November Wrap-Up

Hi, friends! It’s hard to believe that November is already over! Yes, this post is coming to you three days late courtesy of finals week! But I had a lovely month and wanted to share with you my bookish updates.

November went by in a whirlwind of schoolwork, holiday prep, and writing. While I don’t enjoy the cold, I do love everything that fall brings—the change of the leaves, the festive movies, the hot cocoa. Here in Georgia, it doesn’t usually begin to cool down until around this time and so we’re just setting into the true feeling of fall. It was the perfect reading weather.

I’ll admit it—I’m a slow reader. It’s hard for me to find time to just sit down and read between work and classes. But I enjoyed each of the three books I read in November.

My absolute favorite read had to be Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour. It was heartbreaking and captivating in all the best ways. It constantly pushed me to consider what it means to be haunted and the impact our pasts have on us. Plus, it was set in a tiny coastal town surrounded by a forest which sounds like a dream. Watch Over Me was originally released in September. If you haven’t picked it up yet, and quiet books are your thing, read it ASAP!

I also read I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee and The Upside of Falling by Alex Light. Both books were fun, quick reads. I’ll Be the One follows teenager Skye Shin as she competes in a K-Pop competition. Skye intends to win to prove that plus-sized girls belong in the world of K-Pop. I enjoyed reading about Skye’s culture and the world of K-Pop as someone who has experience with neither. In The Upside of Falling, booknerd Becca Hart gets tangled up in a fake dating scheme with football captain Brett Wells. The one thing they didn’t count on? Actually falling in love. You can read my review of The Upside of Falling here. My reviews for both Watch Over Me and I’ll Be the One are coming soon!

I’ll admit, I didn’t do as much writing this month as much as I would’ve liked. But I’m two chapters away from the end of this draft of #CtCEWIP. My goal now is to finish this draft by the end of December. You know that feeling when you’re so close to the finish line and yet it still feels so far away? Yeah, that was my mood for the entirety of November. When I couldn’t write, I sat down and figured out my goals for the next draft. I even revised the first couple of chapters just to get my head back into the story. That technique, though I don’t advise it, worked incredibly well to motivate me to write. With the semester ending soon, my schedule will be more open—which means more writing time.

November was also National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. I didn’t participate this year, but tell me how your NaNoWriMo went if you did! Do you have any writing plans for December? With 2021 on the horizon, I’m ready to say goodbye to this year. But I don’t want to get ahead of myself. I’m hoping for a productive, happy, and reenergizing December as we finish out the year. What are your reflections for November?

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