monthly wrap up

November Wrap-Up

Hey everyone!

It’s officially December, the last month of 2019-

WHAT? HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?? Did I jump out of a time machine or something??!?!

Yup. It’s real. Another year (almost) gone. It always amazes me how fast time flies.

November was a pretty hectic month for me. Between work and NaNoWriMo and inhaling food and squeezing in sleep, I probably didn’t have time for much else! Now that NaNo is over, life is hitting my face like a gigantic snowball. I am terribly late when it comes to Christmas prep LOL. Aaaaand that’s what December will be about πŸ™‚

Since we’re on the topic of Christmas, I am still not sure if I want to classify myself as a Grinch or not. I am not too big on Christmas, though I like some parts of it- getting together with family and friends, good food, the “holiday spirit.” However every year there is just so much pressure to get things organized, like planning gatherings, preparing for potlucks, buying gifts… it’s kind of anxiety-inducing!! Am I the only one??

Considering that I planned to read ZERO books in November (thanks to work/NaNoWriMo), and I actually did end up reading some books, I am definitely positively surprised and proud of myself!! *Pat on the back*

That being said, I do want to focus more on reading this December and next year. I have to admit that I had a bit of a reading slump on and off in the second half of this year when I couldn’t really get into the books that I was reading… However I just picked up a few books that I really enjoyed, so I think I am back in a good reading mood!

I finished We Are Okay by Nina LaCour this month. It is really a beautifully written book and I enjoyed it overall. The characters were real and lovable. It was however a bit of a heavier read so it took me a while to get through, despite the book being short. Review coming up soon!

Lintang and the Pirate Queen by Tamara Moss was a book that I didn’t expect to pick up. It was, you know, one of the books that just slipped in sideways onto my TBR haha. The characters were adorable and the setting was immersive and imaginative. I ended up loving this Middle Grade book! Review coming up soon!

I started reading Renegades by Marissa Meyer which is a fun and addictive book so far! I am about 40% through and loving the mystery identities and ??enemies-to-lovers tropes that are going on. Can’t wait to finish!

I also have The Toll by Neal Shusterman playing on audiobook. I am about 50% through and liking the story so far. Unfortunately we don’t have as much attention on our MCs in this book, since there are a huge cast of secondary characters (some of whom are new additions) who I am starting to warm up to… but I really hope to read more about the MCs!!

Last month I might have mentioned that I’ve been reading Elantris by Brandon Sanderson… I am certain it is a good book. I really could sense it when I was reading it. But I think I will take a break and set this book aside for now since I am looking for something a bit lighter. Hoping to come back to it later though!

YARC 2019 Reading Challenge Progress: 9 out of 10

Yay! I’m so glad that I’m making headway on the YARC 2019 challenge! I am not sure which book I will read for the 10th book, but we’ll see.

Goodreads Reading Challenge Progress: 26 out of 30

I’ve accepted that I will not meet my reading challenge of 50 books this year LOL soooo I took the liberty to decrease my goal to 30. There. Much more achievable.

I am hoping to focus more on reading in the new year though. Anyway we’ll cross that bridge when we get there!

It’s been a pretty writing-heavy month because of NaNoWriMo! If you guys are curious about my final word count for the month…

[DRUMROLL]

60117 words!!!

I am absolutely proud of myself for my achievement. It hasn’t been an easy month. There had been ups and downs. As you guys can see in my graph here, my daily word counts varied from 400 up to 5000 words.

This is actually my fifth year participating in (and winning) NaNoWriMo. Definitely looking for more great years to come!

If you guys are curious about my week-to-week progress, check out my NaNo Diaries posts. I am downplaying my hair-pulling, gut-wrenching moments in this wrap-up post, BUT if you read any of these posts below, you’ll know that the struggle is real :’)

Shoutouts to these bloggers who did NaNo with me: Margaret @ Weird Zeal, Joe @ Storeys of Stories, Jai Lynn and Katie! Also a big thanks to all of you who didn’t do NaNo but cheered me on every week. I really appreciated all your love and support which kept me going!!

It’s been a pretty offbeat blogging month. Because I was doing NaNo Diaries twice a week, I had to write them the day before they are scheduled to be posted. I still had Writers’ Corner every Friday, which I also ended up putting together the night before the post lol. So it was a bit of a break from my usual Sunday blog-writing routine.

Now that NaNoWriMo is over, I’m hoping to get back to my blogging schedule which definitely feels more organized and helps free up time during the week! As for Writers’ Corner, I don’t have any posts lined up for December so I will take a break from this for now. Going forward we’ll keep them going but at a less frequent pace!

If you guys are curious about the Writers’ Corner posts last month, here they are:

Because of NaNoWriMo, I really didn’t get around to doing as much blog-hopping as I would have liked! However here are some of posts I enjoyed:

Jia wrote about Middle Eastern representation in books in a blog post that I really loved.

More people did my NaNoWriMo 20 Questions Tag, which made me so happy! Ink & Rye / Momo Muse / Jenna / My Thing About Books / The Ink-Stained Desk / My Musical Theatre Life

And I guess that’s all lol. I will do better next month, promise πŸ™‚

Life was… kind of… nonexistent??

Just kidding. I did have a life. I did. (convinces self.)

I went to my first ever book signing event!! It was at a library that was close to my workplace so the timing and location REALLY worked out. I was kind of surprised and shocked and in disbelief to hear that Marissa Meyer was coming to my library because I live in this rain-ridden town on some coast of this little country called Canada and Marissa Meyer is coming?!!? What?!!

(Lol I’m kidding. My city is kind of big, and I guess Canada is kind of big. But I guess I’m not used to writers coming to where I live.)

I wasn’t even a Marissa Meyer fan (I know, WHO AM I right???) until meeting her in person but now I am totally a fan. She is super nice and I bought a copy of Renegades (which is so SO addictive) and she signed it!!!

I also met Tamara Moss who is the sweetest person ever! (And she did an interview on my blog!! And I bought a copy of Lintang and the Pirate Queen and really loved it!!)

Of course when I met the two of them I was so nervous that all my thoughts kind of came out in a jumble “omg so nice to meet you guys it was so inspiring to hear about your journey as writers-“

But they looked at me nicely and smiled and said thank you like I am a normal person :’)

Other than this, I worked a lot. Don’t worry next month will be more exciting. LOL.

  • Read 4 more books! (Including 1 YARC novel!)
  • Write 25K words!
  • Fly across the country to see my family and celebrate Christmas!
  • Sleep, and relax, and transform back into a human.

How do you feel about the holidays? Do you love Christmas or are you a Grinch? Have you been to any book-signing events?

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23 thoughts on “November Wrap-Up

  1. Thanks so much for the shout out Sophie!! ❀ Summer is my favorite part of the year of all time but Christmas is my second. I love spending time with my family, drinking egg nog and watching a billion Christmas movies lol. But I totally agree about the present buying aspect, it gives me anxiety too. Some people are so hard to shop for lol. Congrats on writing over 60K words for NaNo, that is so amazing! And that is so cool you got to meet Marissa Meyer!! I love the Lunar Chronicles. This past Book Con I was lucky enough to meet Susan Dennard who is legit like the nicest person ever πŸ˜€ Happy holidays to you and your family this December and I wish you luck in achieving all your goals this month!!

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    1. Hey Jai Lynn!! I like summer too, and I guess you’re right Christmas isn’t too bad πŸ™‚ I think I do enjoy it when the time rolls around, but it’s the lead up to Christmas that makes me stressed haha. I’ve also been procrastinating on Christmas shopping- I am literally starting this weekend!
      That’s cool that you got to meet Susan Dennard!! Truthwitch has been on my TBR (and I feel like I’m the only one who hasn’t read it, but I want to soon!)
      Thank you Jai Lynn πŸ™‚ Happy writing, and wishing you a wonderful Christmas!!

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  2. I don’t know if it’s any consolation, but I am also terribly behind on all things Christmas. I need to get presents for my parents first and foremost, but I have absolutely NO clue what they’d like.
    I am so, so happy for you for achieving such a great goal for NaNo!!! That’s truly huge and an amazing achievement.

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    1. Hello! Thank you! That’s awesome that you are planning to participate in Nano next year. I would definitely recommend it πŸ™‚
      I think I am regaining my reading vibes- hope that you will find some books that you enjoy as well πŸ™‚

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  3. Oh man, I totally understand being behind on Christmas things because of NaNoWriMo πŸ˜‚ I only bought my first present today! But WOW, 60k words is amazing, congrats!!! And that’s wonderful that you were still able to get some reading in too. I loved We Are Okay ❀ And meeting Marissa Meyer sounds so cool – I met her last year and have to agree that she's the sweetest πŸ˜€ Good luck with finishing out your reading goals for the rest of the year, and happy December!!

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    1. Hello Margaret!!
      Hahahaha yeah I think I am always behind on Christmas shopping because of Nanowrimo haha :’) But we’re living life on the edge right!?
      Congrats to you on winning Nanowrimo too!!!
      Have a wonderful December and happy holidays πŸ™‚

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  4. I’m a huge Christmas person, but I can totally understand that things can be overwhelming, especially with so many things to plan, so you’re not alone in this πŸ’• I’ve been eagerly anticipating The Toll as well though it worries me that the MC’s don’t have as much of a spotlight – I’ve heard that a couple of times 😱 Nevertheless, I’m happy to see that you’ve slayed NaNoWriMo and I hope that you’ll get back to some great reads this month πŸ₯°

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    1. Hey Caro!
      Haha I guess Christmas isn’t that bad :’) I think I tend to enjoy Christmas once it actually comes around, but it is the lead-up to it (planning get-togethers, buying presents, etc) that overwhelms me haha. I wish that I had a secretary who does all the planning for me and all I have to do is show up!!
      I am curious about your thoughts on The Toll once you read it πŸ™‚ I am about halfway through, won’t say anything to spoil it!
      Thank you Caro! Hope you have a wonderful December!

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  5. I do enjoy Christmas but I understand the stress as soon as December the first hit I felt immediately behind but I wasn’t entirely sure on what, it was just a general feeling of being behind!!
    Well done on reading as well!! That must have been hard to fit in but I’m glad you enjoyed your books! I really want to read Renegades, probably in the new year though!!
    A big congratulations on all your writing again!! ❀
    That is so cool that you got to meet two authors, I would love to go author event one day. It is so nice that they were both lovely!! I've read the lunar chronicles by Marissa Meyer which I enjoyed so it's great to hear that!!
    I hope you have a lovely December Sophie!! πŸ™‚

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    1. Hey Sophie!
      YEAH I definitely relate. On Dec 1 I also feel immediately behind on Christmas-related stuff. I guess then it dawns on me how soon Christmas is XD
      I think the key to fitting in reading was to find books that I enjoy haha. If I’m reading an exciting book, then I’m going to find a time to fit it in! If a book is boring, then I’ll try my best to put it off πŸ™‚
      That’s great that you liked the Lunar Chronicles. I’ve read Cinder a long time ago, but it’s on my radar to reread (and I should continue the rest of the series too!)
      Wishing you a wonderful December too πŸ™‚

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      1. I know it is like ‘how did it get here so fast’ then immediate panic!! πŸ˜‚
        Yes that’s so true, my reading does immediately slow down when it isn’t a book I’m loving. I think that is why so many suggest reading favourites when you’re in a reading slump! !
        Aw.. I hope you do as Cress was such a great book in that series!! πŸ™‚
        Thank you!! ❀

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