November 2015: Month in Review

What I’ve Been Up To:

This is your chance to catch up on the life and blog of Christina in one fell swoop.


November’s been a struggle for me blogging-wise. That’s probably pretty evident for anyone who’s been following along with the blog. I posted probably about the least number of times in years, and I also didn’t read very much. I’ve been in a bit of a slump about blogging and reading.

On the plus side, I think I’m coming out of it. I’ve managed to update my blog to the new UBB so now the mini reviews will go into the archive, which yay! That was stressful, but it’s done. Also, there’s a bug with how audiobooks show up in multiple book posts so ignore the random narrators on book one, okay?

This month is almost all mini reviews because, aside from my HP reread, I really didn’t find much that captivated me. It’s a lot of 2.5-3.5 star books. They weren’t terrible, but I was slogging through November. I also took a break from blogging for a business trip and then for the holidays. The good news is that I don’t actually feel guilty about it.

Here are the new arrivals from November, as featured on my Instagram:

I couldn’t Keefe away. #mynotsosecretshame #keefe #fosterkeefe #bookstagram #icantbelieveipreorderedthis

A photo posted by Christina (@reader_fictions) on


I took a business trip to Cincinnati and got to catch up with a college friend (and freshman year roommate) who lives nearby. Since she doesn’t live IN Cincinnati, I almost didn’t reach out, but I’m so glad I did because she was able to come down. It was so great to talk to her and see how we’ve changed but also to reminisce.

There were two Thanksgivings for me this year, one with the boyfriend’s family, which consisted of Korean food and pumpkin pie, and the more traditional American Thanksgiving with my parents. Both were fairly subdued, but watching boyfriend’s mom and dad play MarioKart was hilarious.


I’ve got another monthly playlist for you guys.

I didn’t really have  a new obsession this month, though I did find a bunch of great new songs. I was more scattered and didn’t too much listening to something straight through.

Movies & TV:

TV-wise, I’m pretty much right where I was last month. I’m still playing catch up on currently airing shows.

I’m up to date on iZombie, The Flash, and Wicked City, but I’m still working on Arrow, Fresh Off the Boat, Heroes Reborn, ANTM, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Supergirl, and Quantico.

iZombie is my favorite current show by miles. Wicked City has been the biggest pleasant surprise. I’m very eh on Arrow, Heroes Reborn, and Quantico, but so far I’m chugging along. Quantico‘s most in danger of getting the axe. Anyone current on it and want to argue one way or the other?

gif izombie dancing

I hope to get caught up this month, and then watch either Daredevil or The Mindy Project, because I may need a break from superheroes for some reason.

Reviews Posted:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling ★★★★★
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling ★★★★★
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling ★★★★★
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling ★★★★★
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling ★★★★★
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling ★★★★★
Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom ★★★★½
The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet by Kate Rorick, Rachel Kiley ★★★★½
The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas ★★★★½
The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas ★★★★½
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling ★★★½
Calvin by Martine Leavitt ★★★½
The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone ★★★½
The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen ★★★
Willful Machines by Tim Floreen ★★★
The After-Room by Maile Meloy ★★★
Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi ★★★
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket ★★★
The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas ★★★
The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken ★★½
Da Vinci’s Tiger by L. M. Elliott ★★½
Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams ★★½
Truly, Madly, Famously by Rebecca Serle ★½
Papillon by Miwa Ueda ½
Cam Girl by Leah Raeder unrated


BORED BORED BORED BORED BORED with a couple doses of failing to be as funny as it thought it was.

Maplecroft (The Borden Dispatches #1) - Cherie Priest
Our Lady of the Ice - Cassandra Rose Clarke
Swords and Scoundrels - Julia Knight
The Cricket on the Hearth - Charles Dickens
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
Soundless - Richelle Mead
Stunt Cat to the Stars - Constance Lombardo
Undeniable - Liz Bankes

2 responses to “November 2015: Month in Review”

  1. Lyn Kaye says:

    I have noticed that you have been kinda quiet lately, but I am thrilled to see on you Twitter! I hope your slump ends soon!!
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  2. I’m always super meh about Arrow (and Agents of Shield) while it’s airing, but they’re more interesting when you binge the season. The Flash, however, is goofy and funny and I love it to the moon and back, so if you haven’t started that one yet, I *highly* recommend it.

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