Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November Confessions

Sanibel Island, Florida 11/2010
Well, I learned a lot this month.  I signed up for NaNoWriMo and was so hopeful until I got behind. Once I got behind, it snowballed horribly. I felt it was no longer fun to write, because I was more worried about word count than I was quality. At that moment, I knew it was over for me. But don't get me wrong, I got over 17,000 words written in the first two weeks and for me during this busy month of November filled with report cards, conferences and a trip to Florida, I figured that it isn't half bad! 

NaNoWriMo did remind me that I love to write and could actually enjoy it if I had more time. I definitely plan on trying it again next year, but with more of a plan in mind!  Maybe there should be a NaNoWriMo in July for us teachers! Consequently, I was so focused on writing the first two weeks, I fell behind in my reading, but I did get some reviews posted. Here's my November wrap-up:

Books Read in November:
1.  Cate of the Lost Colony by Lisa Klein
2.  Delirium by Lauren Oliver
3.  Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
4.  Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
5.  Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
6.  Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

My November Top Five:

1.  Favorite Book
This was a tough choice as I've been on an awesome book kick lately, but I have to go with Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I'm obsessed!

2.  Biggest Surprise:  
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly- I heard that this book was good, but I had no idea how awesome it was going to be. Jennifer Donnelly is a new author (to me!) that I now love.

3.  Biggest Letdown: 
Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick- Now don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this book and thought it was extremely entertaining, but sadly, it wasn't as good as Hush, Hush. I still gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars though, because it's pure mind candy.

4.  Favorite Post
My "Must Read" Classics

5.  Favorite Part of November: 
My mini-vacation to Florida and of course, Thanksgiving.

I hope everyone has had a great month! I can't believe December starts tomorrow. It feels just like yesterday when I was on the beach with a good book basking in the summer sun. Time flies! One thing is for sure though....I am excited for the holiday season!

1 comment:

  1. I think you did the right thing letting NaNo go by the wayside. There is little point writing just to see the word count go up if it doesn't take you in any direction. Last Summer there was a "Writing Summer Camp" hosted by Kaz Mahoney. We all set our own goals and did a virtual check in to keep motivated. It was great. I'm going to do it next year so I will send you the link.

    So I have asked for Anna and the French Kiss for Christmas. I really hope I get it.


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