RTW: Best (and Only!) Book of November

From YA Highway:

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question to write about on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.


This week's topic: What was the best book you read in November?

So -- unless I read something superfast before I hit "publish," I have to report that the Best Book of November wins by default.  I read only one book this month.  I don't think that's ever happened before.  Like, since I learned how to read.

So, without further ado, the Best Book of November:

source: goodreads


From goodreads:
Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question.

It's one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she's queen of following rules and being prepared. That's why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that's also why she's chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB ("meant to be").

But this spring break, Julia's rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she's partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.
I loved the setting and the situation -- class trip to London?  Oh, yeah.  I was only so-so about the book for the first half, but by the end I loved it.

What I loved about this book:
  • London.
  • The Beatles.  (I could have used some more Beatles references.)
  • Family relationships.  Julia's memories of her father, who died when she was young, and her parents' marriage. Jason's family history.
  • Jason calls Julia "Book Licker."  This bothered me at first.  Jason bothered me at first.  By the end, he had me at "Book Licker."
  • There's this one scene -- in the rain, in Stratford-Upon-Avon, just after they've visited Holy Trinity Church... yeah.
Why did I only read one book this month? I was sort of busy writing one of my own.

NaNo Update: I validated my word count last night.  Final number: 60,361 words of what might be the best thing I've ever written.  Or rather, what might become the best thing I've ever written.  That thing is Ready for Revision.

Or maybe it's not the best thing I've ever written.  Either way,  NaNo was relatively painless this time around (although Hammer Guy and the kiddos would surely disagree based on the state of our home and the horrible junk food we've been eating for the last month.  Oh wait, longer than that.  Never mind.).  

Anyway, I feel like I've been floating around in this sleep-deprived writerly state of bliss for the last 28 days and it's wonderful.  I'm going to enjoy this euphoric state for as long as I can.  I wrote a book.  I wrote a good book with a unique premise (I think) and I'm excited about its future.





 What's the best book you read this month?  And how's your NaNoTude?

Comments

  1. Congratulations on finishing your NaNo! I'm hoping to finish mine tonight. :) Like you, I only managed to read one book this month but it was great! Raven Boys :)

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    1. Thanks! And way to go! It's gonna feel GOOD to finish, Liz! I haven't read Raven Boys yet, but everyone seems to be - uh, raving about it.

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  2. Congrats on winning NaNo!

    I just realized I didn't have "Meant to Be" on my TBR-list and I've been wanting to read it - it sounds sweet!

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  3. I haven't heard of 'Meant to Be'. Sounds cute, but seriously -- who has a class trip to London? Are they British? I can't imagine a teacher wanting to be responsible for kids in a foreign county. /end rant

    Otherwise, I like the idea that the super-organized, overplanned Julia might finally learn to loosen up a bit. Awww....

    Book licker cracks me up, too.

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    1. The one time I've been to the UK it was as a chaperone for a class trip! :) Back when I was in school, we went to Chicago and St. Louis and Colorado Springs. By bus. Hmm. There are definitely some stories THERE. :)

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  4. We had school trips in 8th grade to Italy and Greece, Nickie, so it can be done with a small group. :)

    I LOVE MEant to Be and so glad you did too, Sara!!!

    Congrats on Nano!!!!

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    1. Thanks - and it sounds like your revisions went well this month, too! Yes, MTB was a great read!

      Wow - Greece and Italy? See my comment above.

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  5. Congrats for wining NaNo and for managing to read even one book this month, and good luck on revisions! :-)

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  6. Beatles references in a book can only enhance it. Well, it piqued my interest to read ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, and I really enjoyed that book! Sounds like a contemporary romance, which is not my genre of choice, but given the London setting, the Beatles, and the mystery, I might give it try if I'm in the mood for that sort of a read. Thanks for the recommendation, Sara. And HUGE congrats on finishing NaNo--and finishing well, it sounds! :D

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    1. (pssst. if you're only going to read one contemporary romance, it should be ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS.)

      Thanks for the congrats! :)

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    1. Thank you, Jaime, and thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Congrats on the NaNo finish! Geez, I've never written that many words in one month. I'd be a messy puddle on the floor of my office.

    And Meant to Be sounds tres cute. I'll check it out.

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    1. he he. Messy puddle. I like it. And thanks!

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  9. Congrats on winning NaNo! That's awesome! :) Your story sounds so good from the little bits you've shared with us.

    MEANT TO BE just showed up in the mail the other day, so I think it might be my next read after I finish SAPPHIRE BLUE. :)

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    1. Thanks, Jaime. I can't wait to get it to a point where I can have people read more than my snippets. :)

      Oh, would you hurry up and finish SAPPHIRE BLUE already?! :)

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  10. Yay! Congrats on NaNo...the best thing you've written with words and days in November to spare? Color me jealous!

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    1. Thanks - I think there may have been a little magic involved. :)

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  11. I'm going to have to check out Meant to Be because it sounds great. Congratulations on reaching your NaNo goal and for writing something you're so happy with! I hear ya on the junk food. Somewhere along the line microwave burritos became a staple food in my house.

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    1. Microwave burritos - yes. Lived on those in high school and college. Yum! And thanks! :)

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  12. Congrats on finishing NaNo! That's fantastic! I just finished mine today, typing "The End" at just over 50k.

    MEANT TO BE is already on my list and now I'm even more excited to read it.

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    1. HURRAY for typing "The End!" Isn't it a great feeling?

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  13. Congrats on finishing! Your book sounds so interesting from the bits and pieces you've posted here. Down the road if you need beta-ing, let me know...I'm so, so curious about it!

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    1. Thank you! I will definitely need beta readers! :)

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  14. Wow. Congratulations on finishing your novel. 60,000 words in impressive. Good luck with the next step.

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    1. Thanks - can't wait for the next step! :)

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  15. I'm excited to read MEANT TO BE. It sounds like just my kind of story.

    Congrats on winning NaNo!!

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    1. Thank you! MTB is a fun read, that's for sure!

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