The month of November

Welcome to the November round-up! I am in a constant state of December-disbelief. How is it December? Where did 2017 go? But also… Oh my god, it’s nearly Christmas! Honestly, I don’t feel super Christmassy yet, although all the lights in Bath and Christmas songs on the radio make me very happy. It even snowed today, so I’m not sure where my festive spirit got to, but I’m sure it’ll be in full swing soon. As for November, like 2017 I’m not sure where that went. Seems like a blur of working and sitting on buses commuting. But somewhere tucked in there was the majority of my trip to Manchester, going to Liverpool at the end of the month and turning 23 right at the end there. So here’s that and some bookish things!

Things that made me proud/happy/feel some kind of positive way:

  • Let’s start this thing off by talking about ‘Stranger Things’. I personally think I enjoyed season 2 more than the first season, perhaps because the characters are now so familiar and you get that kinda warm fuzzy feelin’ just watching all the kids do their thing. And Steve. Oh man, Steve. Heart eyes, or what?
  • November began up north in Manchester, reuniting with my best fraaand Sarah, who incidentally I watched the large majority of ‘Stranger Things’ with. I had a fab few days catching up with her, roaming the Northern Quarter, hitting up a cat cafe, seeing some of her family again after literally something ridiculous like seven years. And seeing the main Christmas lights at the town hall being turned on!
  • Harry Styles was a highlight last month, but honestly he’ll forever be my highlight. Especially as I’ve been listening to his cover of ‘Girl Crush’ so much this month and, my lord, it gets me in the feels every time. So dreamy. Listen right now. (Legitimately had to stop writing this blog post so I could bask in that glory.)
  • I wrote the final chapter (epilogue to come) of a story I’ve been writing and sharing with a community online for over three years. It’s definitely taken me longer than it should have, but it’s also the very story that got me back into writing them in the first place, so I’m really excited for whatever comes next in terms of my next project. But also… a lot of sad feelings leaving my babies behind.
  • For the first time since seeing it in the cinema right at the beginning of this year, I watched ‘La La Land’ again and I kinda fell properly in love this time. The testament to live theatre just gets to me.
  • I met by Goodreads challenge of 50 books this year!
  • Annnnnd, it was my birthday. To celebrate I wrote a blog post filled with life lessons and childhood pictures. I’m really proud of the outcome, so check it out and share some of your own wise words of wisdom.

And onto the bookish wrap-up…

Current Reads:

  • ‘The Sun and Her Flowers’ by Rupi Kaur
  • ‘Little Women’ by Louisa May Alcott

Read:

  • ‘Northern Lights’ by Philip Pullman ★★★
  • ‘How Do You Like Me Now?’ by Holly Bourne ★★★★★
  • ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ by Giovanna Fletcher ★★★

Accumulated:

  • ‘Little Women’ by Louisa May Alcott
  • ’36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You’ by Vicki Grant
  • ‘The Subtle Knife’ by Philip Pullman
  • ‘The Amber Spyglass’ by Philip Pullman

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