Bookwyrm Breakdown: It’s November and We’ve Been Dealing with Life

Posted November 8, 2020 by Sophia and Lupe
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Hello friends and bookwyrms!

Wow, Lupe and I planned on doing this since May 2020 and every month we kept pushing it off. Truly we are living up to the Procrastinator Life. Without school we no longer have deadlines and we’re going to get exposed in every way.

But we’re doing this! Finally.

Welcome to Bookwyrm Breakdown

This is our version of a monthly wrap-up, where we essentially tell you if and how our lives are, in fact, breaking down. Kind of fitting, considering how 2020 has been an overall shit opening to a decade, but the universe generally likes to cook up some catastrophes.

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Sometime in the whirlwind of reformatting blog posts, we might have come to the realization the blog is probably the only way weโ€™d actually remember anything that happened in our lives like the time I ran over a bunny. And doing a weekly wrap-up (when our hearts desired to do so) or even a bi-weekly wrap-up felt a little much other than the same things:

  • Work
  • Sleep
  • We ate some books
  • I found a gem from our younger selves
  • I broke the blog
  • Lupe played video games

This Month’s Posts

Months later, still haven’t come up with a better name that fits our Brand™.

Books Hoarded

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Sophia

I’ve been staying off Netgalley for the most part these past few months because I’ve been falling behind. Every time I think I’m in the mood for reading, it turns out that’s not the case.

  • Send Me Their Souls by Sara Wolf (ARC) – I finally wrote my review for my ARC of the second book, Find Me Their Bones and I am so so ready to see the finale.
  • The Alchemist and an Amaretto by Annette Marie (Audiobook) – It’s about time that I catch up with the series since I last read Demon Magic and a Martini.
  • The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig
  • Shine by Jessica Jung
  • Death’s Door by April White
  • The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa (ARC) – I would 100% break my Netgalley ban for Julie Kagawa. I would also break it for Katie Zhao and a few other authors.
  • This Golden Flame by Emily Victoria (ARC)

Lupe

Oh, hello there! It’s been a hot minute since you’ve last heard from me. I assure you that I haven’t been reading at all, but I’ve been burning a hole in my wallet from all the books I’ve been buying lately. My bookshelf is OVERFLOWING. My TBR? HA. In SHAMBLES.

  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – Heard very good things about this series!
  • The Wicked King by Holly Black
  • The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black – Confession time. I bought the B&N special edition set. I couldn’t resist! The covers look great on my shelf!
  • In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren – Honestly, the blurb was intriguing. Plus, I enjoyed The Unhoneymooners. This novel shouldn’t be a miss.
  • Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren – I remember Sophia telling me about how she enjoyed reading this. Naturally, I caved.
  • You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle – I guess, I’m on an adult romance train? I heard this involves pranks. Who doesn’t love a good prank?
    • Sophia currently: Yes yes yes yes yes yes
  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – Damn, I really went on an adult romance book-buying spree. Trust me, it doesn’t stop here.
  • The Roommate by Rosie Danan – Alright, hear me out. There was SO MUCH HYPE surrounding this book. I’m gonna see for myself if this is worth the hype. Got to branch out my horizons, right?

Books Devoured

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Sophia

I don’t really know what reading is but somehow I read books this month? At least in the earlier parts?

  • The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill
  • The Last Dragon Warrior by John W. Wells III (ARC)
  • The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi (ARC)
  • The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (Audiobook)
  • The Alchemist and an Amaretto by Annette Marie (Audiobook)

I really really wanted to read my ARC of The Fallen Hero by Katie Zhao because it’s one of my most anticipated reads of the year but uh… that fell through quickly.

Lupe

I bought too many books this month, but I haven’t read any. I’m a disgrace to the book blogging community. I’m sorry for letting you guys down this month. *Insert Crying Emoji*

Fandom Assemble

Fandom Friday is being shelved and squished into the monthly breakdown! The name is definitely a Marvel reference.

Hereโ€™s what weโ€™re each excited about that happened this month:

Sophia

I’ve been so busy being tired all month, I don’t even know anymore.

Lupe

SEASON 2 OF THE MANDALORIAN IS FINALLY HERE! This show is something I have been looking forward to since the last season ended. Baby Yoda is everything. I’m looking forward to finally have something to watch on Fridays after work. I also look forward to The Masked Singer every week.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a game I thought was way overhyped. I was so wrong. This game is so pure and adorable! I haven’t played it in a while knowing that if I do play, I spend HOURS trying to perfect my island. Sector 45 is the name of my lovely island. If you know the reference to that, you’re a real one.

The Breakdown

What catastrophes has the universe handed us throughout the month? Let’s find out. 🧐

Sophia

My mental health has been down the drain and all I’ve been wanting to do is take a nap outside of my full-time job, much to my mother’s dismay. With limited internet access now that I’m no longer in school, I’m back to my high school blogging ways and finding ways to make the most of my mobile hotspot. But other than that, here’s what’s been happening this month!

  • Continuing Korean – I can kind of form very basic sentences like “This is an apple,” but I’ve got a ways to go.
  • Messing with Pinterest again – I’ve been playing with how I want Pinterest images to look on blog posts. Now that a lot of my blogging is more mobile, I’m trying to find ways to be more efficient like creating images on my phone and then uploading it to the WordPress app.
  • Overhauling my landing page – Okay, I actually did this on November 1, which is definitely not October, but I did plan the layout during the month! (Kind of.)
    • Next on my list is overhauling a few pages on the blog and my media kit, which was originally for a class. It’s long overdue for a makeover.

Lupe

What a month.

I got a job mid pandemic right after getting my undergrad in my field of study which I am truly grateful for. Although I complain about waking up at at 6 during the week, I’ve enjoyed having the entire afternoon to do whatever I desire. Does that include reading? Sadly, no.

  • The ‘Reading’ Struggle Bus – I can’t tell you the last time I have picked up a book and read it. There are times when I get in the ‘reading’ mood but get overwhelmed. Which book do I read? Why do I keep buying books when I haven’t read this book I bought last week?

Let’s talk, bookwyrms! Tell us about your October. How are you coping?

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Sophia has a GIF for nearly everything and is frequently in a Hogwarts House crisis. Unlike her personality in blog posts, she's a socially awkward recent college grad who majored in Communications. More of her bookish reviews can be found at The Arts STL.

Co-blogger at Bookwyrming Thoughts

Lupe is a 22-year-old Mexican-American who enjoys reading and watching movies when she gets the chance to relax. Her all-time favorite series consists of Bloodlines and Vampire Academy (among others), and her favorite author is Richelle Mead.

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11 responses to “Bookwyrm Breakdown: It’s November and We’ve Been Dealing with Life

  1. Uh…”breakdown” is such an ominous word LOL. But since you went for the double meaning, it’s really fitting ๐Ÿ˜‚.

    @Sophia: I’m sorry you’re feeling so drained, but full-time jobs are awfully demanding (not that I’ve ever had one). Also sorry that those October books weren’t a huge success with you…the ones you reviewed, I mean…but I guess you’re in for better times now, since you saw a few of your favourites on your list…

    @Lupe: How lucky to find a job in the very middle of a pandemic, when most activities struggle to remain open…I hear you about waking up at 6 (if I had my ways, I’d probably sleep till 10 AT LEAST), but at least you’re making some money…Now if you only got your reading mojo back ๐Ÿ˜‰.

    Have a great, month girls! Especially now that the election results have probably unburdened you by a lot (YAY!).

    • Sophia

      That was definitely 100% our intention when trying to choose the name. ๐Ÿ˜ I don’t think we were going for the ominous part though. ๐Ÿ˜‚I’m hoping it’ll be a better time this month; I’m definitely excited for a few blog tours that are coming up! Both are anticipated reads and I can’t wait to get around to them. ๐Ÿ’ƒ Whether I get to more though… well, that’s another story.

  2. Aaaah hi Lupe *waves* and hi Soph. I really want to read The Gilded Wolves, I bought it and it’s just sat on my shelf now until I find the courage to read it. Aah Lupe, I wish I could play animal crossing new horizons *sobs* I love the animal crossing games, they’re so chill but you can easily get addicted to them. I feel you on the struggle bus of reading, I’ve found it hard to just pick up a book and read the past few months. Hope you both have a wonderful November! <3

    • Sophia

      Hi Clo! (Although I’ll probably pop up in your messages somehow saying the same thing in a few hours ๐Ÿ˜‚)I recommend The Gilded Wolves and hope you’ll get to it soon! Also I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I have (although I’ve complained a lot about the audiobook). Have a great November!

  3. YES for new horizon!! Videogames has been most of what I done lately too ๐Ÿ˜‚ I did managed to finish a book this month- and two last month but yeah ๐Ÿ˜ I do relate.

    Apart of the events worth mentioning in yesterdayโ€™s sunday post, I havenโ€™t done much productive except work either ..

  4. How have I not seen this blog before?? It’s beautiful!!
    I hope that the drained feelings and mediocre books are lesser this November.
    And also I am impressed at how well you guys are handling work and life in the current pandemic – it must be so difficult!
    Just remember, you guys are awesome!
    Emma xx

  5. Shruti

    Ooh nice wrap-up!

    Totally get the wanting to nap part, Soph! Why bother human-ing when you can just check out for a few hours? (Oops got dark there a little)

    Good luck with Korean! Teach me all the bad words soon! ๐Ÿ˜

    • Sophia

      I– that’s 100% not the reason. Not my reason at all. (Except it probably is because napping means avoiding everything in the universe lol.)I’m slacking Korean currently and haven’t touched it for like two weeks. ๐Ÿ˜‚