November Wrap-Up: The one where I sort of disappeared…

Reading

As you might have guessed from the distinct lack of blogging in November, it’s been a crazily busy month here!  I took part in NaNoWriMo so that took up a lot of my freetime, and although I didn’t win, I did get 25,000 words I didn’t have before, so that’s a plus.  It was my anniversary with my boyfriend this month, and as it happened to fall at a time when we both had a few days off, we decided to go to Prague which was absolutely lovely!


The Son of Neptune | Vicious | The Naughty Girls’ Book club | The Headmaster | Sword Art Online: Aincrad Omnibus

Books read: 5 (9 less than October)
Pages read: 1868 (1960 less than October)
Average pages per day: 62 (61 less than October)
Average book length: 374 pages (99 more than October)
Favourite: Son of Neptune

Watching

We saw Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find them which I loved!  I had a few plot-point questions that I’m not convinced about, but it was visually awesome, and just super enjoyable.  In terms of TV, I’ve watched quite a lot – probably because after spending so much of my time brainstorming plot ideas and trying to find words for NaNoWriMo, I wanted to just switch off a bit!  I’ve watched some Pretty Little Liars, Nashville, The Apprentice and Westworld.  Westworld was a new addition to our watching this month, and while it’s a bit slow, I am really intrigued by the mystery and the world, so I’m really enjoying it.


Book Haul

I didn’t track my haul at all this month!

Blogging

Reviews:

Other posts:



NetGalley % change: +0% (72%)

Challenge Updates

 ** [Bookish Resolutions update to follow in a separate post because otherwise this post was going to be ridiculously large!] **


Finish the series
This month’s progress: 0 series completed/caught up
Running Total: 7/7


2016 Audiobook ChallengeThis month’s progress: 0 audiobooks

Running Total: 10/10

How was your November?

NaNoWriMo Update: Week 2

 Day 8: +2399
Current WC: 10554

Day 9: +0000
Current WC: 10554

Day 10: +0000
Current WC: 10554

Day 11: +0597
Current WC: 11151

Day 12: +0506
Current WC: 11657

Day 13: +0429
Current WC: 12086

Day 14: +2133
Current WC: 14199

Average words per day: 760
At this rate I would finish on: ….January 5th
Words needed per day to finish on time: 3579

Wow, this week was a bit of a failure, in case you hadn’t noticed…. And I’m actually writing this the day before week 4 begins and can tell you that week 3 is a failure too. Oh dear!  Not giving up just yet though….

If you’re taking part too, how are you getting on?

NaNoWriMo Update: Week 1

 Day 1: +3563
Current WC: 3563

Day 2: +0000
Current WC: 5524

Day 3: +0000
Current WC: 5524

Day 4: +0169
Current WC: 5693

Day 5: +0000
Current WC: 5693

Day 6: +0300
Current WC: 5923

Day 7: +2232
Current WC: 8155

Average words per day: 1165
At this rate I would finish on: December 13th
Words needed per day to finish on time: 1819

So, as you can see, I’m a bit behind… I had hoped to have a good first couple of days and get ahead, since I’ll be away towards the end of the month and won’t be able to write.  While I did manage to get ahead over the first two days, I then didn’t really write for the next 4 which totally lost my buffer!  I’m trying to catch up, but I’ve definitely got to the point where I’m struggling without a plan – I’m totally pantsing it this year which I’m discovering might not be for me!  I’ve got a busy week this week between work, several gym plans and a few family ones, but then the whole point of NaNoWriMo is to find time to write around normal life so I’m just going to have to try and fit everything in!  I’d really like to try and get caught up by the end of week 2, but that means writing an average of 2168 words per day, and I still have no idea where my story is going next, so it could be a real challenge! We’ll see if I’m up to it I guess 😉

If you’re taking part too, how are you getting on?

Sci-fi month: Sci-fi graphic novels

2016 has kind of been the year of the graphic novel (and manga) for me – before this year I think I had only read Nimona, but as of writing, I’ve read a 15 graphic novels/manga titles so far this year.  Sci-fi month seemed like a perfect chance to pull together a list of sci-fi graphic novels and manga to read, so today I’m sharing my graphic novels TBR.  You can bet I’ll be getting started on some of these, so come back later in the month both my thoughts on some of these, as well as my sci-fi manga TBR.

For the new-to-sci-fi:

Monstress isn’t really sci-fi, it’s actually fantasy, but there are a few elements in it that I think make it perfect for the sci-fi newbie.  There’s an experimenting-on-monsters thread, plus the steampunk elements give it a kind of sci-fi light feel to me!  This is one I’ve actually read since drafting this post originally, and I have to say the artwork is even more gorgeous in real life. Kick-ass heroine + gorgeous artwork + intriguing storyline… Definitely worth picking up!

Robots/A.I.:

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is of course, a sci-fi classic, but now it’s available in comic form too. Since I’ve never read the original I figured it might be worth a try. In Descender, a child robot is the only survivor of a catastrophe, and in Alex + Ada, Alex is gifted a realistic android.

Post-apocalyptic:

If you know me well, you might know I have a bit of a weakness for post-apocalyptic and dystopian stories.  All three of these sound utterly awesome to me – Ody-C: Gender-bent Odyssey set in space, East of West: a sci-fi western with the Four Horsemen of the apocalypse and Low: post-apocalyptic underwater city. Seriously, these all sound amazing, and of all the sections on my list, these probably appeal the most!

Superheroes:

No superheroes TBR could be complete without a mention of DC and Marvel, but as someone new to both, it can be really intimidating and complicated to figure out where to start!  For both, I’ve decided not to try and go all the way back to the beginning, but to jump in at a more recent point.  Comic Book Herald is an amazing resource if you want to get into either, and I’ll be using their DC New 52 Reading Order and the Marvel Now reading order.

Dystopia:

I know almost nothing about these three, but they all came well recommended, particularly V for Vendetta, which I have to admit I’ve not read or seen the film, so I’ll be going in totally blind!

Which sci-fi graphic novels are on your TBR? Or which have you already read and loved?

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Review: As I Descended

Review: As I DescendedAs I Descended by Robin Talley
Published by Mira Ink on September 6th 2016
Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories, LGBTQ, Paranormal, Retelling
Pages: 370
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are their school’s ultimate power couple—even if no one knows it but them.
Only one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey.
Golden child Delilah is a legend at the exclusive Acheron Academy, and the presumptive winner of the distinguished Cawdor Kingsley Prize. She runs the school, and if she chose, she could blow up Maria and Lily’s whole world with a pointed look, or a carefully placed word.
But what Delilah doesn’t know is that Lily and Maria are willing to do anything—absolutely anything—to make their dreams come true. And the first step is unseating Delilah for the Kingsley Prize. The full scholarship, awarded to Maria, will lock in her attendance at Stanford―and four more years in a shared dorm room with Lily.
Maria and Lily will stop at nothing to ensure their victory—including harnessing the dark power long rumored to be present on the former plantation that houses their school.
But when feuds turn to fatalities, and madness begins to blur the distinction between what’s real and what is imagined, the girls must decide where they draw the line.
From acclaimed author Robin Talley comes a Shakespeare-inspired story of revenge and redemption, where fair is foul, and foul is fair.

When I read it…

This was a one day read on August 25th!

What I’d heard before I read it:

I’d heard a lot of enthusiasm for the blurb but I hadn’t actually read any reviews before I picked this up.

What worked for me:

  • The creepiness: I don’t read a lot of spooky stories, but I was strangely in the mood for something a bit scary when I picked this up, and As I Descended definitely delivered – part of the reason I finished this in a day is because I stayed up until some crazy time in the morning because I was too freaked to comfortably go to bed!
  • The pacing: I was hooked on this pretty early on, and I read the whole thing in a day, because the fast pacing (combined with the creepiness) meant I just didn’t want to put it down.
  • The diversity: I’m always on the lookout for more F/F relationships (especially in speculative fiction since I’m not much of a contemporary fan), and Talley has given us a great diverse cast, which was one of the elements I liked most about As I Descended.

What didn’t quite work for me:

  • The ending: I don’t really know what I expected from the ending, but I just found it ultimately unsatisfying.
  • The characters: The characters just didn’t really work for me because their motivations and their actions just never seemed to match up very well.  Characters seemed to change their opinions a bit too rapidly for me to feel they were truly believable, and I wanted more depth, more substance, for each of the characters.

I enjoyed As I Descended, just not as much as I’d hoped to.  While the premise sounded amazing, I think I just had expectations that were too high.  A few months after reading, I’m left with sadly very little impression of As I Descended, just a vague impression of spookiness and a diverse set of characters. An enjoyable enough read, but definitely not the favourite I was hoping it’d become.

Other reviews of As I Descended: Pretty Deadly Reviews | The Young Folks | That’s What She Read

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