It’s the last day of the month, which means it’s time for my monthly wrap up. No idea how there is only one month left in the year, because 2020 has been kind of surreal. I guess we have to believe the calendars. This is going to be a short wrap up, both because I’m really not feeling well right now (mostly fine, I already went to the doctor) and because I have no idea where this month went and I kind of didn’t get much done. It is what it is.
What I Read
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo – ★★★☆☆
I picked this up as part of my journey to learn more about racism and how I can be a better anti-racist. And, honestly, I almost wish I hadn’t. This felt almost like a book on racism for beginners – a lot of this book is spent trying to convince white people racism is actually still a thing. But, mostly, it’s message of “be gentle with white people, they’re very sensitive about being told they’re racist” kind of annoyed me. I’m a white person, and I am really sick of white people being allowed to get upset when they discriminate against others. I wrote an entire post about it, so if you want more of my thoughts on this book, you can go read that.
The Stand by Stephen King – ★★★★☆
This was my Stephen King Halloween pick this year. And it took me a good while to get through it. Mostly because this is a fourteen-hundred page novel (I listened to the forty-eight hour audiobook). But also because I kind of wasn’t all that into it. Not sure if I was just in an overall slump (likely, given that I only finished two books this month) or wasn’t really feeling it. Maybe it’s because reading a book about a pandemic during a pandemic isn’t really scary. Either way, this ended up being a tiny bit disappointing because I was kind of expecting to love it. I still really liked it, but I was also just glad to finally finish it.
What I’m Currently Reading
The Immortal Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
I am a few chapters into this, and have temporarily put it down. I honestly can already tell I’m going to love it, but I’m just not really in a reading mood lately and decided the best thing was to not force myself through it and diminish my enjoyment of what could be a favorite.
What I Watched
I put off watching this for a while, but I have to say, it was pretty cute. I really don’t know what else to say about it.
I’m a huge fan of Melissa McCarthy, so I obviously had to watch this one. And I really liked it. it was funny, but it also had some really nice non-funny moments. The premise was really interesting. Honestly, I’d watch it again.
This is always one of my favorite posts to do each year. Around Thanksgiving, I take the time to reflect on the books I’m thankful for. These are books that changed me in some way, taught me something new, or just reminded me of why I love reading so much. This year wasn’t exactly my favorite, because it hasn’t been a totally great reading year, but there are still some great books on my list.
That’s it for this month! Hopefully December is a bit better, but regardless of how much I read, I am still excited to put together my end-of-the-year blog posts!
Hopefully you all had a lovely November. What was your favorite book this month?