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November 2015: Recap & Wrap-Up!

November honestly FLEW by. After half of month of Fortnight of Fright posts, November is always a sort of catch-up month with posting reviews and other features. It was on and off with reading and I fluctuated from being super ahead to almost behind and then ahead again.

I attempted NaNoWriMo and kicked off hard with a few thousand words… and then life got in the way! It ended up being a super busy month and I had to catch up on reading and blogging so writing got pushed to the back burner, but I’m happy that I at least got SOME writing done!

FunStats

  • Number of Books Read: 4. HAHA wow, that’s worse than I thought
  • Popular Search Terms:  “books like divergent” // “lunar chronicles quiz” // “books similar to harry potter” // “illuminae files plot”
  • More Amusing Search Terms: “instagram +get cash as quick as one day” (uh… no.) // “throne of glass family tree” (ooooh) // “in what stephanie plum book does morelli break up with Stephanie” (oh lawd, like all of them?)
  • Most Referrals (non-social media)The Perpetual Page TurnerBookmark Lit, It Starts at Midnight
  • Where My Blog Most Often Leads You (non-internal/social media): Society6Novelly Yours Bookish Candles (my shop! Thank you!!!!), Fandlemonium

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Events

MARISSA MEYER AT ANDERSON’S BOOKSHOP (11/10): I attended the “Lunar Ball” event hosted by Anderson’s LaGrange in celebration of WINTER! Marissa Meyer hit the streets for her WINTER tour and let me tell ya, this turn out was HUGE. Luckily waiting in line wasn’t too bad because there were tons of fun things to do like a “fauxto booth”, madlibs, photo ops, and more games!


I just adored meeting Marissa and it was so great to see her again! She was a gracious host for all of her fans too. Part of her main feature was that she told the audience the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and I was ridiculously impressed that she was able to tell it from memory!



My friend Lisa came with me so it was great to have a friend with me the whole time and of course, we ended up meeting other bloggers there too. It’s always so much fun chatting with book people!

I STARTED MY OWN ETSY SHOP! Okay, so this isn’t really an EVENT but I’ll include it in here anyway! I’m so excited to share my new Etsy shop for bookish candles! I started working on candle making a while ago and I was finally ready to share them with the public! I’ve already had a few sales so if you’re interested in ordering some as holiday gifts, stop on by!! –> Novelly Yours


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What’s in store for December?

  • I’m still so far behind on writing reviews! Prepare for a whole bunch of those coming up!
  • Another Social Media Support Sunday post! I’m planning things out for Pinterest.
  • The holiday season? I don’t usually do anything festive on the blog like I do for Halloween but I’m sure I’ll do another wrap up of Secret Santa swaps!

January 2015: Recap & Wrap-Up!

If I thought last year went fast then I have no idea what happened to January. No really. Where did January go!? 2014 went by too quickly and one month of 2015 is already gone. BUT the good news is, I already feel good about what I read in January and what I’ve accomplished! I lowered my Goodreads challenge to 100 books for the year. The past two years I’ve read over 120 (130 books two years ago) but I was so stressed out about always keeping up with my challenge that it took some of the fun out of it. I’m already just RIGHT on track with 100 books but it feels good to be on track and then slipping ahead every now and then!

FunStats

  • Number of Books Read In January: 8. Hooray! That’s a pretty good start to the year!
  • Popular Search Terms:  “the kill order” & “books like if I stay” // “book addict’s guide” // “where she went ending” (they are pretty much the same nowadays!)
  • More Amusing Search Terms: “bestfriends turn lovers short erotica stories” (not that kind of blog!)  // “is emilie de ravin on the cover of where she went” (she is NOT… but it looks like her!) // “teenage romantic love story:i had sex with my bestfriends brother” (well okay then)
  • Most Referrals (non-social media): Rather Be Reading, What Sarah Read, So Obsessed With
  • Where My Blog Most Often Leads You (non-internal/social media)Tripping Over Books, Books Take You Places, Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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WHAT’S IN STORE FOR FEBRUARY?

  • February’s focus for the Book Blogger Organization Challenge is all about blog maintenance! If you need to fix up old reviews, correct broken links, install new plug-ins, update graphics, and more, come join us!
  • I’m at ALA this weekend so keep your eyes peel for a recap, photos, and more!
  • MORE BLOG TOURS. I have at least three more to come but I promise, they’re all for books I’ve really, really loved!
  • Andi’s ABCs and I are bringing you yet another feature! It’s called “Have You Seen This…” and it will be a new spot for people to hunt for hard-to-find editions of books. Check back February 6th!
  • Lots of reviews coming up, plus I’ll be on a Valentine’s-themed blog hop!

November 2014: Recap & Wrap-Up!

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I GOT MARRIED. I think that pretty much sums up November. It was a relatively quieter month in the reading and blogging world for my since my wedding was in early November and then I went on my honeymoon immediately after for a week!

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  • Number of Books Read In November: 6. Whew, just barely too! I finished the last book on the 30th!
  • Popular Search Terms:  “books like if I stay” & “books like anna and the french kiss” // “which lunar chronicles character are you quiz” // “where she went ending” (read it!!!! I promise it’s gooooood!!)
  • More Amusing Search Terms: “tim riggins jacket” // “do lea and gabe get together?” (I wondered too…) // “throne of glass 4th book” (I’m excited too!)  // “secretly in love with my best friends brother: true romance” // “i have a book addiction” (Me too, my friend.)
  • Most Referrals (non-social media): Rather Be Reading, GReads!The Broke and the Bookish
  • Where My Blog Most Often Leads You (non-internal/social media)Fandlemonium, Frostbeard Etsy Store, Owl’s Nest Cottage Etsy Shop // BLOGS: Awkwordly Emma, Tripping Over Books, Books Take You Places

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(Um, yeah, it was a busy month. I didn’t have time to write many reviews apparently!)

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WHAT’S IN STORE FOR DECEMBER?

  • WHEW, guys. WHEW. Wedding and honeymoon were great but I am SO SO HAPPY to get back to my normal schedule! I have missed reading and blogging so much. I somehow ended up blogging a BUNCH this past week already so I’m ready to get back into the swing of things! YAY!
  • I’m taking part in the Kiss of Broken Glass blog tour & scavenger hunt (December 4th)
  • I’ll be taking part in the Best of 2014 recap + giveaway — Thanks to Ginger (GReads) for inviting me to participate! I can’t wait to share my favorites of 2014 with you, but I did want to wait until JUST a bit further into December since I’m still reading a few good books in the last month here!
  • I’ll also be doing Jamie‘s End of the Year Survey again! Had SO much fun with it the past two years and I can’t wait to share my answers again!
  • SO MANY REVIEWS. SO MANY POSTS.

November 2013: Recap & Wrap-Up!

November wasn’t bad! You guys know I’ve been SUPER BUSY ever since we moved into our house back in August and well, now with Christmas and planning a wedding, I only expect things to get busier from there! I guess the good news is that NaNoWriMo is officially over (well, good and bad) so I won’t be stressing out about reaching 50k by the end of the month, BUT the good news is that my WIP DID reach 50k (even though I started writing a couple months before November) so I’ll still be taking some time to keep on writing here and there! Anyway… Time to recap the month!

FunStats

  • Number of Books Read In August: Only nine (and three of those were novellas… Haha!)
  • Popular Search Terms:  “book addicts guide” || “sarah dessen new book 2014” || “who is tom mison” (MAJOR WIN!)
  • More Amusing Search Terms: “cress arc spoiler” (HEY, no cheating! I also do not give out spoilers :)) || “dorkiest or sexiest moment of my life, and i’m voting for sexy on account of my standing…” (The Sky is Everywhere, for those of you wondering!)|| “the smiths eleanor and park” (another major win!) || “the headless horseman terrorize sleepy hollow because he died during the revolutionary war. what kind of ghost would terrorize a modern sleepy hollow? why?” (Good question? Watch the show!!)
  • Most Referrals (Non-Twitter/FB/Wordpress, etc): A Bookish Heart, Alexa Loves Books, Teen Lit Rocks (Thank you, my lovely ladies!)
  • Where My Blog Most Often Leads You (Non-Goodreads/Internal Links, etc): The Grown-Up YA, Gone Pecan, That Artsy Reader Girl

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WHAT’S IN STORE FOR DECEMBER?

  • Well, NaNoWriMo is over and… my WIP is over 50k!!! Granted, I started writing before November so in full disclosure, I did not write all 50k during November, BUT I still count that as a major win! It’s the first time I’ve really written anything and a STORY and it’s very exciting! I still have a lot more to write before I get to editing stages so I hope to keep working on it in December!
  • ALMOST done buying gifts for all kinds of Secret Santas! I’m doing a friend gift exchange as well as The Broke and the Bookish Secret Santa and our annual Selective Collective Secret Santa!
  • I don’t have anything special planned for December blog-wise, but I’m excited to do end of year wrap ups! I’m already working on Jamie’s End of Year Book Survey for 2013 (you can do it too!) and maybe a little something of my own.
  • Unrelated to my blog, Shane and I have set a date for the wedding! We’ll be getting married on November 8th, 2014 so I will be in wedding planning mode until then! It should be fun and… Interesting haha. I have my sister to help me and I’ve already gotten support from a number of my friends so I’m really excited to actually get to work on the details!

That wraps up November! I still can’t believe it’s already December. The time is just FLYING by and the year is almost over! I still remember New Year’s last year where I had strep and ended up reading three books on January 1st!