Well this is going to be a short post.
Remember last month when I got a gazillion books and everything was busy and I read all the posts and was awesome? This month is the exact opposites. My beautiful people, I have been DYING to finish La Belle Sauvage. To catch up on NCIS or Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. None of these things are happening.
On the bright side, I am making a little bit of pocket change working overtime. So there’s that? My brother-in-law told me a couple weeks ago, “You always find the silver lining, huh?” and I told him, “You have to! Otherwise things suck.” And that’s my life philosophy.
This Month’s Book Haul
The only books I added to my collection this month was a preorder (actually arrived on Halloween! Close enough) and ARCs I got from NetGalley. This is probably what I should be doing every month….
I’m really looking forward to diving into A Darker Shade of Magic. Everyone speaks very highly of this book. It’s on my Autumn TBR as well, which I don’t think is actually going to happen. I’m a bit bummed, too, because I did so well in October.
This Month’s Reads
My reading month has been just about the same amount of exciting here, guys. I usually read during my lunch break and at night before bed, but I’ve been skipping my lunch break and I’ve been so exhausted when I get home at night I haven’t been doing anything. Somehow I managed to read a couple! Have I mentioned I love audiobooks? I love audiobooks.
The start of the month was pretty *meh* as far as reading went. The books I wanted to read, I didn’t have time to. I got The Tethered Mage early in November, but NetGalley was set to archive the book on 11/30 so that one immediately usurped all my time. Fortunately, it was pretty decent! My style of book – medieval fantasy world with mages, yes please!
This Month’s Writing
I’ve been working on Ashes to Ashes. On my commute, actually, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about it and the characters and their relationships and where I want things to go and I’ve learned that I need to do research and also just sit down and make myself write? I decided to try out Dabble and I have to say I really like it? I like the drag-and-drop and the plotting features, as well as the world-building and character sheets. They have a lot of things I was hoping to see from Novlr and that never happened.
My issue with Dabble is the subscription model. Ughhhh I hate subscription models. I got a lifetime membership from Novlr a few years ago but it has gotten a bit unreliable and I’m still waiting on promised features. I just got on Ulysses, and they switched to a subscription model, too! I don’t like MS Word anymore because it’s sort of horrible on Mac? Besides I really like cloud features. Ugh, I don’t know guys. I have until December 6th to decide if I’m going to stick with Dabble.
All The Blog Things
Not a lot going on this month since work has been so busy. I’ve barely kept ahead with scheduled posts, and I haven’t really been able to go back and update old posts. I did a little at the beginning of the month with The Great Bookcase Crusade and I’ve got some books in both The Gallery and The Graveyard.
I also added the book page for Ashes to Ashes, something I started last month and just finished. My intent eventually is to add a page for all of my WIPs at whatever stage. I have a bunch drafted and a few in current writing… then I have a whole list of ideas. That’s pretty low priority, though. I just wanted to add Ashes to Ashes since I talk about it a lot.
What’s New In Publishing
November hasn’t been the craziest month for bookish news, which is fine because all the crazy stuff happened over the summer, right? Here’s some things that have been on my radar this month.
- The New York Times did an interview with Andy Weir, author of The Martian and Artemis.
- The Goodreads Best Books of 2017 ended today, so I hope y’all got your votes in!
- The latest ACOTAR novella has a title!
- Victoria Aveyard revealed the cover for the final book in the Red Queen series.
- The Devouring Grey by Christine Lynn Herman was picked up by Hyperion! Stranger Things x The Raven Boys = yes.
- Tolkien’s son retired as executor of his intellectual estate, which means that there could be a whole new world of Lord of the Rings shows, merch, and theme parks coming.
- Maggie Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Races is being turned into a tarot card set and accompanying book. So cool.
- Candlewick picked up a bunch of books by Lindsay Eagar, author of Race to the Bottom of the Sea. That book was really excellent so yay Lindsay! Congrats!
- Emily R. King sold a new trilogy called “The Evermore Chronicles”. So excited for her, congratulations Emily!
Great Stuff From The Blogosphere
- Have you ever noticed there seems to be more female protagonists than male? Beth @ Reading Every Night has too!
- Shanah @ The Bionic Book Worm shares her bookish bullet journal and I am definitely inspired by her gorgeous, practical layouts.
- If you love bookish quizzes, then Naty @ Naty’s Bookshelf has you covered.
- Tabby @ Orange Owl Diaries shares her bookstagram journey.
- Still adding new reads to your pile? Shruti @ This is Lit has a message for you from your TBR.
- Jackie @ Took Much of a Book Nerd talks abut some of her pros and cons of listening to audiobooks!
- Tried of the writing struggle? Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff has a make-your-own-writer recipe you may want to try….
Real Life Adventures
Work, mes amis! All the work! 50-60 hour work weeks are my life!
I’ve tried to have time for fun stuff too but in November free time means family. My niece and nephew both had birthday this month, so there were parties for those. Then, of course, Thanksgiving! My little brother got a new job in Philadelphia, so he’s leaving to go out there on Saturday. It was weird when he moved to Rhode Island, but this is even further. My brother and I get along pretty well, so I’m going to miss him.
Other things of interest this month? I saw Thor: Ragnarok and Murder on the Orient Express and they were both really good. I went to the Rhode Island Comic Con, and wrote a whole post about that and a little about my social anxiety?
Matt and I booked our first two excursions for our transatlantic cruise in April! We’ll be going to Cahir Castle in Ireland and Westminster Cathedral in England. Other stuff too, but those are the main stops. We are so, so excited. We’ve been checking back every day to see if other excursions have been dropped! I’m still waiting on France!
Oh, and my results for 23andMe came back? My brother and I went halfsies on the kit for our birthdays. Yay genealogy!
This is not something I’m proud of, but holy crap my ancestry is European. I was hoping for a little diversity, but apparently my ancestors are racist or just really lame because this is so white I’m blinded.
I can’t really say I’ve done better – my husband is super white too. He’s probably got some Scandinavian? My brother and I were hoping for more French since that’s the part of our ancestry we relate to. I wish there was a better breakdown between regions!
Pfft. Whatever. It was a fun experiment and I think it’s good to know where you come from. I’m a bit ashamed, not gonna lie, but you can’t choose your family.
What’s Coming Next
Next is Christmas, silly monsters!
Or Hannukah, Kwanza, Winter Solstice, or whatever sparkly December holiday you celebrate!
To be perfectly honest, December is going to be a pretty review heavy month. I’m determined to make sure all the books I’ve read this year end up posted this year. I’ve already got some double posts on the weekends scheduled, so get ready for review mania.
We’ve also got a couple tags, an award, and as on every proper book blog in the month of December, I’ll definitely spend some time discussing my favorite reads of the year.
How was your November?
Do you celebrate Thanksgiving and IF SO what is your favorite dish?
Have you started your holiday shopping yet?