November Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

December 2, 2017 Best of the Bunch, Monthly Recap 28

 

My Goings On in November:

  • I won NaNoWriMo!!! My book isn’t finished yet, but I got my 50,000 words n and I’m motivated to keep going!
  • I attended an SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) writing conference, which gave me some great ideas on things I need to work on with my middle grade novel. Of course, then I proceeded to start NaNo, so I didn’t manage to work on it at all. But, yeah, I’m going to get on this in December.
  • I didn’t manage too much else—For instance, I did exactly zero working out in November.
  • My husband and I started watching Orphan Black and The Good Doctor—really enjoying both of them.

Features & Discussions:

October Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway (with a Make Me Read It Twist)
Serial Box: A New Way to Read? My Thoughts on The Fisher of Bones and ReMade…
Introducing My 2017 NaNoWriMo Novel
When It Might Be Time to Change Your Blog Name… Let’s Discuss!
November Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

My 2017 Reading Progress:

I’m now two behind on my Goodreads goal, (and that’s including the fact that I read a couple of shorter MG reads and a couple of volumes of manga). For some reason, I haven’t felt that motivated to read lately—maybe because I’m so exhausted after writing!

November 2017 Reviews

This isn’t such a bad list considering how little reading I managed in November.

  • The Friendship Code by Stacia Deutsch | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • Team BFF: Race to the Finish! by Stacia Deutsch | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • Now Is Everything by Amy Giles | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
  • The First Kiss Hypothesis by Christina Mandelski | Review | Rating: 3/5
  • Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
  • The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
  • November 9 by Colleen Hoover | Review | Rating: 2.5/5
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone | Review | Rating: 5/5
  • The November Girl by Lydia Kang | Review | Rating: 4/5*
  • Haven by Mary Lindsey | Review | Rating: 3.5/5
  • The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris | Review | Rating: 3/5
  • Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi | Review | Rating: 3/5

* Reviewed by my mom!

November Best of the Bunch:

(Best of the Bunch is hosted over at Cocoon of Books. We link up our favorite reads of the month!)

Dear Martin wins it this month!


2017 Reading Challenges Progress:

Status: 25/41 Discussions Posted

I only posted one discussion in November. Poor little discussion challenge—I’m sorry I’ve failed you!

When It Might Be Time to Change Your Blog Name…
Realistic Depiction of Mental Health in YA
My Unpopular Opinion About Banned Books Week
What Constitutes a Blogging Slump?

I Wrote in a Book and I Liked It. Gasp!
Book Title Tag
Do You Follow Authors You Haven’t Read?
The YA “Perfection” Trope & Today’s Pressures on Teens
This or That Bookish Edition
The Disorganized Blogger’s Guide to Book Conferences (AKA an Example You Should NOT Follow)
What You Need to Know Before You Open a NetGalley Account
Do You Ever Add to Your Posts After You’ve Published Them?
Meet a #BroodyBFF! My Foray Into Street Teams
Why Rating Middle Grade (and Sometimes YA) Is So Darn Hard for Me!
Why Everything I’ve Ever Told You About Book Blogging Is Wrong (and Also Right)
Graphs Make Me Happy!
Two (Free) Tools that Have Transformed My Replying and Commenting Back
Is There Such a Thing as a “Quick Post”?
My Haphazard Reading Habits.
Watching Bloggers Come and Go.
A Book Blogger’s Guide to Acronyms, Terms and Slang
Am I the Only One Without an OTP? 
Why Does Technology Scare Me So?

Special Niche Genres
Seeing the Book Blogging World Through Rose-Colored Glasses

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


Status: 61/50 Books Read
CHALLENGE GOAL ACHIEVED!

I reviewed four fantasies this month (again, a few are more paranormal or sci-fi dystopian, but I’m counting them since it looks like the people who run the challenge count these types of books).

Still haven’t read any more of Alexa and Rachel’s favorites: I’m keeping the others here to remind me: Throne of Glass, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Six of Crows, Graceling.

 

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Hello, Chelly & Alexa Loves Books


ShelfLove-Challenge-2016

Status: 22/21-30 Books
CHALLENGE GOAL ACHIEVED!

Technically, I listened to these two books instead of actually reading the copies that are on my shelf, but I’m still counting it!

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


Status: 14/5-10 Series
CHALLENGE GOAL ACHIEVED!

Frost Like Night is the final book in the Snow Like Ashes Trilogy and I listened to (and reviewed) the entire Raven Cycle Series.

Here are some of the other series I’m hoping to finish this year (as a reminder to myself):

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Somewhere Only We Know & Words Fueled by Love


Status: 101/61-100 books read
CHALLENGE GOAL (OVER)ACHIEVED!

Here are the ones I read this month:

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – (un)Conventional Book Views &  Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! 


Status: 27/15-20 Books Listened To
CHALLENGE GOAL (OVER)ACHIEVED!

I reviewed six audiobooks this month (four of them were The Raven Cycle books):

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Hot Listens & Caffeinated Book Reviewer


Status: 63/76 Possible Gameboard Spaces

If you’re interested in which books I read for each category or in seeing a bigger version of the updated gameboard, then go to my 2017 Bookopoly Progress page. The image above has been updated to reflect my newest reads. (I only used 1 of the books I read in November for the challenge.)

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Broc’s Bookcase


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 here on Feed Your Fiction Addiction right around the 7th!

 

28 Responses to “November Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch”

  1. Sam@WLABB

    That is awesome that you are making so much progress with your writing. I will eagerly await being able to add your book to my TBR. It is quite impressive how many of the books you read that you really enjoyed. I suspect mine would look similar, since I DNF books I am not enjoying and don’t rate them. I know, it makes it look like I love everything, but in reality, I kiss some frogs.

    Sam@WLABB recently posted: In a Nutshell Reviews: Beyond YA
  2. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    Congratulations on NaNo!! So happy for you! I feel like during NaNo, everything else kind of takes a backseat, so you’re good! I am excited that you are watching Orphan Black, it was good! Also, I fail at the discussion challenge too, but that is why I keep setting my goals lower bwhaha. You’re doing pretty great with all your challenges though, I am impressed!

    Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight recently posted: December 2017 New Release Giveaway Hop!
  3. Charlie

    You’re doing SO great with your challenges!! I hope next year mine look like that! I don’t think I would be able to do anything else if I did NaNo. Honestly. I’d be consumed with meeting my goal (and exceeding it because Type A).

  4. Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium

    180 books so far that is AWESOME! I made one of my goals for 2018 to come up with more discussions posts. That’s my favorite meme in the entire blogosphere. I can come up with ideas but but it’s always hard for me to find the time to write the posts. Now off to read the review of Dear Martin. I suspect you are going to make me put it back in my newly de-cluttered TBR LOL

  5. ShootingStarsMag

    Congrats – again – on NaNo. That’s awesome! Writing really does wipe you out, so it makes sense you haven’t felt as up to reading! It’s all good. OMG! I love The Good Doctor. I’m a few weeks behind, but they’ve been taped so hopefully I can get caught up on those soon. I’ve watched the first season of Orphan Black and love it, so I really need to keep watching!

    -Lauren

  6. danielle hammelef

    Great job on your writing. I like to attend SCBWI conferences when I can, though lately all of them have been overnight stays from my house. I have Dear Martin on my Christmas list (alas, it wasn’t a birthday gift). But if I don’t get it, it just may be a gift to myself.

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