So the end of October came, along with Halloween, my least favorite holiday…
What? How can I dislike Halloween, you ask? Well, I can’t trick-or-treat because I’m too old, and when I dress up I usually have nowhere to go. This Halloween, I had my back upper left tooth removed; it SUCKED. So I’m happy to start a new month with plenty of new beginnings!
As many of you might already know, I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this month. Yes, I’m crazy busy already with school (I have a 20 page rough draft due Thursday that I knew nothing about until today, so tomorrow is going to be cray-cray…yes, I said cray-cray…that’s how crazy I am). Yes, I have a ton of books to read. Yes, I have lots of blog posts to catch up on. And yes, I have no time…but I’m going to try anyway. What’s the worst that could happen? I promised myself I would do it, so I’m going to do it! Where’s the Rocky music when you need it?
As many of you saw on my ARC post, I have seven books on NetGalley, one on Edelweiss, and a couple for authors that have contacted me. Most aren’t due until next year, but if I ever want to start requesting books again, I’ll have to get some read. One auto-approval from Curiosity Quills was taken from me, probably because I haven’t requested anything of theirs in awhile (though they haven’t had anything I have wanted to read in awhile, so I guess there’s no loss there, lol). I hope to get some read, and I am doing a buddy read of Gilded Cage with Jasmine @ howusefulitis on November 8. I still may have to take it slow while reading other books and doing homework, but I want to do this as it’s my first reply buddy read. I’m excited about it!
So I went to the library to return a few books, and a bunch were just coming in…though I don’t have all of them yet (Three Dark Crowns just got processed so I have to pick that up still), I have a TON that I got that are now added to the TBR library pile. Check the new arrivals out!
- Tithe by Holly Black
- The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
- The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
- The Fever Code by James Dashner
- A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
- The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (seeing a theme?)
- Naughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman (recommended by some of my UK blogger friends!)
- (Not pictured) Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (on hold today – need to pick up!)
And that’s not all of my library books…I’ll do a post where I show ALL of my library books, which makes 32 once I pick up Three Dark Crowns. Anything that is not something I have to read right away or else someone will check it out is going to go back to the library. I’m going to focus on the big titles, like Stitching Snow and Swarm. Trust me, I found a lot of awesome books in the last two weeks (And I Darken, anyone?)
These books do not include Overdrive, which I will also include in my next library post. Yes, I’m addicted to my library. They just have so many great books that I happen to find right away! I can’t NOT take advantage of what’s sitting there, begging to be checked out, can I? (Looking for some rationalization here, people…or any reassurance that I’m not insane).
So here’s my school. I thought I should share it with you because, well, for one I spend a lot of time there, and two, the moment looked so photo-opy. So I took a pic of my campus:
This is Grand Valley State University, where I attend Tuesday and Thursday classes from 8:30-3:45. Long days, huh? My 20 page rough draft is due Thursday (as I think I mentioned) and I haven’t started it yet. So there’s that….
So as you can see, I gotta lot going on. But I’m hanging in there, and I’m still reading every single one of your blog posts. The emails never go down, but at least I always get to see what my friends are up to. Sorry I’m always behind in my comments, but I refuse to miss one post that you guys share: you read mine, and I’ll always read yours. 😉
Oh, and here’s a little something for my “belated” Halloween present for y’all:
Hope your November goes smoothly…we have the holidays coming up, and I want to send some of my closest book blog buddies some care packages…may not be much, but it’s the least I can do. Sammi @ onebookishgirl won a giveaway and it was US only, so she’s having the prizes sent to me: a signed copy of Three Dark Crowns and a copy of Replica. For sending it to her, she’s letting me keep Replica! And she’s going to send me an AUS copy of Three Dark Crowns, and I’m going to send her a US copy of The Thousandth Floor, and throwing in some goodies from the good ol’ US of A. So we are doing book mail! I also signed up for the mail you do with someone from another country, but I don’t know much about how that works, so I’m waiting on news.
Happy November 1st! Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit! (Look it up…lol!)