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!
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?)
I started a new series called “Social Media Support Sunday” which is meant to help people step up their social media game/knowledge! Check out my experiences and facts about Twitter, Goodreads, and Instagram!
The Lunar Chronicles has come to a close… so I came up with a list of book recs for fans of the series!
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
October felt like a pretty good reading month! I got stuck on a couple of books that felt like they took a while but I also felt super accomplished! It probably also helped that we had two weeks of A Fortnight of Fright so I had toooons of time to complete future posts! 😉
Number of Books Read: 11! Wow, that’s a great number for this month!!
Popular Search Terms: “books similar to divergent” and “books like divergent” // “book gift guide” (coming back, bigger and better, in November!!) // “otsp secret sister” // “lunar chronicles characters”
More Amusing Search Terms: “how to tell someone they have been chosen as secret sister” // “goodreads books about witches and mortal husbands” // “cool names for book addicts” // “what fandom should you join if you love harry potter”
ANDERSON’S BOOKSHOP YA LIT CONFERENCE (10/10 – 10/11): I first attended Anderson’s YA Literature conference two years ago (but didn’t come for the Fandom Frenzy day on Sunday) and being able to attend any YA literature conference so conveniently close, I knew I had to go again! (I couldn’t last year with all of the wedding planning and my wedding right around the corner!) This year I attended both days — the conference on Saturday and the Fandom Frenzy event on Sunday.
The conference was fairly similar to two years ago but it also felt more friendly to the public/non-educators. The conference, I’d say, is mostly geared toward teachers and librarians so I felt kind of out of place and under-qualified to be there when I went two years ago. Although that’s still more of the main focus, I felt like the keynote speeches and important info from Anderson’s appealed to an audience of readers as well. Of course, as a reader I feel rather strongly (just as strongly?) about putting this books into the hands of readers. Since this was geared more towards educators, it was more about getting these books into the hands of teens whereas I just want to put them in anyone’s hands who might enjoy them (since I personally don’t know many teens and can’t really say much about their education except for the fact that so many people no matter what age can benefit from these amazing books).
There were various panels where the authors answered questions from a moderator as well as from attendees so those were a lot of fun as well! Especially when I’m not able to attend panels at events like BEA because it’s just so incredibly busy, it was a nice change of pace from the more hectic conference feel!
The Fandom Frenzy day… Whooooo boy, they’re not kidding when they call it a FRENZY. It was a jam-packed day from start to finish! There were lots of fun things from trivia to games to “speed dating” with the authors. It was a lot of fun but I really wish the program had actually slowed down a LOT so we could all spend more time with the authors during the “speed date” thing instead of trying to throw as many fun activities in there as we could. I’d be willing to sacrifice some game time to chat with an author for more than a minute and thirty seconds. And those poor authors were so exhausted with that too! It was also super loud in there so it was so hard to hear some of the more quiet authors and we just didn’t have time to talk with anyone.
All in all, it was a ton of fun and I’ll definintely do it again but wow, what a whirlwind that Fandom Frenzy day was! I did get a bunch of books signed and met some amazing authors (some for the umpteenth time, some for the first) and as always, Leigh Bardugo was so gracious to sign all of my Grisha collection! She’s a queen.
I think I say it nearly every month but this month FLEW by. I feel like I had a good reading month and did a lot of catching up on review copies, re-reads, and a bunch of other things I wanted to read. I still wasn’t knocking books out left and right but I feel like I read a significant amount and the fact that I feel accomplished and satisfied is a win right there!
Number of Books Read: 10! That’s a pretty good month!
Popular Search Terms: “books like harry potter” and “books like anna and the french kiss” // “best friends romance books” // “the lunar chronicles personality test”
More Amusing Search Terms: “clash of kings cake” // “alina starkov mbti” (Love!) // “broken heart boy crying” (I don’t even…?) // “fixer role with addicts” (Ahh. No.)
One of my favorite posts this month (and ever) was my YA Character Personality post! I mashed up Meyers-Briggs and YA characters complete with a chart for people to figure out which character shares their personality type!
I kind of spent the month of August playing catch-up. I struggled through a couple of slower books and finally picked up the pace again once I shook a mini-reading slump but overall I think it went well!
Number of Books Read: 10! Whew, that’s the best month I’ve had in a while!!
Popular Search Terms: “books like divergent” and “books like anna and the french kiss” // “lunar chronicles personality quizzes” // “secret sisters get to know you game”
More Amusing Search Terms: “how to do french kiss step by step” (why is this a thing???) // “tamlin x feyre lemon” (Lemon?) // “it the word presign correct” (what page did you land on?) // “locke lamora disguises” (LOVE THIS)
July was a really, really weird month. I had a lot of things going on at home and I’m guessing that was part of the reason I didn’t read as much but I sort of fell into a reading slump! I’m always an audiobook listener but I feel like I spent a lot more time listening to audios this month than reading a physical book!
Number of Books Read: 8 — I guess that’s not TOO bad! It’s one more than I read last month, at least.
Popular Search Terms: “books like divergent” and “books like anna and the french kiss” // “lunar chronicles personality quizzes” // “otsp secret sister”
More Amusing Search Terms: “how to do french kiss step by step” // “throne of glass costume” (Yes, please) // “romance novel dead lover” (hmm)
NO REALLY where did June go!?! I was honestly on Twitter, seeing people saying things about how they loved monthly recaps and I was like, “Oh that’s nice but it’s not even time yet…” NOPE, it was July 1st. June flew by even quicker than previous months and I feel like I did a whole lot of nothing… But I guess the reading wasn’t so bad!
Number of Books Read: 7 — For some reason I had a hard time reading print this month! I just got REALLY into audiobooks and naturally, those take more time!
Popular Search Terms: “books like divergent” and “books like if I stay” // “brandon sanderson hero of ages” // “otsp secret sister” // “lunar chronicles quiz”
More Amusing Search Terms: “books mentioned in boy meets world” (no, but let’s hear the answer to that!) // “young adult books inspired by disney movies” (Yes!) // “blog niches for book addicts” // and something else super raunchy that I didn’t even want to list it. How did THAT lead to my blog!? Eeeeek.
Once again, the month flew by. With BEA (and friend-visit) preparations, I totally forgot that May was actually ending… oops. So my May recap is here but a bit late! I’ve mostly just been trying to catch up on some reading here and there with no huge goals in sight. The TBR pile is, of course, never-ending so I’ve been aiming at making a dent in a few ARCs and so far, it’s gone well!
Number of Books Read: 9 — a pretty good month for making it through books!
Popular Search Terms: “books like divergent” and “books like if I stay” // “lunar chronicles character quiz” // “books about best friends falling in love” // “anna and the french kiss”
More Amusing Search Terms: “i loved this book. what is like it?” (I’m confused?) // “young adult books inspired by disney movies” (Yes!) // “today is the day your sister is coming and your’e over much excited” (I don’t even know what this means!)
April was a bit of a hodge podge… Not too much was going on and yet I feel like I didn’t get anything done! I actually DID spend a lot of time on behind-the-scenes stuff like updating ALL of my reviews from the old graphics to new, switching to UBB format, and cross-posting them to Goodreads, Amazon, and Edelweiss. WHEW. It was a ton of work but I also feel REALLY glad that it’s done and out of the way so maybe I can focus on more reading and coming up with posts now instead of formatting & updating!
Number of Books Read: 7 — not great but also not too shabby!
Popular Search Terms: “lunar chronicles character quiz” // “books to read if you liked divergent” (and similar terms) // “where she went ending” (how many times // “we were liars discussion questions”
More Amusing Search Terms: “a good book is the best friend” (truth) // “to love a scoundrel” (I do!) // “lunar chronicles like star wars” (high five!)
I got to see Melissa Gray, Rachel Hartman, and Arwen Elys Dayton on April 24th! I went to mainly see Rachel Hartman since I hadn’t read the other authors yet but they were such a fun group! They were all so funny and I had such a lovely time!
I’m heading to BEA but only for one day! Because of my honeymoon being only six months ago, I couldn’t really afford to stay the whole week (time off and money) so it’s just one day of BEA for me! But I hope to see you on Friday if you’re going!!!
I’m excited for a few spring/summer reviews like THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, THE SUMMER OF CHASING MERMAIDS, and LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE!
March was a very fun month for reading! I feel like I got a bunch done (even though I had a bit of a lull in there and some books that weren’t so great) but looking back, I feel very satisfied with what I read this month! I also had a couple blog events so that was a ton of fun too!
Number of Books Read In March: 8! I had a couple of novellas in there but hey, I’ll take it!
Popular Search Terms: “which lunar chronicles character are you” // “books similar to if I stay” // “books like the fault in our stars” // “otsp secret sister” // “we were liars discussion questions”
More Amusing Search Terms: “playlist de eleanor y park” (YAY espanol!) // “summary of cendrillon charles perrault” (Autocorrect at work?) // “anna and the french kiss passage when st clair spent the night” (dreamy sighhhhh)
February was a pretty decent month! Things have been going well and I’ve been approaching my reading more casually. I’m trying to take on less commitments and picking up whatever I feel like reading (I know I always say that but this time I MEAN it) and I haven’t been reading as many books but the ones I’ve chosen I’ve actually enjoyed much more! I haven’t had too many DNFs or low-rated reads so far this year so I am VERY happy with that!
Number of Books Read In February: 7. It was almost only 5 but I finished an audiobook and the copy of LOOP that I borrowed from Andi in the final days of February!
Popular Search Terms: “the kill order” & “books similar to if I stay” // “book addict’s guide” // “otsp secret sister” (they are pretty much the same nowadays!)
More Amusing Search Terms: “snow white rose red and fred” (who is Fred?) // “ideas on how to plan my beer bar for valentine” (Tell me more!) // “addiction to fantasy novels” (yep) // “how to be a book addict” (you’re in the right place)
I went to ALA Midwinter 2015!!! It was SO much fun and a great filler for the conference-shaped hole in my heart since I’m almost definitely not going to BEA this year (oh, time and money). It was at McCormick place in Chicago so that was just PERFECT for me. I actually only went on Saturday and that seemed to be enough… I grabbed all of the books I needed, really! I was going to go back Sunday but we had a crazy blizzard and wasn’t able to go back to the conference OR the Bloomsbury dinner 🙁 🙁 I was super bummed! But Saturday was still a ton of fun. I met up with Katie from Polished Page Turners and we stuck together most of the day. I was SO happy to meet Nicole and Ashley from The Quiet Concert again and to meet Jordin (A Bottomless Book Bag), Kay (It’s A Book Life), and Lisa (Bookish Broads) for the first time!!!
I got to meet Brandon Sanderson! The event was NUTS — busier than any regular book event I’ve ever been to — but luckily I was #12 for the signing so I didn’t have to wait forever! (Thank GOODNESS we know how Anderson’s operates!) He was so nice, clever, and funny and he personalized three books (I chose my Mistborns!) and autographed ALL of the rest. It was awesome!
WHAT’S IN STORE FOR MARCH?
My birthday is on the 11th so I’ll be doing another birthday post and giveaway! Woo!