Wow, how is it already November? I felt like these last few weeks have gone by so so so quickly–almost like I don’t have a moment to stop and breathe. Well, I know this isn’t a book review or anything book-related, but that’s only because I wanted to update y’all on my life! I mean, people care about that, right? Or do y’all just want everything book-related? Well… too late!
First things first, Husband and I bought a house! Well, we bought it in September, and have been living in it for the past 5 weeks or so. It’s been an experience, let me tell you! I had no idea how much I needed now that I’m living in a house. Husband and I have lived in apartments ever since we’ve been married, and we didn’t have the need to do a lot of maintenance. But now I need a broom to sweep the dead leaves off my front porch, and a pair of trimmers to trim the bushes in my backyard! Also, apparently we need a lawn mower and weed eater… Whatever.
One of my favorite parts about my new house is the built-in bookshelves in the living room. My bookshelves were already bursting out of the seams, but having these built-ins have really helped me make my book space seem not so cluttered. And because these particular shelves are in the living room, I decided to put all of my signed books on the shelves! Let me show you…
This picture is a few weeks old, but not too much has changed. When I met Laini Taylor, I added the U.S. editions of Strange the Dreamer. Kingdom of Ash released two weeks ago, so of course I added that to finish off the series. (I’m also in the middle of reading KoA and wow! I’ll try to post a full review on my blog once I finish because… I have a lot of thoughts and feelings about this book.)
Besides buying a house, I also started a new job! I’ve been there for about two weeks now. I was sad to leave my previous job, but due to these other changes in my life, I figured it was time to start something new as well. Financially, I knew it was the right decision, and I’m glad I was able to make the transition.
As for what I’m currently reading… The answer is: a lot!
I’ve only got a few chapters left in Grace and Fury and I’m just not quite sure how I feel about it. I mean, I like the concept but the execution…could be better. Look out for a review here or on Goodreads (hopefully both if I have the time! 😛 )!
Of course I, along with hundreds of others, are reading the final book in the Throne of Glass series. This book is a behemoth! I purchased two copies: the Barnes and Noble edition which has a poster as the dust jacket and select notes from Sarah’s writing journal, and also the Books-A-Million edition, which has fan art on the end pages. With something like this, I combined these two editions simply by putting the dust jacket from the B&N edition onto the BAM edition. My plan is to give my 2nd copy to my best friend who’s in the middle of reading Empire of Storms.
I finished this amazing book a few weeks ago, and I’m sad I haven’t had the time to sit down and write a full review. But the day the book released, I immediately bought the Target edition (which has chapters from Ocean’s POV as the bonus content). It’s a raw, honest, and powerful book. I can’t remember the last time I experienced so much second-hand anger for a main character! I really enjoyed reading something different from Mafi, since she’s so known for her Shatter Me series. Her words are always so poetic!
So I realize I have 3 “news” in the title of this blog, but I don’t think there’s a third new “big” new thing. 🤣
November starts NaNoWriMo, and since I’m seriously lacking motivation to write, I’m going to try to focus on finishing up a untitled YA fantasy WIP. If you follow me on Twitter, you might see me talk about it briefly. (If you’re super curious, I made a Pinterest board for it!) This is actually a story I finished for NaNoWriMo back in 2009, but nearly everything has been revamped except for a few character names and some minor plot points.
So there’s that. I hope y’all don’t mind this post. I haven’t been focusing on blogging very much since all I really wanted to do is read when I come home from work. (Though I will say that with the release of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, gaming has been getting in the way of reading… Hehe. 😅) But I do hope y’all have been doing well, and let me know what you’re reading!