November Wrap-Up!

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Happy Friday! Can you believe that it is December the 1st?! What is this craziness!?

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When I try to recall what exactly I did in the past 4 weeks, I always draw a blank (goldfish memory here!) Here is what I am finally able to come up with:

  1. Read 6 books
  2. Went to China (ate great food and visited some of my amazing relatives)
  3. Started plotting my new WIP
  4. Kind of got started on this adulting thing called job-hunting

Ah, so I did get a few things accomplished after all. Phew :’)

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I am proud to have been able to read 6 books this week. All of this happened while I was preparing for, on the flight to, and in China. It was one of those trips where I had plenty of time to kick back, relax, and curl up with a book. Also, the plane is one of my favourite places to read a book (that’s why I love flying!)

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

This is a sweet romance about Jamie, the quiet daughter of a minister, and Landon, one of the popular teens at school. I remembered loving the movie when I watched it in high school, and it was great to relive this experience by reading the book.

See Me by Nicholas Sparks

I was taken by surprise by this book, because it is both a romance and a thriller. The first part of the book is where Maria and Colin get to know each other, and the second half is where someone is out to get them and they try to figure out who. This novel gave me chills (in a good way).

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Have you watched Gone Girls and is it not a mind-bending tornado of a movie? Well, the novel is the same way. It’s just so, so amazing. I absolutely loved Gillian Flynn’s writing, which made the characters seem so real. I loved how Nick and Amy are both so flawed yet I was fascinated about how their minds worked.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

After reading Gone Girl, I just had to read Dark Places, which is an older novel written by the same author. This novel is as much of a psychological thriller as Gone Girl, if not more so. If you love Gone Girl and other thrillers, this one is a must read.

Speak Its Name by Kathleen Jowitt

This is a self-published novel about Lydia Hawkins, an officer of the Christian Fellowship, who learns to reconcile her sexual identity with her religious beliefs. It is a coming out and coming of age story, and it is an interesting exploration of how sexuality and Christianity intersect. Although I feel that the secondary characters could be more developed in this story, I enjoyed the novel overall.

Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

After reading and loving My Heart and Other Black Holes, my expectations for this next Jasmine Warga book was WAY up there. However, Here We Are Now did not disappoint. Check out my review here.

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For the writers out there, I absolutely recommend checking out Ryan Lanz‘s blog, which offers very useful writing advice: The Value of Forgetting is a guest post by Richard Risemberg about a crucial part in the editing process. Jacqui Murray talks about a few things that she’s learned from marketing her first novel.

Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm gives valuable tips about how to succeed as a blogger! One of my favourite tips is to schedule posts rather than writing them on the fly. This is already making my life easier!

Beth @ Reading Every Night tells us more about the novel that she is writing!!! Be sure to read about her story and see her beautiful character aesthetics!

Want to know the secret to finding books that you will love? Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books got your back!

If you are in the mood for something funny and political, Phil Taylor will make you laugh with his post about what Donald Trump could do with the new 280-character limit on Twitter.

Jackie @ Too Much of A Booknerd will make you want to add Dear Martin and Juliet Takes a Breath to your TBR with her awesome reviews!

Asha Seth @ The Musing Quills breaks down how to write an irresistible blog title!

Did you know that Dani @ Perspective of a Writer is a graphic designer? That’s why her graphics are amazing. Check out this post about one of her favourite book covers!

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How was your November? What books did you read? How is adulting going? Do you love flights or do you hate them? Where is your favourite place to read?

35 thoughts on “November Wrap-Up!

  1. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer says:

    You actually had QUITE an eventful month Sophie! And what a mix of books read?! I remember your Here We Are Now review, it was quite compelling… Shanah, Beth, Marie, Jackie… I’m in such august company (and their posts were ALL so good!) THANK YOU for shouting out my post… haha, being a graphic designer does rather explain my graphics! 😉 I need to check out Ryan and Asha’s blog, both posts sound like ones I will appreciate… Happy December to you Sophie… I hope your WIP develops well! ♥️

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  2. Marie says:

    Wow, you had such an epic month, Sophie – yet you managed to read so many books, it is awesome. I hate flying ahah, but I’m glad to hear you love it and use that time to get through more books 😀
    Best of luck for adulting and job-hunting… I really hate this and wish I could be at university again, ahah. You can do this!! ❤
    Thank you so much for sharing my post! I hope you'll have an amazing December xx

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Thank you Marie ❤
      I realize that most people do not like flying! I can imagine, since going through security, etc, is a hassle and turbulence is scary. But yes the reason why I like flying is because I can get a lot of reading done without any distractions 🙂
      Hahaha yes I hate job-hunting! But thanks for the luck! It is funny, because when I was in university I was looking forward to not studying anymore, and now that I'm working, I miss university :')
      Hope you have an amazing December as well ❤

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Hello Ioana! Haha honestly it’s been a hectic month for me, and the only reason I was able to read so much was because I had 2 weeks of vacation time :’)
      Thank you ❤ Hope you have an amazing December as well!

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  3. Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

    Seems like you had a fantastic month, Sophie! Especially when you consider how busy you were! How is passing your driving test not among the things you’ve done in November?! 😀 Hope December proves to be an even better month for reading and for accomplishments. 😉

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Hello Lashaan!
      Yes it’s been a great month, even though it’s been busy. And you are right- I did pass the driving test! Looks like your memory is much better than mine :’)
      Hope you had a great month, and that December will be good for you too 🙂

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  4. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Hi Sophie. 😀
    Wow it seems like your November was a very eventful month. Also the fact that you managed to read six books on top of starting/planning your new WIP and going to China kind of amazes me because, seriously, where did you find the time?! I mean, I know you must have had long flights but for me when it comes to flights I tend to waste the time on in flight movies or just lost in my own thoughts. 🙂
    Seems like you got through some good books, I’m very glad that Here We Are Now wasn’t a disappointment for you especially after you enjoyed Jasmine Warga’s first book, and thanks so much for featuring my post in your recap as well. It means a lot to me that you enjoyed it enough to feature it, especially considering it was my post on my WIP. 😀
    Great recap, and I hope you have a brilliant December as well. 🙂 ❤

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Hi Beth!
      Yes November was an eventful month for me! To be honest, 100% of the books that I’ve read was during my vacation- I didn’t really have time to read at all when I got back. The flight was 13 hours (each way!) so there was plenty of time to read, although I also like watching movies and just daydreaming on flights :’)
      You’re welcome! I loved the post about your WIP and I am really looking forward to hearing more about it 🙂
      Hope you have a wonderful December too!

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      • Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

        Wow that is plenty of time to read on those flights, and it seems like you made the most of it too (I think the longest flight I’ve ever had was eight hours and I couldn’t tell you what I did to pass the time!) Also I guess you made the most of your vacation if you had no time to read when you were back again. 🙂
        Thanks Sophie! 😀 ❤️

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  5. Jackie @ Too Much of a Booknerd says:

    Oh yay, 6 books is great! And those two Nicholas Sparks novels are actually the only books of his that I HAVEN’T read hahaha! I keep hearing incredible things about the A Walk To Remember movie though so I might pick that one up soon so I can finally watch it! And thank you SO much for linking to my post, it means so much ❤ I hope December will be another fantastic month for you, Sophie! (And omg same I can't believe it's DECEMBER already!!?!?)

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Thank you for your kind words Jackie ❤
      A Walk to Remember is a sweet movie which I would recommend 🙂 Wishing you a wonderful December as well! Yes it is crazy how fast time flies!

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