Monthly Wrapups

What I’ve been up to in November 🍁 Revision & Uni Work

November Wrapup

Hello fellow bookworms 🍁 Is anyone else stressing out about the fact that we only have one month left of the decade? The ‘decade memes’ are already running rampant on Twitter, though I’m avoiding them for now – as great as it is to talk about accomplishments, they are also making it easy to fall into the comparison game with others. However, all of that aside, I’m very excited for December and the festive season to come around, as it’s my favorite time of the year! 🎄We’re also finally entering winter – my favorite season – so I’m thriving and maybe hoping for some snow this year ❄ Meanwhile November was a mixed bag of emotions and events – it started out pretty great with lots of revision and productivity, but then also slid into anxiety and stress, so I guess it was both good and bad. Intense would maybe be the best word to describe it. The good news is that I read many amazing books and basically lived in my library as almost all of the books I read were from there 💌

A small reminder to myself and you 💕

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Theme: Catching up on reading challenges

🔄 = Reread 💌 = Library Books

🌼 = Moody Reader Challenge 🐯 = #YARC2019 ⌛ = Digital Arc

Overall, I had a fantastic reading month and read 13 books. I was aiming to catch up on some of the reading challenges that I had neglected this year, but by now it’s clear that I won’t read much more from my 2019 TBR, as I was interested in reading other books at the time. I read a few books that I had been meaning to catch up on, but towards the end of the month, I binge-read 6 Gayle Forman books because I loved them so much! I’d never read something by this author before, but when I checked out If I Stay, I got hooked on her writing and devoured all the library had to offer 🥰 It was a great experience finding an author who I like, especially as I had been meaning to read her books for a long time! Apart from that, I failed completely at Tome Topple 😂 It’s sad because I had been looking forward to the Readathon for ages, but the one book that I carefully selected (ACOWAR) didn’t get read until way after the Readathon. With its 700 pages, it wasn’t the right thing to read right when things got stressful. However, I ended up reading Unearthed (which is almost 500 pages in the German Translation that I read) and counted it towards the Readathon! (My Twitter post got retweeted by the Tome Topple Readathon Twitter 💕) The last significant event in my reading month was that my library got a bunch of English books which almost had me crying in gratitude because I’m very fortunate that my library has the means to buy them once a year 😭 (As my library is in Germany, we usually get the translated books, but I prefer reading in English whenever possible). I also read almost exclusively from my library this month as I got 12 out of 13 books from there 💌

Reading Challenge Books

1. If I Stay (Gayle Forman) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 💌 🌼

2. Where She Went (Gayle Forman) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 💌 🌼

3. I Was Here (Gayle Forman) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 💌 

4. Unearthed (Kaufmann, Spooner) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5  💌 🌼

5. Just One Day (Gayle Forman) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5  💌 

6. Sadie (Courtney Summers) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 💌 🌼

7. Broken Things (Lauren Oliver) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 💌 

8. Das Labyrinth des Fauns (Funke, Del Toro) ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5  💌 🌼

9. Pax (Sara Pennypacker) ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 💌 

10. Just One Year (Gayle Forman) ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 💌 

11. Just One Night (Gayle Forman) ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 💌 

Other Books

12. Avatar: The Search (Gene Luen Yang) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🐯💌

13. Bird Brain (Chuck Mullin) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 ⌛

Average Rating ⭐ 3.9

Favorite Book 💕

 

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🍁 What I’ve been up to in October 🎃 Spooky Scary Skeletons & Revision 🍁 Catching up on my Reading Challenges 📚 Time to panic 😯 

🍁 Review: The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan 💗 Unexpected softness and found family 🍁 Anything But Books Tag 🌻✨ Talking about my non-bookish hobbies 

🍁 Arc Review: Bird Brain by Chuck Mullin 💖 Comics about Mental Health 🍁 3 Bookish Things Tag 📚 Favorite Authors, Character & Series Binged

🍁Getting back to Writing #4 // Reaching the Halfway Point

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For this section of my wrapup I’m linking up with the Favorite Blog Posts of the Month Meme that has been created by Kristin @ kristinkravesbooks to showcase our favorite blogs of the month!

life stuff

I reached the Halfway Point in my Revision. I won’t be going into detail about this, as I already made another writing update this week, but it’s worth mentioning that I’m now 50% done with my first developmental edit that required the broadest revision as there was a lot to be rewritten and reworked. My first draft was messy, so I had to put in a lot of work 😅 Even with all the hard work and difficulties … when I was in the zone, I ended up loving writing again and enjoying to get to work on my project, no matter how much work I had to do 🥰 This year, I also didn’t participate in NaNoWriMo, but I hope that everyone who was participating had a great time and made some progress with their WIP 💕

I got farther with my Bachelor Thesis. It’s a bit nerve-racking to not know the time plan, as we’re still developing the research project I have to do … so I have no idea when it’ll start or when we’ll officially register my Thesis and the deadline starts. 😮 However, I finally meet with my professor again and it was a great talk because we finalized the design for my study and she seemed to be happy with what I had come up with 😭 In the end, she gave me two weeks to develop my questionnaire, so that’s what I’m doing right now! It feels good to have another goal again and feel like I’m making progress towards working on my thesis! However, the stress of researching my study method and being afraid that the prof wouldn’t like it (+ trying to revise as much of my WIP as possible) also took its toll on me. I had a week that wracked me with insomnia (I had so much trouble falling asleep, at the very worst day I only fell asleep around 7 in the morning 😔), so I needed to unwind, only doing the bare necessities for my thesis and taking a near 2-week break from revising. In the end, that helped me a lot and I’m slowly getting back to writing again! The moral of the story is: please take care of yourself, it’s so important 🌼

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This month’s theme: Festive Reads 🎄

TIME TO GET FESTIVE! I’m honestly SO excited!! I’ve been waiting for this moment all year as I’m a huge winter and Christmas person, so I love to get ready to immerse myself in all the festiveness again 🥰 December hopefully will be a good last month of the year, even with working on my thesis and having no idea when we’ll actually start the testing phase. I hope it won’t be as stressful, as I hope to enjoy some of the festive atmosphere. 💕 Of course, I’ll be reading primarily Festive Books in December, both rereads of my favorite books to read during Christmas Time and now books that I have discovered and not gotten around to reading last year 🎅 As I’m a big seasonal reader this is my favorite part of the year – even more so than autumn/Halloween – because of course, I’ll be joining lots of Christmas/Winter-themed Readathons again! I’ll be sharing my TBR for them next week, so you can look forward to that 🎄

Time to get festive! 💖

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What were you up to in November? Did you participate in NaNoWriMo? What was your favorite book this month? 🍁

12 thoughts on “What I’ve been up to in November 🍁 Revision & Uni Work

  1. Awww, first of all, thank you so much for the shout-out! ♥♥ You’re so sweet! Second, I love the little Chibird GIF from the beginning of your post — I need to print that message out and plaster it all over my wall or something to remind me, lol! Third, I’m sorry your month was so tough with your thesis and all, but I’m glad December looks better and I hope it’s an amazing month for you! You’ve got this!!

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  2. Thank you for including my post, Caro! ❤ You featured some amazing post there too, I'm opening so many tabs now 😀

    I'm excited for christmas too, it just feels so magical and festive! But at the same time it also means the year is coming to a close and I don't think I'm ready for it yet….

    I'm about to start my Bachelor's thesis- I already know the project but not the timeline. I don't feel the pressure yet, but I do feel the pressure of soon-graduating :/ It feels so close it's unbelieveable!

    Now this post makes me want to re-read If I Stay and get to Just One Day!

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  3. I feel you so much on November being a mixed bag! I was so productive and on top of my blogging game and generally being productive in the first week and then I just got overwhelmed with having to move and being back with my parents and paperwork that is still (!!!) not entirely done.
    YAY for you reaching the halfway point with your WIP revisions and getting on with your bachelor thesis! Well done!! I shouldn’t have said I participated in NaNo, cause I barely wrote more than a thousand words and really quickly went back to writing the witchyWIP instead of the contemporary YA one, but oh well …
    Thank you so much for sharing my posts!!

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  4. Even though you were busy with school and your thesis, you still managed to read so many books! Wow, I can’t relate :”) I’m really glad that you enjoyed most of them though! Also, I’m happy that things are going well with your WIP. This month, I had a WIP idea and got so excited to write it… only to lose faith in it, and go back to square 1 🙃 I’m glad that at least one of us is succeeding in their writing though!
    I hope December is amazing for you, and that you read all the festive books ❤

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  5. 13 books, that is seriously impressive! Congrats!! And reaching the halfway point of your revisions is so impressive. I hope it continues to go well, and I hope your thesis doesn’t cause too much stress going forward. I’ve also gone through bouts of insomnia, so I understand how much that can mess up your entire schedule and life 😞 But hopefully it alls goes smoothly for you!! I’m also very excited for the festive season coming up – every time I see Christmas lights hung up, I get excited 😀 Thanks so much for linking my posts, and have a wonderful December!! ❤

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  6. Thank you for the shout out! I need to catch up on the other posts you listed. I’m glad you enjoyed Unearthed – it wasn’t for me but I love that it worked for you ❤❤

    And congrats on the thesis progress! I’ve been there so I know how tough and extenuating it can be but you are getting there! Proud of you!!!

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  7. thank you for the shout out 🙂 I’m so happy to hear you’ve been able to make so much progress with your revisions! I’m also very glad to see you enjoyed If I Stay; that one’s still one of my favorites. I hope your reading month is equally good in December 🙂

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  8. Hello Caro!
    As usual it sounds like it was a busy month for you. It always amazes me how many books you read each month. It’s great because reading a lot means that you’re on your way to becoming a good writer!
    Speaking of writing, that’s awesome that you finished half of your revisions. Editing is hard but you’re making your way through it! Keep up the great work, but take care and make sure to rest.
    Hope your research project goes okay 🙂 Make sure to take some time off during the holidays. Have a wonderful December!

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  9. You’re so inspiring Caro! I can barely go to the hospital everyday and read. Let alone be working on two major writing projects. It sounds like your library really supported you this month providing a new author and so many great reads. I hope you enjoy your festive reads. I wouldn’t even know what to read to be festive! 🙈

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