WELCOME TO BLOGMAS (I’m excited, are you excited?) and welcome to well…. a normal post which I have labelled as blogmas but wrap-ups are my favourite and I haven’t posted one since July!! What has been happening (I honestly don’t know, help!!) BUT I’m going to make it festive by this one statement…
It is a wrap up like wrapping up presents!!! *boom* the festivities have well and truly begun.
Also you may have noticed that this post has got CHRISTMAS graphics and yes it most certainly does. You will get fed up of seeing them I promise. The page dividers (as you can see below) are tacky but it is Christmas… you need things that look like Christmas has thrown up on it hence the divider!!
I can’t remember how to do these posts anymore
Total Read: 8
Total Pages Read: 2,185
Favourite Read of the Month: Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater/ Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
Favourite Quote: “And where life on its own, was everything.” – Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness/📱/⭐⭐⭐⭐
I thought I was prepared for the emotions, apparently not!!
It had a folk tale/ fairy tale feel about it through the monster’s stories which I really enjoyed and I think it captured the emotions of the situation and dealing with a terminal illness so well. It was heart-breaking. Patrick Ness really is a talented writer and I can see why so many people rave about it now.
Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater/⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
I really enjoyed stepping back in this world with the characters and the magic. The writing was so wonderful as always and I felt like this book explored new things. It talked a bit about loneliness and that was actually pretty emotional. I feel like the next 2 books are going to be even better and need them now.
American Panda by Gloria Chao/⭐⭐⭐⭐
I really enjoyed this contemporary. I read the last 2/3 of this book in one sitting which just shows how effortless the writing was. I really enjoyed the theme of accepting yourself and following your own path. This also looks at complex family relationships which I do love to see in books. This was #ownvoices Taiwanese-American so I really like the representation and getting to see bits of the culture through this book.
Crimson Peak by Nancy Holder/🎧/⭐⭐.5
Crimson Peak was predictable and followed a lot of common tropes so it didn’t feel like a new, unique story but rather I had been there, done that before. I feel like the movie would have been the better format to view this story.
Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig/📱/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I really loved this which I was quite surprised at honestly but it capture modern society really well and had so much GREAT advice that I think everyone could benefit from reading it. I put my favourite bits in my review so check that out.
The Sleeper and The Spindle by Neil Gaiman/🎧/⭐⭐⭐
A really good audiobook that literally only took 25 minutes of my life with the speed I read it on. It felt very mediocre to me and I didn’t love the story or the twist but it still had some good aspects. Maybe if it was longer you might have been able to explore more from the characters and the twist. I’m expected more so sadly it was a bit of a let-down.
Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell/⭐⭐⭐
I still liked this book as I liked the characters and Rowell’s writing is so easy to fly through. But it was lacking in terms of plot and character development. I think it suffered from second book syndrome and hopefully the third one will bring it all back together.
Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman/🎧/⭐⭐⭐⭐
I really enjoyed this book. I think Odd was a wonderful character to follow and I absolutely loved all the Norse Mythology in this book (fun fact: I read this on the day I watched Thor Ragnarok and it was beautiful). I definitely want to get the illustration version now.
Harry Potter Movies
I decided to watch 4 through to 8 this month. It just started off with me wanting to watch The Goblet of Fire and then I got carried away. It happens.
But I absolutely loved it!! The movies are so good. I love the world and the characters SO much. One of the highlights of watching them this time was Luna and Harry’s friendship and Draco in the Half Blood Prince.
The End of the F***ing World Season 2
I had heard a few mixed things going in but I actually really enjoyed it. It had the same vibe as season one and the characters were as complex as before. I love the filming style and the narration over the characters. The narration is probably by favourite part. It lets you see what the characters are thinking and can be quite poetic. I also liked the ending so yay. It is a dark comedy so it’s not for everyone and beware there is a trigger warning for rape.
The 100 Season 6
I really like the 100 although I would say it isn’t always consistently good but it is one of the best shows ever for morally grey characters which I adore. This season I didn’t mind the plot, some episodes were better than others and it certainly got emotional at parts. But overall I really enjoyed it. I love the characters and the constant moral questioning even if it isn’t perfect.
Favourite song of the month:
Plot twist of the month: Honestly I think the fact that I wrote my book for once was a plot twist.
Cutest thing my dog did this month: The only important thing this month was really that it was my dog’s (Layla’s) birthday, she got a new toy and she loved it. She was 11 and is still very adorable.
Funniest thing of the month: My mum has been reading ‘This is Going to Hurt’ by Adam Kay and she had been sharing the funniest bits which have been hilarious. But it is also heart-breaking as well.
Stupidest thing I did this month: I banged my head so hard on the wall when I sat down. I even gave myself a headache for the whole day. Yes this ‘stupidest thing I did this month’ is turning into how I hurt myself this month.
Writing update of the month: You can see it all here but basically I did a bit of writing and I definitely love hand writing!
What I’ve been doing:
- The Raven Cycle | A Lot and A Lot of Chatting and Playlist
- Blogging Struggles | The Struggle is Real
- The Diamond Village Blog Tour: Interview with Mara
- Movie Series: Crying, Singing and Merriment
- American Panda by Gloria Chao | Book Review
The Latest News: I decided to spend some time working on Pinterest and it has been fun. Also lots and lots of blogmas scheduling. I currently only have 4 to finish including this one but I still feel very frazzled!!
Blog Posts I’ve Loved:
Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books did a post about 5 things she has learned in 5 years of blogging and everyone should read it!! Seriously!!
Sophie @ Sophie’s Corner has been doing NaNoWriMo and I have loved keeping up to date with her journey. Her posts have been wonderful and her project sounds great. Some great posts were A Day in the life of a WriMo and Self-Care for Writers.
Margaret @ Weird Zeal has also been doing NaNoWriMo this month and I loved hearing about her progress too. She shared her progress on writing and explained why she was writing what she is which I loved. Also she shared a great post about what makes a book YA?
Rain @ The Withering Blog shared her reading journey and all her posts are filled with passion and are so funny so please read them.
The Diamond Village started this month which was WONDERFUL so you need to visit it ASAP. The first post was posted and here it is.
Speaking of The Diamond Village there was the blog tour this month with lots of great posts and I loved Vaishnavi’s (@ Written in Stars) short story. It was AMAZING!
Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea wrote a post about what makes her keep reading a post and it full of great tips that are wonderfully written.
Nurul Rasya shared a post on Blog traffic vs Comments which was a great discussion talking about what is more important and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Jess @ Crowing about Books did a post on the different fantasy sub-genres which was really interesting and well written.
Veronika @ Wordy and Whimsical shared a post discussing whether YA prices have gotten out of hand? It was really interesting and mentioned lots of important points.
Shri @ Sun and Chai shared a post called Stay in Your Lane is Not the New Gatekeeping. This is a really important topic which is well worth the read so please make the time for it.
Lais @ The Bookish Skies shared some of her favourite journal entries which is a very personal post but I love reading them and I’m so grateful she shared them.
The Quiet Pond shared some diverse heist stories and we all know I love heist stories so I thought this post was wonderful and now I have some new ones to add to my TBR.
There has been the blog tour for The Sword of Kaigen by M. L. Wang going on and I have loved reading them all. I think I saw someone on Goodreads reading this book and added it to my TBR then all these wonderful reviews came out and it just made me want to read it more. A great review was by Fanna @ Fannatality.