Monthly Wrap-Up: November ’22 + I’m Back!

I’m back from my hiatus a week later than expected. Y’all, November was the most exhausting month. One of my close family members got really sick and after being on two different antibiotics had to be admitted to the hospital with an infection that was resistant to said antibiotics. They were there a few days and then had to be put on another antibiotic at home. It was a really nasty infection that they are still recovering from. On top of that, we had our heater fail, a bathroom flood, and the water heater give out all in the span of a week and a half. So, yeah, I’m pretty exhausted and that’s why I ended up giving myself another week off from the blog. It actually does feel good to be back and I’m just hoping nothing else goes wrong as we close out the year. If you can believe it, I still read seven books in November which is basically a miracle. It’s a miracle that’s gotten me pretty close to 100 books for the year, so I’m going to go for it. I haven’t been able to read a physical book in a couple of weeks, but I’m still flying through audiobooks and I’m going to ride that wave all the way into 2023.

Favorite Book in October:

I read one of my favorite books of the year in November. I’m so glad I waited to pick up Sangu Mandanna’s The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches. This fantasy romance was pretty much perfect and exactly what I needed at the time. It was quirky and magical and charm personified. If you love cozy fantasy reads, put this one at the top of your TBR! Cover linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

No book received less than three stars from me.

Other Books I read in October:

(Covers linked to Goodreads.)

✿ It Sounds Like This by Anna Meriano

✿ Kamila Knows Best by Farah Heron

✿ I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

✿ Witch Hat Atelier, #3 by Kamome Shirahama

✿ Salt and Sugar by Rebecca Carvalho

✿ Heartstopper, #4 by Alice Oseman

Reviews Posted:

(Covers linked to reviews)

No reviews posted this month.

Notable Blog Posts:

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Series I’d Like to Finish Sometime Soon – Let’s call ourselves out! Not my favorite kind of post to make, but maybe a necessary one.

Give a Book Tag – Love that I got a chance to do this book tag before I went on a hiatus.

What I Watched/Am Watching:

Persuasion – I put this one off because of what everyone was saying, but I needed a distraction at the time, so decided to finally watch it. It met all my disappointing expectations. I feel like they wanted to make Anne Elliot Elizabeth Bennet and thus missed an opportunity to showcase probably the gentlest of Jane Austen’s heroines. Every time Anne broke the fourth wall was like a jump scare. I do think this could have worked better if it wasn’t a Persuasion adaptation and was something completely new.

20th Century Girl – This movie completely broke me. I am still recovering. I went into this thinking it was a cute love story that would make my heart ache just a bit. I was wrong! It’s been a while since I’ve cried so much watching something. If you are in need of a really good cry, this is the one for you.

December Releases I’m Excited For:

(Covers linked to Goodreads.)

I have no December releases on my TBR?!?!

What December releases are on your radar? What are you planning to read to close out the year? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own wrap-up post, so I can visit!


22 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: November ’22 + I’m Back!

  1. Welcome back! I hope things are starting to turn around.

    I’m can’t wait to read A Hard Day for a Hangover by Darynda Jones. I’m on hold for the audiobook edition at my library already.

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  2. Welcome back! Sorry to hear that November was a stressful month for you. In time everything has a way of working out, I tell myself that all the time when life gets to be stressful🙂

    I’ve heard such great things about The Society of Irregular Witches. I’ve seen it at the bookstore every time I go, based on what you said about the book I definitely want to read it now.

    No December releases I’m looking forward to, but I can’t wait for A Flicker in the Dark to come out in paperback in January!

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  3. Welcome back! I hope December is an easier month! Totally agree about the Persuasion movie — if it had just presented as something new rather than an Austen adaptation, maybe I wouldn’t have disliked it so much. I really liked the witch book too — so sweet!!

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  4. Welcome back! I’m sorry about all that honestly really bad luck. I hope things are better now. I also read 7 books last month. I don’t really know of any December releases tbh so I’m looking ahead to next year and getting some arcs read as well as reading a few holiday books

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  5. Oh my goodness! You did have a rough November. I hope December is better. I still need to read Heartstopper 3 and 4. I love that series so much!

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