Monthly Wrap Up: November 2019

Is November really over already? Like, are you sure? This wrap up has to be going up way too soon because I swear the month just started.

I read twelve books during the month which is more than I’ve read in a while! The majority of the books were read during the first half of the month and I wish I had continued to read a lot during the second half but it’s alright. Here are the books that I liked enough to rate four or five stars:

Hi um so I somehow have a two month blogging streak going on? For some reason blogging in November was incredibly easy for me. I felt good about things and had fun writing posts. I even had things scheduled in advance for most of the month instead of writing everything last minute like I normally do.

I broke a lot of personal blog records in November but it wasn’t entirely real. One of my tweets went viral (more on that down below) and I plugged my blog pretty early into it. I didn’t expect people to actually click the link but they did? The month ended with me having over 5,000 views (approximately 3,000 more than normal) and while it was fun I also know it was inflated and won’t ever happen again.

My three most popular posts from November were Review: The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring, The Sunshine Blogger Award, and Force Me to Read… Scythe by Neal Shusterman! If you missed out on any of my other posts from the month, Iโ€™ve linked them all down below for easy browsing!

Reviews

Sensational Sophomores

Miscellaneous

I’ve been trying to get back into Instagram this month! I had forgotten how much I enjoy taking and sharing photos of books – it can be stressful but I think I’m finally figuring it out. To help rekindle my love for this medium I’ve introduced a new theme and I really love it so much. Shoutout to Target for the new bed sheets and my brain for giving me the idea to move the bed right by the window. Natural light really does wonders…

I’m so close to 1,300 followers over there so I’d really love if you gave me a follow! Each month I might share my top three pictures from the month but for now here’s my top picture and the one I liked the most!

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๐ƒ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ?โฃ โฃ It took me almost two months to make my way through The Tenth Girl and Iโ€™m frustrated that I invested so much time into it. โฃ โฃ I gave up trying to understand anything because none of it ever made sense. None of the characters were likeable. And the ending? It just made the entire thing feel cheap. โฃ โฃ Click the link in my bio to read my full review! โฃ โฃ ๐˜ˆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฉ๐˜บ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ˆ๐˜™๐˜Š ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ. โฃ โฃ .โฃ โฃ .โฃ โฃ .โฃ โฃ .โฃ โฃ #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #book #books #bookie #booklover #booklovers #instabook #bookish #bibliophile #booklove #allthebooks #justread #ireadya #bookdragon #bookaddict #readersofinstagram #reader #read #reading #blogger #blog #blogging #bookstagramfeature #booksharks #thetenthgirl #imprint

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๐—ช๐ก๐จ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฏ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ?โฃ โฃ In Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things the main character, Edie, is a songwriter. I love reading books featuring music because itโ€™s a very big part of my life. โฃ โฃ Jacqueline Firkins voice is very quirky and fun with a dramatic flair but as the story continued it just became ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ. Things also became incredibly repetitive. โฃ โฃ When it comes to the characters, none of them were particularly likable. They were all painfully stereotypical and had no redeeming qualities.โฃ โฃ I wanted to like this Jane Austen retelling so badly but unfortunately it just wasnโ€™t for me and I ended up DNFing around the halfway mark. โฃclick the link in my bio to read the full review. โฃ Fun fact: the vinyl pictured is I Love You. by The Neighbourhood which is definitely their best album. โฃ โฃ A physical ARC was sent by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. โฃ โฃ .โฃ .โฃ .โฃ โฃ #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #book #books #bookie #booklover #booklovers #instabook #bookish #bibliophile #booklove #allthebooks #justread #ireadya #bookdragon #bookaddict #readersofinstagram #reader #read #reading #blogger #blog #blogging #bookstagramfeature #booksharks #music #vinyl #vinylcommunity #vinylcollector

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Elliott is finally six weeks out from his latest heart surgery which means he was able to get his flu shot and sternal precautions have ended! (When he’s on sternal precautions we aren’t able to lift him by his armpits which can make picking him up, getting him in his crib and carseat, etc. difficult.) Since we’ve all had our flu shots now we aren’t quite as housebound! It’s been so nice taking him with me on Target runs and various errands.

On the thirteenth of the month I made a tweet telling people to show me what they looked like at the beginning of the decade vs the end. I thought it would be a fun conversation starter with some of my book friends and we could talk about our personal journeys.

Several days later the world started doing it. I was completely caught off guard. It literally happened overnight and I woke up to find that I had gone viral. For the first time since joining Twitter in June of 2009 I learned how useful the ‘mute conversation’ feature could be. I hated that I had to do this because people were sharing some really incredible and hope filled stories but my phone just couldn’t keep up. My tweet was viewed over three million times and it eventually found its way over to Instagram and Facebook. It was a crazy and fun experience!

For Thanksgiving we traveled to Texas to visit some of my husband’s family. It was a ten hour drive there and ten hours back and by the end Elliott wasn’t having a great time but overall he did so well! While we were there Elliott was able to see cows for the first time and he loved them. He kept asking to pet them and take them home with us – it was really sweet.

How was your November? Do you like the inclusion of Instagram in my monthly wrap up posts? Let me know in the comments and let’s chat!

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