Monthly Wrapups

What I’ve been up to in November πŸ‚ A busy, new semester of online school

November Wrapup

Hello fellow bookworms πŸ‚ I thought October was eventful, but November was even more exhausting and seemed to last forever but also fly by πŸ˜… Moving into a new city, starting my Master program (with online classes) and new restrictions posed a big change. There was so much to do and not enough time to do it. However, there were also opportunities among the challenges, so let’s talk about that as well πŸ₯° Side Note: I’m missing you all so much!! Being away from blogging because of all the work made me realize how much I love doing it πŸ₯Ί

I’m going to extend my hiatus to December, as I’m still adjusting to university and the workload. I have more posts planned in December as I prewrote a tone of end of the year content that just needs to be edited! I hope to use Christmas break to prewrite a bit more. I also hope to continue to interact, but for the foreseeable future I’ll be slower, though I read and reply to every comment πŸ’• I’ll probably hiatus again in January, February and the first two weeks of March, as it’s Exam Time then πŸ˜…

You know what season’s finally coming next πŸ₯°

Important Resources

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πŸ”„ = Reread πŸ’Œ = Library Books 🌈 = Here and Queerathon

🐯 = #YARC2020 ✨= #StartOnYourShelfathon βŒ› = Digital Arc

I read 7 books in October (though it would technically be 9, as I read two books twice). My reading was obviously different from previous months, as there was a lot of change in my life and with the start of my Master program I was busy, stressed and also low on motivation to read much. The three main ways I read were 1) audiobooks (they SAVED me this month & were the reason I read anything at all! I have a much better access to audiobooks now and it makes me so grateful as listening to them during chores & when I couldn’t make myself pick up a book helped me immensely!) 2) short books (all the Murderbot Diaries books are novellas and as I also listened to them on audiobook I read them easily & they were also so comforting!) and 3) rereads (I reread Artificial Condition & then read Rogue Protocol and Exit Strategy twice in one month as I was so obsessed with the series πŸ˜‚) So overall, I’m still happy with my progress, even though I wish I had more motivation to pick up my physical reads (I wanted to read The Dire King before 2021 starts, but I doubt it’ll happen 😭).Β  I hope to pick up my reading routine again next month, as I couldn’t bring myself to read in the evening, like I usually do. I was too restless to pick up a book, so I hope that changes in December!

OC Update

I read 3 books out of my comfort zone, all of them sci-fi as I was on a big space kick this month! ⭐ Obviously, I adored the Murderbot Diaries #3 & #4 and read them both twice as I was so obsessed with this novella series: It has become one of my all-time favorite already, I would highly recommend the audiobooks!! πŸ’• I also read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, another adult sci-fi book but this one is a 500+ tome with a rather slow pace. I still liked it a lot and listened to the audiobooks alongside the e-book: an excellent decision as the audiobook is great! 😊

OOCZ_ November

Rogue ProtocolΒ (Martha Wells) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ 🎧

Exit StrategyΒ (Martha Wells) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ 🎧

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Becky Chambers) β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒΒ πŸŽ§

Other Books

1. Rogue ProtocolΒ (Martha Wells) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ 🎧 (2x) ➽ Review

2. Exit StrategyΒ (Martha Wells) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ 🎧 (2x) ➽ Review

3. Artificial ConditionΒ (Martha Wells) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ πŸ”„

4. Home: Murderbot Short StoryΒ (Martha Wells) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’ŒΒ 

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5. The Tower of Nero (Rick Riordan) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ✨🌈 ➽ RTC!

6. Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ”„

7. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Becky Chambers) β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒΒ πŸŽ§Β βž½ RTC!

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Favorite Book πŸ’•

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Review: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson ⭐ Flying, Talking Ships & Bravery πŸ‚Β Never Have I Ever Write Tag πŸ“ Exposing my writing habitsΒ 

πŸ‚Β Review: Murderbot Diaries #1 – #4 by Martha Wells πŸ’» I’m OBSESSED with this novella series

faveposts

For this section of my wrapup I’m linking up with the Favorite Blog Posts of the Month Meme that has been created by Kristin @ kristinkravesbooks to showcase our favorite blogs of the month!

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life stuff

The start of the new semester brought busy, stressful times 🏑 I had no idea how high the workload would be but it was A LOT more than during my Bachelor studies. This might be because it’s a Master course, or at a different university or because of the current situation, I’m not sure. However, I was increasingly getting stressed when things got started with the lectures and seminars. I have 3 exams (I dropped one lecture because a) I hadn’t done the topic in my Bachelor degree, b) I didn’t like it at all and c) it would have meant so much more extra work) and lots of work each week to do. Especially the online element is challenging as a lot is pre-recorded and to be done individually at home. I miss the whole social aspect of going to seminars together and spending time in the university environment. Obviously I know it has to be this way, but it makes it so hard to build new connections, especially as I also have to juggle all the coursework and general chores. Exploring my university with another classmate kind of broke my heart as it’s so nice & just not possible to be there right now πŸ’” So there are definizely challenges and it also made me sad that blogging and reading had to take a backseat in this introduction phase, as I love them so much πŸ₯Ί

But!! This was the change of scenery I needed!  🏑 This was a double-edges sword, as things got super stressful with getting SO much out of my comfort zone with university and meeting new people. However, I also felt myself growing a lot and becoming even more independent! Being in a new environment – even though it was hard – helped me get a new perspective again. I finally felt like I had a purpose and routine again, with new experiences and opportunities. There were some lovely classmates who still wanted to meet up and go for a walk (we met one on one and outside because of the restrictions) to chat a bit πŸ’• I finally got more involved in university – something I missed out on during my Bachelor studies – and joined my faculty to help them out. I also signed up for an online anti-stress seminar, which was a lot of fun and I’m proud that I’m participating so much as I didn’t use to do that. It also definitely helped that I like my flat, as online classes still mean I have to spend a lot of time indoors as well.

Things that made me happy 😊

  • Watching TV Shows to distract πŸ“Ί I didn’t watch as much as in previous months (as my watchbuddy was also super busy) but we both made our way through The Rain, which is super intriguing so far!! 🌧 And we also rewatched Elf, a perfect festive comfort movie πŸŽ„I also watch Brainchild, an amazing educational show discussing different topics! It’s an amazing show that gets you excited about learning and is done in an accessible and fun way!! πŸ’— I’m so sad that there is only one season, somehow Netflix neither cancelled nor renewed it for some reason. Finally, I finished Trollhunters (Tales of Arcadia), as the episodes are short and good to incorporate into my everyday life 😊
  • I also started watching Wizards (the third Tales of Arcadia installment) and LOVED it so much!! πŸ’— Out of the Tales of Arcadia shows, 3:Below was my absolute favorite (it has aliens and was so binge-able), but Wizards got me even more invested! Sadly, it was only set for one season & I need more!!Β However, there’s a movie planned for 2021! This show truly stole my heart and kind of helped me hold on during some tough stressful times πŸ₯ΊπŸ’•
  • OBSESSING over the Murderbot Diaries! πŸ’• I loved the first book when I read it but then I got to book 2 right when I moved and needed some comfort. The books are like a warm hug to me and I’ve now read the first four novellas twice πŸ₯Ί They mean so much to me and I highly recommend listening to the audiobooks πŸ₯°

I’m not the target audience of these shows, but I think they’re amazing for all ages πŸ’—

looking ahead

Time to get ready for festiveness & end of the year panic! I’m definitely ready for my favorite time of the year: Winter/Christmas!! I sadly won’t have as much time for all the festive content, but I hope to watch lots of movies and of course reread my favorite holiday books. I also plan to read some new wintery books and I couldn’t resist joining two Readathons!! I picked the Tistheseasonathon, as I loved it so much last year. In addition, I went with a month-long Readathon (the Reindeer Readathon) as it’s more relaxed and intense πŸŽ„ Even with all the work and circumstances I hope to feel the Christmas spirit a little bit this year! It’s also time to a) the amazing end of the year content (feat. best of 2020 lists and reflections) and b) end of the year panic as it’ll be 2021 soon??? Remember last year when we thought this would be the amazing start of a new decade πŸ˜… I cannot believe we have reached the end of the year already, time was so weird this year 😱

Festive Readathons I’m taking part in πŸŽ„

  • Tistheseasonathon (Nov 3rd – Dec 6th) πŸŽ…
  • Reindeer Readathon (Monthlong) 🐎

My mood for December πŸŽ„

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What were you up to in November? What was your favorite book this month? I hope you’re staying safe πŸ‚

32 thoughts on “What I’ve been up to in November πŸ‚ A busy, new semester of online school

  1. I hope you’re taking time to rest despite starting a new master program! I see a lot of sci-fi looking covers in your wrap-up and I’m definitely intrigued. I recently purchased the e-book of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and it sounds so good! and thank you so much for including my gift guide in here, it means a lot ❀

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  2. Wishing you strength for the upcoming semesters! I’m so sad that due to covid, it’s even harder for you to get to know me people in your uni! πŸ˜” But that’s nice that you got to meet a few people!
    Congrats on being more involved in university stuff! It’s so great!
    I’m so glad you loved The Tower of Nero! 😍
    Also, thank you for mentioning my post! πŸ’š (I changed my name but it was Fleur!)

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    1. Thank you, Morgan! It’s a difficult situation, but I’m grateful that I can meet up with a few classmates and go on walks πŸ’•
      The Tower of Nero was truly great, have you read it/or the series? 😊
      Of course, I’ll change the name right away!

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  3. Thank you for including my post, Caro! November was unexpected for me, in a way that I finally registered for IELTS and GRE so I spent the month studying πŸ˜… Online classes is actually one of the biggest reason while I’m still ambivalent on whether I should apply to grad schools in this cycle or not, as I don’t think I could learn effectively through online classes :/ I hope you’ll find your routine soon!

    I’m about to start The Tower of Nero so I’m super happy to see your rating and I’m looking forward for your review!

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  4. Ahh sounds like quite a busy month! I’m so glad to hear that you’ve been able to push yourself out of your comfort zone, even if school and getting used to a new place is stressful. I wish you luck with all of it going forward! Take all the time away from blogging that you needβ€”we’ll all be here when you get back ❀

    You’re making me really eager to read the Murderbot books! And I think rereading Fangirl is ALWAYS a great choice πŸ˜€

    Hope you have a lovely December, and good luck once again!

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    1. I’m definitely happy that I was able to grow a bit more, though online school has me stressed and busy πŸ˜… Aww thank you that means so much to me πŸ’•

      The Murderbot books are sooo good, I highly recommend them! πŸ₯° I hope you have a great December as well πŸŽ„

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  5. Sending you a lot of good vibes!! End of year is always super hectic at university, I’m also swamped in work. But Christmas getting closer and the dream of a holiday is definitely keeping my motivation going – hope the same works for you πŸ™‚
    Hahah I love that you read 2 books twice in November! I don’t think I have ever reread a book in the same month.

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  6. you managed to read so much even with so much going on, caro!! i’m sorry that uni caused a lot of stress for you in november, i hope it lessens in december and that you get at least a little bit of time to do things for yourself! but yay for comfort rereads — murderbot is strangely an excellent character to comfort you haha πŸ₯Ί hope december treats you well!!

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    1. Reading has helped me wind down at least a little bit! Thank you so much, May! I hope to take some rest during the Christmas holidays πŸ’• I love rereads so much! Murderbot is such a great character πŸ₯° I hope you have a great December as well! ❄

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  7. Wishing you luck for your exams and the semester ahead! I definitely hear you on school meaning less time for blogging – I haven’t been on WordPress at all since September but hopefully I can get back to some sporadic posts. I find that when I’m not reading book blogs my motivation for reading just totally disappears which is horrible!
    You managed to read so much though with how busy you’ve been! Rereading Fangirl is always my go-to when I want a comfort read – especially this time of year. Love it!

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    1. Thank you so much, Emme! πŸ₯° I’ve really noticed how little time remains for blogging with everything else going on, I’m glad I prewrote at least a little bit of content! I try to take some time to read book blogs as it does help me to stay motivated as well πŸ˜„

      Audiobooks and rereads have been my savior this month! I hope you have a great December 😊

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  8. It really is a pity that you are unable to get the normal uni experience during your first Master’s semester, BUT I’m so glad you’ve still been able to meet up with people and that this experience isn’t all bad. πŸ˜€ Hope December will be even better. πŸ˜€ While I didn’t really love The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet – I think I rated it 3 stars – I definitely agree about the audiobook, it was extremely good. And on that note, definitely agree with you – audiobooks are a life-saver when I don’t have a lot of time to read, I appreciate them so much. Thanks so much for highlighting our posts, I’m so glad you enjoyed them. ❀️

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    1. It’s definitely a weird semester but I’m grateful that some classmates were able to meet me for some nice walks outside, it helped me settle in a lot πŸ™ I think the reason I liked The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet was that the audiobook was so comforting to put on when I was doing chores and trying to relax, the narrator was fantastic 😊 Audiobooks really saved me in November! Always happy to share your posts, I hope you had a great December β€πŸŽ„

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  9. Caro!!! πŸ₯Ίβœ¨ I’m back from my break week and as always it’s such an honor to see you’ve enjoyed my posts, you’re always so supportive and sweet, thank you SO much! 😭
    I’m so happy that all those changes are being positive for you, I hope it continues to be like that, beautiful & I hope you’re having a beautiful December. ❀️
    I’ll be catching up with your amazing blog soon πŸ₯°

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    1. Always happy to read and share your lovely post, Sofii!! πŸ₯°βœ¨ I’m grateful for the changes, though I wish things had been less busy, but now the holidays are approaching πŸ™πŸŽ„ I hope you had a great December and have a lovely Christmas ❀

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  10. audiobooks really are an amazing way to read when you’re super busy. they totally saved my life last year! i just bought my copy of tower of nero, and i’m super emo thinking i only have a couple of books let to read in the percy jackson universe. i’ll miss all these characters so much! i’m glad you enjoyed the finale!

    i hope you have an amazing time during the holidays. will you be going back home to celebrate with your family? if not, have you decorated your flat? wishing you a fantastic december, caro!

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    1. Oh yes, audiobooks have saved me so much the past month and helped me read! πŸ₯° I hope you enjoy The Tower of Nero, it was such a great conclusion to the universe, though I’m also sad that it’s over now, let’s hope we get some standalone additions πŸ₯Ί

      I’ve come back to my hometown to celebrate Christmas, but I’ve also decorated my flat to make it cozy and festive! I hope you have a great December and lovely holidays β€πŸŽ„

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  11. Oh Caro, I hope that you’ll do great at uni, it always takes a bit of time to settle in and I get how stressful it can be, especially under the current circumstances. I’m sending you all the love! ❀ and you've been SO productive despite everything happening and still reading a lot, that's fantastic!! ❀
    I'm sending you all the love, have a beautiful month ❀

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    1. Thank you so much, Marie! ❀ This semester has been strange, but I’m glad that I could settle in and meet at least a few of my classmates for walks in nature πŸ₯° Thank you for the kind words! I hope you’re also doing well and are having a lovely December β€πŸŽ„

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  12. Welp I’m late to posts again so a, going to be quick so I can catch up on all your posts. I hope you’re having a much better December. My November was also super stressful so I feel you. Sending you all the love xoxo

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  13. Thank you so much for linking my post about hurricane relief in the Philippines, Caro! ❀

    Audiobooks are such a lifesaver for getting reading in when super busy, especially with school! It's nice to swap formats now and then and I'm glad it's been working for you. AND LOOK AT ALL THE READS YOU ENJOYED! that is literally a reader's dream!

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    1. Thank you for putting this great resource together ❀
      I’ve really been getting into audiobooks as they are so practical and great to listen to when I’m super busy! I’m so happy that 2020 was at least great with books πŸ˜„ I hope you’re doing well! πŸ₯°

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