November was a great month for me with ups and downs. I resigned from my job, I read more, I spent more time with my friends and family, I played a ton of Pokemon Sun, and I feel well inside and out.
The not-so-great thing was that I was terrible at blogging and I completely and utterly failed at NaNoWriMo. I only published one review this month! (What is this?) But, on the upside, I posted a new page dedicated to diversity. 🌈 But, more on that later!
Books read in November (and my thoughts in three words)
1. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (kinda freaky?? intelligent)
2. American-Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (validating, abrupt ending)
3. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (vivid; missing something)
4. The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork (heartfelt, profound, raw)
5. Smut by Karina Halle (stupid, mindless fun)
6. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (eye-opening, emotional, heartbreaking)
7. The Secret to a Heart Note by Stacey Lee (beautiful smells, lovely)
8. The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu (broke my heart)
Reviews and posts in November
1. FEATURE: Diversity Spotlight Thursday #1 – My first post for this amazing feature! I feature one of my all time favourite books, a book with an interracial relationship, and Adam Silvera’s new book (aka a must read)!
2. #NANOWRIMO: My First Week of NaNoWriMo – Ever – Ah yes, month-ago-me was so filled with optimism for NaNoWriMo. I share my story ideas, my goals, and my hopes with writing.
3. REVIEW: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray – A hilarious satire that prods at oppression and capitalism, while celebrating female friendships, empowerment, and feminism. A must-read!
4. FEATURE: Diversity Spotlight Thursday #2 – My second post for Aimal’s weekly meme! I recommend three books with the theme: books with Asian characters or inspired by Asian mythology.
5. BOOK RECS: Fantastic Female Friendships – I love, love, love female friendships in books, especially if the girls empower and are there for each other no matter what. I recommend four books – all wonderful! – that have such wonderful friendships.
6. BLOG UPDATE: My Promise as a Diverse Book Blogger – Global events of November have compelled me to be more committed to diversity – now more than ever. I make several promises, and will hold myself to these promises and goals.
7. NANOWRIMO: My WIP, Why I Won, What I Learned, and Reflection – I may have failed NaNoWriMo, but I learned a lot of things along the way! I also share snippets of my WIP! ❤
Snapshots of my life
A foreword to the new chapter of my life
If you’ve known me or have followed my blog for awhile, you may know that I applied to study in university last year. I didn’t get into the program that I applied for (only 11 people get in every year), and I was disappointed. The rejection compelled me to reflect on what I wanted in life – why I applied for that program, where it would take me career-wise and in life. I decided, last year, that I would not study, and would spend another year working while I tried to figure out what I wanted to do.
A month ago, I applied again – now more sure than ever of what I wanted. I now have a Conditional Offer to study postgrad Honours (or grad school as some of you may call it!), and I’ve accepted it! I finally feel like I can move on in a direction that I am happy and excited with. I won’t know what project is or who my supervisor will be until mid-December, but I have my fingers crossed that I get either my first or second choice.
Because I have decided to study, I have also resigned from my full-time job, which was a really difficult thing to do. I’ve had this job for two and a half years now – not long for seasoned workers but long for me – and even though my work drove me to the small, claustrophobic corners of my mind at times, I think I will miss it. After all, it was my life for those two and a bit years! (I’ll definitely miss the income.)
Between now and my last day (which was on Tuesday), I’ve agreed to work part-time to tide them through the holiday season from the goodness of my heart, but I’ll also do things to enjoy my freedom – paint, start a garden plot, explore, eat a ton of food, read, and write. I have a feeling it’ll be a good holiday.
So… I’m excited. My acceptance into postgraduate study and resigning from my job has filled me with a lot of optimism and hope. I haven’t felt this way in such a long time, and it’s so invigorating to finally, finally feel like my life can be on track. It’s such a great feeling (and I’m reveling in it before the pressure of a thesis and postgrad courses crush me into small, tiny pieces). 😂
Pokemon Sun, the most calming thing I’ve played in awhile
Pokemon Sun released on November 18th, and I’ve been playing the heckie out of it. Not only is it so much fun, but it’s so relaxing and calming too. It dispels all frustration and anxiety, and it just makes me feel calm. Everything about it (well, except for the ominous Pokemon entries) is so happy, positive, and fun. I’m enjoying it so much.
I was initially going to write a super, super long post about my thoughts on the game so far, BUT, I’ve decided to just share my current team! (I’m going to swap Growlithe out soon – I want a team of completely new Pokemon!)
From left to right: Primarina, Growlithe (grayed out because I’m going to replace him soon 😭), Alolan Raichu, Lurantis, Toucannon, and Salazzle.
If you’re playing Pokemon Sun/Moon, feel free to DM me on Twitter your 3DS friend code! Let’s be friends. ❤ And tell me about your Pokemon team! (Personally, I just love all Pokemon because they’re cute.)
Blog Updates: Diversifying my blog!
Last week, I posted a post about how I want to do better as a diverse book blogger. Despite my discussion post that examined how ‘diverse’ is used to describe individuals, maybe calling ourselves diverse is a way of solidarity and claiming a word as an identity. So, I am okay with calling myself a ‘diverse book blogger’. In my post, I promised I would promote diversity more. Now, I have a plan and I’d like to share it with you all.
- Continue my Diverse Spotlight Thursdays.
- Keep my Diversity page updated.
- Read more diverse books! I have 40+ book reviews currently backlogged, so the more recent books (which are mostly diverse books) may take a few months to make an appearance.
- Talk more about books I love (and are diverse!)
This month I don’t have any posts to share from around the blogosphere (I’m sorry; I’ve been slack!), but I promise I’ll have a good list to share with you all! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for reading! 💕 I know I say this all the time, but you are all amazing and I appreciate every single one of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Can you also believe that there’s only one more month left of 2016… yikes. Where does time go?
So friends, tell me!
- How was your November? Did you do anything exciting?
- Did you discover any new amazing books? What was your favourite read of November?