Sunday, December 3, 2017

November In Review

My Reading

# of books read: 20

Best(s): best novel in verse: Long Way Down; best graphic novel: Anne of Green Gables; best sequel: The War I Finally Won; best #ownvoices novel: If I Ever Get Out Of Here

Mt. TBR progress: None. In my defense, I went to NCTE and was surrounded by NEW BOOKS.

Bookish Events and Happenings

I got to go to NCTE and meet a ton of amazing YA and MG authors and teacher leaders. That was pretty much the highlight of the year. I took pictures of authors and made a author calendar for my classroom. I have endured a fair amount of teasing about the number of pictures I posted, the way I'm grinning like a maniac in all of them, and how various friends and colleagues have no idea who these people are I was so excited to meet. My brother-in-law was super jealous of the Jason Reynolds selfie though, so there is that.  

My daughter and I wrapped a bunch of the books I brought home so my students can unwrap them day by day between now and winter break. I'm hoping this will build excitement without overwhelming them. 

On the Blog

Between traveling, reading, and starting to prep for the holidays, I haven't written very much. I had that one good month where I thought I was getting back on track, but November only saw me hit publish seven times.  I'm thinking ten times a month would be a good goal--it would mean I'm posting at least twice a week. 


Yeah, once I finish talking about NCTE, I don't have a lot else to say about November. There's weird political crap going on at work. There's awful political crap going on in the world. My kids keep making cake. Thanksgiving was fine. 

My monthly summaries are always linked to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up on Feed Your Fiction Addiction, along with many other terrific blogs' monthly reflections.  Nicole usually puts together a fun scavenger hunt giveaway too, so go check it out!


  1. I am going to be listening to the audiobook for Long Way Down soon. I considered reading it, but then I heard Reynolds was reading it, and I know he will deliver it stupendously.

  2. I’m glad you liked Long Way Down. I’m on a waitlist for that book, but the list is massive, so I’ll be waiting for a long time.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I was so pleased with myself because i put it on hold super early and was 2nd in line.

  3. I'm still jealous of your NTCE experiences! I love hearing about them. And what's better than cake?

  4. How cool that you got to go to NCTE! I bet it was worth all the teasing ;-) I added Long Way down to my TBR!
    Hope you December is even more awesome :)

  5. I've heard that Long Way Down is emotional and makes you think. I enjoy novels in verse and have read all of Kwame Alexander's books as well as others.

  6. Anne of Green Gables as a graphic novel? :) that's cool!


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