Monthly Wrap-Up: November 2013

Posted December 1, 2013 by Debby in Uncategorized

November 2013: the month of the snuggly comeback!

Bonjour people! I know it’s weird to have a monthly wrap-up since I only came back on November 25th, but you know what, I still have a book haul to show you, and some milestones that can be talked about. So here we go! In November I read 7 books, which is kind of sad. But The Bone Season was massive, and so is S., which I’m working my way through now, and the move to WordPress did take up a lot of time as well. So I’m still relatively proud of myself. The blog itself has been rather quiet, because of the break, but I did post 4 reviews.

Monthly Book Haul

This month I actually got less than 20 books. “19 is still a lot, Debby”? SHUT IT. I’m very proud of myself. I also bought quite a few books that I have already read but didn’t own yet – so I’m kind of keeping my TBR pile under control. HA.

I finally purchased The Heroes of Olympus series, of which I’ve read all but The House of Hades: The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune, The Mark of Athena, and (of course) The House of Hades all by Rick Riordan. My shelves were incomplete without these beauties. Now I’m very glad to have them!

I also purchased two books of which I read eARCs and loved so much I just had to have them in hardcover: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas and Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh.

I reordered my three missing orders from The Book Depository last month from Amazon this month, and they arrived quickly and without fuss: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (the Harper Voyager Classics clothbound edition), The Diviners by Libba Bray, and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente (the second and third books in this series arrived last month).

At the beginning of the month, I went on vacation to London, and I wanted to make my London book haul special by buying UK editions, books by UK authors, or books set in London. I stuck mostly to the UK editions, but oh well. I bought Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas, even though I already owned them, because I found these signed copies in Foyles. I bought Ferryman by Claire McFall, because Gaby recommended it to me. And I bought Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, because I love that UK edition, and I really liked Fangirl.

When I got back from London, however, I was disappointed because there were a couple books I was really hoping to find there but didn’t. So on the same or the next day, I went and ordered Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill and Gilt by Katherine Longshore.

Kindness from other bloggers cannot be excluded: the lovely Mel lent me Cress by Marissa Meyer, which is actually Christina‘s copy that has been making the rounds. I’m super stoked and just asdfjk; I cannot believe it. Thank you!! Also, Daisy gave me her paperback copy of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, which I read at the beginning of the year, but only had an ebook of. Thanks Daisy!!

Finally, two books left. My best friend forced me to buy the mysterious S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. We saw it everywhere in London but had no clue what it was. Then he bought it himself after looking up online what it was, and forced me to get it so we could read it together, because it’s sort of mysterious and he had a lot of theories he wanted to discuss. So I bought it, and I threw in The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt as well to get free shipping – a book you all should buy btw, because it’s a Dutch classic childrens book that just came out in English.

Anyway, S. is about a book, The Ship of Theseus that was written by a very mysterious author who disappeared and is presumed dead. This is his last book. The translator appears to have some knowledge about those circumstances and seems a bit suspicious. You read this book, The Ship of Theseus, and it appears to be an old, tattered, former library copy of it, which two readers have scribbled all over, back and forth, as they try to decipher clues in the story and the footnotes. It’s a bit hard to explain, so here are some pictures. (Let it also be noted that this is the best smelling book I’ve ever had. And I’m not typically a book sniffer.)

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(Click to enlarge.)

November Reads

Books Read:

World After by Susan Ee
Adorkable by Sarra Manning (reread)
Pawn by Aimée Carter
Seven Deadlies: A Cautionary Tale by Gigi Levangie
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Book of the Month:

November Reviews

November Posts

November Obsessions

  • LONDON. BECAUSE LONDON. My trip was amazing, pretty much, and you can expect a recap next week.
  • The Lord of the Rings. I’ve been working on my annual rewatch of the movies. I regret nothing.
  • Whoufflé. The 50th anniversary of Doctor Who… I just… ugh.
  • My new HTC One. It only arrived yesterday, but YES I’m obsessed. It’s so purty.
  • The UBB plugin. I keep finding out new awesome features of the UBB plugin and it makes blogging so much more fun and easy. Like this wrap-up post! Simplest thing. *happy sigh*

A Few Announcements

  • So as you know, I just moved the blog to WordPress. I’ve decided I’m done nitpicking with the layout, so now I’m working on reformatting posts. It’s very time consuming, but oh well. You can check out the pretty review archives and the new Debby Books page and.. yeah. I love my new home!
  • Don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win a Debby Book 😉
  • I may stop with the monthly book haul as a part of my monthly wrap-up in favor of more frequent (i.e. bi-weekly) Stacking the Shelves posts. I’m finding I just have too many books to talk about on a monthly basis. I dunno. Thoughts? Do you like this as a part of the monthly wrap-up?
  • Did you like my new feature Music Match-Up? Apparently, what I can gather from the response is that surprisingly almost nobody has read Just One Day

That’s it for me. How was your month?

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9 responses to “Monthly Wrap-Up: November 2013

  1. Oh man, the UBB plugin is definitely something that makes me want to switch to WordPress. Perhaps.. soon.. someday.. I can’t wait to see what you think about Cress ! And I’m drooling over all the books you got, especially the signed copies from ToG & CoM <3 I really need to get The burning sky, so pretty. I have The Diviners waiting for me and I almost bought The fairyland series yesterday.

    Happy reading!

    • Ohhh do make the switch! I mean, I don’t want to push, but it was so worth it. And I was one of those skeptics, but… WordPress is just wonderful.

      Cress will happen when I’m done with S. which should be like today or tomorrow hopefully!

      GET THE BURNING SKY. GIRL. GET ON THAT. *stares you down*

      • I already have an account on WordPress, made just in case, but the interface is so confusing. I’m not sure I’m ready to change for now, but I’m definitely interested to do it somewhere in the future. I’m taking the whole blogging thing quite serious and I see myself doing it for a long time, so it wouldn’t be a bad change 🙂

        And I’m asking The burning sky for Christmas *fingers crossed*

        • True, I think if you see yourself blogging for a while, it’s definitely a worthy investment. The interface on self-hosted is very different than though, just as a warning.

    • Haha, it would be a purchase well worth your money 😉 I’m so into it now, I kind of want to binge read tonight and be done with it. Must know how what when asdfjkl;

      🙂 thank you!

    • Heeeeeee 😀 S. would be an awesome Christmas present. Maybe you should drop that hint to some people xD

      Thank youuuu 🙂 I’m glad to be back. And are you kidding? Of course I had to have The Burning Sky. That coverrrrrr. *strokes it*