November was a very bad month for reading.
I read one book.
And half of another!
I know, I know. It’s pretty poor. My defence is that I’ve been super busy lately with college work. I’ve had a criminology and psychology exam so far and have sociology exam next week! I’ve got three presentations in the same week. All my hard work is paying off because I ACED MY EXAMS WITH A DISTINCTION! I’m so proud of my results. I was convinced I had failed my psychology exam (the hardest exam I’ll be doing on this course) and my tutor mentioned that she didn’t hand out distinctions in the first unit often so I was not feeling hopeful at all. Somehow I did it. I really did it.
Onto what I did actually read…
I finally finished the trilogy! I’m in love with the world and the characters. Leigh Bardugo is up there as one of my all-time favourite authors. This trilogy was everything that I adore in a book.
I’ve started reading Six of Crows, which has been one of my most anticipated reads, but it took me a while to properly get into it. I was not prepared for the reading slump that took over once I finished the Grisha trilogy. That being said, I finally think my slump is over and I am absolutely loving being back in the Grishaverse. It is most definitely living up to the hype!
I’m still on a book buying ban (one month to go!), although I have gotten around that thanks to my generous boyfriend who has bought me The Poppy War, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and a Darker Shade of Magic for our fifth anniversary later on this month. My TBR is going to consist of those, The Cruel Prince which I had to put down to revise for my exams, Strange the Dreamer, and I have three ARCs that I need to review before the middle of the month which I have yet to start… I like to cut it close! I’m also taking part in my first blog tour this month so don’t forget to check that out!
This has to be one of my most ambitious TBRs. I’ve been saving up my leave from work to make sure I have a long break over Christmas. I’ve got almost three weeks off so I’m going to spend a lot of it doing absolutely nothing but reading.
OTHER NOVEMBER GOALS
I didn’t set myself many goals for November because I knew how busy I was going to be.
- Post twice a week – I missed one week where I only posted once but, for the most part, I did manage to post more than I thought I would all things considering.
- Participate in NaNoWriMo – I wrote a total of 500 words and then I changed my idea completely and wrote a total of 0 words. My first ever NaNoWriMo went really well…
- Wrote my personal statement for university – this is the goal I’m most proud of last month. I am absolutely terrible at selling myself because I never feel good enough. It took me hours to write this and, surprisingly, I’m actually happy with what I wrote. If you follow me on Twitter then you’ll know that yesterday I sent off my applications for university!
The only goals I’m setting myself are to read all the books on my TBR and to post twice a week.
I also have a really exciting new project lined up to start this month. Mental illness is a subject that is incredibly close to me, as you may already know, and I want to start raising more awareness of the different illnesses that affect people. We all know about depression and anxiety, they’re the two more commonly discussed mental illnesses, but they aren’t the only ones. I’ll be featuring one incredible person a week who is brave enough to share their story to shed light on the illness that impacts their life. I’m so incredibly grateful and excited to have them on board.
How was your November? What are your goals for December? Are any of you taking part in Blogmas? Let me know in the comments below and feel free to link to your latest posts!