Wednesday, December 04, 2013

November in Review

November was a very busy month for me (as it always is!) and still I was very surprised by how little I managed to accomplish both reading and blogging-wise this month. I don't think that December will be any less busy, but we shall see. Sorry that this blog post is a little late in coming to you!

Books Read in November 2013:

As Delightful As A Carrot by Keris Stainton
All I Want For Christmas by Esme Taylor
Santa Baby by Ali Cronin
Storm and Stone by Joss Stirling
Pawn by Aimee Carter
Keeping Her by Cora Carmack
Who Framed Klaris Cliff? by Nikki Sheehan
Ricochet by Becca and Krista Ritchie
Just One Year by Gayle Forman
Vengeance by Megan Miranda
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Total: 11

Total for 2013: 207

Can you really call that 11 books? It's really 7 books plus 3 novellas and 1 shortish ebook of children's quotes. Whatever. Still not an amazing reading month. Things have really slowed down in that department lately and if I'm honest I was surprised that I made it into the double digits this month. 

And while I enjoyed most of the books I read this month, a couple of them were disappointing. I went into three of these books with really high expectations and for the most part, they didn't really deliver.  What a shame. 

What was the best of the bunch though?

November Book of the Month:

Who Framed Klaris Cliff? by Nikki Sheehan

Expect a review of this book soon but I really loved it. I loved how different it felt when I was reading it. I love that it is a book about imaginary friends but also about friendship and about families and sticking up for others. Plus I cried.  This book is being published next year by OUP, so keep an eye out for it!

Books reviewed in October:

Finding Your Inner Cherokee by Siobhan Curham
Pawn by Aimee Carter

Guest Reviews

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

As always, thank you to my lovely guest reviewer, Kulsuma, for all of her wonderful reviews! Because I haven't been reading very much, as you can see, I also haven't been reviewing much either. Let's see if I can change that around a bit if not by the end of the year then perhaps in 2014!

Non-review posts during November:

Image and anxiety in Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
Anti-bullying Week
November Book Club: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

A lot of  my time and energy at the moment has gone into promoting and making videos for my collab books channel, Bookish Brits. Do check us out :)

 Bloggers on bullying: My experiences
Netgalley November Goals
Jewellery Inspired by Books at Luna's Little Library 
Litograph posters, t-shirts and tote bags
Here we go again

A handful of other blog posts on a variety of topics.

Things I'm Drawn to in YA
Top Ten Favourite Reading Memories

I spent a lot of time on both of these posts and I'm sad that they didn't get more comments! :(

UKYA in 2013

UKYA in November

Finding Your Inner Cherokee a guest post by Siobhan Curham

I really wanted my blog to be all about the UKYA in 2013 but these past few months it's been more important to get ANY posts to you let alone on a specific topic. But I hope to bring you more UKYA next year.

If you are a UKYA author with a book published this year or next year, please do get in touch about being interviewed or guest posting here on Fluttering Butterflies! I'd love to have you.

Bookshelf Requirements

Philip Pullman (Maya from The Book Nook's Bookshelf Requirements)

This feature is sorely lacking participants. Please do get in touch either via comments, twitter or email if you'd like to take part in Bookshelf Requirements.

British Books Challenge update in November

As Delightful as a Carrot by Keris Stainton
All I Want For Christmas by Esme Taylor
Santa Baby by Ali Cronin
Storm and Stone by Joss Stirling
Who Framed Klaris Cliff? by Nikki Sheehan

Total in November:5
Total in 2013: 58

Not bad going for British books this month. Ali Cronin is British, right?

Personal challenge to read 10 non-review books a month:

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (re-read)

Total in October: 1
Total in 2013: 48/120

Why am I still bothering with this challenge?! One book?!

What was your favourite book that you read in November? 


  1. I've not heard of Who Framed Klaris Cliff before so it's good to know that you liked it, and it sounds really interesting. Looking forward to your review!

    1. Thanks, Maya :) It was really good.

  2. A good month. I read two and reviewed one book.

    1. Let's see what December will be like now :)

  3. So glad you enjoyed Klaris Cliff as I've got it to read too! And I think 11 is pretty good, so don't put yourself down :-)

    1. I hope you enjoy Klaris Cliff as much as I did :) And thanks...


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