November 2019 Wrap-Up

Yeah, yeah, I’m technically a day late on this. I’m not apologizing; it’s been a chaotic weekend, what with the Thanksgiving holidays and family and friends coming in from out of town and general stress as I finish up my law school applications…eeeeeek. Is a personal statement about writing poetry too cliche?

And yet, amidst all this chaos, I actually managed to finish ten books in November (and was in the middle of three others at the month’s conclusion). Here’s a quick rundown of what I read, including links to my reviews:

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Top Ten Tuesday 11/19 – All I know is these times are changing

You know the drill: TTT is a weekly themed post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is “Changes In My Reading Life (Maybe you like different genres or topics, maybe you read faster than you used to, maybe you only like standalones now).” At first I thought this would be difficult, but once I started writing, I realized there have actually been a lot of changes for me, both recently and from childhood to now. I tried to link in a few more of my past reviews and posts for this, so…take a look at them, maybe? 😊

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Top Ten Tuesday 11/12 – Bookmark Bonanza!

Damn, K-Specks! Back at it again with the Top Ten Tuesday! (Sorry for resurrecting that old meme for the sake of an interesting intro…) TTT is a weekly themed post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is very straightforward: “Favorite Bookmarks.”

Now, given the “Don’t have a bookmark?” meme that was trending a couple months ago that started with Chex Mix and just got worse, I considered just making this post a compilation of my favorite responses to it (The Strand bookstore had some especially good riffs on it). However, I figured I also have plenty of my own bookmarks and bookmark substitutes that would make an equally entertaining post, and probably not one you’ve seen before.

I need to stop with these long intros. Just go on to the list already.

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November 2019 TBR (or, an attempt to read what’s actually on my shelf)

It’s the first of November, and there is snow on the ground. There has been since yesterday, and I am both cold and unhappy about this. What I am happy about, though, is that cold weather is great for reading inside, curled up under a blanket…and that I have a great TBR this month.

I’m participating in a TBR Jar event this month with a group called We Be Book’n. The goal is to cut down on your existing TBR by having someone else pick the books from your list for you. I asked my partner to choose 8 books for me, from a much longer list, and these are the ones she selected:

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Top Ten Tuesday 10/22 – Titles that are worse than this one

You know the drill! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is “Books I’d Give Different Titles To (and tell us what title you’d pick!)” Given that last week was on “Extraordinary Book Titles,” this was extra fun.

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Top Ten…Thursday? – Titles that are better than this one

Yes, yes, I know the meme is Top Ten Tuesday, not Top Ten Thursday,  but I already had a scheduled post for a blog tour on Tuesday, so I figured I might as well put this one up now. Last week was crazy, now I’m getting sick, and this is about the best I can manage, so…sorry if the quality is subpar.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is “Extraordinary Book Titles,” which was a challenging choice for me, because…well…there are a lot of good book titles out there? It’s hard to find ones that really stand out. For this list, the first half is books with great titles that I’ve actually read, and the second half is ones still on my TBR. Let’s go.

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Fall Favorites: an only-partially-bookish compendium

I’m in the middle of several books right now (and just had a DNF, which was disheartening), so I don’t have a review for today, nor is it Tuesday, so I don’t have a list I’ve been preparing. The past couple weeks, it has finally started feeling like autumn outside here in Chicagoland, so I figured that, instead of a typical bookish post, I would give a quick rundown of some of my favorite things this fall so far. Some are bookish, some are totally random. Let’s go.

My Name is Michael Holbrook

After 4 years, MIKA finally has a new album out, and it is everything I hoped it would be. It has a satisfying blend of upbeat tunes and heartfelt slower songs, chronicling a scattered sense of identity and the tiny things that lend beauty to this crazy world we live in. My current favorite track is “Platform Ballerinas,” a sweet and highly danceable ode to the girls who don’t always act girly…and how that doesn’t matter or make them any less. Other favorites of mine include “Paloma,” a heartbreaking and beautiful song about an accident his sister had years ago (also in my favorite key signature, which is always a plus), and the infectious, introspective bop that is “Dear Jealousy.”

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