November Wrap Up 2017
It’s time for a November reading wrap up and life update 🙂
November was a good month for me! I had a reading week in university (which is basically a week off in the middle of term for degrees with a lot of reading to get ahead on that required reading!) I went down to London that week and spent the week with my sisters. Although most of the time was spent indoors reading, my mum flew over to England and I got to spend a weekend shopping and spending time with her! I missed her a lot.
I did quite a lot of watching as well. I finished the final season of Baby Daddy, the comedy series I’ve been loving for the past few months. It was a sad day and it’s always going to be one of my favourite series. Then I moved on to starting and finishing Death Note (I asked those who follow me on snapchat what anime they would recommend and that one won.) I loved it at the beginning… and hated it at the end. There were a few problematic things in it as well, so I might do a review where I discuss my thoughts on the series.
I got my hair done again as well, and now it’s a mix of purple and black now. It was entirely accidental – I wanted it all purple. But it has grown on me some :3
I went to a humanities vs sciences bar crawl run by the university societies… and we tied. Usually humanities wins, I’ve heard, but not this year. Paperwork and life admin had been driving me up a wall (adulting isn’t the most fun) but I managed to get key things sorted which made me happy 😉
Lastly, the month concluded with the literature society Christmas dinner. It was so good to eat a meal where I didn’t cook it myself or have to wash the dishes afterward! (As much as I do enjoy cooking.) I had a lovely burger and THE most amazing banana honeycomb cheesecake.
I read 7 books this month. Mostly coursework books.
Kokoro by Natsume Soseki was a translated book set in Japan and about the transitioning of eras and how it effects those who lived in the older era. I really enjoyed reading this novel. I found it slow, steady, very character focused and discussing the cultural traditions of choosing to die in a manner they found honorable.
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is a book I can summarise in one way: ??? I honestly didn’t get it at all.
The play I read was A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen which I found surprisingly modern and ahead of its time. I loved the theme of feminism and independence in it, and I read it in one sitting.
A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid was a quick but enlightening read and I learned a lot about post colonisation and the last effects it has on a country.
Some Tales from The Riverside Chaucer surprised me. I was expecting some more courtly romance and chivalry from the middle ages text, but it turned out to be fabliau. Which means it ended up being obscenely sexual and hilarious stories. With a deeper satirical layer to them as well.
In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende was my very first read of hers. I found it a bit slow but I really liked the historical element to it, and how she managed to include so many relevant themes and representation in a single novel. It didn’t feel overcrowded or cramped at all.
And of course, what would it be if I went a whole month this year without reading a single Santino Hassell novel? I read Citywide by Santino Hassell. It was three short stories about the secondary characters from the 5B series and I loved 2/3 and enjoyed the other one too.
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Word for World is Forest by Ursula Le Guin
Wasteland by T.S. Eliot
Some works from The Norton Anthology B.
New Video! November Wrap Up Video.
Olivia’s Question: How was your November? What was your favourite read of the month? What’s one book you want to read before the end of the year?