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January Wrap Up


This month was still a struggle to fall back into my usual routine. I didn’t read as much as I would have liked. I think I only got through about three books, one being Queen of Darkness which is about 900 pages long so I say that is still a good reading month.

I am actually much more pleased with the progress I have made writing than anything else. So all in all this month has been a pretty good start to the new year.

Books I read:
Archived – V.E. Schwab – I have been holding onto this book for a long time. I knew I wanted to read it but was slightly afraid of how it ended. In the end it was interesting and fun.

Unbound – V.E. Schwab – This was a great sequel. I think it really developed the characters. I liked the way it played with the past and explored mental health as well.

Queen of Air and Darkness – Cassandra Clare – This was a good end to this series. I think it wrapped up the stories well while also leaving room for another series. Though I do wonder when this series will truly end.

Blog Posts:
The Circle – Dave Eggers – Review
The Archived – Victoria Schwab – Review
New Year Book Tag
Good Omens – Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett – Review
The Unbound – Victoria Schwab – Review
Down the TBR Hole #12
Most Anticipated 2019 Releases
Queen of Air and Darkness – Cassandra Clare- Review
ABC Challenge (D)


Movies and TV Shows Watched:
Bohemian Rhapsody – I saw this with my mom and aunts. I thought it was really interesting and learned about Freddie Mercury and Queen. I grew up listening to their music and was interesting to learn more about them.

Rent Live – I was worried about this production. I adore the original musical. I think this was decent for what it was. It was sad that they couldn’t perform it as planned but there were some good parts. I was a bit disappointed in other aspects.


Writing:
I joined a local writing group last year and they offer writing classes. I couldn’t attend one until this month. For four weeks I have been taking a writing habit class. We write, share and it has been amazing. Loving the feedback, and the community feel. I missed that. I used to be part of a group that fell apart. This has sparked my writing habit again.

Also one of the other members of the class liked my story so much he asked to read it again. He also said it sparked something for his own writing which I found the ultimate compliment. This class has definitely done wonders for fixing my writing issues.

How was your January? What books stood out for you?





November Wrap-Up

November was a super busy month for me. It was my birthday month and I turned 30! We had one of our biggest events at work, a Poetry SLAM for 350 of our kids. I also began finalizing all the paperwork for my house. And then it was Thanksgiving and NaNoWriMo.  Needless to say life was busy and thus I did not have much time to read or write blog posts.

I read 3 books this month, though technically I read 2 and finished 1. I am at 50 books for the year, which is 10 books over my goal which is great. I am hoping to get at least 3 more books read before the end of the year!

I also only was able to get 5 blog posts out this month. Now December is going to be pretty busy as well, with actually moving and getting what I need for the house so I wouldn’t expect my post schedule to go back to its normal rate until January. 

As for NaNoWriMo, I only got abbot 14,000 words written. Though I do love what I wrote. I am eager to continue with the story. I will go into more detail about NaNo in a future post.

Books I read:
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy – Mackenzie Lee – This was a fun sequel to the last book. While the plot itself isn’t super exciting the characters are great. I would love more from this world.

Lethal White – Robert Galbraith – I really enjoyed the development of Strike and Robin’s characters in this book. The mystery was hard to follow at times but still enjoyable.

Discover the Destroyer – K.A. Applegate – This re-read is still going well. I am starting to see the true nature of David’s character. 

Blog Posts:
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy – K.A. Applegate- Review
Down the TBR Hole #11
NaNoWriMo Update 
The Crimes of Grindelwald (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them #2) – Movie Review
Lethal White – Robert Galbraith – Review

Movies Watched:

Crimes of Gindelwald – I enjoyed this movie but I do see the issues with it. I liked all the backstory because I am a Harry Potter nerd. I do think though it isn’t a movie that those who don’t know much about Harry Potter. I am eager to see the other movies though and see how this whole story progresses.

Princess Switch  – I saw this on Netflix and I will say it was pretty cliche. It wasn’t anything super exciting or different. It was alright but not one I will rewatch anytime soon. 

How was your month? Which books did you read? Did you see any good movies? What are your favorite holiday movies?

 

October Wrap-Up

October was a steady month for me. There hasn’t been a ton going on. The colder weather has created a great reading atmosphere. I do know that my posting schedule has slipped a little. I didn’t post nearly as much as I would have liked but that will be a trend until after November I am sure.

I am up to 47 books read for the year, that is a record number for me. I love to read but I can’t always find the time. This month I read four books and all of them were great. I read a few that I have been dying to read all year and nothing disappointed me. I am hoping to keep up this trend throughout the coming months!


Books I read:
Vengeful – V.E. Schwab – This was a great sequel to the first book. I love these books because you fall for characters who are not good people. They are not supposed to be either. I find it fascinating how Schwab is able to make you feel sympathy for “villains.”

Realm of the Reaper – K.A. Applegate – I am still loving my reread of this series.

The Hate You Give – Angie Thomas – This is one of those books that everyone needs to read. The insights it gives to our current time is invaluable.

What If It’s Us – Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera – I have been anxiously waiting for this book for months. It was exactly what I wanted, a sweet and adorable love story.

Posts:
The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley – Shaun David Hutchinson- Review
Book Tag: It’s Finally Fall 
Down the TBR Hole #10
Vengeful – V.E. Schwab – Review
Realm of the Reaper – Everworld #4- K.A. Applegate – Review
The ABC Challenge (B)
The Hate You Give – Angie Thomas – Review
The Spooky Would Your Rather Book Tag 
NaNoWriMo Attempt
What If It’s Us – Adam Silvera & Becky Albertalli – Review

Tv Shows:
I haven’t watched too much TV this month but I have been wanting to watch the new “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” show. I have heard mixed things about it. Has anyone watched it? What do you think?

New Hobby:
I enjoy certain type of puzzles. There are ones that I love called Conceptis Puzzles. They are slightly like Sudoku but involve filling in blocks to make a picture. I have found a new type that are sticker puzzles. You take the stickers and they go in certain places to make a picture. I love them! I love doing these things because they are logic puzzles but are also entertains to do.
Do you have favorite logic puzzles you like to do?

How was your October? Productive? My November is going to be insane so that wrap-up post should be fascinating!

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