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!

Blog Hiatus Announcement

It’s time for a quick blog hiatus before the holidays take all my time away. I will be back at the beginning of December, so this isn’t a particularly long hiatus. Just want to give myself a little break before things get too chaotic and I end up resenting working on my blog. Also want to quickly let you know that while I won’t be leaving Twitter because of a certain new owner, I have started to follow people on other platforms just in case things go downhill very quickly. Going to quickly list where else you can find me. I also just started a tumblr again (kicking myself for deleting my previous account) and will probably need to reacquaint myself with the platform before really diving in, but you can also follow me there. See you all soon!

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