November in Review


Oh my goodness, where did November go? It feels like I was just making my review post for October, and now I’m turning around and making another! It’s hard to believe that Christmas will be here in less than a month. I am no where near ready!

I did a little more reading this month than last, so that’s one good thing to come out of November. I am still not reading as much as I’d like to be, but there are just simply times when I don’t WANT to read, and I’ve decided it’s just best for me not to force it, because I don’t ever want reading or blogging to become a chore. So while I may not be posting as much as I’d like, for right now it’s all working out all right.


valkyrierising daughter of isis wherethestarsstillshine prisoner brokenhearted midnightdress ellaenchanted


Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson
Daughter of Isis by Kelsey Ketch
Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz
The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney
The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee

I am currently (or still, whichever way you’d like to look at it) reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I am hoping to get it read and get a review posted soon. I’ve been reading it for far too long, and it’s not even that I don’t like it! I just feel uninterested, so when I decide to do some reading, I pick something else up instead. I have no idea what’s wrong with me, but I really need to get over it.


I participated in Top Ten Tuesday again this month, sharing my Most Anticipated Sequels, the Ten Book Covers I Wish I Could Redesign and my Top Ten Recommendations for Greek Mythology Lovers. I also hosted a Blog Tour Stop for Daughter of Isis by Kelsey Ketch, sponsored by YA Bound Book Tours, a book I wanted to love, but unfortunately had some issues with.

I also attempted to participate in NetGalley November, but set far too lofty of goals. I did manage to read a total of three galleys (reviews all linked above), but that was far below what I’d initially planned on. Still, it was nice to get a few of them crossed off my list, even if it wasn’t the amount I’d hoped for.

After taking a break from Waiting on Wednesday last month, I went ahead and participated again, choosing School of Charm by Lisa Ann Scott, Sisters’ Fate by Jessica Spotswood, Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff, and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han to spotlight this month.

I also shared the Ten Things I’m Most Thankful For, and compiled the list of books I picked up over the past month in my November Book Haul.



Other Things I’m Anticipating: CHRISTMAS BREAK! Students have a half-day on December 19th, teachers work a whole day and then a half-day on the 20th, and then we get two whole weeks off. I am definitely looking forward to it, particularly since the kids will probably be a little bit crazy from now until Christmas. :) Also, I am very much looking forward to the film release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which comes out December 13th. Exciting!

So that’s it for now! I’m hoping to have quite a lot more content up this month, but we’ll see what my schedule allows. I have report cards coming up at the end of the quarter, so that will definitely take quite a lot of time. Hopefully I can juggle everything else around them!


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5 Responses to November in Review

  1. Briana says:

    You had a great month!

    I am also looking forward to The Hobbit, but since I have not ordered advance tickets, I’m anticipating having to wait a little to see it.

    • Merin says:

      I don’t have advanced tickets, either. We’ve never needed them for any films, unless we do midnight releases (which I haven’t done since the last HP film). We’re probably going to go on that Saturday.

      • Briana says:

        I showed up at a Catching Fire movie that was sold out this weekend, and it’s been out a week already! Although perhaps the holiday weekend has something to do with the crowds? I’m thinking that, where I live, I’ll at least have to get tickets several hours before the showing if I want to see The Hobbit anytime soon after its release!

  2. Claire (BWB) says:

    You’re pretty good about writing reviews, I’m trying to get into the habit of writing reviews at least a week after I’ve read it. But it’s hard you know.

    • Merin says:

      Yeah, I pretty much write the review pretty quickly after finishing it. This is mostly a scheduling thing, because I’m so stupidly busy at work that I’d forget if I put it off, and also because a book is always freshest when you just finish, and I find my reviews are more coherent if I don’t let a lot of time go by before I write it.

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