November is here, and I am absolutely baffled by how close it is to Christmas already. I always intend to start my Christmas shopping in October, but so far it hasn’t happened, so I’m hoping I can get it all done this month. I really, really don’t want to end up battling my way through busy shops in December, but that’s what always ends up happening!
October was quite a busy month though, even without doing any Christmas shopping. It started out with a week off work, which I feel like I really needed. As I spoke about in this post, my boyfriend and I went to Scarborough for a few days, and I also got to have a really nice catch-up with my friend at the start of the week.
The start of November has so far been less fun though, as it has basically just involved me getting sick. It’s just a cold, but it’s always surprising just how horrible a bad cold can feel, and so I’ve been all headachey and lethargic these past few days. I’m hoping it will pass quickly!
This month had been another good reading month. I long ago left my Goodreads target in the dust, thanks to me getting into manga, so it’s kind of irrelevant now (I’m currently at 120/65 books though, if you’re interested!).
I again read loads of manga this month (which I will actually write a post about soon!), but in terms of novels I read five. Oddly I haven’t actually read any fantasy this month, which is crazy! I read two thrillers and three contemporaries, and it was a nice change of pace.
I started out reading Once and For All by Sarah Dessen, which I really enjoyed. It was enough like her old books to give me that nostalgic Sarah Dessen feeling, but it had a bit of a twist, which I liked.
I also read The Other Woman by Sandie Jones and What You Did by Claire McGowan, which were some brilliant thrillers. They both had me on the edge of my seat, but if I had to pick, I’d say I liked The Other Woman better.
Another book I loved this month was Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia which was wonderfully unique and relatable. I loved its’ focus on fandoms and creativity, and really liked the relationships between the characters.
Finally, I read American Royals by Katharine McGee which I’d seen around a lot and was kind of curious about. I liked the concept of reimagining America with a monarchy, and I liked some of the characters, but it didn’t blow me away. And to be honest, I felt like the ending was kind of unsatisfying? I know it’s setting up for another book, but I feel like it was left on too much of a cliffhanger.
To be honest, I did no fiction writing during October, because I was so busy with Blogtober. But now I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo and trying to write 50,000 words of short stories in November.
Unfortunately I’m already about three days behind…for one thing I’ve been sick, and so have wanted nothing more than to curl up in bed with a good book when I get home from work. And my boyfriend and I also spent 6 hours in A&E on Sunday night (don’t worry, everyone is fine now!), which was the first writing day I missed.
I think it’s so easy to keep on missing days once you’re behind, as it seems less likely you’ll catch up, but I’m not giving up yet! I’m still going to try and write as much as possible, even if I don’t win. And you never know, maybe I’ll catch up!
I’ve been feeling very nostalgic and emo this month, so I’ve mostly been listening to old favourites like My Chemical Romance. But I’ve discovered a few new songs this month as well:
‘Brand New Numb’ by Motionless in White
‘Army of the Night’ by Amaranthe
‘Inferno’ by Amaranthe
‘Always Attract’ by You Me At Six
I did loads of blogging October, thanks to Blogtober, and you can find the full list of my posts here.
Hopefully I can get a bit of momentum back in November, but as I say, I’ve been sick, and trying (unsucessfully) to keep up with NaNoWriMo.
So how was your October? What have you been reading? What are your November plans?