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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

My Life in November: OBB Meetup, Reading Slump, and the Announcement of a Hiatus

November was a relatively quiet month for me. Unfortunately, I experienced something of a reading slump this month (I blame Allegiant). It also didn't help that it felt like there was a perpetual cloud hanging over my head due to the death of my grandfather. He was my last remaining grandparent and the one I was the closest to, so I took it quite hard. He was 94 years old, but his death was still very unexpected as he was in excellent shape. It was not too long ago that he beat me at Wii Bowling! Christmas won't be the same without him... but life goes on.

November started off with the annual Ontario Book Bloggers Meetup! Unfortunately, I got lost on my way there and was quite late, so I didn't get to meet nearly as many people as I would have liked. But I still managed to have a good time thankfully!
So apparently I only took one picture the entire time I was there because I suck. Instead, picture a restaurant with four long tables full of book bloggers from across Ontario! It was crazy how many people were there! My only regret is that I only got to meet a fraction of the people there. There's always next year though!

(Pssst... Are you an Ontario Book Blogger? Then you are welcome to join the closed Facebook group for Ontario Book Bloggers!)

Gift bag with books!
I also picked up a copy of Inaccurate Realities (Volume 1: Fear), a compilation of YA speculative fiction short stories edited by Christa of More Than Just Magic, Andrea of Cozy Up With A Good Read, and Sara of Geek Girl's Book Blog!
Ermagherd! I just think it is SO COOL that these ladies came together to create a literary magazine. Not only does it have short stories, but also author interviews and book reviews. I plan on reading it just as soon as I deal with my reading slump problem. Check it out here!

Like everyone else, I made my way to the movie theatre on opening night to see Catching Fire. And like everyone else, I thought it was FANTASTIC! I liked it even more than The Hunger Games. It was a remarkably loyal adaptation of the book and was made all the better for it. As with The Hunger Games, I loved the inclusion of President Snow and the Head Gamekeeper's scenes in Catching Fire - it added a whole new element to the story! And I was so impressed with the acting. All the new actors were great additions to the cast... but I think Jena Malone as Johanna stole the show for me!

Finally, as mentioned in the title of this post, I have decided to go on hiatus for most of the month of December. I think I need some time to recharge and get over my reading slump, and I think a break from blogging is the best way to accomplish that. I will be back near the end of December to talk about my favourite books of the year. And of course you can always find me on the social networking sites linked in the sidebar! Happy Holidays, everyone!

Blog Posts in November:

My Life in October: Ferrets, Rainbow Rowell, and Stress-Induced Illness
Muggle Monday: Harry Potter Minimalist Cover Redesigns
Top Ten Sequels I Can't Wait To Get My Hands On
Waiting On Wednesday: Macmillan Winter 2014 Catalog
Waiting On Wednesday: Penguin Winter 2014 Catalog
Review: Across A Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund - 4.5 Stars
Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth - 3 Stars
Review: Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger - 4 Stars
Review: This Wicked Game by Michelle Zink - 2 Stars
Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner - 4.5 Stars

Best Book Read in November:
Looooved this one!! It's not often that I get to read sci fi that I truly enjoy, so I was beyond thrilled to dive into These Broken Stars. The plot twists made this book exciting and the solid characterization made it memorable. This one is a MUST read, even for reluctant sci fi readers! Especially for reluctant sci fi readers, I say.