If you’ve seen my Updates, Explanations, & Oversharing post, then you can probably guess that October wasn’t my best reading month. And you’d be write. You could probably also guess that November isn’t going so well for me. You’d be right again.
That said, despite some lows, I did read some good books in November, and I have hopes of getting to some more good books this month. So instead of focusing on what I couldn’t get to, or what goals I didn’t make, let’s focus on the things I did enjoy, and the things I’m hoping to enjoy in the future!
Read more to see my favorite books that I read in October, as well as some books I’m dying to read this month!
I’m honestly in shock that it’s already November. Seriously, where did the year go??? My mind is still in 20-gay-teen right now (tbh I’m actually still stuck in 2012) and any time someone mentions that 2020 exists, let alone that it’s only a couple of months away, I fall right into an existential panic.
That said, there is one benefit to how fast the year is going- we are so close to being able to read all of these amazing November releases!! You definitely need to pick up some of these books before the year is over!
Read more for my top 8 most anticipated book releases of November 2019!
September was a rough month. The semester started, I picked up more work hours, and I was trying to make two new cosplays for NYCC. That said, I still reached my quota of 10 books! (Barely, but it counts).
Hopefully, things will calm down a little now that the convention is over and the semester is in full swing. Although I did just get cast in a play, so maybe more free time isn’t exactly a realistic goal?
Either way, I wanted to talk about some of my favorite books that helped me survive the insanity that was September, and some of the books I plan to get to this month.
Read more to see my favorite reads of last month, and the books I’m hoping to love in October!
New York Comic Con is perhaps my favorite time of year (maybe second only to Bookcon… it’s hard to decide).
From amazing cosplays to hilarious panels, you will always have something to see when visiting the Javits Center Columbus Day weekend. This year, I was able to go on Saturday and Sunday, with some fun Disney cosplays.
The real reason I love NYCC? That would have to be the free books. From ARCs to finished copies, there are dozens of free books handed out by the publishing booths. And when it comes to getting free things, I plan things out to the minute to make sure I can get as much as possible (a trait that really comes in handy at conventions). I typically try to stick with that plan, but this year a lot of the books I got were completely by coincidence.
Saturday was definitely my craziest day. I had to wake up at 5 in the morning to start my Belle transformation before leaving at 7 to begin the trek into the city. I live out on the North Fork of Long Island, so the drive can be a little long, but not long enough to make a hotel worthwhile. We had some issues getting parking, something that had never happened in the previous 3 years I’ve gone to NYCC, but of course one of the subway lines had to be down this weekend so everyone was driving in. Luckily, we got to the convention at around 10:30, just on time for me to sprint over to the Fierce Reads (Macmillan) booth to line up for an ARC of Tricia Levenseller’s Warrior of the Wild (Release Date: 2/26/19). If I left with only one ARC, I would have wanted it to be this one. I absolutely adored her Daughter of the Pirate King series and I’m dying to see what she writes next.
After that, I was also lucky enough to get my hands on We Set the Dark on Fire (RD: 2/26/19) by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins (RD: 2/05/19) and I got to go to a signing of A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine (RD: 3/26/29). Later, I was also grabbed a copy of The Afterward by E.K. Johnston (RD: 2/19/19).
I ended up not buying too many books, only three that I’m really excited to start reading. The first is The Wolf Queen by Cerece Rennie Murphy. I’ve been visiting her booth at NYCC since my first convention four years ago. Her books always amaze me and I always look forward to getting to see what she’s written. Plus, she is one of the nicest human beings! Her books are also available online, so go and pick up a copy! I also met an author I haven’t read before, Nicoline Evans. She had a variety of books but her Haemans series is the one that stuck out to me (she described it as a dark Anastasia-inspired book with zombies, so I was sold).
On Sunday, I only really wanted one book, and that was Sherwood by Meagan Spooner (RD: 3/19/19). I’m so glad I was able to get that, plus a few others! The most surprising book I got was Slayer by Kiersten White (RD: 1/8/19). I had no idea they were even dropping the ARC, and I’m so grateful that someone I was on line with (for another book) told me about it! Buffy the Vampire Slayer was my life in high school, and I am so glad I was able to get my hands on an ARC of Kiersten White’s book that takes place in that universe! I also got to go to a signing of Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel, and was able to pick up an ARC of The Women’s War by Jenna Glass (RD: 3/5/19).
Of course, I can’t finish my NYCC wrap up without showing a few of the amazing cosplays I saw during the weekend:
Some photographers started coming by when we posed together and it was so weird