November News 2014
This month was a New November for a lot of things:
- a new home
- new neighborhood
- new home life and style
- new relationships
- new UIL coach (read about my kids’ practice event here!)
- new perspectives
In all, it has been a good month. Quiet and relaxing during the latter half. The only thing I don’t like is that it gets dark at about 6 PM, so I feel like I need to go to bed!
My two brothers at home have shown an increased interest in my life, which is nice to see. The brother in Hawaii is getting homesick, which is really hard on my mom. No one in our family has ever lived more than a few hours’ drive away, so living nearly 4,000 miles away is beginning to take its toll. This, however, was the clincher for my mom to finally give in and get a computer and Internet…Yes, we grew up without the Internet!
In November I put out an ALL CALL for guest posts. I am still in need of guests for December, January, February and March! See more about what’s happening each month in the Months of Review section below.
Most Popular Posts
Other Posts of Note
Tours & Blasts
- Mother’s Love Can Conquer Any Fear!
- Tales from Feyron
- Blood Entwines
- Sweet T & the North Wind
- The Match Maker
- A Year in the Secret Garden
- Inferno Box Set
- Shadow Dragon
- The Fortuitous Pen
- The Ultimate Treasure Quest
November was my month to read more diverse books for the Fall Months of Review. Sadly, with all that was going on I slacked off quite a bit and only got to one of my choices for November Novelties. However, it was a very big reading commitment for me, so I am proud and feel accomplished even in reading this one book!
In November I completed my Historical Fiction Challenge, with my November Novelties book as the clincher to meet my medieval goal.
I also made strides on my Bookish Bingo – Holiday Edition card. I am so close to having multiple bingos; I only am a few books away. My teaching partner actually gave me one of her husband’s books to meet the New Orleans setting spot! I have my card displayed in the hallway outside my classroom so my students can see what I am doing and how close I am to some bingos. They have been eyeing my bingo card and reminding me of what I need for a bingo.
I am still slacking on my NetGalley & Edelweiss Challenge and my Non-Fiction Challenge. When I have some more time to sit and review books in my Kindle, my goal is to really work on my requested books from NetGalley. I am really going to focus on raising my review rate in the new year.
I am also needing to finish up four letters for the Alphabet Soup Challenge. I only need J, U, X, and Z. I had picked out two books for J and U, but they were much more suited to be reviewed in October. I think I will save them for next year, and find reads for those tricky letters sooner in the year!
I surpassed my Goodreads Challenge in July. My goal was to read one book for each week of the year, so 52 books total. I am quickly approaching twice that many books for the year! It is exciting to see this much progress compared to the year before, when I had MUCH more free time. It just goes to show what determination and commitment can do for you!
Months of Reviews by Genre
December is Home for the Holidays!
November was a bit of a dud in terms of the Months of Reviews by Genre, but get ready for a jam-packed December schedule! I am quite excited about what will be happening around the blog during December. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have in putting it all together. 🙂
I’ve already decided to continue the Fall Months of Review through the beginning of 2015. I like the idea and that I am focusing on one particular genre all month long.
I am hoping to really get some great content planned for the beginning of 2015, and I am still looking for guests to take over the blog during these months! You can be an author, blogger, reader, reviewer, editor or publisher! I don’t care who you are; I just want to share your message with others.
January will be dedicated to reviews and guest posts of historical fiction.
February will feature not only my birthday, but also chick lit.
March will be a melting pot of children’s literature, middle grades and YA.
Books Read in November 2014:
- Blood Entwines by Caroline Healy
- The Match Maker by Karey White
- Henge by Realm Lovejoy
- Just Not Ready Yet by Brooklyn James
- Love Amid the Ashes by Mesu Andrews
- Gross Gus: Nothing for Christmas! by Kally Mayer
- Lionel’s Christmas Adventure: Lionel Learns the True Meaning of Christmas by Paul R. Hewlett
Upcoming Reads for December 2014:
- Mary Christmas: The True Story of Mrs. Claus | Gail Elaine Mewes
- Glimmers | Barbara Brooke
- Real Santa | William Hazelgrove
- The Ginnie West Adventures | Monique Bucheger
- Her Christmas Bonus | Rain Danvers
- Forever Christmas | Joanne Jaytanie, Sharon Kleve, Angela Ford, Elle Rush
- Christmas at Copper Mountain | Jane Porter
- What Happens at Christmas | Victoria Alexander
- Santa’s Wrong Turn | Cyndie Raye
- A Kitten for Christmas | Elysa Hendricks
- Family for Christmas | Mona Ingram
- The Glassblower | Petra Durst-Benning