November Recap & Best of the Bunch

December 2, 2016 Best of the Bunch, Monthly Recap 25


My Goings On in November:

  • nanowrimo_2016_webbadge_winner_smallerI won NaNoWriMo!!!
  • I got really depressed over certain events toward the beginning of the month (that I won’t rehash now).
  • But I won NaNoWriMo!!
  • I started reading two new manga series, and I’m loving both of them.
  • I probably did some other things, but the real news is …
  • I won NaNoWriMo!! (And my first draft of my book is nearly done.)

Most Popular Posts:

This month was really weird for traffic. My number one post was A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of Three Dark Crowns, which was posted at the end of September, but it was my most popular post of October AND November. I actually kind of love this because I had so much fun writing this post! I want to see everyone’s thoughts on the book!! (I’m still getting comments on that post too, so it’s fun!)

Then I had a weird nonexistent page (/ that I’ve never seen before get a ton of hits. I don’t know what this is or what it means. Any ideas?

After that, two other old posts that got a lot of hits. Then my Sunday posts. Considering I didn’t put much up in the way of discussions, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but the numbers still struck me as funny. Sometimes you just can’t predict how these things are going to go!

Other Features & Discussions:

Sunday Un-Post
A NaNoWriMo Update
Why I’m So Thankful for the Book Blogging Community
November Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-up

 My 2016 Reading Progress:

I’m past my 2016 goal! (But don’t be fooled—my number jumped a lot this month because of several manga books I read.)



November 2016 Reviews

I knew this month would be slow with NaNoWriMo. But I loved so many of these books!


  • Bloodmoon by Aurora Whittet | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • Red Winter by Annette Marie | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
  • The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid | Review | Rating: 5/5
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer: Audiobook Review | Review | Rating: 5/5
  • The Lost Codex by Heather Lyons | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis| Review | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman | Review | Rating: 5/5
  • The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • What Light by Jay Asher | Review | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Everyday Magic by Emily Albright | Review | Rating: 2.5/5
  • The Lying Planet by Carol Riggs | Review | Rating: 2.5/5

November Best of the Bunch:

Have to go with ScytheBasically, Neal Shusterman is a genius and he can do no wrong in my eyes. (Though both The Diabolic and Heartless were also excellent.)


Reading Challenges:


Status: 37/49 Discussions posted

Not many discussions this month, but that’s okay.

Why I’m So Thankful for the Book Blogging Community
A NaNoWriMo Update
Introducing My NaNoWriMo Novel
A Recap of the YA Lit Conference & Fandom Frenzy
I Don’t Do Scary (But Books Don’t Scare Me).
I Have Giveaway Guilt!
I’ve Been Known to Go Off on a Tangent … Or Two.
A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of Me Before You: Book and Movie
What Do You Think of Goodreads’ New Look?
Sex and Violence in YA Books: Is There a Difference?
How Reading Can Help Us “See” Hidden Disabilities
My Foray into Anime and Manga
Audiobook Acceleration
I Dream in YA!
The Perils of Growing a Bigger Blog
Is Celibacy Shaming a Thing?
Fun with Spam!
#BEA16 Day One Wrap-Up & Giveaway!!
#BEA16 Day Two Wrap-Up & Jennifer Niven Holding Up the Universe Giveaway!!
#BEA16 Day Three Wrap-Up and Giveaway
Do Stats and Reports Help You?
Do Author Bios Ever Make You Want to Read a Book?
BEA is Coming Soon! What You Need to Know. (BEA Tips)

A Completely Useless (but kind of fun) Bookish Infographic

The Series Dilemma

Sometimes You Just Need to Disappear for a Little While
How Much Do You Read?
The Fine Line Between “Inspired By” and “Copycat”
Can Book Blogging Lead to a Job

Some Books Just Aren’t All That Memorable
Books that Intimidate Us
2015 End of Year Book Survey
Replying to Comments on Older Posts
What Blogging Has Done to My Bookshelves
What Type of YA MC Would You Be?
Culling the TBR

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Feed Your Fiction Addiction & It Starts at Midnight

Unique Format Challenge

Status: 6/5 Books Read

None this month!

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Shooting Stars Mag

diverse challenge1

Status: 17/12 Books Read

Red Winter takes place in Japan and features all Japanese characters and Japanese folklore.

Also, I’m not counting this one for the challenge, but I wanted to point out that Scythe has a really interesting take on futuristic race—everyone is a blend and the goal is to achieve a good balance of races in your heritage (yes, it’s an actual goal).

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Chasing Faerytales & Read Sleep Repeat


Status: 12/21-30 Books Read

I got nothin’. Sigh.

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Chapter Break, Second Run Reviews & Bookworm Brandee


Status: 6/12 Series Finished

I finished the Bloodmark Trilogy this month.

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Love at First Page


Status: 7/9-10 New Series

Nothing this month.

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Lisa Loves Literature

Wrap-Up Round-Up!

Don’t forget to link your November wrap-up posts up to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up! And check out the giveaway, which will be posted over at Paved With Books on the 8th!



25 Responses to “November Recap & Best of the Bunch”

  1. Laura

    Congrats on NaNo! I’m impressed you read so much alongside it as well. I won NaNo, but my my reading and blogging definitely took a bit of a slide this month!

  2. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    You so rocked NaNoWriMo! Congrats on that Nicole! I hope whatever had you down early in the month has been resolved. Or that you at least have some peace with it. I have never read any manga… wouldn’t even know where to start. I’ll be interested to see what you’re reading soon!

  3. Cyn @ Book Munchies

    Congrats on your NaNoWriMo win!
    Looks like you read a lot of awesome books this last month! I love the cover of Scythe and am looking forward to checking it out sometime! I’m going to try really hard to get back into the discussion posts for Dec. 🙂
    Happy readings!

  4. Puput @ Sparkling Letters

    Congratulation on winning NaNoWriMo!! It is a huge achievement to actually finish writing a book <3 and yessss most of the times we can't predict what post would be a hit! I'm so excited to read Scythe and The Diabolic, they sound so promising and I've seen a lot of bloggers raving about them. I'm going to read Heartless immediately after I finish my current read, so happy to see you give it five stars <3

  5. danielle hammelef

    Amazing amount of books you read! I hope to read Scythe soon. I read the first chapter and loved it so now I have to get a copy. Wish list!

  6. Jen

    You are zooming along on your reading challenges and even on your busy months you read so many books, wow! Here’s hoping you can fit the books into December that you were hoping to read this year. ❤

  7. Christine

    I’ve been in the same boat as you! A few years back, my Goodreads progress was insane, until I got a reality check when I realized that a good chunk of that was from novellas and manga. They still count, though, right?! 😜

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