Rewind: November 2013

The countdown to the holidays has begun and I’m also counting down to the end of the semester. November has flown by, mostly because I finished a month at my internship at the high school library and started working full-time as a YA/media selector (collection development librarian) at LPL. That’s in addition to NaNoWriMo, Thanksgiving, and a class presentation. This week I had two full days off from work. Pretty soon I’m going to get two days off IN A ROW. Oh, how lovely that will be.

Here’s what happened on the blog and my bookish world in November.

Reviews:

Sabriel by Garth Nix

E’s Mini-reviews (1) (These Broken Stars, Relativity, and Into the Dark)

Book Breakups (2) (Carter Finally Gets It, Eon, Enchanted)

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Palimpsest by Cathrynne Valente

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Tequlia Mockingbird by Tim Federle

Unspoken by Sarah Reese Brennan (in gifs on Tumblr)

Other posts:

Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I Can’t Wait to Get My Hands On

John Green, Rainbow Rowell, and Jacqueline Woodson at KCPL

Around the Web:

Which Maggie Stiefvater Book Should I Read First? (for The Hub)

Nonfiction Picks for Fans of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (for The Hub)

Other bookish happenings:

Though I didn’t “win” NaNoWriMo by hitting 50,000 words, I did set aside revisions on last year’s NaNo project and start fresh with something new. It was a lot of fun to just write. And I have a good chunk of a new story. Most of it is crap, but I got to know the characters. For now it’s back to revising but when I’m ready to seriously start a new manuscript, I won’t be looking at a blank document.

Despite my busy month, I managed to get together with friends and finally play Cards Against Humanity! It’s a card game for terrible people that is like a perverse Apples to Apples. FUN.

The library is looking quite festive. We had a Doctor Who 50th Anniversary party in the Teen Zone, and Karen, my awesome co-worker, made a cardboard Tardis and borrowed the 11th Doctor cutout from Liberty Hall. The fantastic artists in the children’s department made an epic Goodnight, Moon wall that is quite impressive.

I’ve been making fun library themed graphics for social media. I’ll share a post on the apps I use soon.

I got to see CATCHING FIRE with my sister for he birthday. I pretty much cried through the entire movie. I wished they would have broken it into two. The beginning seemed rushed and the action in the arena was awesome, but I didn’t feel the emotional intensity of the book because the plot moved with such rapid-fire pace. Still, an excellent adaptation. Josh Hutcherson was much better in this movie, and Jennifer Lawrence is a phenomenal actress. That last scene…her facial expressions…so powerful.

In December:

I’m transitioning to working full-time in collection development now, but I have some posts on working with teens that will go up in December: A positive behavior program we started, a post on connecting with teens through social media, and one on passive reader’s advisory and some displays.

I’ve got a big backlog of reviews to share, as well as some reflection on this year in books. It’s a nice mix of nonfiction, YA fiction, and adult books.

In between holiday parties, I’ll be thinking about what I want to do on the blog next year, as well as my other personal and professional goals. The end of the year is always a time to celebrate, reflect, and plan.

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What have you been up to in November? What exciting plans do you have for December?

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