General, Wrap-Up

(Very Late) October Wrap-Up and November Plans

I know it’s already the middle of November. This is ridiculously late. But I had a lot of schoolwork and work actually got busy for once, so I couldn’t write posts from my desk. I know, it’s a bad excuse. But there it is.

October Books

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
The Nevernight Chronicle #1
4.5 Stars

I technically read this in September, but I posted my review in October so this is fine.

I enjoyed this one a lot! Read my review here.

 

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Starfish 
by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Released September 26
4.5 Stars

This book was great! Social anxiety and a half-Asian protagonist!

Read my review here.

 

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An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Released September 26
5 Stars

You know when a book is so good that it almost hurts to turn that last page? Yeah. This review was also super fun to write and I usually have trouble with 5-star reviews (oddly enough).

You can read my review here.

 

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That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston
Released October 3
3 Stars

I wanted to like this book more, but I just…didn’t. A lot of Goodreads reviewers DNF’d it, which I understand even if I don’t personally think it was quite that bad.

Review to come.

 

October Miscellany

October feels like so long ago, it’s a little odd to write about it now. But I did a lot of stuff! For one, my parents visited for a few days which was really nice. I got to take my dad to Silver Snail for the first time (a comic book store and cafe on Yonge street), and that was really fun. He bought me two Spider-Woman comics ’cause he’s the best. I’ll be going to see them in December so I’m pretty stoked for that–expect lots of book photos by the pool next month.

On the 22nd, I went to the Toronto Public Library’s first-ever BookShout event! It was a YA festival, with some great authors and panels. They seem to want to make this an annual thing, which I am very happy about seeing as we don’t have much in the way of book events that are specifically aimed at YA, and really not many book events in general. It did leave quite a bit to be desired though, and I hope they are better organized next year. There were a lot of things I would have done differently. But I got to meet Lesley Livingston and Kelly Armstrong, so that was worth it just on its own!

Also, my children’s publishing class finished, which was a little sad because the class had grown fairly close and our instructor was awesome. But my children’s classics class began on the same week and tons of people from children’s pub is in that and it’s proving to be very interesting as well.

Then we had a birthday celebration for one of the Book Squad members and we went on a ghost walk at the Distillery District! It was actually fairly creepy and it was freezing. But we got a very large amount of glow sticks and looked like children the entire time during the walk, so that was absurdly fun.

And then the birthday girl and I spent the entire next day watching Stranger Things 2 on my couch.

November Overview

Okay, so November is already half over and I was reading Treasure Island for class for the past two weeks so I still haven’t even started on my TBR for the month:

  • Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
  • The Winnowing by Vikki Vansickle
  • Zenith by Lindsay Cummings and Sasha Alsberg

That’s it, I’m going to keep it short. I predict that John Green will take me no time at all, so maybe I will actually be able to get to the next two before the month ends.

I went to a book fair at the AGO on the 4th, which was amazing. We got emotional over first editions. I bought a copy of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes from 1903 for $35 with an inscription that says “Christmas 1903” and had a mini-crisis when I realized that for the person who bought this, Sherlock was a contemporary hero. I know. It’s a little mind-blowing.

Other than that, I MET MAGGIE STIEFVATER LAST WEEK. I know–how did I keep that in? But I will write a full post soon and will have every detail. I also went to Penguin Random House for their Kids/YA preview, and it was great! I got a hardcover of The Book of Dust and I’m pretty excited to read it.

That’s it for now–I don’t have any other book-related plans for the rest of the month so hopefully I will be able to get to all the books I want to read.

 

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