November Wrap-Up, December TBR and More

November Wrap-Up

November has ended and it is time for me to wrap-up everything I read. This month I read four books! I didn’t actively try to read as much as I usually do because I was writing a fair bit. Nonetheless, I’m still surprised by how much I read!

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

1.5 stars

Wuthering Heights was not what I was expecting at all! The story was really interesting, but sometimes with classics I have to read SparkNotes to understand and that is something that irritates me.

The Confession by Jo Spain

2 stars

This book was pretty dull and the story did not keep me interested. There was too much backstory.

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

starssss

Such a great feminist read and definitely one of a kind!

Meet Your Match by Lindzee Armstrong

1.5 stars

A novella that was very short and sweet.

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December TBR

Yessss, it’s December (tomorrow)! My favourite month! I love Christmas and have many Christmas-related posts ready to go later in the month. I’m planning on reading one Christmas book (Let It Snow), but will likely just rely on Christmas music and movies seeing as Christmas books do not seem to be that popular in stores. I also last-minute decided to post every day to Instagram using Christmas challenges and have already taken several of the photos, so I’d better actually commit this time!

Into the Darkest Corner Elizabeth Haynes

I’m currently reading this!

Let It Snow by authors

This should be a good Christmas read 🎄

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

I’m buddy-reading this with someone on Goodreads!

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Goodreads Challenge

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On 27 November I completed my Goodreads challenge! I have read 50 books (so far). It has got to be the most books I have read in a year. Last year I read 37 books.

Film and TV

WHY are the only two films I watched this month Christmas movies that I watched within the span of two days?

A Christmas Prince (2017)

4.5 stars

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Christmas movies are cute and all but why do they have to be so ridiculous? This movie is basically the Christmas version of The Princess Diaries.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town (1970)

1.5 stars

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After watching A Christmas Prince and telling Twitter about it, someone recommended this movie to me and I was like WHY NOT. So I watched it with my brother, who likes old animated movies. It was a fun movie.

Personal

I finished my last semester at university and I thought it was bittersweet because I was happy to be graduating but at the same time I was anxious about what I was going to do. My deadline for sending off post-graduate applications was 30 October, so I sent off two and luckily got into both of them! So that was a massive weight let off my shoulder (actually, I think I have mentioned this before – ignore this if you’ve already read it). Anyway, when I found out I got into these courses I slipped into extreme Lazy Mode. I was going to apply for jobs, but then I thought, ‘What is the point now?’ and have applied to none. I thought I would be very stressed out this month and instead I have just been cruising.

Way back in September I interviewed for a retail job because it seems I am always looking for one. Somehow, I got it, which trust me, never happens. I have awful luck with part-time jobs. I started this job in November because it’s only during the summer, which is very unfortunate because I really like it. Apparently it is going to get very busy in January and we are all going to die during our shifts, but for now it is relaxing. It is definitely the best job I’ve ever had (this frozen yoghurt job I had once comes close though). Like my boss will send out my timetable over a week in advance…I did not know bosses could be so reliable??

NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo has ended! Congratulations to everyone who participated (and won).

I’m so happy it’s over. I’m really embarrassed to admit this, and I’m not even joking, but I lost my entire WIP that I had been working on. Basically, I was writing throughout the day and I kept getting an error message, but just ignored it. Then at the end of the day, I closed my document and had a strange feeling that I should check to see if it was still there. So I did, and it wasn’t! It just disappeared. After trying to find it again, I found the document, and it was corrupt. Whenever I open it now, there is a bunch of question marks. There’s literally question marks instead of words.

I know I should have backed up my work; I’m not an idiot. I always back up university assignments because I think about what it would like to lose it and realise it would be awful. Because of that, I have never lost a university assignment before. But, seeing as this was for my personal gain, I didn’t back it up. I relied on my MacBook Air because it has never failed me before.

Long story short…you should back up your work 😒

And yes, I am annoyed. I lost 24,000 words. It took me three days to think about what I should do, and I decided to start again from scratch. It is going to have a slightly modified plot, which is probably something I would have done anyway if I ever got past the first draft. I’m going to re-write the story (and will back up my work often). Honestly though, please don’t feel sorry for me in the comments! I’m not looking for pity, I just thought I should share what happened to me seeing as there’s no way I’m going to make a separate post about it (that would be sad, also because I’ve written barely anything since it’s happened).


I ranted a lot in this post; why do I feel like over-sharing all of a sudden? Anyway… How was your November? How many books did you read?

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22 thoughts on “November Wrap-Up, December TBR and More

  1. great wrap up! first of all, yay to “wuthering heights”. i’m glad you liked it 🙂
    second, “let it snow” is really cute and a great christmas story. i hope you like it as much as i did!!
    congrats on your reading challenge. that’s so cool! 🙂 it’s always great to achieve something.
    and honestly, about your nanowrimo. i am a believer of fate. i think, that things always happen for a reason. so maybe it was meant to be. i don’t know. 😀 i always try to see the best in things haha

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    1. Yay! I did like Wuthering Heights 🙂 I’m sure I will like Let It Snow, I love short stories and Christmas!
      Thanks so much ❤️ That’s a really great way of thinking about it. I like being positive too so that’s why I didn’t want to sound too dramatic 😂 Thanks for your comment, Alex 🙂

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  2. I’m so looking forward to reading Moxie! Glad you liked it so much!

    As for NaNoWriMo, I’m going with what Alex says. Maybe it happened for a reason.
    Look on the bright side, you probably have some more ideas floating around in your head now that you didn’t think of first, haha.

    Great wrap-up!

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  3. I also really like Wuthering Heights, but I think I had to sparknote it at the end of every chapter to make sure I understood what was happening! I do that a lot with classics as well.

    And that’s awful about losing all your NaNoWriMo work!!! I’ve had that happen to me before, but never so many pages or words. I hope you get the inspiration to rewrite it 🙂

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    1. Haha it kind of puts me off reading classics that I have to read sparknotes to understand them. Maybe wuthering heights was extra challenging or something.
      It was pretty frustrating! Technology hates me sometimes. Thanks so much 🙂

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  4. This is me not pitying you…😞. Ok, done. But 24000 words is a lot. I’m so sorry. I finished mine and realize I won’t be able to use any of it. The whole thing is a load of nonsense. So I’m starting over too 🙂

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    1. It is a lot, I couldn’t believe it! Thanks though, it’s kind of embarrassing to admit I lost it all. That sucks you can’t use any of it, but at least we’ll be starting over together!

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  5. Completely agree with what you said about Wuthering Heights. I had to console Sparknotes multiple times while I was reading it for a class. So glad you liked Moxie, it’s one of my favorite reads of 2017 🙂

    I hope you enjoy Since You’ve Been Gone. I read it and really liked it so you probably will too. I haven’t watched A Christmas Prince but seems like those cheesy Hallmark movies, not something that should be a Netflix original. I’ve only been watching those cheesy Christmas movies because my mom watches them.

    Congrats on your two post-grad acceptions! I can see why you’re skeptical about bosses but thankfully, mine is the same way. My department manager gets bugged about it all the time but she always gets them in time and almost has them done until after Christmas!

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    1. It was a real challenge not to consult sparknotes! Yesss moxie was one of my favourite reads too 🙂
      Thanks, a few people have said it’s good so I’m hoping I will like it! Haha so true, it didn’t feel suited for Netflix. I haven’t watched many of those Hallmark movies because I don’t have that channel, but when I do they are exactly like A Christmas Prince 😜
      Thank you! I’m glad your boss is reliable too! That’s really handy, I think my timetables are two weeks in advance. Usually I’ve had bosses who texted me the day before.

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      1. Exactly! They’re so cheesy and you can predict the plot in like two seconds. Even though they’re ooey gooey, it’s fine to just have a cheesefest and watch it to get into the Christmas spirit. 😛

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  6. Oh wow! losing 24000 words is unbelievable! Sorry you have to go through that. Congrats on beating your reading challenge 🙂 I also love Christmas time, especially at the mall because all the stores have upbeat Christmas music on 🙂

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