Monthly Wraps: November 2015

Posted December 2, 2015 by Zeee in Monthly Wraps | 8 Comments

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Last month’s deets on I Heart Romance & YA

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Hey all!  November has been awesome for me and my creative juices have been overflowing to the brim!  I am so excited to be actively blogging and connecting with other book bloggers.  I think this has helped me rediscover my love for blogging.

One of the highlights of my month was meeting Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff at Once Upon A Time Bookstore in Montrose, CA.  Take a look at this awesome photo!

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BTW, I kind of fan-freaked out but I was able to tell them how much I love the hero’s first name is (it’s Ezra, read about why it is) and told Amie that These Broken Stars made me love YA again!  Please excuse the oily face, I didn’t have time to prep before rushing to the bookstore.

Another highlight of my month was the malware horrors that I encountered!  Yes, my blog was hacked but I took care of it, however, all my images and stats (below) have disappeared and I still don’t have the time to fix it.  So please, pardon the dust.

On a good note, I have read 98 books already!  ( think I read more because I reread The Night Huntress novels by Jeaniene Frost multiple times this year and GoodReads doesn’t count rereads, so let’s keep it as 98.

READING CHALLENGE STATS

  1. GoodReads Reading Challenge – 98/100
  2. Review Challenge – 44/100
  3. Historical Romance Challenge – 36/48
  4. Netgalley Challenge – /20 < unable to gather info at the moment
  5. Re-Read Challenge – 10/5*

READING PROGRESS

November 2015 Reading Stats

BOOK HAUL

ARC/DRC

I tried not to get any ARCs this month and I succeeded!

Purchased

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday here, I didn’t really shop for anything.

Winter Under Different Stars The Goddess Test Illuminae

Borrowed

The 5th Wave Divergent Insurgent Allegiant Talon Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

DISCUSSIONS ON THE BLOG

  1. [3 Nov] Top Ten Tuesday: Debut Authors on My Radar
  2. [10 Nov] Top Ten Tuesday: Book to Movie Adaptations
  3. [23 Nov] Bookish Discussions: Eye Catching Book Covers
  4. [25 Nov] Malware Horrors and Moving from Feedburner to Mailchimp
  5. [26 Nov] Write On Review-a-Thon: November

LAST MONTH’S REVIEWS

  1. [4 Nov] Mine by Stacey Kennedy
  2. [8 Nov] If the Viscount Falls by Sabrina Jeffries
  3. [14 Nov] Desire Me Always by Tiffany Clare
  4. [16 Nov] Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

LAST MONTH’S READS

Winter Aways Been You Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children MATCH_Cover Talon

LAST MONTH’S DNF’s & ON-HOLD

Days of Blood and Starlight

As much as I loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I had a hard time connecting with the second book.  I am putting it on hold for now and maybe start reading it again next month.

FAVORITE MONTH READ

Winter

I am a little sad that The Lunar Chronicles has ended.  But this turned into my favorite read this month!

MOVIES SEEN

I only saw one movie this month.  Pitiful, I know but hubby is at work right now so no movie watching for me.  I told him that I HAD to see it before he comes home later this week and his exact words were “Sure, I don’t really like to watch it.”  Whaaaa?!  But that’s okay.  I dragged him to see Frozen a couple of years ago so…

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TV MARATHONS

I haven’t been watching a lot of TV shows this month but I did watch a couple of episodes of Jessica Jones on Netflix.  It’s dark and different, to say the least.  Hubby is coming back this week so we may be binge watching a few TV shows soon.

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RANDOM THOUGHTS

I decorated our Christmas Tree over Thanksgiving weekend!  I still need to purchase the star topper and wrap a few more gifts but I think the tree is pretty much complete.  Coincidentally, I found a lot of black and white objects around the house!  Oh and everyone living in our house is represented!  And I just had to add a stack of books to the decor, yeah?

Black and White theme Xmas Tree


Let’s Discuss

How did you do last month?  Did you start decorating for the holidays?


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8 responses to “Monthly Wraps: November 2015

    • Thanks Terri! My cats are new to the tree and they haven’t played around it as much…. everything else, except for the black balls are all plastic so we don’t have to worry about broken ornaments. haha

    • awww I’m sooo sorry you missed them! They were awesome! We also had one of the narrators of the audiobook read a clip from Illuminae, so much fun!

      I also missed seeing Marissa Meyer when she did her Winter tour because of work… 🙁

  1. I need to watch this Jessica Jones business, I keep hearing about it everywhere! Also, glad you got to see Mockingjay! What did you think? It’s so sweet that you and your husband watch shows and stuff together 🙂

    That is AMAZING that you got to meet Amie and Jay too! And your tree looks great! I have decorated zero things. It is bad. I need to obtain a tree, then decorate it, and then hope that small humans don’t pull it down 😉 Sorry about the malware too- that is SO scary. But I am also glad that you got it taken care of, though I can’t imagine how much of a pain that was. Hope that December is a bit more calm for you!! 😀
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    • Jessica Jones is very dark and not for anyone under 18 so be prepared! Mockingjay… awww I cried at the same spot I cried while reading the book: when Katniss broke down in front of Buttercup, the cat… and the parts where Peeta was just too tortured.

      Thanks for liking the tree! My mom hates the unconventional B&W theme! Smaller trees can help, not such a hassle to decorate and you can place the high up so small humans can’t touch!