2018 Wrap-Up | November

This wrap-up is going to be quick, because every word I write here is one that doesn’t contribute to my NaNoWriMo word count. Plus, the books I did have time to read this month were in a word: disappointing. I did however, find the time to write a couple of posts outside of book reviews and NaNoWriMo 2018 Updates, so click here to check those out. Now, let’s get into this wrap-up. 

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Book Review + Audiobook Review: Bricked In

Bricked In (Audiobook)
Max Wannow

I did not finish this book, for reasons I’ve laid out below. This is a non-spoiler book review, so if you are interested in checking out the book yourself, you can read my thoughts without worry. 


Bricked In is a disgusting glimmer of self-recognition.

For many, happiness is found in freedom. After winning the lottery, a former gypsy becomes the queen of a dystopia. Newlyweds Bethany and Neil join this isolated society, which is devoid of common American laws. With no holds barred, experimental science takes place.

Neoba is a brick building with a population of 10,000. Within the walls is chaos and weirdness. Social norms is a foreign concept in Neoba, as freedom is held at the highest regard. This includes freedom of choice, freedom of expression, and freedom of science. The only laws at Neoba are to respect royalty, the leaders of this wild, cult-like society.

The story follows the lives of Neoba’s royalty, a newlywed couple new to the society, and the scientists within Neoba who are free to create without the limitations of morality.

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NaNoWriMo 2018 | Week 3 Update

Some quick thoughts about Week 3 of November coming to an end:

YIKES! Am I dreaming? Am I having a nightmare? When was the last time I washed my hair? Is that REALLY my word count? Fuck!

Keep reading if you’d like to know my more complete and formulated thoughts about November (and NaNoWriMo) being almost over.

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Book Review: Gazelle in the Shadows

Gazelle in the Shadows
Michelle Peach


In the mid 90s, Elizabeth Booth is a young British college student studying Arabic at Durham University. With some travel and work already under her belt, she excels at her studies and is sent to Damascus to immerse herself in the language. Taken aback by the generosity and kindness of the people there, she easy slips into a life in the ancient city. She has friends, her studies, and even a handsome boyfriend. But things aren’t always what they seem. Soon, in a world where mistrust and disloyalty are commonplace, Elizabeth finds herself navigating a web of lies, betrayals, and even murder involving MI6, deadly terrorist factions, and the shadowy Syrian secret police.

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NaNoWriMo 2018 | Week 2 Update

November is now over halfway done, thus, we reached the halfway point for NaNoWriMo this past week. I am currently a bit behind on my word count, but after I’m done with this post I’m going to get some more writing in before the day is done; in other words, I have the time to catch up.

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[Top Ten] Bookish Items I Would Like To Own

That Artsy Reader Girl hosts Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly themed blogging meme for book lovers. This week, the theme is “Bookish Items/Merchandise I’d Like to Own”, so I’ve selected ten items from my reasonable and extravagant wish lists and have written them below.

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