November and December 2016: Month in Review

What I’ve Been Up To:

Life and Blogging: I don’t think I have to tell anyone that these two months have sucked. I’m really finding it hard to maintain any sort of hope right now, so I’ve pulled away from Twitter and thrown myself into fiction. Books and TV/movies have always been an escape for me, a balm for my mental health, and I am self-medicating really heavily right now.

Because of this, I read a ton in these months, but I also feel very disconnected from my bookish friends. I miss you guys, but I can’t handle social media right now.

Also, I haven’t Bookstagrammed in a while. I’m so grateful to my lovely friends who sent birthday presents in September (Debby, Gillian, Meg ♥♥♥♥♥♥), and they’re still waiting to be photographed. I’ve just not been feeling motivated. :-p But I love you guys sooooo much, and I smile when I look at the piles on my table, so that’s something.

Music:

I’ve fallen back into listening to favorites rather than searching out new music; again, I’m seeking out comfort and solace. However, I do have a few new finds.

Movies & TV:

I’ve been rewatching The 100 when I can mentally work myself up to that much darkness. I also jumped on the Yuri on Ice! train, and it’s silly, super gay fun. Aside from that, I’ve mostly been binge-watching Master Chef, because judging other people makes me feel better, because I’m a horrible person.

On the movie front, I watched Rogue One, and it was so much better than I expected. I also saw Fantastic Beasts, which was again better than expected but very, very silly. It’s sort of like The Hobbit movies, but I enjoyed it. Oh! We saw The Handmaiden, which is a Korean retelling of The Fingersmith, and it’s f/f nonsensical delightful backstabby times. Do very much recommend. Finally, and these were so not in order but this one is, Sung and I went to see La La Land on Christmas day. It’s beautifully done, though definitely not as sunshine happy as the trailer makes it seem.

Reviews Posted:

I forgot to do one of these posts in November, so here we go. I read 27 books in November. I would have made it to 30, but I couldn’t read for a couple days in early November for some strange reason.

As of this posting, I’ve read 41 books (okay, two were novellas, but in the immortal words of Gimli “that still counts as one”). I’ll finish at least one more, bringing me to 300 books read for the year. This is what happens when I don’t spend time on Twitter apparently, and okay I also had to cut back on TV watching.

DNFs:

I DNFed ten books in November.

And thirteen books (so far anyway) in December.

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2 responses to “November and December 2016: Month in Review”

  1. I know what you mean, about social media just being too much right now. Sometimes blogging and Instagramming and Twittering can be a good way to connect with other people and learn about the world… and sometimes they’re more of a burden or a danger to one’s mental health. I hope this new year is better for you!
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    • Christina Franke says:

      It’s great that people are discussing important things, but I’ve not been able to handle it. I’m really afraid of 2017, but let’s hope as best we can.

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