May’s Moments of the Month: November // Absolutely Failed at Blogging and NaNoWriMo… but I Read 7 Books in 2 Days

Hi guys!! Sorry for my absence…

I don’t know if anyone noticed (and I don’t expect anyone to have noticed), but I took an unplanned break from blogging this past month. I’m half sorry and half not: I’m sorry for having become terrible at this whole blogging thing, but I’m glad I took the accidental hiatus because I feel more refreshed! (And I honestly needed it.)

I’ve missed you guys a lot, and I’ve missed blogging a lot, and I have to say, I’ve come back at the right time because end of the year blog posts are my absolute favorite to read and write! I guess I’ll explain more about why I didn’t post, and also what I did in November, because I actually kind of accomplished a lot? Just kidding I just read a bunch.

mmm reading

I read 16 books in November, and I will not!! shut up!! about it!!! I basically tried to finish a book every other day, and that was fine at the beginning of the month. But then I stopped doing that and ended up having to read 7 books in the last 2 days of the month, and I would be lying to myself if I said that wasn’t my proudest achievement in my entire life.

(We’re not going to talk about how only 2 of the 7 were actual books of prose.)

Long Way Down  Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children, #3)  First & Then  The Princess and the Fangirl (Once Upon a Con, #2)

  • Long Way Down Jason Reynolds // this was so well-written but also just completely. messed with my mind. how dare it end like that!! ★★★★☆
  • Beneath the Sugar Sky Seanan McGuire // slowly liking each series installment more and more so I’m excited for the next one!! ★★★☆☆ [3.5]
  • First & Then Emma Mills // did this book really achieve anything? no. is it Emma Mills’ most well-written? probably not. but did it make me happy and was it bingeable? absolutely ★★★★☆
  • The Princess and the Fangirl Ashley Poston // this one was just… not it for me folks!! I love the gays, but they were not strong enough to overcome the insta-love this time ★★☆☆☆

Hot Dog Girl  Shout  The Lost Hero: The Graphic Novel  (The Heroes of Olympus: The Graphic Novels, #1)  The Son of Neptune: The Graphic Novel (The Heroes of Olympus: The Graphic Novels, #2)

  • Hot Dog Girl Jennifer Dugan // I was mainly annoyed and uninterested in the story the entire time, just as I expected I would be!! ★★☆☆☆
  • Shout Laurie Halse Anderson // very beautiful, poignant, and important memoir told in verse about trauma and being a survivor ★★★★☆
  • The Lost Hero (GN) Robert Venditti // surprisingly enjoyable?? ★★★★☆
  • The Son of Neptune (GN) Robert Venditti // why was there no Percy content I’m upset ★★★☆☆

A Wish in the Dark  Time of Our Lives  This One Summer  Anya's Ghost

  • A Wish in the Dark Christina Soontornvat // this was literally perfect and I can’t think of a single thing I didn’t like about it. loved the characters, the story, and the Thainess of it all so very much ★★★★★ [4.5]
  • Time of Our Lives Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka // yeah this really wasn’t my kind of thing, but the amount of family vibes in this made me like it slightly more!! ★★★☆☆
  • This One Summer Mariko & Jillian Tamaki // did not understand what happened At All ★★☆☆☆
  • Anya’s Ghost Vera Brosgol // forgettable, but kinda fun kinda spooky! ★★★☆☆

Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening  Far from You

  • Monstress, Vol 1: Awakening Marjorie M Liu & Sana Takeda // the art is beautiful and I’m really excited to see where the story goes!! if Kippa is hurt I WILL commit a crime ★★★★☆
  • Far From You Tess Sharpe // this one hurt!! so much!!!! Tess Sharpe did not have to do this to me (but she also deserves a better, actually relevant cover). gritty and emotional and so, so powerful ★★★★☆ [4.5]
  • Not Even Bones Alai Cinereo // haven’t read the YA novel version but I’m loving the webcomic!! very, uh, gorey, but I’m interested to see where it goes
  • The Wrath and the Dawn SilvesterVitale // also haven’t read the YA novel version and I probably will just read the webcomic and not the book >:)

book haul?

First off, I received A Wish in the Dark at the beginning of the month by tweeting out a #bookishwish about it. I didn’t expect to actually get a copy from it, but turns out publishing industry gods are real!! My friend got me the PJO box set (with the new pretty covers!!!), and I’ll be honest, that gave me enough serotonin to last a good year.

mmm blogging

The only thing I want to put in this section is that I am so, so sorry. I feel like abandoning my blog last month was the last straw of me being a terrible blogger, not only for this year but last year as well. If you’ve read my many, many whiny posts, you’ll know that I resent myself a lot for not being able to reply to comments or comment on blog posts as much as I used to be able to. And every time I step away from the blogging world, that feeling of resentment for myself only grows.

I’m glad I took this break, because I needed it. As I write this, I’m feeling ridiculously excited to be back and writing all the fun end of year blog posts I have in mind! I’m so happy to return to a community of people I love talking to about things that I love. But there’s just always that lingering feeling of letting people down and not even trying to be half of the best I could be.

So yeah! I don’t know how much my word means at this point since I’ve failed over and over again to be better, but I’m really going to try to just. not be so bad at all of this!!! Love you guys a lot. <33

mmm writing

  • Oh god, I think besides my blog, NaNoWriMo was my biggest failure of November. I started off SO strong, but not having a plan for my WIP really bit me in the ass like I knew it would and not even a week after NaNoWriMo started, I had already given up!!
  • I would share a screenshot of the graph, but it’s not accurate. I also have not logged on to the NaNoWriMo site since like November 10 and I am too scared to face my own failure. So here’s are some snippets I shared on Twitter!! I don’t hate what I wrote (well… most of it) but I just Can’t be a pantser.

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mmm life

  • With my lack of activity in the writing and blogging worlds, I actually had a lot of ~life moments~! First of all, it was my birthday, so that was exciting and everything. I didn’t do much to celebrate, but I did get an iPhone 11 Pro so… very neat very cool. (Technically I can’t use it yet because of something regarding my current phone number, but still!!)
  • I also went to a concert with my friends for my friend’s birthday! Not to be gross but it was a Brockhampton concert, and while I’d heard terrifying things about the mosh, it was actually not bad at all and a lot of fun!! I also may or may not be still emotional from it.
  • I watched a bunch of things, because it was the only thing I really had motivation to do. I’ve almost finished my rewatch of Miraculous Ladybug (yes…. I have an issue……), rewatched Into the Spider-verse, watched Coraline twice, and watched Frozen 2 (which was meh to me sorry!!).
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yes I will be using only this photo in the life section of my wrap-ups to represent how this show Is the only thing keeping me alive
  • I also started learning how to drive!! Which is both nerve-wracking and exciting to me. I don’t know how I’m going to hold up when I actually have to go faster than 30 mph and share the road with other cars but so far I haven’t crashed anything (because I’m a coward and stay at 20 mph in the parking lot) and I consider that a win.
  • Overall, though, I think I’ve just been having little to no motivation to do things I usually love this entire year. My reading and blogging have been slack, and my writing has been almost nonexistent. This month, though, was when I tried too hard to bring everything back all at once and it was too far. I’d pushed through my lack of motivation for so long that I just couldn’t anymore this month, so I’m planning on taking it easy for December!!

mmm old goals

  • read 16 books (I’m never gonna stop bragging about my 7 books in 2 days)
  • read more webcomics and poetry books (I Did read some but not a lot more? I was focused more on graphic novels actually)
  • post at least 5 times (oh no not the feeling of complete and utter failure sinking in…)
  • answer some comments!! comment on blogs!!! (oh no not the feeling of complete and utter resentment for myself sinking in…)
  • write at least 25k for NaNoWriMo (yeah we’re not talking about this one)
  • stop procrastinating as much (my procrastination was terrible as a result of my lack of motivation for anything!!)

mmm new goals

  • read 16 books (and reach my Goodreads challenge goal!!)
  • read at least 8 books of prose
  • post 5 times (I’m planning my end of year/decade posts and that’ll be all I’m posting this month!)
  • answer some comments!! comment on blogs!!!
  • maybe get… back into poetry? (I want to write Something and I miss writing poetry a lot!!)
  • don’t last minute study/prep for exams!
  • get out of the house during break

mmm looking ahead

Holiday season!!! This time of year is truly my favorite time of year. The lights and the songs and the mood always make me so so happy, and I’m really excited for everything!! Not to be emo but I’m desperate enough for some cheering up that I will GLADLY listen to repeats of obnoxious Christmas songs.

Exams… but also winter break! In the past, my midterms haven’t been TERRIBLY difficult so I’m hoping it’ll be the same way this year. But after that comes winter break, and I’m always excited about any break I get from school!! In general, I’m just looking forward to spending more time with my friends (especially one coming home after being away for a few months!) and being able to take my mind off of school.


shall we chat

how was November for you? did you succeed in the way you wished for NaNoWriMo? do you like the holiday season/end of the year? please leave me links to recent favorite blog posts of yours too!!

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28 thoughts on “May’s Moments of the Month: November // Absolutely Failed at Blogging and NaNoWriMo… but I Read 7 Books in 2 Days

  1. I’m lucky to post once a month, but maybe I should do what you do and, you know, *actually* set clear goals for myself. It never hurts to take time for your mental health and/or homework, so don’t worry about taking a good chunk of the month off! As for NaNoWriMo, are you even actually doing it if you don’t fall gloriously far behind??? It just means your eventual win some year will be that much sweeter.

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  2. SEVEN BOOKS IN TWO FREAKING DAYS??? MAY, HOW CAN I REACH YOUR LEVEL OF AWESOMENESS??????!!!
    Let’s give the Mango Queen a round of applause!
    Well….I didn’t read at all but I feel a binge-reading streak coming on. We’ll see what happens.
    I did watch a LOT of shows: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Battlestar Galactica, Once Upon A Time,Lucifer (best show ever).
    Sooo…..yeah. That was my month.

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  3. This past month had been a struggle for us all 😭 But I’m glad you’re back and feeling better about blogging! Honestly, taking a hiatus just helps so much to get back into the blogging mood.

    But 16 books!! May, you’re truly a legend! I was talking to a non-blogger about how I once ~accidentally~ read 7 books in one month and they were shocked, but 16 books in 30 days is truly next level! I read This One Summer a few years ago, and I did not understand it either. it was okay, I guess? And I’ve been wanting to read Anya’s Ghost for a while, but I never expected it to be amazing or anything. Just some fun spooky content.

    I started learning how to drive about 3 years ago… and I still don’t have my license because I am Too Scared, haha. It’s still scary and I’ve never crashed either, but I don’t want anyone to get hurt, y’know? Driving is intense. Anyways, best of luck with driving lessons and end-of-semester exams! 💕

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    1. Aw, XANDRA!! Your comment made me smile so much ❤ Taking a hiatus really does make such a big difference. It's always hard to pick it back up again, but it's also more refreshing.

      And aah thank you so much!! 16 books really is like the limit of how many books I can read in a month, and it's pushing it lmao. I'm so glad I'm not the only one confused by This One Summer — I feel like there was potential but it didn't reach it and then just made everything all weird? But yeah, Anya's Ghost is definitely a good one if you're looking for just a quick fun spooky read!

      And yes definitely! I hope you don't feel too pressured to get your license, driving definitely is intense. Thank you so much!!! I hope you have an amazing last month of 2020 💕✨

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  4. okay, november is officially impossible. at least in my opinion. how the heck are we supposed to write all these words AND blog AND read AND stan frozen all at the same time. I got the stanning Frozen part down. but also??? I thin Frozen 2 will only hit people hard who watched the original and grew and waited and now it’s hitting HARD because we’re all in an existential crisis with Olaf. But also, i think the story is muddled but the emotions really, really get to me. Ugh, i’m rambling.

    back to the topics at hand, good luck with December!!! I’m excited to read everyone’s wrap ups for the year. and the decade. AND IT”S ALMOST THE ROARING 20’s, YIKES 😬

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    1. Novembers are so much more exhausting than I realize! I feel like they’re on an entirely different plane of existence from the other months lmao. And ah yeah, I’m glad so many people enjoyed Frozen 2! I just was never like a huge fan of the first movie so I guess it wasn’t my thing! But I did like the emotional parts of it ❤

      Thank you so much!! I was totally only planning for end of the year posts, but then I realized it's the end of the decade too 😭 Hope you have an amazing December!!!

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  5. OF COURSE WE NOTICED!! I missed you! I love reading your posts! I hate the holidays…. they stress me out.. I have a negative association between holidays/winter and depression/self harm…. eeek. therapy helps though.

    Also, writing helps. This year has been super good to me. I reached 50k words in Nov. (i think i’m at 61k now)… i’m just waiting for the other shoe to drop lol

    I loved Frozen 2… not like LOVED loved… I would say 4 stars… maybe 3.5… nowhere near as good as the first one but some of the songs were great

    I am also starting to learn to drive which is…. terrifying… also, annoying… I have to fill out a ton of paperwork to get my liscense because I have a ‘seizure disorder’

    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY

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    1. Aww Tucker, you’re so sweet!! Thank you so much 😭💖 And I’m so sorry to hear that. I’m glad therapy helps, though, and I hope you take care of yourself!

      Congrats on writing so much, wow!! That’s an amazing accomplishment, I can’t wait for the day my writing motivation comes back 😭

      Yeah, Frozen 2 was just average for me, probably because I never really was a Huge fan of the first movie! But I’m glad you liked it. And aahh sorry you have to fill out all those forms for your license — it’s so much paperwork even without having to deal with medical conditions!

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  6. I’ve been so, so terrible at keeping up with my own blog this year, I hope you don’t keep resenting yourself for it. We all need breaks sometimes and if it means you’ll be back with more vigor and a renewed sense of fun and excitement for blogging, it’s totally worth it. I’ve also completely sucked at my NaNoWriMo challenge, but some years it just doesn’t work the way it does others. You’ve still managed to read so many great books! That’s huge!!! (Always celebrate the little wins 😀 )

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  7. MAY I’VE MISSED YOU ❤️❤️❤️

    and uhhh how were you a reading machine this month?? and ah yes of course you watched miraculous ladybug again 😂 and happy birthday again 🎉🍰 how are you liking the new phone?? (even though you technically can’t use it yet) i’m debating whether or not to get the 11 or the 11pro. and don’t worry!! you will improve in driving with time. i remember being so so scared to go above 30mph but now im like “zoom zoom bye biatches”

    best of luck for the rest of exams and i’m rooting for you!! we will get through it and chillax during winter break when it’s all over ❄️

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  8. AHHH welcome back from your break!! I don’t want to sound bossy or something, but I just want to tell you that there’s no need to be sorry!! ❤ Blogging is something to enjoy and I'm glad you're happy to be back! I'm looking forward to your posts!

    ALSO HOW DID YOU READ 7 BOOKS IN 2 DAYS? Lol I wouldn't have the attention span to be able to do that!

    Good luck with your exams! I have finals coming up next week (oh no…) but I'm looking forward to the break after that!

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  9. You have every right to brag about reading 7 books in just 2 days!! I once read a book in one day and thought that was quite an accomplishment haha.
    I just added Far From You to my TBR-list because books that break you are my favorite ❤
    Hope you have a great December! I'm looking forward to your end of the year lists! 🙂

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  10. I missed you tons, May and it’s good to read one of your blog posts again ❤ I'm so proud to see how much you've been reading, this is amazing! I really liked First and Then, too, though it's not my favorite Emma Mills, all of her books make me feel happy somehow and sometimes that's all we need ❤
    I'm sorry you've been feeling so bad about your lack of blogging and presence on the blogosphere, too, but it's okay, please know that it's okay. if you're not feeling it, it's okay to take a break and it's good that stepping away got you back here writing this post with a little more motivation to come back to it all. sometimes we just need that break and that step away. we all love and will always love you x
    I hope you'll have a lovely December ❤

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  11. Glad you’re back and took some time out for yourself! I agree with your plan for Dec, it seems sensible to take it easy, kind of like when you haven’t done a sport for a while you’re much more likely to sprain something if you spring back in full-force. Those quotes from your WIP are awesome! If that was the opening of a book, I’d definitely keep reading. I tried NaNoWriMo for the first time this year and my main goal was just to get something down (also partly to do with the fact that I misread it as 5k not 50k 😂) – I did around 2.7k in bits and bobs but that’s 2.7k more than I used to have, so…still a win.

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  12. I have missed you so much, but I am glad that your break left you feeling refreshed! AND LOOK AT ALL OF THE BOOKS YOU READ LAST MONTH!!! But Please stop beating yourself up about needing to step away from your blog! We love you and don’t begrudge you for needing to tend to other things. I know we like to be our own biggest critics and I am essentially a giant hypocrite saying this to you because we both know how guilty I am of this, but you wouldn’t ever let your friend talk to you like this.

    I hope you have a wonderful break and December, and happy belated birthday!

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  13. november was…tiring for me. i did not blog, did not read. i was just so caught up with life things that i didn’t have the time (also i’m currently reading A RIVER OF ROYAL BLOOD and i think it is not for me).
    i see you started to learn how to drive!! i got my driver’s licence in august, but haven’t taken the wheel since my exam, mainly because i have no car and moved to a whole other country. oh well…
    also, don’t feel pressured to write posts or answer comments, it will make blogging seem like a chore instead of a hobby. don’t worry about taking breaks, we’ll be waiting for you just like we have been in the times before. 💕
    and finally, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! (again.) I HOPE YOU HAD A WONDERFUL TIMEEE!! ✨

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