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on the power of showing up

note: I wrote this post in April of 2019 (pre-COVID). It's been sitting in my drafts for quite a while, but I think it's time for it to see the light of day. It's been helpful for me to reread over the past few months, especially as I continue to try to make an effort to write, and I hope it can be helpful to you, too. i got an invite to a writers' group a few months ago, and i had never felt like more of a fraud in my life. it had been months, if not years, since i'd felt like a writer. the proverbial well of words in my heart had dried up, it seemed, and i wasn't sure if it was ever coming back. i agreed to go out of a sense of helplessness—i'd identified as a writer ever since i could remember. if i'm not a writer, who am i?  i told myself that it was important to show up and act like a writer even when i didn't feel like one, because even though i hadn't been writing, i reassured myself, i still was a writer. but sometimes the words f

What I Read: November

Just as an FYI, this post is going to be seriously lacking in books. *insert crying while laughing emoji here*

November was... hectic, to say the least. I had a major flare up of constant pain, I traveled for Thanksgiving, my mental health wasn't great, and I barely won NaNo. Because of everything that went on, I forgot to read/didn't have time to read. So, here is my grand total of TWO BOOKS for this November! (It's better than nothing, I guess?)

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

I read this one because Jandy Nelson is such a good author and I'll Give You the Sun is one of my favorite books. I must confess I still like IGYtS better, but The Sky Is Everywhere was a worthy novel and a fantastic debut. I loved the quirky atmosphere of this book, and Lennon's family was the best. Speaking of, what a fantastic name--Lennon! I love it so much, and I loved this book so much. Additionally, this book portrayed grief in a very realistic and heartrending way. A+, would read again.
Oh. Also. The puns were too much to resist.

Book in a gif:

Full Tilt by Emma Scott

I was recommended this book by my reading buddy, Ashley. She said I absolutely had to read it, so I read it to try to get out of my reading slump... and boy did it work! This book drew me in with well-developed characters, a deep plotline, and allllll the emotions. Both point-of-view characters felt like such real people to me, and I loved the setting and themes this novel contained. Bonus: it made me cry. It was a well-written feelsy romance novel, and it's everything I love in a book. So good. RIP, my heart.
Many thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book!

Book in TWO gifs (because I'm indecisive):

Annnd, that's all folks! I'm already back into reading now that NaNo's over with two books down and counting. My reading goal for this year (which I revised many, many times since I kept surpassing it) was 80 books, which means I have to read thirteen books by the end of this year. It's probably not a wise decision to try to do so, but I'm totally going to try. Wish me luck!

What was your favorite read in November? What's your ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOK? And, in honor of Full Tilt, what book made you cry like a little baby? Sound off in the comments!


  1. My favorite read this month was probably Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld, although The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater is a close second. My all-time favorite book would be Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett - it's a loose retelling of Cinderella from the POV of three very quirky and badass fairy godmothers.

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

  2. You read some great deal, didn't you, Sky? :)
    Btw, I tagged you on my blog.

  3. Goodness, Sky, you read some good bit, didn't you? :) btw, I tagged you and your blog here:


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