Monthly Wrapups

What I’ve been up to in November πŸƒ Uni Stress & other Disasters

November Wrapup

Hello fellow bookworms πŸƒ For some reason this month was truly cursed for me πŸ™ˆ I just had a lot of bad luck with things not working out, University stress and generally either feeling emotionally exhausted or super anxious. I really hope that you all had a much better month than I did (if you have some good news, feel free to share it)! I’m more excited than ever before that it’s finally December and I hope that I can leave the disasters of November behind to finally get into the festive/wintery mood ❄

Snowing Winter Animated Gifs at Best Animations

Winter is coming πŸ’™

Important Resources

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whatiread

πŸ”„ = Reread πŸ’Œ = Library Books 🌈 = #QueerBookFun2021

 😊 = Readalong/Buddy Read πŸ“š = #TackleYourTBR2021 βŒ› = Digital Arc

I read 11 books in November. That might sound good but my reading was a mixed back. Good things first: I found TWO favorite news books – Under the Whispering Door & The Comfort Book – that brought me a lot of comfort and joy πŸ₯° I also managed to catch up on quite a few 2021 releases that I had been anticipating and I liked most of them! There was also another quick 48 Hour Round of the GraphicsAthon at the beginning of the month which was nice 😊 Quantity-wise I read as many books as I usually do, but I was feeling very slumpy, especially towards the end of the month. The stress and general feeling of exhaustion made it really hard to motivate myself to read … that was very frustrating. Apart from the 2021 releases, I also didn’t make progress with any of my End of the Year Reading Plans and despite planning to tackle my Kindle/Physical TBR, I entirely read library books πŸ˜” I’ll have to push many books into the new year, as I already have a wintery/festive December TBR.

OC Update

I read 6 books out of my comfort zone this month, which I’m really happy with as it’s more than my monthly average! I found not one, but TWO new favorites outside of my comfort zone: Under the Whispering Door (Adult Fantasy) and The Comfort Book (Adult Nonfiction) πŸ’• I also thoroughly enjoyed The Anthropocene Reviewed (Adult Nonfiction) and Something Is Killing the Children Vol 3. (Horror Graphic Novel). Sadly, I was highly anticipating A Lesson in Vengeance (YA Dark Academia/Mystery) and Ace of Spades (YA Mystery/Thriller), but was feeling a bit let down by them πŸ˜”

OOCZ 2021 November

Under the Whispering Door (T.J. Klune) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’ŒπŸŒˆ

The Comfort Book (Matt Haig) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ

The Anthropocene Reviewed (John Green) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ

Something Is Killing the Children Vol 3. (Tynion IV, Dell’Edera & Muerto) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’ŒπŸŒˆ

A Lesson in Vengeance (Victoria Lee) ⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’ŒπŸŒˆπŸŽ§

Ace of Spades (Faridah Γ€bΓ­kΓ©-ÍyΓ­mΓ­dΓ©) ⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’ŒπŸŒˆπŸŽ§

Graphicsathon

Graphicsathon #3

1. Spy x Family Vol 3. (Tatsuya Endo) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ ➽ Review

2. Something Is Killing the Children Vol 3. (Tynion IV, Dell’Edera & Muerto) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’ŒπŸŒˆΒ βž½ Review

3. The Promised Neverland Vol 1. (Kaiu Shirai) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ ➽ Review

4. Haiyku!! Vol 1. (Haruichi Furudate) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ ➽ Review

Other Books

5. Under the Whispering Door (T.J. Klune) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’ŒπŸŒˆ ➽ Review

6. The Comfort Book (Matt Haig) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ ➽ Review

7. The Nature of Witches (Rachel Griffin) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’ŒπŸŒˆ ➽ Review

8. The Anthropocene Reviewed (John Green) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ’Œ ➽ Review

9. Frostheart (Jamie Littler) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ ➽ Review

10. A Lesson in Vengeance (Victoria Lee) ⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’ŒπŸŒˆπŸŽ§ ➽ Review

11. Ace of Spades (Faridah Γ€bΓ­kΓ©-ÍyΓ­mΓ­dΓ©) ⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’ŒπŸŒˆπŸŽ§ ➽ Review

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Favorite Books πŸ’•

whatiposted

What I’ve been up to in October πŸ‘» SPOOKY Reading & the start of a new semester ~Β End of the Year Reading Plans πŸ“š Sequels, 2021 Releases & Tackling my TBRΒ 

Reading Diary πŸ‘» The Ghost of Halloween helped me read 24 Books feat. #spoopathon Wrapup ~Β Review: Starsight by Brandon Sanderson ⭐ Intrigue, Aliens and lots of eyes πŸ‘Β 

8 Books About Writers πŸ“– In Honor of #NaNoWriMoΒ ~ What I’m Reading in December πŸŽ„ Reindeer Readathon TBR

faveposts

For this section of my wrapup I’m linking up with theΒ Favorite Blog Posts of the MonthΒ Meme that has been created byΒ Kristin @Β kristinkravesbooks to showcase our favorite blogs of the month! πŸ’—

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life stuff

For some reason, November was full of university stress & disasters πŸ₯Ί This was probably the worst month so far this year as I had a bunch of bad luck. I was still struggling to adjust to this semester, as I have fewer classes but a bigger workload due to two big group projects. I also felt stressed out about getting an internship for next year and had a long weekend seminar. Good news among the bad: I got the internship I applied to and the seminar turned out to be really nice! I hope December will be a bit less intense work-wise. Apart from University, there were a couple stressful events that made me anxious. Both my bed and my laptop were nearing their end, but due to shortages it wasn’t that easy to get a replacement. I managed to get a new bed and a new laptop, though it was an ordeal (they sent me a laptop that wasn’t working and I had to return it + search for a new model). Whenever I felt like it was over, a new minor disaster would pop up πŸ™ˆ These things might be more manageable for other people, but my anxious self always feels overwhelmed very quickly, especially with the pressure from university on top πŸ˜… Not to mention the fact that cases have exploded around here and have me very worried. This is all very gloomy, so if you have any good news please tell me πŸ’•

✨ Highlights ✨

➽ What I Watched in November ❀  My friend and I finished watching Locke & Key S2 (really hoping that there will be a next season!). We also watched The Woods S1 (a Polish Netflix Original Mystery) and Lupin Part 1 (French Netflix Original Mystery – it’s SO good!!) 😊 I also finally got around to watching the new season of Nailed It! – a silly but fun Baking Show that brings me comfort!

➽ Distracting myself with Hyrule Warriors & Playthroughs! Once again I played a lot of Hyrule Warriors on my Nintendo DS but towards the end of the month I stopped doing that for a while, as I was so busy. I still had a good time and also started watching Playthroughs of games I found interesting. I find that very comforting πŸ₯°

➽ My parents coming to visit me! I really needed something good to happen this month and it was nice to see my family again and show them around my city. We did some Christmas shopping, had coffee and a nice dinner πŸ’•

looking ahead

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas πŸŽ„ I can finally leave November behind and welcome my favorite time of the year: December!! I hope my bad mood doesn’t carry over into the new month, as I really want to get a bit festive and enjoy winter. I’m hoping we’ll have some snow again this year and I have already decorated my flat for Christmas πŸŽ… My plans for December are to read some festive/wintery books and take some time for self-care πŸ™ I’m also very excited for my winter break and Christmas of course 😊

Time to get ready for my favorite time of the year πŸ₯°

My December TBR is already up ❀

Reindeer Readathon 2021

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What were you up to in November? What was your favorite book? Any books you want to read this winter? Do you have any goods news you’d like to share? I hope you’re staying safe! ❀

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32 thoughts on “What I’ve been up to in November πŸƒ Uni Stress & other Disasters

  1. Aaaah, I’m so sorry November didn’t go well for you, I really hope December treats you better!! Congrats on your internship, and whoa, 11 books is AMAZING!! I’m really looking forward to reading Under the Whispering Door, so glad to hear you loved it!! As for the happiest thing that happened to me this month, it was definitely reading Not my Problem by Ciara Smyth and I loved it so much, just the thought of it makes me so glad!!
    I loved reading your wrap up so much, and hope you have an amazing December!!

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  2. So, to alleviate some of the gloomy and bad news vibes, I can tell you that there will be a season 3 of Locke & Key! I just read that one of the actresses got promoted to a regular or something, so they must start production soon-ish πŸ˜€ I’m excited.
    Thanks for sharing my posts!!

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  3. I’m sorry you didn’t have the best november, hoping you’ll have a fantastic december, Caro! And congrats on your internship, that’s awesome. I’m sorry you didn’t really like Ace of Spades but I’m glad you found 2 new favs, it’s always a great feeling. Thanks for sharing my post!

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  4. I’m so sorry to hear November was so stressful! It sounds like you had a lot on your plate. 😦 I hope December treats you SO much better, and I’m glad you were able to resolve some of the stresses like the laptop and bed issues! I’m so excited for the holidays, too. We put our tree up a few weeks ago, and I wrapped presents last week so those are under the tree – it’s all so cozy and colorful, and reminds me of why this time of year is so comforting to me. I hope December is magical and wonderful for you, friend β™₯β™₯β™₯ (and thank you for the shout out!)

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  5. Why am I so obsessed with your posts!!!! What have you done to me? πŸ˜… As always, is incredible the work you put into your blog, sweetie, let me appreciate that for a moment β€οΈβ€οΈβœ¨πŸ‘πŸ» & I think I already said this but I can’t wait to read Under the Whispering Door!!!! 😍 I feel like I’ll love it & I’m glad to see what you’ve read and enjoyed The Nature Of Witches, it’s such an atmospheric book, I love that. ☺️
    Sorry November hasn’t been the best month for you, hope you have a wonderful last month of the year!!!! *Sending positive energy*. ✨✨✨
    PS: thank you thank you thank you thank you for mentioning my posts, it’s as always, a real honor to be on that incredible list. 😍😍😍

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    1. Omg thank you so much for the lovely comment, Sofii – it really means a lot to me!! πŸ₯ΊπŸ’— Under the Whispering Door is SO good, I hope you get around to reading it 😊 I’m glad I enjoyed The Nature of Witches, as I love witchy books and this one was so unique πŸ₯° Thank you! My December was much, much better ❄️
      Wishing you a good 2022! πŸŽ‡

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  6. Don’t feel too guilty on not yet tackling your end of the year reading plans. I planned on reading all things fantasy and I just…haven’t. I have been eyeing Something Is Killing the Children. I really want to explore more horror graphic novels. I hope your December is better than your November and that the holiday season brings lots of magic and good things your way.

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  7. I’m so sorry to hear that November has been a bad month for you and so stressful. I’m sending you lots of good thoughts and I hope December is a great month for you as you get into the festive spirit. πŸŽ„ I’m so glad you found some new favourite books though !! Such a shame you didn’t love A Lesson in Vengenace, I was so excited to get to it. I’ll still read it at some point though.
    Congrats on getting the internship ❀ my good news is that I just got and started Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee and I'm so excited to have and read this book. One of my favourite series already!!
    Have a great December and thank you so much for sharing my post ❀️πŸ₯Ίβ€οΈ!!

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words, Sophie! πŸ’— December was gladly a much better month for me 😊 I hope you’ll like A Lesson in Vengeance more than me πŸ™ I’m happy to hear that you liked Jade Legacy, I’ll be reading it next year for a bookish challenge πŸ₯° Wishing you a good 2022!! πŸ’•

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  8. First of all, congratulations on the internship!! πŸŽ‰
    I’m sorry that November has been a stressful time for you, wishing you a calmer and more peaceful December! πŸ’œ
    Such a coincidence, I also read The Comfort Book and Ace of Spades in November. πŸ˜€
    Thank you for including my posts! πŸ₯°

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  9. Oh Caro I’m so sorry the past month has been tough on you and I hope that December will be kinder and less stress-filled. Sending you all the good vibes ❀ ❀ On the bright side, all the congratulations on your internship, that's so great!
    I'm so curious to hear your thoughts on A Lesson in Vengeance and on John Green's book, as well!
    Sending you all the love for December, take care always! ❀

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    1. Thank you so much for all the kind words and good vibes, Marie! πŸ’— December was a much better month πŸŽ„ I was sadly disappointed by A Lesson in Vengeance, but I really liked John Green’s new book! The audiobook is narrated by him and it’s great πŸ₯° Wishing you a good 2022! πŸŽ‡πŸ’•

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  10. I’m really sad November wasn’t a good month for you. 😦 But I’m hoping that, like you said, you won’t carry the bad luck into December and that it has been a fresh start. Congrats again on the internship!! I’m really sad Ace of Spades didn’t work for you. 😦 I hope you’ll have a wonderful December, Caro!

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  11. sorry to hear that november wasn’t the best month for you! i hope december treats you better ❀ and ahh i'm sad to see that you didn't love a lesson in vengeance or ace of spades too much (i love the latter but i've been seeing mixed things about the former!). congrats on the internship and good luck with all your reading plans for the last part of 2021!!

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  12. Sorry to hear November was quite rough, but I hope that December is full of lots of fun and joy and great books! Yay for finding some new favorite books, but sorry about the ones that weren’t as good as you’d hoped. I love the show Nailed It! I need to watch some more. It does make me so happy.

    Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Thank you so much! December was a much better month for me 😊 I’m still glad that I mostly read great books! Nailed It! is such a comfort show for me, it’s always so much fun πŸ₯° I hope that you can watch some more of it!

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  13. I hope your December will be super amazing and less stressful than November! ❀ It's great you found two new favourite books, though, I'm very happy for you πŸ™‚ My November was pretty stressful as well (while simultaneously nothing really happened???), I'm glad it's finally December πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you so much! December was a much better month for me 😊 I’m so glad that I found some more favorite books πŸ₯° Sorry to hear that your November was also stressful, I hope you had a better time in December!
      Wishing you a happy 2022 πŸŽ‡

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  14. i am sorry to hear november was such a challenging month for you, caro! likewise here, november was soooo stressful it’s ridiculous, hahah. but i do hope we both have a much better december! and congrats on getting the internship!!!! that’s amazing news!

    i would be very interested in reading a review of yours for ace of spades. i did really enjoy the book, but i felt like the ending was a bit too convenient and unrealistic. like, it didn’t seem true at all that devon would just share one tweet, while having zero followers, about how his school was racist, and immediately people would believe him so much to go riot at the school? like…. what? lol. like i said, i loved the story, but i remember that the ending made me a bit disappointed.

    ahh, i hope you do watch part 2 of lupin! it is just as good and i love the characters! i am glad to hear you had family over and i hope your holiday season gets to be just as lovely and cozy! wishing you an amazing december❀️

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    1. Idk what it was about November, but for some reason this month was one of the most stressful πŸ˜… I had a much better December and hope the same was the case for you πŸ™πŸ’— I’m SO behind on reviews, but I definitely plan on reviewing Ace of Spades on Goodreads! I struggled the most with the beginning, but also thought some of the plot points in the end were very convenient and not that realistic πŸ˜…
      I did watch Part 2 of Lupin this December! It was amazing and I’m so glad that there will be a third part coming πŸ₯° Thank you! I hope you also had some lovely holidays and will have a great new year πŸŽ‡

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