Monthly wrap-up – November 2018

Apparently there’s only one month left in 2018. I don’t know how I feel about that?!

in real life

If you’ve been following my blog, have chatted with me recently, or read my latest monthly wrap-up, you’ll know that I broke my foot at the very beginning of October. My right foot hasn’t touched the ground for 7,5 weeks (yes, that’s almost TWO MONTHS), but I’m happy to say that, as I’m writing this, it finally is touching the ground.

I know I’m a dreamer and I’d love to fly but, you know, walking feels good, too.

As I’m writing this, I’m walking again, little by little (because yes, once you’re in a cast for a long time, you’re kind of a little bit of a mess when you’re suddenly trying to stand on your own two feet again). My mental health has been terrible for the past two months and I’m not going to ramble on about it because I don’t like to do so, I’m just trying to feel better, step by step, literally and I’m guessing that’s something already.

Not much has happened this past November, since I haven’t been able to go to work all month either. I’m going back to work on Monday though and things are going to be hectic and tiring and I might be a little overwhelmed with everything. I just hope it goes well because I’m feeling very anxious about it, but well. Oh and the Christmas season is coming and…. confidence time, I absolutely DESPISE this time of the year. WITH PASSION. Really. I might sound like the Grinch right now. Sorry about that. I can’t wait for spring to come. Let’s talk books, shall we.

on books

I have read a bit less than last month, but I’m blaming The Dark Vault for this – mean, that book was over 600 pages and that takes me time. Also, I’m not really blaming BLAMING The Dark Vault because it was incredible and I regret nothing.

I’m 15 books ahead of schedule on my goodreads challenge and read 69 books (out of 60, which was my intial challenge this year) and I’m really happy about that! Last year was my best reading year so far with 73 books. I’m not certain I’ll do better this year and I’m not pressuring myself to do so in any way, but it would be nice? I can’t believe how much I read now??

Books I read

I started my month with a short and fluffy read. I was a bit sad that it didn’t have more depth to the characters, but overall I had a fun time reading that one!

Schwab never, ever, ever disappoints me with her books. That one was brilliant, incredible world-building, great characters, just, I love everything she writes. Full review here!

This is my second Sara Barnard book and… I’m going to need to read EVERYTHING she writes. A great book about friendship and with adorable relationships, realistic and raw and GREAT. Full review soon!

I love everything Alice Oseman does and she is so, so so, so very talented. Heartstopper made my marshmallow heart so happy. Full review here!



If you’re a mess after reading this book, raise your hand. *raising my hand REALLY HIGH*. That book was a rollercoaster and emotions and Elias I’m crying and ugh. Feelings everywhere. And Laia is the best.Full review soon!

I’ve been eager to read that one for a while and I am finally reading it, YAY! So far so good, a bit confused with all the characters but THE DRAMA, I love the drama okay.





I ended up doing #NaNoWriMo this month. I wasn’t sure until November 1st when I decided to take on my rewriting-editing and to track it all with NaNoWriMo. It’s all so very satisfying to see the chart graphic rise and rise as you write, honestly, it really is.

I didn’t get up on October 31st telling myself I would do NaNoWriMo. I actually decided on November 1st, just thinking about writing every day and well, look what actually happened on November 29th.

So…. I guess I kind of won NaNo a day early or something????

(I know. My WIP is called To Be Determined. It’s not the real title, in case you were wondering. How do you pick out a title for your WIP? I have NO idea. Someone help me.)

After not writing for so long, it feels GREAT to be able to make progress on this story again! As I’m writing this I am about 60K in and I am hoping to keep on a good rhythm to finish this draft by the end of the year. I’m deducting that I have about 30K to get through and that would be about 967 words per day. I’m going back to work and won’t write every day so I’m definitely going to fail, but well, I can try.

Who knows, if I end up finishing this draft I might be sending it to some beta readers and chew my nails off in anxiety while waiting for some feedback. Who knows.

on the blog

I celebrated my 4th blogoversary this month! I can’t believe it has been 4 YEARS since I started book blogging. It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions and love and I feel so grateful every day. I also feel like I’m sort of a dinosaur now??

🎁 I’m hosting an INTERNATIONAL giveaway for the occasion, head out to my blogoversary post to check it out!

Also, apparently I was sort of very very inspired with discussions and lists this month?? Let’s hope this continues, because I’m having tons of fun.

πŸ“– Book reviews





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πŸ’» Book blogging

πŸ“š Book discussions

πŸ“ Writing


Here’s my selection of the month – I probably missed tons of posts and ugh, who else needs more time every day to read wonderful blogs? I do.

Books & Reading

Book Blogging

Is there a blog post you are particularily proud of this month? Feel free to send it along with your comment!

How was November for you? Are you a fan of the end of the year / Christmas season (if you celebrate) or not at all?

What was your favorite book this month? Are you on track to finish your yearly challenges? HOW WAS NaNoWriMo? Tell me everything in comments!



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109 thoughts on “Monthly wrap-up – November 2018

  1. I am so proud of you for getting through the past months. I know it wasn’t easy and it was hard on you, but it would have been hard on anyone. Just keep looking forward and taking it one step at a time. You’ll get better and you’ll get used to it again. I believe in you!
    Also, I am super proud of you for winning NANO! You had trouble with editing in the beginning but I feel like you made such great progress and I am so happy for you!

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    1. Thank you so, so, so much Kat, I really hope so one step at a time ❀
      I feel like I’ve made progress and I’m happy about it, but I know it’s all going to get very slow as I go back to work and everything else. I need to establish a routine again in order not to give up haha.
      thank you so much ❀❀❀

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  2. wonderful post, Marie! it really sucks that November wasn’t a great mental health month for you (same though) but I’m so happy your foot has gotten better! I’m wishing you all the best for both of these, best of luck!

    congratulations on winning NaNoWriMo, and a day early, too! I cannot understand how people manage to do that, I know I’d die for sure. I really believe you can finish your draft by the end of the year! sending all the support x also, once again, happy 4th blogversary!

    I’m so happy you enjoyed/are enjoying A Torch Against the Night and Crazy Rich Asians! A Torch Against the Night made me scream for 1 and a half years, haha but it was SO GOOD. my drama-loving soul really loved Crazy Rich Asians and found it so entertaining.

    to be honest, I’m not in the Christmas spirit at all. literally, everyone is in the Christmas spirit and then there’s just me like …

    have a wonderful december and rest of 2018, marie! happy reading and blogging xx

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    1. Thank you so, so much Taasia, let’s hope that December will be better for both of us❀️

      You’re so sweet thank you so much! I have to say that I had quite some time given my on sick-leave situation, I would never have written that much with work πŸ˜‚ but it feels good to write again. No idea if I’ll be able to finish my draft for the end of the year, but I am just hoping not to give up! thank you!! ❀️

      I get why you screamed. I’m still screaming about it. I will never be ready for A Reaper At The Gates haha. And I am really finding Crazy Rich Asians SO entertaining so far! πŸ™‚

      I am SO glad to hear you say that, I haven’t been in the christmas spirit at all either. we’re two haha πŸ™‚
      I hope you’ll have a wonderful December as well! thank you so, so much for your sweet words ❀️❀️

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      1. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I’m almost done with the book and ALL THE DRAMA honestly I don’t know I’m living for this kind of book πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        thank you so much Taasia, you’re a sweetheart ❀ ❀


  3. how DARE the year go by so fast??? im still so shocked, when did this happen??

    im so happy your foot is healing 😭😭 i cant imagine what those 7 and a half months must have been like. sending you lots of happy thoughts and lots of loveee, i hope your mental health gets better! ❀ ❀ ❀

    you ARE DOING SO WELL on your reading challenge and for NaNoWriMo, honey you slayed itttt! im so PROUD of youu!!! goodbye perfect sounds amazing and im so glad to hear you loved torch against the night bc WOW that series is something else.

    i hope december is amazing for you ❀

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    1. I know right?? I don’t get it, it’s still 2016 in my head hahaha.
      Thank you so, so much, this means so much ❀️❀️
      I agree that wow, the ember in the ashes series has been fantastic so far. I’m terrified to read a reaper at the gates ahhhh.
      thank you so much ❀️❀️

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    1. I love you even more my sweechie, thank you so much for being such a constant support and listening ear whenever I need it ❀ you’re the best! ❀❀❀


    1. Thank you so, so much, I hope so too! ❀
      Aww I'm glad I'm not the only one haha, I would LOVE to… well, get some distance from all of this holiday-end of the year-christmas frenzy hahaha πŸ™‚

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    1. I had all the roots of my story already ready though, I edited / rewrote a previous WIP so that’s why I could decide last minute like that haha πŸ™‚ with a new project, I NEVER would have done that haha.
      Thank you so, so much Margaret! ❀

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  4. Aahhh congratulations in winning NaNoWriMo a day early, Marie!! So happy and proud of you πŸ’–πŸ’– Good luck with finishing the rest of your WIP by the end of the year!! I’m sure you can do it; I believe in you ☺️ (And even if you don’t, that’s ok! You’ve accomplished so much already.)

    I’m happy to hear that you’re walking again, one step at a time!! Wishing you all the best with the healing & recovery process. I’m sorry that your mental health hasn’t been good for the past two months, but I’m glad you’re trying, every day. That’s what matters, and I hope things will be better for you soon. ❀️ Also, I completely relate to your feelings about the holiday season & end of the year; I get quite anxious and sad around this time of the year too, since I feel so much pressure for the holidays to be perfect, when they aren’t, most of the time. Most people celebrate the holidays with their family, and it makes me sad that they’re bonding and having so much fun together, because I’d like to have that, too. Anyway, sorry I’m just rambling now.

    I hope December will be a wonderful month for you, bookish, writing, and life-wise! πŸ’“

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    1. Thank you so, so, so much for your sweet words and support, Dezzy, this means so much πŸ’–πŸ’– I probably will take a couple more months to continue writing, since it’s hard to do everything while working again, but… I hope I won’t give up ahah πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much, this means a lot, I really hope it will get better as well πŸ’–
      I’m so sorry to hear that, Dezzy, but please know that you NEVER have to apologize for rambling about anything ever, I am always here should you need or want to talk about anything πŸ’– I know how this season can be especially hard on us at times, I’m always here for you πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  5. MARIE YOU ARE SO SWEET! thank you for linking up my posts!

    YES FOR FINISHING NANO YOU QUEEN. I am so proud this makes my heart happy!!! very excited to see what you come up with!

    also, so many awesome books! being ahead of schedule feels so great & i’m really glad your reading is turning out so well this year! (I also can’t believe it’s almost over though like what the heck)

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    1. Oh you’re so welcome, you keep on writing incredible posts all the time, it is my pleasure to share them πŸ’–

      Thank you so much, I could say the same for you, CONGRATULATIONS ON NANO TOO!! Here’s to hoping we can both finish these stories now ahah πŸ’–
      thank you so, so much Vicky! I hope you’re having a lovely December so far πŸ™‚

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  6. Glad to hear you are walking on two feet again. Casts are the worst! Good luck transitioning back to work. That’s a long while to be out, but I am sure you will do great. I am trying to get as many of Bernard’s books as possible. They have not all been released in the US, but I hope we will get more, because I adore her books.

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    1. Thank you so, so much! Casts really are the worst haha. I’m hoping that I’ll get used to work and everything again soon πŸ™‚
      Ahhh, this makes me so happy to hear! I have read Goodbye Perfect and A Quiet Kind of Thunder so far and loved them both. I can’t wait to read more πŸ’–

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  7. Hi Marie, I didn’t know how much I missed your blog until I visited it again. Once again, I am so in awe of you. I could only aspire to be a blogger like you. Thank you so much for being such a wonderful ray of sunshine in the blogging community and making each and every one of us feel included ❀

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    1. Awwww Kevin you’re making me cry 😭❀️ thank you so, so much for your sweet words, this just made my day a billion times better, I am honored ❀️ thank you so much for your support, this means so much more than I could ever express just with words 😭❀️


  8. I’m glad you’re starting to walk again! 2.5 months is a long time!!

    Great job on your 2018 reading! I’ve read 43 books so far, which is great since I set my goal at a low 25. I guess I found quite a bit more time to read than I thought I would, which is fantastic! I didn’t read much last year, but I guess life with a toddler gives me a bit more time than life with a baby?! Haha! Yippee!

    And awesome job with NaNoWriMo! You rock! πŸ™‚

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    1. It is a long time haha, I hope to only get better from now on. fingers crossed πŸ™‚ ❀️
      YAY that’s amazing, I’m so happy you got to read so much, congratulations!! I hope you’ve read amazing books, too πŸ™‚

      Thank you so, so much! ❀️


  9. Ugh, I’m sorry to hear about your feet. Breaking two at once?? That’s some feat! (Sorry, bad pun.) Anyway, congratulations on winning NaNoWriMo! How exciting to get your groove back!

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    1. Oh no I just broke one foot, not the two of them haha (thankfully!), damn my spelling mistake! Sorry about that haha.
      Thank you so much! It is exciting, I hope I’ll get to write more to finish that draft πŸ™‚

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  10. Yay for finally being able to walk a bit more. I fractured my ankle years ago and it was awful…I would really like to never have to use crutches again. Congrats on winning NaNo. I did not take part, but I DO hope to finally get back into my own WIP because I’ve been failing all around on that one. haha And I do like Christmas and the various events, etc. that take place, but I tend to deal with more depression this time of the year, so that sucks.


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    1. Thank you so much ❀️ I get that, same here!
      Thank you!! I hope you’ll get back to writing soon, it’s so easy to fall behind with life and everything else, but there’s nothing like going back to something you love ❀️
      I’m so sorry to hear that, though I 200% get that too. It’s a difficult time of the year. :/
      I hope you’ll have a lovely December x


  11. Oh it seems like you had a great November Marie; between reaching your four year blogiversary, winning NaNoWriMo and being so far ahead of your Goodreads Reading Challenge I feel like you need to share your secrets with me because I am so behind when it comes to everything about life. πŸ™‚ ❀
    You got through some amazing books, obviously I loved your review for The Night Circus, and your review for Heartstopper convinced me I need to add that book to my TBR list and get around to it ASAP.
    A Torch Against the Night left me an emotional wreck as well. I still have the third book on my TBR list and you'd think after reading that cliffhanger I'd be diving into it right away.
    Great recap, and I hope you enjoy the last month of the year as well. Happy reading and blogging. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. Oh ahah I don’t know if I have any secrets, really, I guess I just had a lot of time on my hands this last month…. I guess that was the perk of being on sick leave haha πŸ™‚
      I can’t wait for you to read Heartstopper, it is AMAZING. I love it SO much. ❀
      And oh I get that. I want to read A Reaper soon, but I am soooooooo scared, because my emotions went away with A Torch against the night. this book was, wow. just, wow ahha.
      Thank you so much Beth! I hope you're having a wonderful December ❀

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      1. Ohh, well hopefully now NaNo is over I’ll have more time to blog and read and catch up on everything (that’s the hope at least).
        I need to re-read the first two before starting on A Reaper, but that’s on my priority list for next year (along with Heartstopper)
        That’s all right, and thanks Marie. πŸ™‚ ❀

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  12. Oof, sorry to hear about your foot! But I’m glad you are walking again and can go places in the world, even with little steps at a time. ❀

    And hooray on winning NaNoWriMo! Also HAPPY 4 YEARS, Fellow Blogoversary Buddy! I went 6 years, so we can both be dinosaurs together. Except I prefer dragons because dragons are cuter.

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    1. Thank you so, so much Sophia! yes ahah, slowly but surely I hope ❀
      6 years AHHH that’s fantastic, congratulations!! I’m all for dragons. Dragons are pretty cool πŸ˜›


  13. You had an eventful month!

    Glad your foot is healing. My feet sometimes hurt from work (I’m beginning to learn that it means that I need new shoes… they wear out so quickly when you walk all day). Ouch!

    Congrats on winning NaNoWriMo! Especially not deciding to do it until November 1st. I actually started planning my NaNo book in August… I still have 13 chapters to write in the first draft. I do have a title for my book, but I didn’t know what it would be called until I had imagined the next to last scene, realized that the book was going to be a duology (it might be a trilogy though… too much to do in the next book). The title to the SECOND book in the series, SHADOW’S QUEEN, actually came to me before the title of the first book.

    I STILL haven’t read any of V.E. Schwab’s books, but I keep buying them. I know they’re going to be good, so when they go on sale I buy them, but I haven’t read any yet. I really need to get to it.

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    1. Thank you so much Brooke! ❀

      Ohhhh well that’s so great that you already have so much planned out and a sequel, a potential third book maybe coming too! that’s amazing to see how you can expand a story. I wish you the best of luck to write it all! ❀
      I hope you’ll get to Schwab’s books soon, they’re so worth it ❀


  14. Ooh yikes, I hope going back to work will be okay! Don’t let the pressure get to you TOO much, Marie. You’ve been absent and you’re totally allowed to take some time to catch up on everything. Pretty sure no sane person would expect you to dive into work and be on top of everything from the second you arrive. πŸ˜‰

    As for NaNo: WELL DONE YOU. Honestly, I noticed more people who only decided to participate at November 1st and they pretty much all ended up finishing it early / on time while those who had been planning for two months already failed? Guess they burnt themselves out before actually starting with all the planning or something? [Could be wrong, I don’t know. It just looks that way to me.]

    As for Christmas.. I don’t usually hate the holidays but this year? Yeah, I do. I am NOT looking forward to all the family get-togethers. I’ll be seven months pregnant ffs. I have better stuff to do [like reading and doing absolutely nothing] than try and smile to every single person asking me for the millionth time how far along I am and how is everything and isn’t it tiring and YOU ARE TIRING OKAY. [Sorry. I just.. get frustrated thinking about it. Let alone how I’ll react when it actually happens..]
    Usually I also look forward to giving and receiving gifts, but I’ve noticed everyone wanting to give things for the baby and I’m here like.. “But I want something for ME too..” They don’t get it though. Nope, they don’t.
    [Okay, let’s end this frustrated rant because this is definitely hormones speaking, oopsies.]

    Aaaaanyway! Take care of yourself. Do all the self-care you need so you can get on top of your mental health again. Don’t force yourself into anything and do things you enjoy doing. Always do that. ❀ Hope you'll feel better soon, Marie!

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    1. Thank you so, so much Kathy ❀ I’m taking things one day at a time, it’s the rhythm that’s a bit hard to catch up on (I’m working far away and have to commute in train) so far. I’m trying not to pressure myself too much with it all even if… sometimes it’s hard hahaha πŸ™‚

      I have no idea how other people did NaNo, but personally I know I could decide last minute to do it and succeed, because I was editing. I already had my full draft, full story planned out,I just needed to rewrite and edit it all. Well… the first 50 K, I still have 30K to go haha πŸ™‚

      Oh I can understand your frustration, I really hope people won’t be too bothering with you and that they will focus on other things, too. And I get that frustration – I am hoping that there will be gifts for you, too, personally, you deserve it Kathy!! ❀ and please feel free to rant away all the time you want to and need, I’m always here to listen when you need ❀

      Thank you so, so much for your sweet words, this means everything ❀

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      1. Oh, that commute sounds like a pain in the ass for sure! I couldn’t do without my car anymore. Although I might start taking the train once we’ve moved since we’ll live right at the train station, hah.
        Trying not to pressure yourself is always hard so it’s already something to be proud of to just try not to! πŸ™‚

        Hm, I guess that does make a difference as well! I do feel like NaNo might put a bit too much pressure on some people though. I actually saw some Tweets and Instastories where people were actually CRYING for not being on schedule and I was like.. “dear lord..”
        Well, I hope you get the other 30K done soon-ish as well! πŸ˜‰

        Haha, thank you! One family get-together has been canceled since yesterday so.. I’m quite relieved? Now to get the other ones to cancel as well. *evil laughter* I just feel like hauling up in a room with my books until the holidays are over. Or maybe until the kid’s born – even better. πŸ˜›

        ❀ All the love for you, Marie! πŸ™‚

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      2. It really is a pain in the ass haha. But it’s third time less expensive than taking my car, so….. I’m doing that way for now haha πŸ™‚

        Oh yes I feel that way too ! It’s not good to pressure ourselves too much with anything, really, and I know that what matters with NaNo in the end is that we get some writing done even if it’s not 50K. Writing a little bit is what matters πŸ™‚

        YAY! Oh that’ s great haha one less event to go to, that will be nice πŸ™‚ I hope you’ll be able to hide out in your room with your books more often than not to get through this time of the year ❀ ❀ ❀

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      3. Yikes, okay. I can imagine taking the train is a smarter move that way. Doesn’t really make any difference for me, except being on my way longer should I take public transport and.. since I’m not even comfortable on public transport being pregnant and all.. Car it is, haha.

        Exactly! I can’t even imagine trying to write 50K but then again, don’t think there’s a writer hiding in me either. πŸ˜›

        Thank you! ❀ I might just lock myself up anyway. "Sorry, Kathy isn't home right now. Try again later." :')

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      4. Yeah I get that, car is way more practical that way too! πŸ™‚ ❀
        And yeeeees haha, hiding for a little while with your books is always good. we all need some time for ourselves too ❀

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  15. YAY YOU WON NANOWRIMO ! That’s amazing, I’m so pround of you for making some progress in your wip !!

    November was a good month for me, mostly because I managed to make some progress on myself and feel better ! I also quite like winter, so…yeah

    I just wanted to thank you again for writing such lovely and beautiful posts, because they really helped me feel better when I was sad ! Reading them just made my days brighter, so thank you very much ! You’re a wonderful blogger and person and…just…thank you <3<3

    Hope you have a lovely december month so far !

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    1. Aw thank you so, so, so much, your comment brightened up my day, really, thank you for your sweet words! ❀
      I'm so glad to hear that November has been good for you, I hope that December will be just as good, and even better for you. Sending you tons of love! ❀

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  16. I hope you start to feel better soon, dear! ❀ Baby steps will get you anywhere if you just keep going. Also congrats on NaNo! Your progress bar is really aesthetically pleasing, like it's a really nice incline lol. Happy late fourth year blogging anniversary! Your blog always puts a smile on my face. I hope you're already rocking December. πŸ™‚

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  17. Grreat wrap up! I’m glad you’re walking again! You’ve read some great books this month! I’m glad you’re enjoying the Ember In The Ashes series! I really need to get back to that series soon. Hope you enjoy the next book! I haven’t read The Crazy Rich Asians but I really want to watch the movie. I loved Night Circus! it was a bit confusing sometimes but overall, it was a great magical experience.
    Hope you have a wonderful December! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much Raven!! ❀
      I really want to watch the Crazy Rich Asians movie just as well, the book was so much fun!! πŸ˜€
      I hope you'll have an amazing December as well! ❀


  18. Ahh, I am glad that your foot is better now and that you can walk now. I can understand how overwhelming and tiring it can be to go to work after such a long time. But I am sure you would do just fine πŸ™‚ You read some pretty good books. Heartstopper definitely sounds like a cute book and I hope I get to it someday πŸ™‚ Yay, you are finally reading CRA. Can’t wait to know your thoughts πŸ˜€ Yes, there are so many characters to remember but all the DRAMA? That’s something πŸ˜€
    Congratulations on doing so well with NANOWRIMO πŸ™‚ I would be lucky to be one of the beta readers if you decide so in future πŸ˜›
    I would say November was a pretty good month for you overall and I hope December is even better πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing my post.

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    1. Thank you so, so much Sim ❀ it's been exhausting, but I guess I'll find my rhythm soon πŸ™‚
      YES YES YES, I LIVED for all of that drama haha I loved it so much, it was such an entertaining read overall πŸ˜€
      Aww you're too sweet! I still have a long way to go, but let's hope I can finish this draft early 2019 and I'll keep you in mind for sure ❀
      Thank you so, so much Sim! ❀

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      1. Oh no worries at all!! thank you so much for your sweet words, that means a lot ❀️❀️ I hope you’re having a lovely December so far! πŸ™‚


  19. Marie! I’m so sorry about your foot! Maybe you’ve talked about your foot being broken already in other blog posts and I just missed it, BUT I’m so glad that you are starting to walk about again. I’m sending all the healing vibes your way (is that a thing??? I dunno, but in any case, I hope you continue to heal well). ALSO, thank you so much for linking to my post here! It means a lot to have anything I wrote listed up alongside some of these really amazing bloggers. It looks like you had an amazing month both on the blog and with your reading. I hope December is just as great for you (and that it goes by quickly, since you don’t like this time of year ahaha).

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    1. I just mentioned it in my October wrap-up over a month ago ahah it’s no biggie that you missed it at all πŸ™‚
      thank you so much, I hope that’s a thing and that it works haha thank you for your sweet words ❀ ❀
      and of course! I loved your post so, so much, it deserves all of the love ❀ ❀
      Thank you so much Kat! I hope you're having a lovely December so far ❀

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  20. Congrats on 4 years. I’m glad to hear you can finally stand on your own two feet again. Not being able to has to be so frustrating. Hopefully going back to work will go fine. ❀ And May December give you a great end of the year.

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    1. Thank you so, so much ❀ it was really frustrating, I’m glad to be able to walk again now ahah πŸ™‚
      thank you so much! I hope that you’re having a wonderful December so far ❀


  21. I’m so sorry to hear about your mental health Marie ❀️ If you ever need to talk I’m here. I’m also so sorry to hear about your foot, but I’m glad to hear you’re walking again!

    ALSO LOOK AT YOU DECIDING ON A WHIM TO DO NANO AND THEN KILLING IT?! Iconic. I’m so proud of you ❀️ Even if you don’t get to finish it this year, you’ve already accomplished so much ❀️

    I also started reading Crazy Rich Asians haha. I definitely get what you mean with being confused about all the characters. The movie is thankfully still in my head, but there are definitely more characters in the book than there are in the movie. My copy comes with a family tree (I don’t know if every copy does?) and it took me so long to figure it out πŸ˜‚

    Hope you’ll feel better soon Marie, take care of yourself ❀️

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    1. Thank you so, so much Michelle, that means a lot ❀️❀️

      haha you’re too sweet, it’s not THAT iconic given that I’ve been working on my WIP and editing, so I know the thing by heart haha, but thank you!! ❀️

      Ahhh, I hope you enjoyed the movie? I haven’t seen it just yet, but I’m looking forward to πŸ™‚
      thank you so much, I hope you’re having a good December so far ❀️

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  22. Hello Marie ❀ ❀ ❀
    Glad to hear that your foot has healed and that you're walking again! Hope that you'll be back to your usual daily tasks in no time πŸ™‚
    Hahaha glad that I'm not the only Grinch around here. Christmas time really stresses me out πŸ™‚
    That's awesome that you are ahead of your Goodreads goal! And congrats (AGAIN!!!) for winning Nanowrimo. That is so amazing that you are almost done your WIP. I am looking forward to being a beta-reader! Of course, no pressure, please write at your own pace- I know this is a hectic time of year!
    Wishing you all the best for December ❀

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    1. Thank you so much Sophie!! ❀️
      I’m glad to hear that ahah, I’m just not a fan of that season at all haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much, I really can’t wait to write more and see that finish line, too haha. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to finish that draft next year ❀️
      I hope you’re having a wonderful december!

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      1. Haha yes let’s both get through Christmas πŸ™‚ and best wishes with your writing next year!
        December is going super duper fast haha. Are we almost halfway through the month!? What!? lol πŸ™‚

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  23. Oh my gosh, I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been having a tough time lately Marie! I hope you take the time to look after yourself, mental health is so important ❀ You read so many amazing books during November, glad the Dark Vault was really good! I have the first 2 books on my shelf to dive into. Hope you had a wonderful blogoversary!

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    1. Thank you so, so much for your sweet words ❀ I'm trying my best to, even it it's not my forte, thank you ❀ ❀
      I hope you're having a wonderful December so far ❀


  24. You never really appreciate how wonderful it is that the human body works the way it does until it doesn’t work anymore! I’m glad you’re back on two feet again and I hope getting steady on those two feet goes well for you x And yay for loving The Dark Vault because I can’t wait to read that one. I also just got my second Sara Barnard one, but it’s her other novel. I can’t wait to read it and hopefully will get to Goodbye Perfect afterward ^.^

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    1. Oh I can only agree with you on that! Thank you so much, you’re so sweet Olivia ❀
      I can't wait for you to read The Dark Vault, it was really good, I had such a great time with it πŸ™‚
      And I want to read ALL of Sara Barnard's books as soon as I can, everything I've read so far, I've loved πŸ™‚
      I hope you're having a wonderful December so far! ❀

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  25. I’m so glad your foot’s getting better!! That’s brilliant that you’re so far ahead with your reading goals as well! Oh wow that’s awesome that you won nano as well!! Little black dress sounds good. And I’m glad about dark vault! Definitely want to read crazy rich asians as well. Really great posts you’ve included as well- I always love Trang’s post! πŸ˜€ Awesome wrap up πŸ™‚ ❀


    1. Thank you so much! ❀
      I hope you'll get to read Crazy Rich Asians at some point, I really enjoyed it, it was such a fun read πŸ™‚
      Thank you! ❀ I hope December has been treating you well ❀

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