November TBR & A Teeny Tiny Hiatus

Hello everyone!

First I want to announce a short hiatus while I amΒ hanging out in China for the next 2 weeks. Yup, I will be honing my noodle-dancing skills πŸ˜‰


Seriously, that’s how they make noodles in China. It wouldn’t taste as great otherwise.

All kidding aside, I did consider scheduling some posts in advance. However I chose to not do this because I wouldn’t be able to respond to comments or blog hop while I am away – and what is the fun in that? (This is because WordPress, like Facebook, is blocked in China.) Also, it intimidates me a bit to write and schedule posts for the upcoming 2 weeks… Usually I don’t think that far in advance :’)


To be honest, I feel a mixed bag of emotions about… not blogging for 2 weeks. First of all, it will feel weird because I am so used to always thinking about what to blog about. I am going to miss the community- you guys always make my day ❀

On the other hand, maybe stepping away from blogging for a little bit will give me the space I need to come up with some cool, fresh ideas :’)

On the other other hand, I am already thinking about the epic blog post that I will write when I am back from my trip, where I will tell you guys all about the ins and outs of China!


In Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga, Taliah reunites with a father that she has never met. I absolutely loved My Heart and Other Black Holes by the same author, and I am so, so excited to read this book when it comes out this month!

See Me by Nicholas Sparks tells the story of Collin Hancock, a man with a violent history who is hoping to turn over a new leaf. I am on a Nicholas Sparks streak right now, after reading (and loving) Two by Two and A Walk to Remember very recently. I love his writing style and I am looking forward to reading more of his works!

In Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Nick’s clever and beautiful wife suddenly disappears, however, there is more than what meets the eye. I loved the movie and I can’t wait to relive the experience in this book.

I… totally did not read To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee like I was supposed to last month :’) This is because I am often derailed from my TBR when I see a shiny new gem on a bookshelf somewhere. At the end of the day, I read what I feel like reading. However I hope to get around to this one this month.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers is a book that has been recommended to me by quite a few bloggers out there! It is a challenging book for me, because it is different from the sort that I usually read. This book talks about the chaotic lives of Rosemary and her crew aboard the Wayfarer spaceship.

I was inspired to read It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis by Michael @ Ex Libris (check out his Youtube channel!) This is a political novel about what might happen if fascism takes hold in America. As you can see, it is also a different read for me- This is another challenge for this month!


What are your big plans for November? Do you schedule posts in advance before leaving for a vacation? Do you follow your TBR to a tee, or do you read whatever your heart points to, like me? Want to see a post about China when I am back!? πŸ˜‰

Last but not least, for all the brave & hard core Nanowrimo participants out there: ALL THE BEST!! YOU GUYS WILL BE AMAZING!!! I look forward to hearing all about your stories when I am back ❀ ❀

22 responses to “November TBR & A Teeny Tiny Hiatus”

  1. Travel safely Sophie. I am going to miss you my friend. Have a great time in China! When I was in London two weeks ago I tried eating rather slippery noodles served in a spicy broth. With chopsticks. What a mess! And it took forever!

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    1. Thank you Darren!! I will be back before you know it!! πŸ™‚
      Lol πŸ™‚ The funny thing is that I am so used to using chopsticks that they are my utensil of choice! I would eat salad with chopsticks haha! (And my coworkers stare at me funny :’) )

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  2. Safe travels, Sophie! ❀ I will miss you tons around the blogosphere, but taking a break once in a while feels great, and you'll come back refreshed and filled with new ideas for sure πŸ™‚ Whenever I take a hiatus, I tend to…well, do a real hiatus and don't plan out a lot of posts – only my reviews – or not at all. It's so stressful to think two weeks in advance, for instance, I'm SO with you on that, couldn't do it either ahah. I hope you'll have an amazing time ❀
    I can't wait to hear your thoughts about Jasmine Warga's new book πŸ™‚
    Have a great time, Sophie, will miss you, sending you love! xxxx

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    1. Thank you Marie!! ❀ I will miss you as well! Haha yes it is stressful to write 2 weeks of blog posts in advance :’)
      Hope you have a wonderful November and we will chat again soon ❀

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  3. I hope you have a brilliant time in China Sophie, oh my god I love the noodle-dancing. I’m sure that would make them taste better. πŸ˜€
    I’ll definitely miss you around WordPress but yeah I don’t schedule posts for when I go away either. I don’t really trust the WordPress schedule system because it’s seemed to go wrong for me in the past more often than it’s gone right, and sometimes it’s just nice to take a step back and enjoy something else for a change you know?
    I hope you enjoy all the books on your TBR list, especially The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. I’ll be interested to see what you think of that one. πŸ™‚
    I hope you have a brilliant time in China, and a brilliant November as well. πŸ˜€ ❀

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    1. Hello Beth! Thank you and I will miss you too ❀
      Yes sometimes I don’t trust WordPress as well lol. And as much as I love blogging, I agree that some time away will be good!
      I am looking forward to reading A Small Angry Planet and I will let you guys know what I think about it πŸ™‚
      Have a wonderful November ❀

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  4. Have a wonderful time in China. That sounds like such a fun adventure. The noodle dancing skills are impressive.
    I think everyone will benefit from a step away from the blog every now and then. Admittedly, I scheduled some blog posts when I went to New Zealand but forgot all about them when I was out there haha. In the end, I found that I came home with more blog ideas than I went away with.
    Safe travels. πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you Lois!
      That’s great to hear that you found blogging inspiration while travelling! As much as I love blogging, I think taking a break from it will be helpful for me as well πŸ™‚

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  5. My Heart and Other Black Holes has been on my TBR FOR EVERRRRR!!!! God, I had nearly forgotten about it but THANKS TO YOUR POST, I may ACTUALLY read it this November. πŸ˜‚ And WOWWWW!!! THAT COVER on Here We Are Now…IT IS SOOOOO VERYYY PRETTTYYY!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍 I LOOOVE IT. ❀❀ I think it’s going to be difficult TO NOT READ THIS BOOK. πŸ˜‰

    Gosh, and I TOTALLY LOVE the mysterious vibe coming off of It Can’t Happen Here….πŸ‘»πŸ‘»


    Oh and A HAPPY TRIP TO CHINA, Sophie. I HOPE YOU ENJOY LOADS OF FUN. 😁😁 And HEYYY!!! Don’t forget to bring us souveniers??! 😜😜 Just kidding. πŸ˜‚πŸ€£Just an account of your AWESOME experience there will do. ☺☺

    Loking forward to read all about your trip. ☺

    Safe Travels ❀

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    1. Hello Rain!
      My Heart and Other Black Holes is one of my favourite books this year- I would definitely recommend this if you love contemporary books! Hope that you will like it if you do read this book πŸ™‚
      Thank you! Hopefully after 2 weeks I will have some photos and stories to tell you guys πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for dropping by!!


  6. Hi Sophie! Hope you’ve been doing well! Andd maaaan, that’s such a cool trip to go on this time of the year. Is it just me or do you travel a lot!? Hope you enjoy it though, I’m sure the community will miss you for the next 2 weeks. πŸ˜‰ Enjoy them noodles as much as you can!

    I haven’t read Gone Girl myself, but I did see the movie first (irresistable and amazing!). I’ll definitely try the book out in the future when the movie slowly becomes much, much more blurry in my memory! I read Harper Lee’s classic last year and I absolutely loved it. Hopefully you’ll be able to enjoy it as much as I did! πŸ˜‰ Happy reading, Sophie!

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    1. Hi Lashaan! Thank you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
      That’s great to hear that you liked To Kill A Mockingbird! This is encouraging for me since I am always a bit intimidated by classics. I did start reading Gone Girl and I love it so far- Gillian Flynn’s writing style is so fun to read.
      Hope you have a happy November as well πŸ™‚

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  7. Oooooh, you’re going to China? Lucky! πŸ˜‹ I absolutely love reading travel posts, so I can’t wait to read about your adventures in China when they come up! I tried scheduling posts when I went traveling over the summer, but that just didn’t end up well — I ended up just enjoying my trip without having to think about checking my blog, which, of course, is always a wonderful break and really made my travels feel like an unpredictable adventure. 😊 I hope you have a wonderful time in China, and I love the gif you put at the beginning of the post πŸ˜‚ Ah, the things you may encounter while traveling! 🀣

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    1. Hello Zoie πŸ™‚
      Thank you for your sweet comment ❀ I am just back from China – it is a very refreshing trip! I will post some photos soon πŸ™‚
      Yes I also prefer to not schedule posts while going on a trip. I did schedule posts for a trip once, but like you, I wasn't in the mood to reply to comments or blog hop. It feels nice to just enjoy the vacation πŸ™‚

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  8. Oh wow hope you have a magnificent time in China!! Gone Girl is such an awesome book- I actually ended up liking it more than the movie! And I really hope you enjoy To Kill a Mockingbird πŸ˜€

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    1. Hello πŸ™‚ ❀
      Thank you! I just arrived back- it was a refreshing trip! I absolutely loved Gone Girl. The book kept me on the edge of my seat with the unexpected twists and turns- despite that I've already seen the movie! I think I like the book better too πŸ™‚

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      1. πŸ˜€ ❀
        You're welcome! Ah I'm glad πŸ˜€

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  10. Have fun one your trip to China! And I’d love to hear all about if when you’re back ❀ and don't you worry about scheduling (or not scheduling) posts for while you're away! You should enjoy yourself and not stress about blogging to much! Have a good time!

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment Jackie ❀ I am back now and I agree that it was nice to have a break from blogging for 2 weeks πŸ™‚ Now I feel refreshed and ready to jump back into the swing of things!

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      1. Yay that’s so good to hear! A break from blogging (even if it’s just a week or two) can help immensely to get the juices flowing again! πŸ™‚

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      2. Absolutely πŸ™‚

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