November was kind of a stressful month. I’m kind of flabbergasted that I managed to read this much at all. Though I guess it isn’t that much of a surprise given that I tend to procrastinate by reading. Still, it wasn’t an entirely bad month, and
What I Read:
The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith – ★★★☆☆. (Review) I received this a while ago for review, and finally got around to it this month. It’s about Snow White looking back on her life, and what happened before and after her happily ever after. If you’re interested, check out my review!
Thanks a Lot, John LeClair by Johanna Parkhurst – ★★★★☆. This is definitely not the kind of book I usually read, but I loved it! It’s a young adult novel that explores what it means to be gay as an athlete. I thought it was brilliant, and I highly recommend it. This book will be out December 15, and my full review will be up on the 5th.
A Nation of Immigrants by John F. Kennedy – ★★★★★. (Review) I absolutely loved this one! I’m tempted to reread it already, so I’m sure it’ll be one of those books I go back to every year or two. It was such an interesting read, and so relevant to the current political climate. This is a must-read in my opinion.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J. K. Rowling – ★★★★★. I have yet to see the movie, but I did read the screenplay and loved it! I really enjoyed the characters and the story, and cannot wait to see it on the big screen.
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro – ★★★☆☆. I’ve been meaning to read this for a while and finally got around to it. While there were a few problems with it, I did enjoy it overall. I think I’m just a sucker for Sherlock. If you’re interested, my full review will be up Friday!
Victoria: The Queen by Julia Baird – ★★★★★. (Review) Since it was Nonfiction November, I challenged myself to read two nonfiction books this month (instead of my usual one), and finally got around to the ARC of this one I’ve had on my iPad for months. It was a brilliant biography, and it made me want to read more!
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – ★★★★☆. I had to throw in another 500+ page book for Tome Topple, so I decided to read Gemina. I didn’t like it quite as much as Illuminae, but I did really enjoy it! This is definitely a series I’m planning to continue with.
What I’m Currently Reading:
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Another book I’ve been meaning to get to for a while. I’ve read very little of it so far, but I do like what I have read. I’ve got my fingers crossed it picks up a bit and I can fly through it, because I don’t have much reading time at the moment.
Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham. I couldn’t help it, I started this last night. I need more Gilmore Girls, and if this is the closest I can get, I’ll take it. There’s a chapter called “You Can’t Be Vegan Just for Ellen” and I am so tempted to skip ahead!
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett. Yes, I am still listening to this audiobook (I took an extended break from audiobooks), but it looks like I’ll be able to finish it this week! I actually have my fingers crossed there will be traffic so I can spend more time in the car.
What I Watched:
The Crown (Netflix). I thoroughly enjoyed this series! I’m not sure if it’s meant to be a miniseries or if they’re continuing on, but, either way, I’m a fan. If you’re into British history, I highly recommend it!
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (Netflix). Obviously, I had to watch this. Overall, I thought it was great! I enjoyed how so many of the characters were brought back, and where everyone was in life. I am still reeling from those last four words, though. Holy crap. I know that was the end, but I need more!
What I Did:
Participated in the second Tome Topple Readathon. I really love this readathon, because it’s geared towards reading big books. When I participate in other readathons, my instinct is to read as many short books as possible. It isn’t quite over, but we only have a day or so left, and I doubt I’ll finish much more reading before it ends. As of right now, I’ve managed to read four books, two of which were over 500 pages. So that’s definitely s win!
Hit the halfway point in my thesis! I’m actually under 10,000 words away from being done at this point, but the halfway point – 15,000 words – was a huge milestone for me. I’m still struggling with writing, but after I wrote that much, I felt like I could actually accomplish it. At this point, I don’t know if I’ll be sharing or publishing my thesis because I kind of hate it, but I’ll give it some time. It might be helpful in future writing to get some feedback from you guys as opposed to me classmates (one of whom wrote an entire paragraph about how many commas I put in my last two chapters).
The weather. Part of the reason I dislike living in Southern California is our lack of seasons. It’s practically December, and I’ve seen like five orange leaves. The past few weeks, though, have been wonderfully chilly (and by chilly, I mean just under 70 degrees), and it means I can break out my sweaters and scarves, which make up about half my wardrobe. Yes, it’s slightly to warm for them. But I don’t care. This is the only chance I get to wear my cozy fall clothes.
My Steve Madden Troopa Boots. I’ve been wanting to get a pair for a while, and I finally did! They’re basically just simple black leather combat boots, but they’re super comfy, go with everything, and make me feel like a badass when I wear them. The fact that California is actually experiencing fall and I can wear them more than once helps, too.
Christmas Sour Patch Kids. This has been my favorite candy for a while. (I even have a shirt from a Bo Burnham show that says “What happened to all the Sour Patch Parents?) I don’t really like chocolate, and the sourness keeps me from eating too many at once (most of the time). I recently spotted a Christmas-themed bag at Target that has only red and green Sour Patch Kids, which are by far the best colors. I might stock up.
Highlights from the Book Blogging Community | November. This is the first month I’ve done this feature, which spotlights posts from other bloggers I enjoyed. I am planning on making this a monthly thing, because I had a lot of fun introducing some of you to new blogs!
How I Read So Many Books. I get this question a lot, so I thought I’d share some of the ways I get through so many books (even though I still can’t keep up with my book buying habits).
Little Women Readalong Announcement. I am so excited to be hosting my very first readalong, and it starts tomorrow! If you can, please join in – it’s going to be a lot of fun reading this with you (and I might try and do a movie night, too).
This month, I also decided to stop doing sponsored weekly features (like Top Ten Tuesday). I thought I would miss it, but I really don’t. I love reading everyone else’s posts, but I also think the quality of my blog has improved because I have to think of more original posts, and I don’t feel like I have to do a specific topic. I also like not having to keep up with linking up all the posts, etc., because that was weirdly the hardest part. I tend to schedule my posts in advance, so being able to just write and schedule them and be done with it is amazing.