November is always my favorite month of the year. It’s a month filled with football, friends, family, and food.
Kurosh is finally starting to become a real pack member. He’s greeting us more warmly and finally listening to us more often than now. We’ve started some dog training, though, and that’s definitely helping with the listening. It’s obvious our dog now thinks of us as his pack instead of some people he’s stuck with. It only took three months!
I went home for the full week of Thanksgiving and a TON of wedding stuff got done. We met with basically every vendor we are working with, believe it or not. My aunt also hosted my first bridal shower. It was fun, but a bit overwhelming. So many of my Mom’s friends I don’t really know watching me unwrap gifts! O_o Now we’re on to step two– where I write a hundred thousand thank you cards.
Thanksgiving is also my favorite holiday of the year. It was great seeing all of my family– if a bit overwhelming with the non-stop activities. Plus Ottavia and I hosted the Thanksgiving Readathon! When I got home I needed a holiday from my holiday. But the festivities got me in the mood for the conclusion of the year. And, of course, Ohio State beat Michigan! Go Bucks!
November also signaled the end of the Studio Ghibli Fest series of Fathom movie events. Starting in June, 6 Studio Ghibli films were shown on the big screen. David and I attended almost all of them. Studio Ghibli films are our favorites! This is the wall above our bed:
We ended the Studio Ghibli Fest on a high note with my favorite film, Howl’s Moving Castle. The perfect date night to end my favorite month of the year.
List of Reads
Thanks to the Thanksgiving Readathon, I got quite a bit of reading done this month. I am embarrassed to say that I didn’t finish reading Rainbow Valley for the #AnneReadAlong2017. I’m hosting a read along and yet I can’t seem to accomplish my own tasks?! How embarrassing. I definitely overcommitted when it came to book club reads and review publication commitments in November. We’re heading into the final month of the year and I am trying to make it easier on myself. Here’s hoping for some successes!
Read – 10 total books
MUST READ this month:
The Goblin Emperor – I loved all three of my highest scoring reads this month. But The Goblin Emperor wins hands down. It is a fascinating twist on traditional political fantasy. Truly more character study than anything else. Totally my jam. The audiobook is also brilliant– Kyle McCarley is now a narrative voice I’ll keep an eye out for.
Meh. I wasn’t into it this month:
The Hidden Face – I had a shockingly high number of two star reads this month. I struggled with them all for different reasons. So, why The Hidden Face out of all four lower scoring books? The Hidden Face is a fun book, more fun that many of the other two-star reads, but it has some problematic content. I really struggled with the depiction of non-consensual sex in this novel. This left a nasty taste in my mouth, and well, I won’t recommend it to many due to this.
Check out my review here.
- Overall 2017 Reading Challenge: 121/110 (110% complete)
- 2017 Listopia Challenge: 17/15 (113% complete)
- Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder Challenge: 19/24 (79% complete)
- Popsugar 2017 Challenge: 39/52 (75% complete)
- The Great Newbery Challenge: 29/95 (30% complete)
As you might see above, I am struggling to complete the Book Riot and Listopia Challenge. I know now that I won’t be able to complete either of them before the end of the year. That said, I am certainly going to keep them listed here and try wrapping these up in early 2018. There are some amazing book categories on these lists, and I I’ll grow more by pushing myself to read them.
It wouldn’t be tsundoku if I didn’t have a gigantic pile of books and bookish things going on in my life!
On the Blog:
I wrote a lot of non-review posts in November. It was a lot of fun discussing the content of these posts. That said, I’m a bit disappointed in my lack of reviews. Expect to see more book reviews next month. Also, I made my goal of two posts a week+! For someone as unorganized as I am, that’s saying something.
- Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
- The Hidden Face by S.C. Flynn
- Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery
- #Thanksgiving Readathon Announcement
- #ThanksgivingReadathon Goals and TBR
- #ThanksgivingReadathon Wrap-Up
- October 2017 Month in Review
- Building Better Book Clubs: How to Decide What Your Club Read Next
- Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books I’m Thankful For
- State of the ARC: November 2017
I have so many posts I want to publish for December! It looks like I’ll need to spend more time blogging and writing if I’m going to achieve those goals. What are they? Well, you’ll have to just stick around to wait and see…
- Our Shared Shelf – The Power by Naomi Alderman
- Kids Lit – N/A for December
- West Side Stories – The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
- Brunch Books – Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
- VACB Book Club –Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett AND Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
- Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Club: The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
- Popsugar Challenge – Stuart Little by E. B. White
- Read Harder Challenge – Roll by Darcy Miller
- The Great Newbery Challenge – The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
- #AnneReadAlong2017: Rainbow Valley by LM Montgomery AND Rilla of Ingleside by LM Montgomery
My work with the Empty Pages Writing Club has come to a close for 2017. It was a lot of fun working with the group again. You can expect to see posts about the last set of submissions coming up in the next two weeks.
#AnneReadAlong2017 is wrapping up as well. I can’t believe this is already ending! I’m so sad… It’s been a ton of fun getting to know Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf and lead this with her. Personally, I have a lot to do this month to wrap things up appropriately. But, I couldn’t be more excited to be ending on a high note. I hope you’ll join us!
The #ThanksgivingReadathon was a HUGE success! Ottavia and I had over twenty people join us in the Thanksgiving Readathon this year. It was so much fun participating with everyone on social media and ensuring reading was prioritized during a hectic time of year. Congratulations to Rachelle @ Fortified by Books for winning our Cozy Winter Bundle giveaway!
December has quite a few things in store as far as blog projects are concerned. I have some joint posts coming up, as quite a few year-end wrap-up posts in mind. Those, combined with #AnneReadAlong2017, will be the focus for the next month. Look out for some great posts– I know I’m excited for them! I hope you are too.
November was a great month for both reading and blogging. December will be great for both as well– but it will not be great for blog hopping. I’ll be there when I can, friends. The holidays are crazy, right? Wishing you all an amazing holiday season!
Happy Reading and Happy Holidays,
What do you think?
- What amazing things happened to you in November?
- Do you enjoy Studio Ghibli films? If so, which is your favorite?
- What are you most excited to read for December?
- Do you have anything exciting planned for the end of the year? Tell us about it!