I can’t believe November’s ended! I know everybody says this, but I feel like it was just yesterday that the year turned 2015. Read all my November posts here.
November marks the month in which I attempted to do NaNoWriMo for the first time in my life. I made it three days before I decided it’s really quite unhealthy to spend all my waking hours on the computer, so I took it easy and ended up with 29,013 words by the time November 30 rolled by. Not a smashing success to be sure, but I’m happy with my progress because before this, I didn’t even try. One step forward is one step forward!
November is also the month of final submissions for my Master’s degree (and hopefully forever). My last assignment was a group project in which we had to create a list of six books we want to publish, complete with their AIs, budgets and schedules, and I’m glad to report that for once I didn’t encounter any difficult teamwork problems. I think my faith in group work is restored just a little bit.
Now that my life updates are out of the way, let’s review this month!
Favourite Book Reviews
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, which was such a disappointing read because I found the main character, Celaena, really irritating.
- Little Peach by Peggy Kern, a really confronting and depressing book about child prostitution.
- How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J. C. Lillis—my very first LGBT YA fiction and it turned out to be amazing!
- First and Then by Emma Mills, a wonderful coming-of-age YA story with a family theme.
Favourite Book Looks
Favourite Miscellaneous Posts
- Reading Young Adult, But As An Adult, in which I discussed YA-shaming and why it really should be stopped. There’s no shame in reading Young Adult well into adulthood, I say!
- Insta-Love (They Won’t Last Three Weeks), in which I discussed the love at first sight phenomenon and explained why it’s really just not my thing.
- Top Ten Blogging Lessons I’m Thankful I’ve Learned, where I gave ten quick tips I’ve learned from my three months of book blogging (and also my professional experience as a corporate blogger).
- The Blogger Recognition Award, where Emily (The Little Book Affair) and Ari (The Daydreaming Bookworm) tagged me to share how She Latitude started and some quick tips for blogging newbies.
Most Anticipated Reads of December
Nuts – Alice Clayton (2015)
After losing almost all of her clients in one fell swoop following an accident involving whipped cream, private chef to Hollywood’s elite Roxie Callahan gets a call from her flighty mother, saying she’s needed home in upstate New York to run the family diner.
Once she’s back in the Hudson Valley, local organic farmer Leo delivers Roxie a lovely bunch of walnuts, and soon sparks—and clothing—begin to fly. Leo believes that everything worth doing is worth doing slowly…and how! But will Roxie stay upstate, or will the lure of West Coast redemption tempt her back to Tinseltown?
I’m doing a buddy-read of this book with a couple of friends on Twitter! This will be my first romance read in a while, and I’m super excited that the main character is a chef.
Illuminae – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (2015)
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
This book has garnered a lot of attention from the community. I’ve learned my lesson not to trust hype after Throne of Glass, but I can’t help but be curious about this one. Love it? Hate it? Let me know!
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak (2008)
It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery…
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books.
With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
I’ve had my boyfriend’s copy of this famous-for-being-tearjerking book since forever but I still haven’t yet had the chance to read it. Everyone I know in real life who has read this book keeps telling me to read it—even the ones who don’t usually read at all! With Death as the main character, The Book Thief certainly seems innovative.
How did November go for you in terms of reading, writing and blogging? What’s on your TBR list for December? Let me know or link me to your post! ❤