Well, this has been a fairly chill month in terms of book events (since there was none). However, the first half of the month was stressful because of NaNoWriMo. I was intent on writing and that forced a major reading slump, but the second half was better!
My relatives came to visit a few weeks ago. My aunt and uncle from England came as well as my aunt and uncle from LA. My mom was really excited about having her brother (from England) over. (They’re each other’s favorites.) I was a bit anxious because I am super awkward around them, but it turned out to be fine? I only hung out with them on a Saturday. We went to Pier 39 in SF and walked around. Once I got over the awkwardness, they were all adorable to be around.
I beat it! I got to 50k! *dances in a circle around my room* (There will be a detailed post tomorrow about it.)
Like I said earlier, I hadn’t been reading as much in the beginning of the month because NaNoWriMo got in the way. I wasn’t able to juggle the two at first, but I eventually did. The bad thing was that the books I picked turned out to be books I ended up disliking. :( I was angry at the characters because they were annoying as fuck and annoying. BUT I was pulled out of it!
I read All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill because everybody told me to do it AND GUYS, IT WAS THE BEST. (I even had a twitter conversation with Cristin. :D It totally made my day.) It really pulled me out of the whole “grrrr” phase I seemed to have got into. Then I read The Archived and wow. I liked it. A lot. I don’t know how to describe how I feel about that book or AOY. I’m just struck in awe.
On Twitter, I got awesome book suggestions from Nikki (of There Were Books Involved), who is super awesome and knows how to describe books in a way that totally convinces me to want to read it. Because of her, I will be reading:
- Angelfall and World After by Susan Ee
- She said “it was absolutely necessary for YA readers, a more sci-fi lean, very few angel-cliches, post-apocalyptic alien invasion than sparkly angel book.”
- Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
- There are supervillains! AND Nikki described it as “Badass nerd uses brains to find, impress, and join elite supervillain hunters — his last hope for revenge.”
- The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
- “Epic fantasy meets Ocean’s 11 + a kickass YA MC, it does the Firefly-esque thieving-crew-meets-family dynamic PERFECTLY. Perfect OTP, epic heists, high stakes, REAL characters.”
Doesn’t those description sound so awesome? IT ALL SPEAKS TO ME. Nikki, let’s hope I love them because if I do, I owe you all the hugs and cookies in the world!
I had a bit of anxiety because I didn’t post as much this month, but I remembered I didn’t really participate in memes, so that made me feel better. Original content, ya’ll! A few things to note –
- I changed my blog header to reflect my love for narwhals! (I’m sure that by now, it’s no longer my blog’s name with a little cloud on each side.) Isn’t it just beautiful? NARWHALLLLSSSSSS. <3
- I also changed the background. It’s not white anymore. It’s a very subtle cream-ish paper color. (Also, fun tidbit: Nikki (of The Paper Sea) and I are blog background twins! :DDD) Tell me what you think!
- I tweaked my “about me” page a bit to be more playful and “me” (if that makes any sense). The previous one felt stilted to me.
- IMPORTANT NOTE: Since my “Annoying Meme Comments” discussion post, I have banned the usage of the word “great” on my blog. The reasons are pretty obvious if you read the post. Use a different adjective when you want to describe something as “great.”
WAITING ON WEDNESDAY
How was your November? Was it frickin’ amazing? (I hope so!)