November: Monthly Round-Up
Outside the Reviews / November 30, 2017

November’s been a slow month on the blog. Only four books reviewed – possibly a personal worst, if you’re only counting active months – and a handful of other posts. It’s been a kind of slow, weird month IRL too. I’m losing Nanowrimo for the first time even as I write (the Half-way Update). I have 15K left to write, and while it might be possible (just barely maybe) it’s not worth it. I wrote a lot of words through November, and I’m eight chapters into a new novel, so it’s good. I’m happy enough. I haven’t been reading a lot, hence the sparsity of reviews, but I’m already getting back into that. This past month I reviewed two books that surprised me by being better than expected: Turtles All the Way Down, a contemporary character-driven YA by John Green, and The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater. I haven’t liked John Green’s writing before, but the mental-illness portrayal in this latest novel was incredible writing, and really resonated with me. I actually read The Scorpio Races ages ago, but not at the best time for me, and wow. So much better the second time through. Definitely recommend if you like kelpies, water-horses, slow-unfolding…