Inspired by the insanity that is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, I set a goal to recommend or review a book every day of November. As I do so often when I get excited about something, I totally overcommitted. The first rule of goal setting is to set a realistic, if challenging, goal. Turns out reviewing every day was just not realistic for me. I never expected myself to read and recommend a book a day, but I saw this as a chance to work through the backlog of books that I hadn’t gotten around to reviewing yet. However there were not enough books to sustain me through November, even with the handful of books I read throughout the month. So I fell short of my goal by kind of a lot.
But! But! I did turn out 11 reviews and 1 story in addition to a couple of random posts, which averaged out to about one post every other day. That is WAY more than I’ve blogged ever in one month and I really felt like I was starting to get into a good habit. While I didn’t meet my exact goal, I feel pretty good about what I accomplished. Maybe the lesson here is to lot let my reading backlog get so backed up in the first place, spread those reviews throughout the year a little better.
Here’s a round-up of all the reviews from this month:
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
His Fair Assassin trilogy by Robin LaFevers
The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire LeGrand
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Punkzilla by Adam Rapp
When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds
Winger by Andrew Smith
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner