Of Wonderland’s Wrap Up Post: November 2017

Posted November 30, 2017 by Both in Wrap-Ups & Unboxings / 5 Comments


Have you been wondering about us? We are still alive, although barely… the five of us seem to have fallen in a sort of joined slump, so none of us have been blogging much (if at all). Seems to be happening a lot around the blogosphere right now? Maybe it is just the time of the year. Anyway, we are still here-but-not-really, biding our time until inspiration strikes again.

In the meantime, we would like to wish you a magical holiday season — may you get to read all the books and eat all the food and do anything you want to do. ♥


Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic by British Library // ★★★★
They Both Die At the End by Adam Silvera // ★★★★
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy // ★★1/2
How to Be Happy by Eva Woods // ★★★★1/2
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur // ★★
Rules of Rain by Leah Scheier // ★★★
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor // ★★★
All the Wrong Chords by Christine Hurley Deriso // ★★1/2
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling // ★★★★★ (reread)
Room by Emma Donoghue // ★★1/2
Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Alborn // ★★★

Okay, so not the greatest of reading months. I’m seeing a lot of 3-star ratings at best, though I did finally read my first Adam Silvera book, which was lovely and sad, and really enjoyed How to Be Happy, which was also lovely and sad, and I reread Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which was mostly sad. Seriously, some of those character deaths were TRULY UNNECESSARY. *throws self on bed dramatically*


Radio Silence by Alice Oseman // ★★★★★

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire // ★★★★★

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire // ★★★★★

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff // ★★★★

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada // ★★


the sun also rises 2/5

brooding ya hero: becoming a main character (almost) as awesome as me 3/5

beautiful music for ugly children 4/5

16 Nov: Mental Health Book Bingo Announcement!

20 Nov: Things That Must Happen In A TREACHEROUS CURSE by Deanna Raybourn


So hey, I’m actually doing quite well! I switched antidepressants/antianxiety meds in October, so they’ve started kicking in, and I can feel they’re a much better fit for me than my previous ones. I’m not just making big strides in terms of progress, I am making GIANT LEAPS OVER DEEP CLIFFS. Sure, I am tired as hell now because I got a little enthusiastic about doing all the things, but I’m really pleased with this turn of events. I’ve been waiting for a long time.


So guess who did Nanowrimo??? Yes, me! I only got to 25,000 words and it was over three different projects but I can’t believe I wrote even that much! I was also horribly sick for almost two weeks which was frustrating because I know if I hadn’t been sick I would’ve got to 50,000 but I’m so over the moon I even got to 25,000!! I also read some great books while I was unwell which made being sick suck less. 🙂 Overall, a pretty successful month!


I went to a national journalism convention which was fun. I got to meet some awesome people and have lots of fun with my newspaper staff. I’ve been super swamped with school and newspaper and extracurriculars. Honestly, I’m just waiting for this school year to end.

And how are you?

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5 responses to “Of Wonderland’s Wrap Up Post: November 2017

  1. Inge, I’m so glad to hear your new medication is working out well! That’s great news. Also, so glad to see you enjoyed TBDATE (and also that you didn’t absolutely love Strange the Dreamer! I also rated it three stars, but it feels like everyone else ever just LOVES it). Ella, congrats on NaNoWriMo! You read three of my favorite books this month: Every Heart a Doorway, Down Among the Sticks & Bones, and Radio Silence. I’m happy you enjoyed all three of them, too! Wren, I totally feel you on the school stress. Good luck with the end of the semester– we can do this!! Also, your journalism conference sounds like so much fun; I’m glad you had a good time! Happy reading this month, ladies! <3

  2. Congrats Ella on getting 25k at nano. I’ve never gotten past 15k the years I competed so, haha.
    And I am so glad the medication is working so well, Inge. <3

  3. LOL, Inge, you need some happier books this month! I’m so happy that your mends are working better for you. 💚

    Ella, I’m so glad you loved Every Heart a Doorway and Down Among the Sticks and Bones! I’m not usually a huge fan of novellas, but I love Seanan McGuire’s. Congrats on NaNoWriMo!

    Here’s my November recap. I had a nice but busy month.

  4. You’ve done a lot of reading, Inge!! So many people seem to have loved They Both Die at the End and I reeeally need to get around to it asap. I’m sorry to see Dumplin’ didn’t go that well for you- that’s another book I’ve been meaning to read for SO long! Anyhoo, congrats on getting so much reading done within last month. You definitely did better than me (I was on a blogging hiatus and sadly didn’t read at all last month!) 😀 Also, I’m so happy the change in medication seems to have done the trick! Don’t over-exert yourself and take adequate breaks whenever you need to! xx

    Congrats on hitting 25k despite being sick, Ella! That’s amazing! *throws confetti and sparkles over you*

    Hang in there, Wren! Hopefully next year won’t be as full of stuff for you, and even if it is, hopefully it won’t be as tiring! <3

    Ruzaika @ The Regal Critiques.

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