May’s Moments of the Month: November // I Read a Lot of Books and Won NaNoWriMo!

I… actually did things this month?

Who am I!! Somehow I was not an aimless husk of myself floating above everything else and barely taking in anything. I truly have no idea what actually drove me to accomplish two big goals I had, and especially kind of near the same time over my school break?? But I guess it’s just the nearing Christmas Magic making everything possible!! (This is a joke. I love Christmas but not that much.)

Anyway, today I’m here to talk about all the things I was actually able to do during November. I can’t believe I’m saying it, but I had a GOOD month! I read lots of amazing books, wrote more than I expected, and had fun doing absolutely nothing to celebrate my birthday. The slump I talked about in October? Gone. Nonexistent. And I’m very glad to see it go!!

mmm reading

I read 12 books this month!! I’m really proud of myself, actually, especially considering the fact that I read half of them during my school break while also writing thousands of words a day. And not only did I have a good month in terms of reading quantity, but so many of the books I read were absolutely EXCELLENT! I found two new favorite books for the year and got to read so many great graphic novels/comics/webcomics.

The Great Gatsby  Freaking Romance  These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights, #1)  My Deepest Secret, Season 1

  • The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald // I read this for school and it surprisingly easy to read (hence the half star), but so boring. Nick is gay though ★★☆☆☆ [2.5]
  • Freaking Romance Snailord // this was PURELY a pleasure read and it was a wild ride. I binged it in a single day! very fun and addictive, and pretty art too ★★★★☆ [3.5]
  • These Violent Delights Chloe Gong // the hyped book of the year did not disappoint! I love Juliette, the writing, and discussion of colonialism, and I can’t wait for the sequel ★★★★☆ [review]
  • My Deepest Secret Hanza // this was so, so good! I loved the combination of a romcom and thriller, and the plot twist was amazing and completely unexpected ★★★★☆

The Drowning Faith (The Poppy War, #2.5)  Raybearer (Raybearer, #1)  Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood  Monstress, Vol. 3: Haven

  • The Drowning Faith RF Kuang // this technically isn’t a book since it’s 15 pages, but it has a Goodreads page so! it hurt me SO MUCH and I would just like to pass away now [no rating]
  • Raybearer Jordan Ifueko // this was PHENOMENAL!! a new favorite: it executed and subverted tropes so well (found family, chosen one, love triangle, etc) and… I just adore almost everything about it ★★★★☆ [4.5]
  • Monstress Vol 2: The Blood Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda // I’m in love with these comics, with their beautiful art and storytelling. the exploration of grief in this one was so good!! ★★★★☆
  • Monstress Vol 3: Haven Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda // I liked this one SLIGHTLY less than the previous volumes, but god!! I love Kippa!! I need the next volume!! ★★★★☆

My Dark Vanessa  Buuza!!, Vol. 1: Good morning Salwa  The Magic Fish  Novae #1 (Novae, #1)

  • My Dark Vanessa Kate Elizabeth Russell // truly one of the most well-written books I’ve read. just an excellent, heartbreaking exploration of trauma and survival ★★★★☆ [4.5]
  • Buuza!! Shazleen Khan // unfortunately was a little convoluted/confusing for me in the beginning, but I’m starting to love it, the characters, and the found family now! ★★★☆☆ [3.5]
  • The Magic Fish Trung Lê Nguyen // another new favorite!! precious and tender: a beautiful story paired with beautiful art. it examined so many wonderful things (like second-gen immigrant identity) and god I love it so much ★★★★★ [4.5]
  • Novae KaiJu // the art is really pretty, and I love that it’s a romance between an astronomer and a necromancer, though a bit insta-lovey. excited to see where it goes! ★★★★☆ [3.5]

mmm blogging


For once I actually stayed on top of comments, which I’m very happy about! I have some posts to catch up on from earlier in the year, but I also want to make sure that I’m turning my attention to the many wonderful blog posts that I’ve missed out on. So hopefully you’ll see me in your comments soon!! I also still am lacking a lot of content inspiration/motivation, but with the end of year comes the fun end of year blog posts, so I’m really excited about all of those!

this month’s posts

mmm oct 20  tpw tag
tvd review  before 2021 books

favorite posts from others

mmm writing

The biggest news of the month: I won NaNoWriMo! Like I talked about before, this year, I didn’t go for the full 50k and instead aimed for 30k words, and I also didn’t work on a novel and rather just a collection of short stories. My main goal was to just write, and I did!!

Everything I wrote pretty much sucks, but that’s honestly fine. I just wanted to see what I’m capable of doing after losing so much of my writing stamina, and I’m kind of… proud of what I managed to accomplish. Especially because I was behind for the ENTIRE month, but pulled through at the end! I even managed to write 4.1k one day, which is the most I’ve written in a day ever, I think?

Here’s a look at my stats for the month, tracked on Google Sheets because I regularly messed up the word count on the NaNo website (don’t ask me how)!

graph of my nanowrimo progress. dark blue line with dots marking my word count vs light blue line with diamonds marking the daily word count goal. dark blue line is far below the light blue line until the last day. increments of 10000 up to 30000 on the y axis, november dates on x axis. white background

mmm life

Honestly, nothing much happened in my life beyond reading and writing? I think I was just uber-focused on reaching my goals in those areas that everything else just kind of faded away. (But at least it means my mental health didn’t act up!)

I had a birthday, but I did absolutely nothing for it!! I also had a week off from school, and I did nothing beyond a bunch of reading and writing. For the shows I watched, I finished my rewatch of Avatar: The Last Airbender (maybe I cried), and… I immediately started rewatching The Legend of Korra… I also caught up to the current episodes of Haikyuu!!, and ALMOST finished season 12 of Criminal Minds!

mmm old goals

  • read 12 books (I feel so powerful for this)
  • write 30k for NaNoWriMo
  • keep up with Reader
  • reply to comments!
  • self-care (with the election and feeling of more academic pressure, I’ve been kind of stressed!)
  • get >7.5 avg hrs of sleep (I got 7.4 CLOSE ENOUGH)
  • college prep

mmm new goals

  • read 13 books (this is exactly how many more books I need to win my GR challenge!)
  • finish a short story (I didn’t complete a single one I worked on for NaNo…)
  • keep up with Reader
  • get >7.5 avg hrs of sleep
  • drink! water! (I’m especially more dehydrated during the winter so this is very important)
  • college prep
  • driver’s ed!!

mmm looking ahead

My school semester is OVER. This has been a wild year for school, but I’m just glad half of it is over. It’s only going to get more difficult and stressful from now on, so I’m very excited for my winter break before diving back into hell!!

The holiday season! This is my favorite time of year… Christmas is my favorite holiday (even though I’m not actually Christian oops), I just love all the bright holiday lights and the warm blankets and hot chocolate and Family Vibes. And though it doesn’t ever get truly cold in Texas, the cooler weather makes me happy too!!

2020 is finally ending. I know we’ve all been waiting for this. Here’s to hoping 2021 will be even just the tiniest bit better than the hellfire 2020 was.

shall we chat

how did November go for you? did you reach your goal for NaNoWriMo, if you did it? have you read any favorite books lately??

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42 thoughts on “May’s Moments of the Month: November // I Read a Lot of Books and Won NaNoWriMo!

  1. MAY u have accomplished so *much* this month and i’m so so proud of u!!! go you!! ✨❤️

    i’m so glad you enjoyed raybearer bc it’s now one of my all-time favorites and I just haven’t seen ~that~ level of hype in the bookish community that the book deserves! and the magic fish sounds truly magical, and I can’t wait to read it soon <3

    also! DRINK! WATER! (this is coming from someone who drinks less than 2 half-glasses a day, but!!!!) still!!! christmas is also one of my favorite times of the year (also not christian !) just bc the atmosphere is so unfiltered happy ❤️

    im so sorry this comment is all over the place!! ive been out of the blog scene for so long and I feel the need to have a very big conversation with everyone but idk how to do it anymore sjfsjfh 😔

    anyways, I hope u have a wonderful December, and I believe in u and ur power to read 13 books!! 💖

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    1. thank you so much sara!! 🥺💘💘

      raybearer was truly amazing! it’s so wild because i have seen a few friends talk about it, and it’s in the goodreads choice awards, but the actual amount of gr ratings for it is so low 😭😭 and i hope you love the magical fish, i want to make everyone read it 🥺

      i hope you’ve drunk some water today!!! and yess exactly, it’s about the christmas vibes for me and not the… god part LMAO

      no ur good! it was a sweet comment <3 and i hope u have a FANTASTIC december too!!!


  2. Awww congrats May!!! What an amazing month! (: I’m so impressed each time I see that someone finished NaNo – that is such an awesome accomplishment and you should absolutely be proud of it!!! ♥ Here’s hoping December is just as wonderful of a month for you!!

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  3. Wow, you did some great things this month! Twelve books! That’s impressive (I read 11….)
    And congrats on doing NaNo! Please, tell me your secrets. How do you manage to write blog posts AND write stories AND read AND keep up with school???? This seems like some sort of sorcery, I am amazed.
    Oh man, I’ll have to check out those blog posts that were your favorite, they look great!

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      1. Thanks!

        Ha ha, I mean ‘slacking on blogging’ isn’t really a thing…since you choose when you post what etc.? And yeah I feel like my writing quality is going waaaay down. The only thing that’s good is my sleep I got like nine hours last night. But I do wish I had some more time to do other things like read and write and blog.

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  4. It looks like you had a great month! I actually manged to accomplish things for the first half of November, and then all that motivation slowly fizzled out. Congrats on winning NaNo! And on reading twelve books! I read twelve this month, too (although like half of that was the Pretty Little Liars series, and those aren’t exactly long), which is, like, a huge record for me.
    Christmas is my favorite time of the year, too. I am Christian, which tends to surprise people because I’m very liberal, and gay as heck.
    I hope your December goes well!
    Also, happy belated birthday!
    I nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award if you want to do it.

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    1. i’m happy to hear that you were able to accomplish some things for half the month! sorry that the motivation fizzled out though :(( and ahh yay!! 12 books is amazing, no matter if they were the pretty little liars books haha <3

      thank you so much! i hope your month goes well too, and merry christmas <3


  5. i’m so glad you accomplished so many things this month!! may!! i’m so proud of you 🥺❤️

    on another note, i binge-read the fever king in two days and i just have so many emotions. noam and dara are!! the cutest!! and i’m glad you enjoyed freaking romance! i loved it too <33 webtoons are the best tbh.

    thanksgiving break just ended for me, i'm already too eager for winter/christmas break even though it's so far away and cold 😭 (i freeze in 70 degree weather. this cali weather gets to me too easily.)

    i hope you have an amazing december and holiday season!! 💖💖

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    1. thank you so much, katie!! <3

      i'm so glad you liked the fever king! both the book and the webcomic are amazing, i hope the sequel gets a webcomic adaption as well 🥺 and i'm so ready for winter break too! i actually love the cold, and i'm surprised how cold it's already gotten (since the texas heat is no joke 😭) i hope you have a great december as well!!

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  6. omg congrats may!! i’m proud to see how much you’ve accomplished, and it looks like november was a great month for you!! happy belated birthday ❤ congratulations on crushing your NaNo goals!! 4.1k words in a day!? that’s phenomenal!! cheers for an even better december! xx

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  7. Congrats on crushing NaNo, May! I surpassed my official goal, but didn’t quite make my unofficial one, but I’m really happy with where I landed in my novel, so that’s what really matters, in the end. Hope your December is just as wonderful, if not more, than November!

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  8. Wow, that is an amazing month, May! I’m so happy lots of things went well, and congratulations on completing NaNo 🥰

    12 books is great too, you can certainly get the 13 more you need to reach your target. Have a lovely December!

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  9. So happy to hear that November was a great month for you!! 💕 I sadly didn’t get to Raybearer & it won’t happen in December either, but I’m so determined to read it next year! I’ve heard such fantastic things about it 😊 Also congrats on winning NaNoWriMo, that’s great!! 🎉 I finally read The Tower of Nero and I liked how it ended 🥰

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    1. ahh thank you so much, caro!! i hope november was amazing for you too <3 and i hope you love raybearer, whenever you end up reading it! it truly is so amazing 🥺 and AHH i'm so glad to hear that you liked the ending of tower of nero, i'm so nervous for it 😭😭

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  10. okay may may may may MAY first of all love this post as always, second AHHH I need to read These Violent Delights, Dark Vanessa(I’m so pumped) and…. don’t kill me…..(the poppy war🙈). ALSO CONGRATS! Winning Nano! I wanted to participate but applying to uni is so much work hahha.

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  11. I’m surprised you didn’t like Gatsby. I’ll just go cry in the corner. You should watch the Baz Luhrmann movie adaptation of it too, it’s beautiful! That’ll probably motivate you to revisit the book some time later :)

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  12. i’m so proud of you and everything you’ve accomplished this month, ESPECIALLY meeting your nano goal on top of running your blog and going to school!! you continuously amaze me and also, you are so right about nick from the great gatsby (it’s even more obvious in the movie tbh). love u mango queen thank you for the shoutout!! <3

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  13. Ah May love I’m so glad you had a good month overall and accomplished SO MUCH wow I’m so proud of you!! Yay for reading so much AND winning NaNo, like… how do you do it all, I’m in awe. I can’t wait to read Raybearer, I heard amazing things about this book all around, I hope I can get to it soon.
    I hope you’ll have a fantastic end of the year, sending you all the love <3 <3

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