Life, Reading, & Me Updates!

Whew! This month has been absolutely wild, and I’ve definitely been posting or maintaining my blog no where near to the level that I intended. 

This is not my normal type of post, but I thought I’d offer some excuses + apologies for my spotty posting throughout the month.

I mean, first off, I am always thoroughly embarrassed when a blank post publishes accidentally. *sweats nervously* For the 75 of you that ended up seeing that, I sincerely apologize that you had to see that! I definitely did not mean for that to go up, and it’s on me, not your devices, that it was blank. 

But besides that, in general, this month has been full of very different things than usual, and I’ve been trying to balance it out. 

Life Updates

I mean, first off–Thanksgiving break happened over the last 5 days, and I spent time with family out of town! (Hence the blank post accidentally publishing.) 

We definitely had a bunch of fun–but I also got sick. So I am currently writing this as my throat kills me. (Send me all your home remedy recommendations for sore throats + congestion.)

Plus, I was swamped with school work on the days before break, as all my teachers just had to cram tests in before the inevitable 5 days of forgetting everything we learned. 

So yeah. That was not fun, but at least it’s over! (Except the…y’know. The sickness part.)

And I did a tiny bit of Black Friday shopping, splurging on a Past Owlcrate box (the Grace and Fury one from August!) and a BNN Exclusive edition of Girls of Paper and Fire which I am so excited to finally own! (Also picked up some adorable sloth magnetic bookmarks!)

Also, my first two college applications are in and that is Very Terrifying! Await the screaming on Twitter come mid-December when decisions are in and I have a breakdown!

Blogging Updates

I think the Teens + YA post lulled me into a sense of complacency (let’s just say my stats will forever look tiny compared to that couple of days) with my posting schedule, but I hope to be back at posting regularly (4x a week) in December!

As a result, I’m not only blogging for BNN Teens now (catch my first contribution with them here!), I also have something very cool in the works with Epic Reads + Young Entertainment Magazine, so keep an eye out for those!

Plus, I’ve had a busy month organizing both the Southeast Asian blog tour for Hanna Alkaf’s debut, The Weight of Our Sky, but also my 2019 Writer Wednesday feature (which you will get to see a schedule of soon!).

So yes! Lots of fun things in the works. And I’m pretty sure I have far more review copies than I can handle but IT’S OKAY I WILL 100% READ THEM ALL.

Reading Updates

I definitely have been dwindling down in my reading each month, which I both attribute to end of the year slowness, as well as just life stuff in general. 

But it’s okay! I can do this. I read a bunch of 2019s recently, and also some 2018s, and I’m trying (key word: trying) to reach more backlists. Yet, because of my English teacher, most of my backlists are like…Melville or Kafka. Thanks. 

I think next year I’ll set my goal at 120, because it’s senior year and I have no idea how hard the senioritis will hit (it might even affect my reading!). But we shall see, especially because I have all those 2019 ARCs just begging to be read…

Recently I devoured Descendant of the Crane (SO GOOD BUT I CRIED.), Match Me If You Can (an adorable contemporary romance!), Four Dead Queens (a twisty thrill ride you want to pick up!), The Fever King (AMAZING. WONDERFUL. ALL THE ADJECTIVES.), and Strange Days (for my sci-fi fans out there, you want this!).

Writing Updates

I haven’t mentioned this on my blog yet, but a big reason why I’ve also been flaky this month was because of NaNoWriMo–which, for those of you who don’t know, is National Novel Writing Month.

I stuck to the usual goal of 50k words, and I am so close and almost there! My word count is currently 42,787 and I had to do a lot of extra writing early in the month so I could have my vacation time off from writing! But now that I’m back, I’m hopefully getting back to it!

I am in general a very secretive person about my writing (I am very superstitious about jinxing things before I finish), but I have a lot of hopes for this work in progress! You don’t get to know very much (or anything) about this, but I hope one day I’ll share stuff with you!

If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo, how have you done so far?

How have you been this month? Any exciting news?

7 thoughts on “Life, Reading, & Me Updates!

  1. Your pace is AMAZING! I hope you pat yourself on the back and reward yourself with chocolate for writing so many words for NaNo!! I have to recommend a great YA thriller I want to nominate for an Agatha Award. “It Should Have Been You” by Lynn Slaughter is an exemplary mystery about a teen your age who is struggling with the murder of her twin sister, trying to find answers to help herself, her parents and the police. I write a book review blog, not on a regular schedule, because I cannot stop reading MG/YA mysteries….

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  2. I’m so sorry you’re feeling sick, I hope you’ll feel better soon ❤ On better news though, it's so incredible that you are a blogger for BNN Teen and something with Epic Reads as well? Wow. That's so incredibly amazing, congratulations!!
    I'm glad to hear your NaNoWriMo is going well so far, will look forward to hearing more about it all whenever you're ready to share! 🙂 x


  3. I hope you feel better soon, love! Whenever my throat is sore, I drink kombucha and hot lemon tea with honey. ❤️ That’s so exciting that you’re blogging for BNN Teen!! That’s seriously absolutely amazing! It’s great to hear that you loved the fever king and strange grace! I hope you’ll be able to achieve your NaNo goal! 💕

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  4. I loved this post, Vicky! I would be super excited if you end up writing the post that you accidentally published—it sounded super interesting and definitely like something that would be helpful! Congrats on submitting your college apps and on your B&N/Epic Reads features, and hope you feel better soon.

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