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NaNoWriMo Wrap Up

Evening chaps and chapesses, how is life and December treating you? I am a little bit confused as to how it’s already the 4th, but there we go. The car was frozen this morning, the fog was around all day, and the temperature has dipped below zero, all official signs winter and December are here and here to stay. So, before we get too far into December, I wanted to take a look at the biggest success of last month: winning NaNoWriMo!

As you can probably tell, I am really quite happy with myself. I worked really hard to hit the word total, and when validated, had managed to write  53,943 words during NaNo. I’m pretty pleased with myself and for the first time in a while I am really quite proud of that achievement. I wrote over 50,000 words in my contemporary idea, so I actually managed to finish NaNo without needing to count the words that were added to my Pirate idea (I added them anyway, because y’know, I’d written them, but knowing I didn’t need to was pretty cool). I also finished on November 28th, which gave me a bit of breathing room to validate and actually assess what I had done and what I have left to finish the work in progress. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Wrap Up”

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October: It’s a Wrap

Ahoy there mateys! It is I back to fight and read another day with a summary of October’s (less than stellar) reading performance. Now,m straight up I am going to say that I haven’t read that much. I am happy with what I read, but Florida is a big holiday both packing and preparing before, and then when you’re there. I bought some books with me to read and they haven’t been touched once they were removed from my bag, so the list is a lot shorter than it should be and is only as long as it is due to Charms Extra Credit Readathon being held this month. I have cracked another couple off the Book Riot Read harder challenge list this month too which has been nice as they’re getting harder now we’re through to the end of the year.

I’m actually in a bit of a book reading slump. You’ll see I’ve read a few things this month so you’re probably thinking that a slump isn’t the right thing to call it, but what I actually mean is reading physical books. You see all the reads this month are either graphic novels/comics, or audiobooks. I don’t know why it is but they’re the only thing appealing to me at the moment. I am really struggling to pick up an actual book and read it. Hopefully that will chance, and soon.

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September: It’s a Wrap

The summer has most definitely disappeared. The temperatures have really plummeted, the leaves are changing colour, and pumpkin spiced lattes are very much a go. I love this time of year, autumn is most definitely my favourite season, and this fall I plan to make some headway on as many reading challenges for Book Riot Read Harder and Around the Year Challenges as I can. I feel like September wasn’t the best for me in any sense (holiday aside, the holiday was amazing), but I have managed to shift a couple of book bogeys from my shelf and read another two NetGalley ARCS. Continue reading “September: It’s a Wrap”

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N.E.W.Ts Readathon | Wrap

Hello there Witches and Wizards! It’s results day for those Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests that were sat in August, and I’m kind of whelmed at my success. The NEWTs Readathon was a really great thing to be a part of, I met nee internet friends and read quite a few of the books that have been sat on my TBR pile for a long time. I largely stuck to the TBR that I set out at the beginning of the readathon, and found that participating in The Full Monte and Bout of Books help me finish some of these titles. I really wanted to try and get Exceeds Expectations in everything, but as the month went by in a flurry of work activity and holiday planning, it became obvious that was an unrealistic goal, and I didn’t even quite manage to get an acceptable in everything (damn you Shadowblack for not being engaging!). Continue reading “N.E.W.Ts Readathon | Wrap”

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August: It’s a Wrap

August has been and gone, and with it the summer seems to be disappearing into distant memory and the fall is fat approaching. I’m actually OK with this even though I love the heat and the good weather, because I am going on holiday twice, the football season is back, and I can curl up on the sofa with a blanket and read much better in the autumn months. That said, I have managed to do a fair amount of reading in August and have read some ‘proper’ books, some that have been on my shelf for a long time, and some that I have been desperate to read for quite some time. NEWTs Readathon, Bout of Books, and The Full Monte have really helped keep my reading pace up this month, and I’ve made some new and awesome friends along the way too! Continue reading “August: It’s a Wrap”

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July: It’s a Wrap

It’s August already. Where is this year flying too? Next month I go to Barcelona, and the month after Florida, and then the month after is my birthday and the month after is Christmas, and then it’s NEXT YEAR. OK, so there may have been a mild panic there, but seriously, this year is flying by in a whirlwind of work, books, film, and a sport and it’s exciting and scary that it’s going so quickly in equal measures. I may not have read as many books as I did last month, but I read a lot of incredible stories, and ticked off some more challenges for Around the Year. I rated almost everything incredibly highly this month, and entered some new and incredible worlds. Continue reading “July: It’s a Wrap”

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Tome Topple 6 Wrap

Good day one, good day all, and welcome back. Can you believe it has already been two weeks since Tome Topple finished? No, me neither. I can’t believe that it’s flown by so quickly, but what a fortnight eh? I read quite a bit, I burned the heck out of some candles, and I fought the heat nobly to lift and carry such heavy chunks of a book, so I’m pretty please with how my readathon went, how did you do?

Tome Topple is a two week readathon created by Sam aka Thoughts on Tomes and this time the readathon is taking place from midnight in your timezone on 29th June until 11:59pm on 12th July. The aim of this readathon is to read big books, aka books over 500 pages aka “tomes”, so unlike many readathon, it’s about the number of pages in a book rather than the quantity of books you manage to finish over the fortnight. Want more information? You can watch Sam’s announcement video or check out the readathon Twitter page and/or the Goodreads group. Continue reading “Tome Topple 6 Wrap”