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November (+NaNoWriMo) Wrap-Up

Hey guys, Hocks here! I’m a day late, I know. I meant to type this up yesterday, but I’ve been a bit busy this week with Thanksgiving and such.

It’s been an exciting month! You’ve probably noticed that I only posted one book review this month. I had four that were supposed to be typed up and posted, but I got caught up with NaNoWriMo and somewhat neglected blogging on anything BUT NaNoWriMo. Though honestly, no regrets there. After all, writing is just as important to me as reading. But I actually DID read a few books this month. I haven’t completed the review posts for those either (though all the books right now have their own separate drafts, so I’m getting somewhere at least).

So first off, the books that I read this month, and then I’ll talk a little more on a NaNoWriMo wrap up.

So what books did I read this month?

  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  • Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
  • Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus
  • Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
  • You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

I also started Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter by Breeana Puttroff, but I’m only a couple of chapters into it right now.

With any luck, I’ll get all of my reviews up this month. After all, I don’t want to go into the new year already having work to do! (Kidding, but I do need to get them done before I forget about the stories) There’s a couple that I’m really excited to share. All of these were library books, and I will not be making any more library trips for the remaining of the year, so I’m not sure what I’ll be reading next. I may just focus on getting the reviews completed, and not so much on reading. I also manage to not buy any books this month. I’m kinda proud of myself for that. 

So what about NaNoWriMo?

I finished NaNoWriMo a few days early this year. The 25th to be exact. I needed to have it finished before family came into town. I also had several people who were great help and motivators this time around, so I got ahead pretty early. I didn’t win the last two years, so I was excited to get so far this year. I ended at 50,116 words for NaNoWriMo, and reached a stopping place in my novel, but it is far from finished. I only had the first half of the novel outlined, so after I reached that, I kept writing and ended up getting off track. My plan is to take December to go through and rewrite a full outline and finish character development for a couple of characters, and then to finish the full first draft by the end of winter.

Did you participate in NaNoWriMo? How did it go for you? Or maybe you spent the month reading instead…let me know in the comments!

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