October was a really busy month for me, both in real life and the blogosphere. It marks the last month of my Master’s degree but also the second month I’ve been blogging—so kind of like a beginning and an end at once, if you will.
For the first time ever, I’m joining NaNoWriMo this year! I don’t have an official account or anything but I’ll be working towards the same 50,000-word goal as everyone else is. I’m slightly freaking out because… how can I manage a blog, write 1,666 words a day, work a full-time job, complete my final uni assignment, and still spend time with my people? If someone has advice, I’d love to hear it—I might be biting off more than I can chew.
Now let’s wrap-up this month for once and for all! 🙂
Favourite Book Reviews
- Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt, in which I talked about problematic victim-blaming and slut-shaming.
- All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, which is just one of my favourite reads of the month.
- The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi, in which I ranted about unhealthy relationships in YA fiction
Favourite Book Looks
- The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
- Can You Keep A Secret by Sophie Kinsella
- Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout
Favourite Miscellaneous Posts
- How I Read Book Tag, in which Bea from Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic gave me the opportunity to review my reading history and habits.
- Series Spotlight: The Hybrid Chronicles by Kat Zhang, where I looked at three books in the aforementioned series and reviewed all of them as a whole.
Most Anticipated Reads of November
Meet Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught. Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice.
This book is so hyped around the community—I’ve literally never heard a less-than-glowing review—and I can’t wait to start on it! It’s been a while since I last read a YA Fantasy, and I hope this one blows all the others out of the water. Only thing I’m a bit concerned about is that the main character is an assassin. That kind of screams like a Mary Sue, to me…
Air Awakens by Elise Kova (2015)
A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…
The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.
The first time I heard of this book was from Jess’s review at Princessica of Books, and I got super excited because it has elemental magic and it reminds me of my MMORPG days. Plus, the main character is a library apprentice (!!!) and the cover is just so gorgeous.
Little Peach by Peggy Kern (2015)
When Michelle runs away from her drug-addicted mother, she has just enough money to make it to New York City, where she hopes to move in with a friend. But once she arrives at the bustling Port Authority, she is confronted with the terrifying truth: she is alone and out of options.
So… this is a story about child prostitution. I’ve heard it being described as dark, unflinching, realistic, and really, really heavy, which just makes me even more excited to read it. 🙂