The end of the year is almost upon us and I am not ready for it in any shape or form. Things got super intense at uni this month as I had to submit my PhD research proposal to my department for early feedback before the funding deadline in January, so I’ve been working flat out on my proposal all month meaning that both my reading and blog got horribly neglected. I had been planning for November & December to be my catch up months, and the thought of having to squeeze all of the catch up into just December now is making me a bit nervous haha!
I beat my second reading challenge goal of the year! Round 1 saw me smash my goal of 50 books, and now I’ve beaten my stretch goal too!
→ The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot – ★★★☆☆ ←
→ Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – ★★★☆☆ ←
→ The Princess Diaries 2 by Meg Cabot – ★★★☆☆ ←
→ Red Rising by Pierce Brown – ★★★★★ ←
→ I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – ★★★★☆ ←
I had such an amazing TBR set up for this month as I was taking part in both the #Mythothon and Science Fiction Month but sadly couldn’t read as much as I had planned to. However, I am super proud for finally reading both Red Rising and I’ll Give You the Sun, both of which have been on my TBR for the past 1-2 years! Red Rising without a doubt is my favourite book of the month (and probably of the entire year), it was so incredible. I also fell entirely in love with IGYTS but there were one or two things which stopped me short of giving it 5 stars!
The Boneless Mercies was one of my most anticipated reads of 2018 and I was lucky enough to be approved for an ARC of it. I’m literally about 2-3 chapters away from finishing it, so fingers crossed can count it towards my November reads!
NGL, I might not have been blogging a lot this month but I sure did find a lot of time to sink into the Sims 4… Although in my defence, it’s a great way to unwind from academic stress at the end of the day. My little queer family has now grown to include 2 children, Grace (cuddles) and Eva (naked wild child) though they are no longer toddlers! As I’ve been playing it so much and it was Black Friday I bought the Parenting game pack and the Get to Work expansion pack. We’re hoping that Grace will grow up to be a doctor and who knows what mischief Eva’s future holds!
On the Blog
This month was atrocious for blogging. I barely got any content out even though I had lots of great ideas for Sci-Fi Month and I have books waiting to be reviewed that I read back in October! Hopefully, December will be much more productive…
November TBR | #Mythothon & Science Fiction Month
State of the ARC #3
The Sunday Post | Reading Week Joy
TTT | A love letter to all of the owned books I still haven’t read
Book Tag | Sci-Fi Month
The Sunday Post | Book Cons & Hauls
SFX Book Con 2 | Rockets, Racism and Reality
Book Tag | The End of the Year
I had so many plans for this month and it was really disappointing not being able to carry many of them out, so I’m aiming for December to be a much more chill and flexible month before I kick back in gear for 2019! Let me know how your November went – are you all prepped for December or, like me, are you hopelessly ill-prepared?