This is the end of my first full month blogging, so this is my first ever end-of-month wrap-up! I think I’ll probably play around with the formatting and what I include in these as I go, but here’s my first one.
How has November been for you? It’s absolutely flown by for me, but I’m ok with that as it’s been lockdown here, it’s now almost December (and I really need all the Christmas decorations to life my mood) and it’s almost, almost the end of this hellish year. I know 2021 isn’t going to be a magical salve to fix the world’s problems, but at least it feels like we’re moving on a bit.
I’ve read more books in November than I have in ages – mostly because of book blogging, I think. So that’s one very good thing that has come from starting this blog already!
Ok, so let’s get into my November wrap-up – and remember to tell me in the comments how yours went!
Books I’ve finished this month:
- Big Girl, Small Town by Michelle Gallen (4 stars)
- Glass Houses (Moganville Vampires #1) by Rachel Caine – I read this book this month after hearing the author passed away. This was a beloved series of mine from when I was a teenager but I don’t have the hard copies (they’re technically my sisters’, we used to fight over them all of the time!) so I bought the book on kindle to read. I loved being re-immersed into the world, I always think going back to my old faves feels a bit like coming home. I did consider reading the rest of the books in the series, but it’s over 10 books long and I’d have to re-buy them all – maybe next year!
- The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix (3 stars)
- One by One by Ruth Ware (3.5 stars)
- The Haunting of Brynn Wilder by Wendy Webb (1.5 stars)
- Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers (5 stars)
- From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (a re-read)
- A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
So that’s 8 books, which is really good going for me! I still have a couple of reviews to write up to end the month.
Audiobooks I’ve finished this month:
- Dear Joan and Jericha: Why he turns away by Julia Davis and Vicki Pepperdine – this is a book based on a podcast that I really enjoy (Dear Joan and Jericha). I decided to listen to it as an audiobook because I think their delivery is the best bit of the podcast – and I probably wouldn’t have got round to actually reading it. I’d probably give it 3 stars. I recommend to fans of the podcast, but would definitely suggest you try that out first before thinking about the (audio)book – it’s a very specific type of humour, I think!
Books I’ve started (but not finished):
- The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – this is the book I’m currently reading. I first read this the year it was released and never got around to the rest of the books. So I’m re-reading this before moving on to the rest of the series, which I hope to complete before the fourth book comes out in January.
- The Nilsen File Re-opened by Douglas Bence and Brian McConnell – this was a dnf.
Books I’ve bought this month:
I thought this would be a good way to keep track of my book spending – as it’s risen exponentially since I started blogging – and keep one eye on my growing tbr pile! I don’t necessarily have to have read all the books I’ve bought in the month I’ve got them, but I would like to finish them within two months I think.
- Sisters by Daisy Johnson
- Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
- The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
- The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
- The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon
- The Magpie Society by Zoe Sugg & Amy McCulloch
I’m not too happy with my output towards the end of this month – it’s been a bit irregular and I’ve still got some reviews outstanding. So that’s something I definitely want to work on in December and the new year.
- Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers
- Review: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires
- WWW Wednesday | 18 Nov 2020
- Review: The Haunting of Brynn Wilder by Wendy Webb
- WWW Wednesday | 11 Nov 2020
- Review: One by One by Ruth Ware
- End of the year book tag | 2020
- Currently reading: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
- The Nilsen File Re-Opened by Douglas Bence and Brian McConnell
- Big Girl, Small Town by Michelle Gallen
- November: Bedside books
I thought this might be a nice little section for you to get to know me more! So here’s a little round-up of what’s been going on in my life:
- We decorated the flat for Christmas this week. We drank some mulled wine, put up the decorations and then watched a Christmas film on Netflix (The Princess Switch, not sure I would recommend but will probably watch the sequel!)
- I moved into this flat with my boyfriend in August, and since then we’ve been slowly decorating it – we bought lots of the essentials when we moved in, of course, but left the optional/more expensive things. I’ve just bought some really pretty prints from Etsy for the wall – I’m very excited for these to arrive this week…
- … if they ever do! That brings me on to the last thing, which is that five (5) parcels we’ve been expecting over the last two weeks have gone missing in the post!! One of those was someone resending one of the things that got lost (to no avail!). I know Royal Mail is slow because lockdown/Black Friday/Christmas shopping converging, but this is a bit ridiculous. Especially as I’ve been trying to buy from small businesses (like those Etsy prints!) and it’s much worse for them having to resend things than, say, if an Amazon order went missing.
Anyway, that was a bit of a random monthly recap for my personal life but, to be very honest, it’s not like there’s much going on right now, considering I’ve barely left my home in November and have only seen one person the entire month.
How has your November been? How much have you read? Let me know below or feel free to leave your November wrap-up in the comments so I can visit your blog and give it some love ❤️
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