November Wrap-Up: I’m dying, but it’s fine


Just feet away from me is a fun taped-up piece of wall art with the very fun title “DECEMBER DUE DATES” written in deceptively pretty blue-gray marker. Open in other windows on my laptop I have three papers, a presentation and a massive final project. Also my water bottle is empty and I’m kind of thirsty. And could do with a mandarin orange.

Basically I’m being pulled in 100 different equally important directions and I should go to one of them. But I started doing this instead, so.

What are you going to do.

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Oh, boy, friends. When it rains it pours.

I spent two or three or okay probably bare minimum five months moaning and groaning and feeling awful for doing literally nothing. Just applying for tons of jobs and internships and feeling lazy and yuck all the time.

Then I got a part time job. And also like three days later I got an internship. And now I am doing both of them. And a handful of extracurriculars. And also school, full time. And also trying not to die and/or have a mental breakdown in a pool of my own tears because I’d just rather not do either of those things right now. Too busy.

It’s been a lot.

I don’t SUPER have anything you’d call “”free time”” at the moment but I enjoy being busy so I’m okay. Well I was okay until finals week suddenly came out of nowhere, back-alley style, and did the emotional equivalent of stabbing me with an actual knife. But we’ll get to that.

BUT I MISS READING. LIKE A LOT. AND ALSO BLOG-HOPPING AND BOOKSTAGRAMMING AND WRITING REVIEWS. Because one hundred percent of those things instantly fell through the cracks.


  1. I hit 4000 friends on Goodreads!!!!!!!!! And also the review rankings, because May finally told me what I was doing wrong like the goddamn saint she is.
  2. EMILY HENRY READ MY BLOG POST. This one. Where I talk about how much I love her. I am equal parts embarrassed and excited except actually scratch that not embarrassed at all just so very excited.

I would be very surprised if I got even a good chunk of last month’s goals done.

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November goals









Truly not as bad as it could have been.

Seriously, you guys…what my life has become…I do not recognize it.

Goals For December

Read more

Somehow manage to get all finals work done

Blog post at least 3 times

Post on Bookstagram at least 3 times

Complete reading challenge!!

Read at least one classic

Lower number of to-review books

Have yourself a merry little Christmas

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I essentially have two finals weeks, and during each of these weeks life will come and ever so kindly punch me in the face and also I will keep working and internship-ing and doing homework and writing papers and studying and going to class in that time.

December 14th, baby. When at least half of those things will very briefly be over.

And then I will have to do it all over again with brand new classes. Yippee.

It is hard for me to imagine finding time to do a lot of the book-related things I so dearly love until at least break, and maybe not even then. But I’m slightly ahead of schedule on my reading challenge still, so I can at least finish that.

I think.

If I cannot, I will disown myself.

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1. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Read: November 1-3 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 4.5 stars


I don’t know. I can’t decide. And usually if I can’t decide that means I shouldn’t give it five stars but also the language is so beautiful and the cover is so beautiful and the relationships are so beautiful and the themes are so beautiful and SHOULDN’T BOOKS WITH THAT MANY THINGS THAT ARE BEAUTIFUL GET FIVE STARS???

But also I can’t decide.

2. Alice’s Adventures Under Ground by Lewis Carroll

Read: November 3-4 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 4 stars

Alice's Adventures Under GroundI cannot even believe what a fake Alice fan I am. Seriously. You should all burn me at the stake, or whatever the policy for fake-stanning Alice is these days.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is my favoritest book ever, as we all know because I never shut up about it, and yet until THIS VERY MONTH, after my wonderful roommate bought me a copy as a birthday gift, I had never read the original manuscript Carroll gave to the real Alice Liddell.

Who am I.

3. Shakespeare & Company by Sylvia Beach

Read: November 7 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 2.5 stars

Shakespeare and CompanyI read this the day before the due date of a book report I wrote on it. So I enjoyed it about as much as you’d expect.

Which is to say: not at all.

But also no worries because I got an A on the book report and I am still absolutely thriving 10/10 what no I’m not crying you’re crying leave me alone it’s fine I’m FINE!!!

More importantly — would you look at that ugly ass cover thoooo.

4. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Read: November 8-11  🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 2.5 stars

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)THAT’S RIGHT, YOU GUYS.

I finally read this book and guess the hell what!! Yeah you read that rating correctly!! I DIDN’T CARE FOR IT ALL THAT MUCH!!

Trying to hype up my unpopular opinions like they’re fun and not debilitating in order to feel alive: Check.

Anyway. I didn’t get the appeal of this one. (Insert absolutely no one being surprised here.)

5. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

Read: November 11-15  🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 4 stars

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Grisha Verse, #0.5, #2.5, #2.6)Yeah baby!!! A YA fantasy with some degree of hype that I was lightly anticipating…and it DIDN’T disappoint me!!

I want to give Leigh Bardugo a lil kiss on the forehead for single-handedly giving me the strength I need to make it through the harsh harsh world of YA fantasy.

But I will settle for the knowledge that there is a book that combines Bardugo and Grisha and illustrations and fairytales and dark spookiness and manages to be nearly as good as the sum of its parts.

6. A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani

Read: November 16-18 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 1 star

A World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil, #2)Guys, I don’t say this lightly, but uh…what the f*ck was this?

A book where men are prejudiced against? And women are evil for saying they don’t need men to flourish and thrive? Where misandry is a way bigger problem than misogyny, and actually just give men the power back because clearly women are a hundred million thousand jillion times worse?

I am confused. And also furious. Very very very furious.

7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Read:  🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 4 stars

FangirlWell, well, well…would you look at that. I read Fangirl again.

I wrote about it in my fall recommendations post and then everybody was like “yeah so true that book is perfect for fall!!” and I said “yeah…you know what…you’re right. By which I mean I’M right and also now I want to reread this book.”

So I did. Mostly on a bus. It was pretty good. You know. Exactly four stars because past-me isn’t past-me enough to be totally wrong.

I love Levi and Reagan BYE!

The only thing worse than being in a slump is when you’re not in a slump but also you have absolutely zero time to read. Okay maybe not worse but it hurts just as muuuuuch bleh.

Anyway. You know the drill. Drumroll please for this minuscule month’s average rating…

Keep drumming…


Sure whatever.

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I POSTED FIVE TIMES!! Still not sure how I managed to have it so together at the beginning of this month, and then just…absolutely not at all at the end.

Love to post enough so that not all of my posts make this list!! Sorry, two posts that weren’t as good as the others in terms of views.

1. October Wrap-Up: An actually…good month??

2. Universally loved books I hate: More unpopular opinions

3. Disappointment and an existential crisis: Renegades and Archenemies Reviews

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Oh please powers that be let me catch a damn break next month. I am not built for this life. I am not one of those New York businesswomen who say you can have it all. I can’t have it all, and also I only want two things anyway and those two are cookies and books.

All I want for Christmas is…

God damn it I’m so distracted I NEARLY FORGOT IT’S MY FAVORITE TIME OF THE YEAR!!!

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How was your November? Did you read anything good? Have you read any of the books I read?

How’s your December so far? Are you looking forward to this month, or do you, like me, feel the need to enter into hibernation?


48 thoughts on “November Wrap-Up: I’m dying, but it’s fine

  1. Em says:

    Ha ha ha ha December to-do lists …

    ** cries **

    I don’t have final exams this term … but DO have 116 essays and 1000 exams to mark. Gotta admit, I’d choose writing exams over marking exams any day.

    Hope you find some time to read this month! Just think … post-exams = sleeping-in + cookies + books, books, books!

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:


      i hope you find some time this month too!! crossing my fingers you get a nice relaxing break in after that comical amount of grading…?


      • Em says:

        Ha ha, it’s – very unfortunately – real … Psychology 101 has 2000 students enrolled in it. There’s another TA who gets to suffer along with me. (Thankfully, the bulk of the exam is multiple choice … just one essay to mark!)

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  2. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    Girl I totally get you. I didn’t care much for The Cruel Prince either and could not get behind that SHIP (or whatever that is, it’s not romantic or cute okay) that everyone seems to love. Though I’ll be damned if I don’t love the Twitter account for it (IncorrectCruelPrince – look it up, it’s hilarious) and the whole fandom. Plus, the artwork is lush.
    Anyway, don’t you worry because we’re all behind on all our goals and plans and have no free time to spare 😀 So let’s just freak out together. I’m here for ya. It’ll be okay. Breathe and just let it go.
    Here’s to a better December/2019/2020!

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      GIRL. YES. how is that a ship??? that people are into?? v toxic and gross and also i think Cardan is boring at best and disgusting at worst

      omg thank you for that twitter acct rec. going to be the only good thing to come out of me reading the cruel prince

      thanks luv ❤ ❤ i hope you get some time to chill out and relax this december too!! and that all of us have 2019s with at least a damn second of free time


  3. Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic) says:

    Wait, how DO you get on the review rankings on Goodreads?!? I’ve always wondered that!!

    I can’t believe you managed to write 5 WHOLE AMAZING BLOG POSTS and yet also be THIS busy. If that’s what you call blogging slipping through the cracks, I am impressed. You go girl!

    Hope December is a little more relaxing for you! 🙂

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      you have to have your location be public!! and then also just get a consistently high-ish number of likes.

      OMG ILY THANK YOU. your kindness = single-handedly granting me the will to live. most of those blog posts were in the early parts of november before the sh*t hit the fan if you will, though, so that’s how that happened

      i hope your december is the greatest month in the recorded history of mankind!!

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      IF YOU YELL AT ME YOU HAVE TO YELL AT LILY AND MAY TOO (but i’m going to read The Wicked King) (and i have high hopes for it)


  4. JanilleNG says:

    I hope you get through your finals week! 🙂 This was a really great post that I seriously enjoyed reading…your writing always manages to make me smile and laugh…so keep doing what you’re doing and hang in there with all that busy stuff! I know you’ll be great! 🙂

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  5. Elizabeth says:

    I totally understand about being completely overwhelmed and in general, just dying. I’m already so worried about my spring semester because my internship is going to be SO MUCH!!!
    Good luck with finals! We’ll both need it, haha..

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  6. malanielovesfiction says:

    I AM JUST STILL SO JOYOUS THAT EMILY HENRY READ YOUR POST???!!!!! i cried twice on your behalf and now I want to read her books even morrrre, i even put “the love that split the world” on my december tbr which I plan to actually follow this month slkdj

    (it made me think about,,,,what would i do if Nora Sakavic? emerged from wherever she hid after writing The Foxhole Court? &&& what if she read my low-quality review post??? I WOULD DISAPPEAr INSTANTLY, that would be the final straw)

    also i want to read Station Eleven so much nowww all I needed was “beautiful relationships”

    also also OH GOD I RELATE about Leigh Bardugo!!??? i want to kiss her forehead as well bc my YA fantasy tolerance is barely alive,,,,,but I f’ing loved SoC w my entire soul c”’:

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:


      concept for a new squad: you, me, emily henry???

      Station Eleven is so gorgeous you willlove it and if you don’t i honestly don’t even know what to say

      EXACTLY!!! leigh bardugo breaks every universal rule about the meh-ness of YA fantasy

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      • malanielovesfiction says:

        i knowwww,,,,this is Foolish Hearts all over again, and it’s the holiday season so myy dislike for Hating Game is doubly shocking and sad, i deserve to be placed in a corner sdklfjlkdsj

        *raises hand to join the emma + emily henry + malanie squad goals*

        *covers up 3 star review for hating game with a large blanket*

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  7. may says:

    ughghg i hope youre able to enjoy the rest of the month despite all your business and generally being a successful, functioning adult.
    rip i knew cruel prince wouldn’t escape your roast (but hey at least we get more glorious roasts from you)


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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      afsdghasfg I LOVE YOU!!!

      TCP won’t even get a roast really it was just…..meh. tbh i’ll probably read The Wicked King (that’s the right title yeah?) b/c i’m a glutton for punishment and desperate to fit in


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  8. Bookfrendzy says:

    THis was an absolute joy to read! Not about your pain and struggles of course but just the way you write. It’s so effortlessly entertaining hahaha! I hope you catch a break a soon so you can enjoy to oncoming holidays!!

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  9. Marie says:

    Best of luck for your finals and wow, you’re a super human juggling with your part time job and internship and school and still reading a whole lot, that’s amazing? How, I admire you so much ahah. Best of luck for everything, I hope you’ll have a lovely December! 🙂 x

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