I’M BACK FROM HIATUS?! | LIFE UPDATE + WHAT I CONSUMED

Hey guys! I know I never formally announced it here, but I took month-long hiatus for NaNoWriMo, but I also took it because I felt that blogging wasn’t a priority anymore, and I wasn’t happy the content I was making. I’ve said it many times; I never want to put blogging on the back burner, but that’s exactly what was happening.

But, now I’m back. I’m really excited for December because I get to talk about all the media I loved this year. I have quite a few things planned, so posts might be sporadic. I’m aiming for a minimum of two posts a week, and then closer to the end of the year daily posts highlighting my favorite books, movies and more.

Real talk. I’ve grown so much as a reader over the past month, and I credit a lot of that to writing. I will be making a post about my WIP soon, so comment if you’re interested in that! Anyway, I’m saying this because a lot of the books that were on my anticipated list for various reasons ended up disappointing me, and if I read them three or four months ago, I would definitely have enjoyed them. It goes to show that you can change and evolve in a short period of time (for me it was a year).

I’ve found it hard recently to stick to a schedule for writing. The book I’m writing is the book of my heart, but I’m finding that every time I sit down to write, I can barely get three hundred words in an hour before calling it a day. That’s the main reason I gave up NaNo in the middle. I wasn’t feeling my project anymore, so I moved on to something another WIP. I worked on that for the rest of the month, and now my mojo for my original WIP is slowly coming back. I plan to take full advantage of this. I hope to finish it by May 2019, which I think is a reasonable goal for me.

School is getting more stressful for me. I’m a junior in high school (as I’ve said like 50 times), and December is going to be crazy because, and get this, I have finals….in January. JANUARY.  AFTER CHRISTMAS BREAK. Who does that? Schools that want to torture us, I’ll tell you that.

And that’s pretty much it. There are some other things I can’t mention yet (only because I’m not going to do so until they’ve been confirmed). And no, it’s nothing really exciting related to my blog. It’s more for me, but I will post about it here if it does happen.

Anyway, grab a snack or drink because this is going to be a long post because it has a two-month wrap-up.

What I read in October and November 2018

So, You Want to Be a Writer? How to Write, Get Published, and Maybe Even Make It Big! By Vicki Hambleton and Cathleen Greenwood

Rating: 4/5 stars

This is another book about the writing craft, and I found that it was a good resource as it covered everything I should know about wanting to write and publish a book. The only downside is that this book was published in 2012, so some information is outdated.

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna

I received a copy from Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5 stars

I made an entire blog post reviewing this, so if you’re interested here is the link!

What They Don’t Know by Nicole Maggi

I received a copy from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Rating; 4/5 stars

I made an entire blog post reviewing this, so if you’re interested here is the link!

Wildcard by Marie Lu

Rating: 4/5 stars

I’m actually in the unpopular opinion category for this book. I did not like Waycross. I skimmed through most of the pages, but I decided to give the sequel a chance, and it was so much better. I was much more interested in the story, but the characters were flat and not developed, but I was still about to enjoy it.

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan

Rating: 3/5 stars

I really wanted to like this. The writing style went with the topic really well, but for most of the book, I was confused because it time jumps a lot, and some parts weren’t explained well. Overall, it wasn’t my cup of tea.

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

This was a timely, well-executed novel that encapsulated racism in America today. Not much more to say than that.

Me and Me by Alice Kuipers

I received a copy from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 2/5 stars

This had the potential to be amazing. I was very confused throughout the book. The plot twist was messy, the characters weren’t developed at all, and there were important themes that weren’t explored properly.

Game of Secrets by Kim Foster

I received a copy from Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5 stars

This was actually a really fun book. There were a lot of cliches, but the plot twist was really surprising.

Furyborn by Claire LeGrand

Rating: 4/5 stars

This was a really good fantasy book. There are two POV’s, and until their stories connect it’s very jarring to read. I did guess some of the plot twists, but others came out of nowhere and really surprised me. One note is that the bi rep is barely mentioned. However, it was not the main focus of the story, and no one claimed it would be, so I was fine with it.

Any Second by Kevin Emerson

I received a copy from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Rating 4.5/5 stars

This was a really well-written novel that resonates with current events. I really liked that there was no romance and that no one came to “save” him. What he needed was someone who understood, and Maya fulfilled that role perfectly.

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Mass

Rating: 4/5 stars

This was a good addition to the series. Not much else to say.

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Rating: 2/5 stars

This is perhaps my biggest surprise and disappointment of the year. I’m most definitely in the unpopular opinion category for this one. The main thing for me is that I couldn’t connect with the characters, and that ruined everything.

Suicide Notes by Micheal Thomas Ford

Rating: 3/5 stars

This was an okay book. Jeff sounded like he was twelve (he was fifteen) and I think because of the character’s age, certain things were made light of. Not sure how I feel about that.

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

Rating: 4/5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Victor is such an interesting character, and while we know Elizabeth is in a toxic relationship, it never feels like she should have “known better.” Overall, this was really good. Highly recommend!

Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

This is my least favorite book in the series. It was pretty boring, so I skimmed through most of it. The ending was really good, though.

Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne

Rating: 3/5 stars

This was a fun story. It felt like it was for a younger audience, the plot was not super complicated, and the characters were kind of one dimensional. It was a good debut, but I’m hoping to see better things from this author.

The Story of My Face by Leanne Baugh

Rating: 2/5 stars

This had such a cool and unique premise, but the execution fell short. The characters had one personality trait attached to them and that was it. I also got confused with them and so half the time I thought someone was someone else. Overall, very messy.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Rating: 3/5 stars

Sadly, this book was a disappointment. It was not bad by any means, but it did not reach my expectations. It was also announced that CW would be adapting this, but everyone is in college and the plot is pretty different. I have some feelings about this that I will not share because I do not want to be attacked, but just know they aren’t good.

Here’s the article if you’re interested in more information: https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/city-of-ghosts-victoria-schwab-cw-series-1203052403/

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Rating: 3/5 stars

I don’t know how I feel about this book. I liked the satirical portrayal of society and how women are viewed and treated, but there were some things I did not agree with (mainly the Indian rep). The format of the book was pretty cool, but I felt that the other was trying way too hard to be funny, and it got to the point where I was rolling my eyes at every “joke” and footnote.

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

Rating: 4/5 stars

I really liked this! Despite it being dark, it was a really fun mystery and had me hooked from page one, which is very rare. I’d been anticipating this for a while, and it did not disappoint!

Matched by Ally Condie

Rating: DNF

I rarely ever DNF (do not finish) books. I read this back in 2016 and DNF’ed it back then, and picked it back up hoping I would like it better. That did not happen. I DNF’ed it at 40% and do not plan on picking up the sequel.

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas

Rating: 5/5 stars

This is one of those polarizing books where either you like it or you don’t. If you like the characters from this series, then I recommend you pick this up. Otherwise, read a spoilery review and skip it.

When Dimple Met Rishi

Rating: No Rating

I’m not going to mention my thoughts on this here, but if you’re interested I’ll leave the link to my Goodreads review. (warning: I did not like it)

I ended up reading twenty-three books over the course of two months, which I’m happy with.

I leave the link to my last two month’s playlists in case anyone is interested in what I listened to.

October 2018 Playlist

November 2018 Playlist

And that’s it! Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog post. Please leave a comment so I can show my appreciation. Hope you have/had a good day!

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