November 2018: Month in Review

What I’ve Been Up To:

Last week, I wrote a post about how writing has been going for me, and, so far, I’ve been following my new schedule. I’ve been working on my modern P&P retelling exclusively, and so far I’m loving it. I know there are a million P&P retellings, but it’s not like any I’ve read and watched exactly. Here’s hoping I continue to love it and it’s actually any damn good.

Along with that, I’ve largely been keeping up with blogging too, though I do feel the strain of trying to do both. Wanting to hit a word count every day for my writing but also having to sometimes also work on blog posts is a pain. It’s like, “I was good and deserve a break, damn it!” Sometimes posts might go up later than I intended, like this one, but I’m working on being okay with that.


The last month or so, I really haven’t been listening to music because I’ve been audiobooking super hard. I guess that must be what I’m in the mood for atm.

Movies & TV:

On election day, I went to see The Hate U Give with my bestie. It seemed like a good plan at the time, because it was such a political statement, but I was already emotional because of the election and that movie’s rough. Though, I will say, that they did a great job including moments of humor in there too, so it’s not constant, neverending sadness.  TL;DR: it was so good, and I cried a lot.

Saw Bohemian Rhapsody with my parents and boyfriend. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but on the whole I did really enjoy it. Obvs, I love Queen, which is good because it largely focuses on the music. Some of the life stuff is done so subtly that it was really hard for me to tell quite what happened or when it happened.  TL;DR: Excellent if you want to listen to songs by Queen for 2 hours and are not expecting an incredibly detailed biopic.

TV-wise, I’m keeping up with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and The Good Place, because my boyfriend’s good at not forgetting that things are airing.

Otherwise, I am 100% invested in an ANTM rewatch. I love it so fucking much. Sorry not sorry.

Reviews Posted:

November was not a huge posting month for me, obviously. I feel like it’s either feast or famine with keeping reviews on my blog these days. Only reviewing books if I really, really liked them and feel like I have things I need to say equals waaaaay less reviews.

Over November, I read 30 books (not too shabby). If you’re curious, I break them down below.

Christina Books:

Christina books are the ones that hit my heartstrings. They’re the ones I want to acquire for my personal collection, if I don’t already have a copy.

Excellent Reads:

Not quite absolute favorites, but I liked/loved/super admired all of these books, and I recommend them. (Though I will state for the record that, though I did very much enjoy the first two pictured, I did lose steam in their sequels, but I won’t downgrade them for that.)


This was clearly a weird reading month for me, because generally this category is huge, but not much was whelming this month. TBH, both An Absolutely Remarkable Thing and The Raven Prince are borderline with other categories too; the former up, and the latter down. Not sure what’s in the water at my house rn. Watch for a review of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing later this week, because, though I don’t know quite how I feel overall, which is why it’s in this section, I do have a lot of thoughts.

Not for Me:

Everything else goes here, from kind of liked but generally meh to loathed with every fiber of my being. Snoop on my Goodreads if you’re curious. Though I will spoil the fact that Nightflyers is one of the worst things I’ve ever read.

Not pictured is Santino Hassell’s Down by Contact, which I did read but will not comment on due to the author’s actions.

One response to “November 2018: Month in Review”

  1. Jessica says:

    Quite the month! I love ANTM as well so I’m with you there. I’m very intrigued by P&P retellings, so I’m cheering you on! (Also, apologizing in advance for how all over the place this comment is about to be. I’m on my third cup of coffee since this morning and well I’M A MESS.) I had a lot of the same thoughts re: Bohemian Rhapsody. I liked it because of Queen’s music but it really didn’t capture everything quite like a biopic should (but was still fun!) and all that jazz. I definitely cried over The Hate U Give. The book is so powerful and the film was one of the best adaptations I’ve seen in a while and very very powerful. Okay sorry for the mess that is this comment!
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