And just like that it is November!
I feel like I did so much reading last month but I only finished one book. I am however reading a really long book and taking my time with it, so I would still say it was a successful month. I also came off furlough last month, so I was juggling returning back to work, making a return to blogging and reading (along with many other things too) so I’m quite proud of how much I accomplished last month.
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it’s okay — Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.
But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plans come crashing down . . . until she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen. There’s nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.
The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She’s smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true?
The only book I read this month was You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson! This one was one of my most anticipated books of the year and it definitely lived up to my expectations and the hype that instagram are showing for it! It was such a perfect read, an upbeat, cute, feel-good story that focuses around prom. While it is a feel-good read it also higlights the issue that black people need to work so much harder to achieve things than white people. I think it was done brilliantly, that showed the issue whilst also keeping it a light read.
Liz, the main character, meet a new girl in school, Mack, and starts a relationship with her. There is also this dilemma about keeping their relationship a secret and there are many issues that come from this. I honestly loved watching their relationship upfold and it made the novel even better for me!
I gave this book 5/5 stars. Have you read this one yet?
As for November… I only have one book that I need to read. I was sent an e-book of Chameleon Skin by Breanne Weber by Rain Publishing to review, so I am hoping to read that and get that review up by next week! Unfortunatly, the UK is back on lockdown, which means I am furloughed again. This does however free up some time for me again. My plan is to take part in my first NaNoWriMo.
I was looking to start a new writing project soon anyway, so this has just come at a somewhat perfect time. I’m writing this on the 1st November and I have just finished my first 1,700 words and completed day one of NaNoWriMo. It felt so good to write fiction again. For a long time, I have been writing just poetry whereas when I first started writing it was a mixture of poetry and fiction but the last year or two, fiction has taken a back seat in my writing journey. It also felt really nice to not necessarily worry about the content of what I am writing and just worry about filling the blank page. I am still working out a full plot line but I am feeling very inspired about this new project. I’m hoping I can keep this inspiration!
What did you read last month? Do you have any goals for November? Let me know in the comments!