read a lot this month and I am proud of myself. I didn’t read as much as I wanted to, but I read more than I have since school started, so that’s a bonus! I didn’t complete Nanowrimo and gave up after the first week out of both distaste for my novel and stress of finishing it. I only reached approximately 2k words, but I wrote something and am proud of that. I ended up plotting another book toward the end of the month and hopefully I can take that one somewhere.

I finished Warcross within the first few days of November and loved it. It didn’t take me much time to read this one. I actually read the ARC copy, which my friend lent to me, and it’s hands down the best ARC I’ve ever read. I’m now tempted to purchase the hard copy, but we’ll see…I might end up spending my money on books I haven’t read yet.

Then, I read All the Crooked Saints, a buddy read with a friend. For a Stiefvater book, I read this one fairly quickly. I really really enjoyed it, but The Raven Cycle will always have a place in my heart that can’t be superseded it. Nothing beats it, honestly.

I then read Turtles All the Way Down (or technically I was reading it and ATCS at the same time), which has become a new favorite of mine, especially considering I relate to the main character so much. It’s an amazing book about anxiety and I highly recommend it. It’s my second John Green book and I much preferred it to The Fault in Our Stars. Green has come a long way since he romanticized cancer and developed a novel that didn’t for a second romanticize mental illness. TATWD is not a romance, though it may have elements of it, and is more about Aza’s struggle with anxiety over anything. He doesn’t shy away from any details and just…it’s amazing. This is the most honest depiction of mental illness I have ever read in my entire life.

Over Thanksgiving break, I reread Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and then read Now I Rise. I also started Wonder Woman: Warbringer, but unfortunately haven’t finished…I’m hoping to finish it eventually because I hate DNFing books, but it’s just so boring. The reread of Harry Potter made my heart feel all warm and fuzzy…and now I want to reread the entire series. I probably shouldn’t, but we’ll see. Now I Rise only put me in pain, but I loved it to pieces. I’d say this was a successful Thanksgiving reading, despite WW:W being a huge disappointment. Hopefully it’ll pick up, but I have no motivation to even come back to it.

Just a few days ago, I finished Let it Snow, which was technically on December 1st, but shh, we’ll count it. I didn’t enjoy this one at all.  I won’t be publishing a review on here for it, but check out my goodreads review if you’re interesting in seeing me bash it. The blatant sexism in John Green’s story really angered me. As well, I finished The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for school and basically hated it, but at least it bumped my challenge up.

I think my greatest achievement of November was maintaining an A in AP Art History and achieving over 100% on one of our tests. I have never been so happy about a grade, honestly. This is literally the hardest class I have ever taken.

How was your reading month? Come chat with me in the comments! And never fear, if your comment doesn’t show that just means I have to approve it! I get far too many spam comments so that’s my way of regulating what gets seen.

Also, can I just say, how is 2017 almost over?

-Book Hugger.

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