Friday, November 30, 2018

November 2018 Monthly Wrap-Up

November 2018

And just like that, we are going to be turning the calendars over to December!  Time is really flying by this year.  This was a strange November that had winter showing up early without much of a welcome.  There have been a few nicer days but the overall trend has been very cold with even some snow.

We were very busy this month even though marching band came to an end.  I can barely keep with my high school senior.  My daughter and I have been working very hard on scholarship applications this month since some of the deadlines are December 1st.  She has been very busy writing essays while I have been given the job of the proofreader.  I will be so glad when all of this college stuff is done and decisions have been made.

My reading totals for the month of November are deceptively high since I read a lot of really short pieces.  I participated in the HoHoHo Readathon from November 9-18 and focused mostly on shorter works.  I also listened to a couple of quick audiobooks outside of the challenge.  I enjoyed almost all of the books that I read with the exception of one book that I couldn't finish so I think it was a good month overall.

I am linking this post to the Monthly Wrap-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

Reviews Posted 
(not necessarily read in November)




Reading Stats
Books Read: 20 total (includes 1dnf)
Audiobooks: 11
Digital Books: 9

Book Source for Books Read in November
NetGalley: 3
Kindle Unlimited/Prime Reading: 3
Direct from Publisher/Author/Publicist: 6
Library: 1
Purchased/Freebie: 7

Challenges
Goodreads: 174/100
Blogger Shame: 1 read towards the challenge in November / 18 total for the year

End of the Month NetGalley Stats
Feedback Ratio: 81%
520 Approved | 419 Feedback Sent

End of the Month Edelweiss Stats
11 books to review  | 79 downloaded

Favorite of the Month

Up Next

How was your month? Do you have any reading or blogging goals for December?

30 comments:

  1. not bad result for a challenging yearr

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  2. I nod my head with the November snow being unwelcome, and it caused such a mess in NJ. I am always jealous of your EW stats. I am really bad there, because I don't have the number in my face like on NG (where I am 85% and feeling good). You get a mom award for all the application help. I just let my kid take care of it, and gave her my credit card when she needed to pay. (I'm a bad mom).

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    1. You are not a bad mom. Really, my daughter is doing most of the work. I am the proofreader and tend to keep asking her where things are. She is just turning these things in for so many schools that it is hard to keep track of.

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  3. Wow, such great totals and it looks like you read a lot of good books. I don't even remember my college essay. Time flies! Have a great weekend Carole!

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    1. Some of these scholarship applications are ridiculous, Barb!

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  4. Good luck with the college stuff! I remember how difficult that was. I did it all by myself, so it’s nice that you’re helping your daughter. Congrats on getting 20 books read! Happy December.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I am helping because I really want to see her get a big scholarship :)

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  5. I'm not sure if I added Hex to my ereader but I know I looked at it at some point! Too many books and a poor memory!

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  6. It sure has been colder and wintry this month when usually we don't get this until late December. Yay for making it through band and almost through scholarship apps. You knocked out a nice pile there even if they were novellas. I want to read that Ani Gonzalez and Courtney Milan. Your challenge and reading stats are really good.

    Have a great December, Carole!

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    1. Winter's early appearance is not making me happy. I hope the snow is done for a while.

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  7. I agree about the weather. Today is nicer but rain is headed my way so I need to get out and do some raking shortly. Also, it IS so much easier when all is complete and the decisions are made.

    You're doing so well with your reading, way ahead on Goodreads. When I set my goal I think how many books can I read a week - 2? But I've read much more this year because of audio.

    I'm also reading Nightchaser. I'm interested to see about this new series. Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. I set my Goodreads goal low on purpose. I had a hard time reaching it one year and I didn't like the stress. I will read what I read and I don't think that the total really matters all that much.

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  8. Good luck with all the college stuff you all have going on.

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  9. I loved Diamond Fire! Hope you did, too, Carole. It's a lot of work trying to get scholarships. Thank goodness my husband helped my daughter a lot with that. I can never get my reading above 80% with Netgalley. It seems just when I clear out a bunch of books I acquire more, lol. :)

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    1. It took a lot of work to get to that 80% mark but I really want to move things closer to 90%.

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  10. Wow, the end of the year is right around the corner and I don't know where the time went. I love this post. I think I'll start doing something like this next year.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  11. Wow! You reviewed so much! In November I blogged ahead a lot of my posts and I want to do the same in December.

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    1. I really need to blog ahead but it just never seems to happen.

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  12. Nothing wrong with some short stories. I really like short stories every now and then. I can't believe it is December either. So crazy. I hope you have a great month.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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    1. It was nice to focus on some of the short reads that I have collected over the years even if they inflated my numbers.

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  13. Good luck to your daughter on college applications! That part is almost over! It's crazy that it's December though. I feel like I need to do more reading this month; it's been a bit slower lately, and I'm not sure why!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. The next step will be interviews and auditions for college. This whole process is exhausting.

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  14. Hopefully once all the scholarship applications, interviews and auditions are submitted things will settle down for you and your daughter. That's nice that you're helping your daughter will it all.

    Carole you had a great reading month :) I was actually surprised ow fast November went by, I hope you have a great December.

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  15. Reading is reading, even when they are shorter books ;) I can imagine that all those deadlines and applications were a lot of work. I remember when I had to do it for university too. Ooh, winter already DD: Hope you have a good December, Carole <3

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