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November 2022 Wrap Up and TBR

Oh friends, it’s been a stressful month of wedding planning and managing my anxiety manifesting into physical symptoms. I will have to keep this wrap up short, but will say I’m thankful for the supports in my life to get through the harder seasons.

I’m really looking forward to Christmas and the break from work. But until then, let’s look back at November which came and went in a rather quick manner.

What did I read this month?

Most surprising: I’ve been trying to delve into more memoirs this year (not the biggest fan of nonfiction works) but Jennette McCurdy’s book was by far the most surprising. I’m Glad My Mom Died was truly a journey to take with this young star who chronicles so much of her hardships since she was a child.

New author alert: A Cosmic Kind of Love takes this one this month. I loved the angst, sometimes the miscommunications, and most importantly, the feel good moments. I think Samantha Young is definitely an author to keep an eye on for future books.

Not as expected: Not to be super critical but Karen McManus sets such a high bar for herself that Nothing More to Tell was a little underwhelming from a mystery standpoint. It’s definitely an average mystery with those telltale twists that characterizes McManus’ writing but it’s honestly nothing much to rave about.

Guilty pleasures: Yes, I’ve been in need of cute romances to help de-stress and rest more this month. Maggie Dallen’s books are just the fit, featuring geeks who end up finding their person in someone who is, well, higher in the social school ladder. Loads of silliness and nothing that has to be taken too seriously, all of her books were welcome reads that made November a bit better.

Currently reading

  • The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik
    • Love the school vibes still and El is as fierce as ever!
  • Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco
    • Is it getting steamy or is the temperature of my room going up??
  • The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning
    • Digging the first love romance so far

TBR list

  • Nine Liars by Maureen Johnson
  • Kingdom of the Feared by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Immortality: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz

How’s your month been? Looking forward to the end of 2022?

Next time, we will wrap up the year. Until then, look forward to some end of the year reflections on the blog!

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October 2022 Wrap Up and TBR

Ah, October. What a rollercoaster month it has been. There were definitely lows, such as being sick with COVID (and confined to my small room for 2 weeks going absolutely stir crazy). It’s also why in part this wrap up is late and posting in November (whoops).

But, there were also highs. Like, I still can’t believe it, but I’m engaged, everyone! Very surreal still but that was a surprising proposal. I’ve been wedding planning already with my boyfriend (fiancé now) to get the venue set up for next year but wow, it hasn’t really hit until now.

Anyway, back to reading news. Since I was out sick for a while, I was able to read a little more than I probably would have otherwise. Or at least, I read more once I was recovering and confined to my very small space with nothing else to do. Let’s dig more into that, shall we?

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September 2022 Wrap Up and TBR

Like so many months this year, September has flown by, but its effects have been felt. The month started off fairly warm and still in good shape for biking – which I try to do as much as I can. Now it’s been cold enough I need to wrap myself up in a hoodie indoors and with a coat outdoors.

Unlike the previous month, I’ve been slowly getting out of my super long reading slump. Hopefully this setback doesn’t prevent me from meeting my reading goal this year but we shall see. I feel like I’m in a good place right now and I’m not putting too too much pressure on myself to meet it at all costs.

Let’s get into it, shall we?

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