I hit a NaNoWriMo slump this week. I haven’t exactly fallen behind. But with all I have to do this weekend, I know it’s going to happen. I think I just hit a point where I want to write to win NaNoWriMo more than I actually want to write this book. I’m just not feeling it at the moment. I might give myself a few days off and then see how I feel.
This week was also kind of a slow reading week. On Wednesday, I finally finished reading Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. Man, that book is long! It wasn’t my favorite Jane Austen novel, but I did really enjoy it! I am now halfway done with reading Jane Austen’s entire works! And, I was able to count it towards the PopSugar Reading Challenge – so I only have one book left (a book that takes place at Christmas, which I am planning to read next month, because Christmas).
On Thursday night I stayed up till the wee hours of the morning (so, technically Friday) to finish Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, which I loved. I don’t personally identify as LQBTQIA, but I like that there has been an influx of those characters in YA lately. I thought this book was really well written, and just plain adorable. I will most likely be doing a full review on it soon.
I started reading Movie Game by Michael Ebner on Sunday, because I got an ARC. It’s interesting, but I’m about halfway through the novel, and the exciting thing I think is coming hasn’t happened yet. So I had to put it down for a bit.
I’m hoping to get some more reading done in the next week. Specifically, The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, which I’m supposed to read for my book club, which is meeting next Saturday. I also kind of started – meaning, I read two pages of – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I don’t know why I’ve been putting it off for so long, but I want to finish it soon. And I’m hoping to pick up another one of the ARCs I still have to read (I have a quite a few that are coming out in January, so I’d like to finish the rest in the next month or so). I think my next one is going to be The Urban Boys by K. N. Smith, because I’ve been into YA lately.
I’m also a little bit behind on my schoolwork as well. I have a paper due tomorrow that I haven’t started yet. I really had every intention of getting ahead on everything this week, and I just didn’t. Hopefully I’ll get motivated again soon.
Last week, I was really good and didn’t buy any new books. But this week, I couldn’t stop myself. I bought six new books. But most of them are books I’ve wanted for a while. And five of them were super discounted. So I didn’t spend too much money. The first five books I got on Book Outlet (seriously, I need to block this website on my computer because it’s becoming a problem). First, I got Wolf in White Van by John Darnelle, which I’d seen on BookTube and really wanted to read. Then I got Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross, mostly because it was $1.49. And I have no self control. I also picked up Noggin by John Corey Whaley, who I’ve heard great things about (I actually own one of his other books, but haven’t read it). Noggin sounds pretty interesting, and it’s a National Book Award Finalist, so I’m glad I got it. I’ve been wanting to read The Bees by Laline Paull for a while, so I was really excited to see it on Book Outlet – they only had three copies left, which is why I had to buy it right then. Basically The Bees is the reason for this haul. And finally, I got Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Geir, which looks really interesting. I’ve heard mixed things about this author, and I wasn’t too interested in her other series, so I thought I’d give it a shot. And then, on Tuesday, I ventured out to Target – where you I went for bobby pins and ended up spending $100. Anyway, I’d heard people were finding singed copies of The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. So I checked. And there was one left! Obviously it came home with me. I haven’t read a Patrick Ness book yet, but I really want to, so I think I’m going to try and read it soon. Signed copies make me happy.
Speaking of signed copies, I’m going to meet Neil Gaiman tonight! I am insanely excited about it. And while he’s not signing books, there are signed books available at the event, and I have copies of American Gods and The Sleeper and the Spindle reserved. It’s a sold-out show (the description doesn’t say exactly what it’s about, but I don’t really care), and I also have two of sixty tickets to a small wine and appetizers party with him beforehand. It’s going to be a really fun night!
Hopefully your weekend is similarly great!