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Monthly Inventory: November 2015

November 2015

November was a busy, busy month! School just flew by and now finals are here! This is really exciting because this is my second last term of school (finally) and I only have one more term of classes because everything is clinical. Which is fantastic because I am SO sick of school!

Reading wise, November turned out to be better than I expected. Writing wise, not so much 🙁 I ended up being busier than I thought and I wasn’t really inspired to write…but you can catch my full update later on!


  • 19 Books Read + 0 novellas
    • 1 nonfiction novels
    • 2 standalones (including 1 ARCs)
    • 5 of books from TBR Jar
    • Started 3 new series (including 1 ARCs)
    • Finished 0 series from start to end
    • Finished 2 previously started series
    • Read sequels for 8 previously started series
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*Note: If the review is available, click on the cover! However, due to the nature of my blog (ie I review whole series) it often takes me a few weeks to publish a full review (pending book availability) so look forward to seeing some of these reviews in the upcoming weeks/months if there is no link available!



I also was able to buy a Kindle Paperwhite using my Swagbucks gift cards (so I got it for like $20!) and “Black Friday” deals so I am super excited!


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Tackling the TBR: November 2015

Most Viewed Review

Series Review: Nevermore

View this month’s archives for more posts and reviews!


Previously posted reviews I updated this past month:



I didn’t realize until now that I completed my personal nonfiction challenge last month until this very moment! Go me 😛 I actually surpassed it by one book which is fantastic!

Book Bingo–Canadian: 0 books added
Everything YA Challenge: ✔ 2 YA reads
Goodreads Challenge: 17 books added
Monthly Key Word Challenge: ✔ “Dark”
Prequel & Sequel Challenge: +42 points added
SERIESous’ Personal Classics Challenge: 0 books added
SERIESous’ Personal Nonfiction Challenge: 1 books added (6/5!)

View my Progress Here!


I only set TBR Goals for November in the hopes I could get back on track. Here’s how I did:

  1. No requests/ARCs in November
    • I didn’t do so how with this. I ended up requesting 2 books from Netgalley and another series from the Read 2 Review program I am a part of. But, I was able to fit everything in plus some!
  2. No putting books on hold at the library in November
    • I only made exceptions for two of my favourite-st authors: Richelle Mead and Colleen Hoover. Other than that, I don’t think I put anything else on hold besides ones that I already had on hold and forgot to download.
  3. Read 5 TBR books in November
    • I did manage to do this! I actually managed to read 7 TBR books!
  4. Generally: Not starting a new series by an author I already have an unfinished series/sequels for
    • I broke this one with my Read 2 Review request and technically one of my Netgalley invitations but I’m ok with it.

My plan from December is pretty much the exact same thing but with a greater focus on TBR items and finishing some series I have outstanding conclusions to read.


  • Throwdown Thursday will become a Seasonal feature 2016 in order to publish more book reviews on a monthly basis
  • My NaNoWriMo was a bit of a bust. I only managed 5000 words which is definitely lower than my target (50,000) and my personal expectations. However, I really love my game plan for my novel so I hope to get back to it once this school term is over.


  • Deciding what challenges to join for next year!
    • do you have any suggestions? I’d love to hear them!
  • Create my Reads in Review for the Year
  • Update the following:
    • review directories
    • Series Recaps


I’ve been OBSESSED with Marianas Trench’s latest album. One Love and Wildfire have been my jams!

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month? Can you believe it is already DeCember?!
Leave a comment below!

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Site: National Novel Writing Month Announcement


Since I was a little kid, I’ve always enjoyed creating stories but I haven’t been really good at writing them. I always start with the best intentions in the world, but I can never seem to reach that finish line.

This past summer, I was going to sign up for Wattpad in order to give myself some motivation to finish some of the many stories I’ve had brewing for the past few years. But that didn’t happen thanks to a busy work schedule and life getting in the way.

So, when I saw that November was National Novel Writing Month, I was intrigued. In terms of school, November isn’t too heavy exam wise. Plus, if I can find the time to write a 500 word blog post on a semi-daily basis, I think I can find the time to write that many words for a novel; especially when all my posts for November are already written and scheduled.

The Mission:

As per the National Novel Writing Month Website:

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. 

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

My plan:

Ultimately, I want to reach that 50,000 word count and I think I can do it with my one story idea. In fact, I know I can because I had tentatively finished that book years ago. However, I have some major changes I want to add to it and so I want to restart from scratch. But I also have a few other ideas that I might find more inspiring to go with. I’ll be spending this week coming up with some game-plans before I make my ultimate decision.

I have to be realistic and I know that school and my extra-curricular actives can readily derail my intentions. If I write every day in November, I will need to write 1667 words a day. Totally doable in theory but probably not so much in practice and so I need to be aware of that.

In summary:

I’m really excited to start this! Even if I don’t reach that 50,000 word page, I’m hoping it will inspire me to write again.

If you are participating, I would love to see your progress! You can find me as SERIESous and feel free to add me!

SERIESously Happy Writing to All!

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