Hello, sweet peas!
It’s time for the wrap-up again. I know you haven’t heard much from me this month, so I guess you might be curious what I have been up to lately.
♣️ I went on a social media detox. At the beginning of the month I felt really tired and burned out. I just felt like I had to be present everywhere, I had to create content, I had to write and post and react and somehow I just wasn’t able to do it anymore. I didn’t want to go on twitter and take part in the drama. I didn’t want to read the news and I didn’t want to feel like I HAD TO do so many things. Which is why I went on a social media detox. I deleted all my social media apps from my phone. It worked really well. I didn’t feel the pressure anymore and while I of course care about you guys and what moves you, I also need the time to myself. I’m also gonna cut back on the blog a little and not take part in all the memes all the time. I don’t wanna feel pressured and I don’t wanna burn myself out. I wanna create good and interesting content, I wanna write meaningful stuff and I wanna give people my undivided attention and not just some of it to some of them.
♣️ I finished my Goodreads challenge. Which is nice. Usually I’m cramming the last few books at the end of December or I just give up and am glad that I came as far as I came. But not this year. Uh-uh. This year I made it. And do you know what else I made. I made my life-long dream of managing to read 100 books in a year. I never thought I would actually make it. But I did. So far I’ve read 110 books which is insane. I will probably never ever recreate that but I did it this year and I’m so happy.
♣️ I took part in a blog tour. Which is always nice. I love being part of a blog tour and the book “The Cousins” by Karen M. McManus was great.
♣️ We went into the second lock-down. Well, that happened. I’m still at work though. Same old, same old.
♣️ There was a terror attack in the capital of my country. Yeah. That one sucked. I’m happy that I live in a country that is relatively safe and that usually doesn’t have to deal with that kind of thing. It was a complete surprise. While I’m living about 500km from the capital, I still have family there and I was worried.
This month was better. Last month I didn’t read that many books but in November I read quite a few which is good. I don’t know if it has anything to do with the detox because I feel like I’m not reading anything on weekends when I would have more time. I’m just reading it all in the few minutes and hours I have while commuting or in the evening.
|Boy Under Water||Adam Baron||Cymbeline Igloo #2||Middlegrade||📱||4⭐️|
|The House with Chicken Legs||Sophie Anderson||Middlegrade||📱||3,5⭐️|
|Zombierella||Joseph Coelho||Children’s Lit||📱||3⭐️|
|The Akhenaten Adventure||P.B. Kerr||Children of the Lamp #1||Children’s Lit||📱||3⭐️|
|The Holiday Cottage by the Sea||Holly Martin||Sandcastle Bay #1||Romance||📱||3⭐️|
|Coming Home to Maple Cottage||Holly Martin||Sandcastle Bay #3||Romance||📱||3⭐️|
|Sanctum||Sarah Fine||Guards of the Shadowlands #1||YA Fantasy||📱||3,5⭐️|
|Captive||Sarah Fine||Guards of the Shadowlands #1.1||YA Fantasy||📱||3,5⭐️|
|Through the Moon||Peter Wartman & Xanthe Bouma||The Dragon Prince||YA Fantasy||📱💥||4⭐️|
|Christmas at Lilac Cottage||Holly Martin||White Cliff Bay #1||Romance||📱||3⭐️|
|Snowflakes on Silver Cove||Holly Martin||White Cliff Bay #2||Romance||📱||3⭐️|
|The Game with No Name||L.G. Cunningham||Jitters #2||Middlegrade||📱||2⭐️|
|The Cousins||Karen M. McManus||YA Mystery||📱||4⭐️|
|Greetings from Witness Protection||Jake Burt||Middlegrade||📱||5⭐️|
|The Tornado||Jake Burt||Middlegrade||📱||5⭐️|
|City Spies||James Ponti||City Spies #1||Middlegrade||📱||4⭐️|
The most memorable books of this month – besides The Cousins which I read and loved because of the Ultimate Blogtour by The Write Reads – were defintely the two books by Jake Burt. I discovered Jake Burt by accident this month and I’m absolutely in love with his writing. I have another one of his books lined up to read in December and I’m honestly so in love, guys. I can’t wait to write the reviews and to make you all read them.
This month I read a lot of books but I didn’t review that many of them. I wrote some new mini reviews, which was also quite nice.
Obviously, because of the hiatus, I didn’t do much. Let’s see how many of the goals I managed.
Goal 1 – Read and review eArcs ✔️
At least that one I managed. Some of them are only mini reviews but in the end, I am happy to say, that I managed at least this goal.
Goal 2 – Read the BOTM for the Middlegrade Marvels Bookclub and stick to the sections ✖️
Yeah, didn’t really stick to any sections. And if I’m honest, I didn’t even finish it.
Goal 3 – Read the Kane Chronicles ✖️
Did not start it.
Goal 4 – Write at least 5 reviews again ✖️
Goal 5 – Write a kick-ass discussion post ✖️
I’m kinda disappointed but maybe also not. I mean, I know why I didn’t reach those goals.
Well, that’s all, folks! There is not much more to tell. What have you been up to, in November?