Monthly Wrapups

What I’ve been up to in November πŸƒ Books, my Master’s Thesis and other Disasters

November Wrapup 2022

Hello fellow bookworms πŸƒ November? More like NOvember because it was a bit of a disaster. I just remembered that last November was also a disaster, so many this month is lowkey cursed? πŸ˜‚ We’re rapidly approaching the end of the year and I tried to make some plans for December and prepare myself for yet another year looming on the horizon. My thesis is still difficult, which was the cause of a lot of negative things this month, but I’ll get there later!

With Twitter being slowly ruined by Musk, I’m also sharing my Linktree here, so you know where to find me! Despite its flaws, I liked Twitter a lot for promoting my posts and engaging with other readers, so I’m both sad and angry it’s going down the drain. I’m staying as long as it’s still functional, but I’ve got all my links in one place, just in case.

Important Resources

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whatiread

πŸ” = Reread πŸ’Œ = Library Books βŒ› = Digital Arc

πŸ“š = #TackleYourTBR πŸ“– = #DevourYourTBR 😊 = Buddy Read πŸ’• = 12 Book Recs by Friends

I read 22 books in November! That’s quite a lot … but I still wouldn’t say I had a great reading month, mostly because I was stressed and therefore not in a good mood. The main way I was able to take in books was in audio form, as I listened to 13 books this way. Reading physical or e-books was more tricky as I didn’t feel like picking anything up and was a bit scared I’d get into a slump. In the end, I had to abandon a huge part of my November TBR and switch to reading other books.Β I knew I’d love some of my November picks, but I wasn’t in the mood to read them. Lots of these were physical books I wanted to tackle for #ClearUrSht and I’m still a bit mad I wasn’t able to get to them, as I really wanted to get them read before the end of the year. Nevertheless, I switched to some other books and read a lot of great ones!

OC Update (1)

I read 6 books out of my comfort zone this month! Definitely less than last month, but that’s because I read a lot of mystery/horror in October. I’ve had some hits and misses this month, but overall I’m happy with what I’ve been reading this year πŸ˜„

November 1

  • A Lady for a Duke (Alexis Hall) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5πŸ“šπŸ“–
  • The Sandman Vol 1. (Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenbeger, Malcolm Jones III) β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–
  • The Book of Cold Cases (Simone St. James) β­β­β­β­πŸ“šπŸŽ§

November 2

  • Astrid Parker Doesn’t Fail (Ashley Herring Blake) β­β­β­β­πŸ“š
  • Light From Uncommon Stars (Ryka Aoki) β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸŽ§
  • Five Survive (Holly Jackson) β­β­βŒ›

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πŸ“š #ClearUrSht Readathon πŸ“š

Physical Books

1. Vespertine (Margaret Rogerson) β­β­β­β­β­πŸ“šπŸ“–πŸŽ§

2. The Luminaries (Susan Dennard) β­β­β­β­β­πŸ“š

3. All of Us Villains (Amanda Foody, Christine Lynn Herman) β­β­β­β­πŸ“šπŸŽ§

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Kindle Books

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4. A Lady for a Duke (Alexis Hall) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5πŸ“šπŸ“–

5. Warren the 13th and the 13-Year Curse (Tania Del Rio, Will Staehle) β­β­β­β­πŸ“š

6. Astrid Parker Doesn’t Fail (Ashley Herring Blake) β­β­β­β­πŸ“š

7. The Edge of the Ocean (L.D. Lapinski) β­β­β­β­πŸ“šπŸ“–

8. The Book of Cold Cases (Simone St. James) β­β­β­β­Β πŸ“šπŸŽ§

9. Five Survive (Holly Jackson) β­β­βŒ›

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Library Books

10. The Heartstopper Yearbook (Alice Oseman) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5πŸ’Œ

11. Amari and the Great Game (B.B. Alston) β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–πŸŽ§

12. Tokyo Dreaming (Emiko Jean) β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–πŸŽ§

13. Witchlings (Claribel A. Ortega) β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–πŸŽ§

14. The Sandman Vol 1. (Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenbeger, Malcolm Jones III) β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–

15. Light From Uncommon Stars (Ryka Aoki) β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸŽ§

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Other Books

16. Demon in the Wood (Leigh Bardugo, Dani Pendergast) β­β­β­β­πŸ’Œ

17. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs) πŸ”β­β­β­β­β­πŸŽ§

18. Hollow City (Ransom Riggs) πŸ”β­β­β­β­β­πŸŽ§

19. Library of Souls (Ransom Riggs) πŸ”β­β­β­β­β­πŸŽ§

20. A Map of Days (Ransom Riggs) πŸ”β­β­β­β­β­πŸŽ§

21. The Conference of the Birds (Ransom Riggs) πŸ”β­β­β­β­β­πŸŽ§

22. The Desolations of Devil’s Acre (Ransom Riggs) πŸ”β­β­β­β­β­πŸŽ§

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Favorite Books πŸ’•

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whatiposted

What I’ve been up to in October πŸŽƒ Lots of spooky contentΒ ~Β Sequel Reviews: King of Fools & Queen of Volts ⚑ THIS is how you write a Fantasy series

Arc Reviews: Unfamiliar & The Twig Man πŸ‚ The perfect fall reads ~Β Books I didn’t get around to this year πŸ“š 2022 releases, sequels & ArcsΒ 

Review: Between You, Me and the Honeybees by Amelia Diane Coombs … In BUZZWORDS 🐝 ~Β MidnighTS Book Tag πŸŒ™ Meet me at Midnight πŸ’•Β 

Review: Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson … In BUZZWORDS πŸ–€ ~Β December TBR πŸŽ„ feat. #ReindeerReadathon & Orilium Winter Magical Readathon ~Β Blog Tour: Five Survive πŸ”ͺ A thrilling tale of survival 😱

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faveposts

For this section I’m sharing my Favorite Blog Posts of the Month πŸ’—

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life stuff

Every Month I get more frustrated with my thesis. If you’ve read my previous wrapups, you know that I’ve been trying to start my Master’s thesis since August/September but had to deal with an unreliable supervisor who kept pushing back meetings. In November I finally had two meetings but everything is moving so slowly and I still have so many questions. The entire department is pretty unreliable and I constantly have to keep chasing after them for information. I could write an entire essay on this, but the main problem is that I feel without support and explanations. I’m NOT a mind reader and lots of things were heard through other students/rumors instead of being clearly communicated.

At least I was finally able to connect to some fellow students who are also frustrated and under time constraints. Some of us want to finish this semester but we don’t have the full 6 months we’re supposed to anymore. We’re hoping to contact the professor, as they don’t even seem aware that we’re angry at the constant waiting. Christmas is soon and we still haven’t started our research study or know what our research question will be. The department’s bad supervision makes some so mad because in the end, I‘m going to be the one struggling to finish my thesis and stressing myself out. Needless to say, my mental health was pretty bad and I also started to have some problems with my wisdom teeth trying to break through, which just contributed to me feeling absolutely miserable. Probably one of the lowest points this year, especially given that all my 2023 plans are on hold until I can formally start my thesis and now the end date.

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My mood during all this mess with my thesis

πŸƒΒ What I Watched in November πŸƒ

I’ve been making more of an effort to watch things consistently and I saw some great shows in November! My Favorites are Arcane and 1899 πŸ₯°

Arcane | Serie 2021 | Moviepilot.de 1899 - WHAT IS LOST WILL BE FOUND - EUROPAPREMIERE IM FUNKHAUS BERLIN -  About Netflix

  • Arcane (S1)
  • 1899 (S1)

Wer streamt Derry Girls? Serie online schauen Rise of the Guardians - Movies on Google Play Hilda - TV-Serie 2018 - FILMSTARTS.de

  • Derry Girls (S1+2) πŸ”
  • Rise of the Guardians (Movie)
  • Hilda (S1+2) πŸ”

Poster Manifest - Staffel 4 - Poster 1 von 3 - FILMSTARTS.de

  • Hilda and the Mountain King (Movie)
  • Manifest (S3 & 4.1)

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looking ahead

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! πŸŽ„ It’s no secret that December is one of my favorite months. Apart from the horror of another year coming to a close, I love the festive season and the start of Winter so much πŸ₯° I always feel so cozy and I have some exciting festive reading plans with a very ambitious TBR! The last years have just spoiled me with so many great Christmas books coming out ❄️ I’m hoping to use the month to get comfortable, despite the ongoing disaster that is my thesis. There’s only so much I can do and I want to fully immerse myself in all things festive!

πŸ“š #DevourYourTBR πŸ“š

This month’s challenge is to read “easy” books like short books and novellas, graphic novels and manga, or maybe re-reading an old favorites!

Β© DevourYourTBR

πŸŽ„ I’m also participating in lots of Readathons πŸŽ„

Christmas Posts 2022

Check out my TBR here ❀️

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What were you up to in November? What was your favorite book? What are your reading plans for the rest of the year? πŸŽ„

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17 thoughts on “What I’ve been up to in November πŸƒ Books, my Master’s Thesis and other Disasters

  1. Don’t beat yourself for not reading the books you wanted! πŸ₯Ί It’s absolutely fine if you don’t read, or read just one book in a month. There are times when you don’t want to pick up books, and do other stuff like binge tv shows, that’s totally fine too. I am really sorry about the ongoing stressful situation! I’m sending you virtual hugs! πŸ₯°
    Oh no, I’m sad to see you didn’t enjoy Holly Jackson’s new book! What was the thing you didn’t like about it?
    Thank you for sharing my posts!

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  2. I’m so sorry to hear that your thesis still isn’t going according to plan. Since this really affects more people, talking or at least approaching the professor as a group sounds like a smart idea. It proves that it’s not just a couple outliers, but a problem as a whole. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for you!
    Also, f*** wisdom teeth!!! I’ve had problems with all of mine and they’re just an evolutionary mistake. Completely useless.
    So so so happy to hear you loved 1899 as well!

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    1. Thank you so much! πŸ’• Things are going better now, but it took a bit too long to get there πŸ˜… We’ve been talking with the supervisor, but sometimes it feels like it only gets us limited success.

      My wisdom teeth are better now but I’ll have to get them removed eventually and idk why they are even here … if they’re always making trouble πŸ˜‚

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  3. Oh geez, I’m so sorry the stuff with your thesis is going SO rough! 😭 And your poor wisdom teeth, too. Mine cut through some years back and it was a nightmare, I would not want to re-visit that. I still haven’t had them removed but I probably need to in the next few years and I dread it.

    I really hope your thesis situation improves soon and people start communicating properly! I’m glad you’ve at least been able to find solidarity with the other students. 😦 I hope December is a happier, more peaceful month and that you have a gorgeous holiday season (and that your teeth calm down and stop bothering you!) β™₯

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    1. Same here! My wisdom teeth are better, but they’re not breaking through on their own, so I’ll have to eventually get them removed as well 😭

      Thank you so much! πŸ’• Things are going better now, but it took a bit too long to get there πŸ˜…

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  4. So sorry to hear about the thesis trouble!! I have heard similar things from many different people and I have also had to deal with an unreliable supervisor myself. Lots of hugs 😘😘 I hope things start to resolve quickly!! I’m in awe of how much you still got read, I hope the good reads kept you going in November. Hopefully December is much much better β™₯

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  5. Omgoodness, I’m so sorry to hear about your frustrations with your MA thesis! I can only imagine how infuriating it would be to have such unresponsive supervisors and the fact that they don’t get how y’all are angry? That’s horrible! I really hope that you get the support you need and that the school gets its shit together! It’s already such a stressful time without the added pressure of dealing with unhelpful support systems. πŸ«‚ It’s amazing with all this going on that your read 22 books! Truly amazing, tell me your secrets, haha! πŸ˜‚ I hope your December is better and that you’re able to enjoy the cosy atmosphere of the holiday season and all the great books you want to read!

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    1. Thank you so much! πŸ’• Things are going better now, but it took a bit too long to get there πŸ˜… I have heard from a lot of people that their supervisors are always so busy!

      I just listened to a ton of audiobooks πŸ˜„ Thank you πŸ₯°

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  6. So sorry to hear that about the thesis situation, I can’t even imagine how frustrating and stressful that must be! Sending good vibes your way in the next few months. Either way, I’m so incredibly impressed you read 22 books, that’s awesome! I have A Lady for a Duke on my TBR and am even more excited to get to it now! Derry Girls has been lurking on my Netflix “to-watch” list and I just haven’t pressed play on it yet, but I feel inspired now and am going to have to start! Really enjoyed reading this and am wishing you a wonderful start to the holiday season! β™₯

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    1. Thank you so much! πŸ’• Things are going better now, but it took a bit too long to get there πŸ˜…

      A Lady for a Duke was so good!! I really need to watch the last season of Derry Girls because I love that show πŸ₯° Thank you!

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  7. i’m so sorry to hear it’s still been really difficult with your thesis and I’m SO ANGRY on your behalf! At least you know you’re not alone, and maybe by going as a group you’ll finally manage to make things move, a little bit. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you, sending you lots of love ❀ ❀ ❀

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