So, I really dropped the ball in terms of blogging in November. I don’t know if it was some preemptive winter blues getting more or something else, but I neither had the time nor motivation to do anything creative on here. I also didn’t manage to read a whole lot, but what else is new? Check it out:
- Swimming Lessons: Poems by Lili Reinhart (2 stars)
Yeah, I’m sorry, friends, but there was a reason people dunked on this when it came out.
- The Atlas Paradox by Olivie Blake (5 stars)
- Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman (5 stars)
While it’s really hard to read about the pandemic – especially in ways that suggest it’s over completely – this book was so emotional, relatable and vulnerable. Amanda Gorman has honed her craft and it shows.
As per usual, click on the covers to get re-directed to Goodreads, where you are always welcome to add me as a reading buddy! OR find me on Storygraph, where I have become more active this year. My own reviews you’re able to find by clicking on the titles in the list above, if there are posts for them.
I’m sort of still on track with my reading goal in terms of books (I can read four more books in a month, right?), but there is absolutely no way I will read 4K+ pages in December. It’s sad to see that I aimed too high, but sometimes you have to push yourself. I’m still happily reading Babel at the moment and have added Alone With You in the Ether to my currently reading pile, because why stop at three books by Olivie Blake in one year. I can up that number at least.
November was an odd month for me. Loads to do in general, I barely registered the month flying by. I distinctly remember wanting to do more, but somehow you just blink and *poof* no more time left. I initially was really determined to get back into writing and then did exactly none of that, so we will see how my resolve to blog every day of December will go (watch me break my streak after four days). Let’s break down the month again!
Twitter Went Into Titanic Mode
Twitter is my favorite and most used social media platform. I can’t handle all the images and videos on short livedness (that’s not a word, is it?) of instagram and TikTok (although zero offense if you like these platforms, they just overwhelm me). When everyone started jumping ship, I really panicked. I don’t want to loose contact to so many people I love having in my life, getting information on things I care about and just being able to communicate in a simple way.
Ultimately, I’m still on Twitter, I won’t go anywhere for now and I even made a proposition to my friends. If you consider yourself one of them, feel free to DM or email me:
The Atlas Paradox Released
THIS was my most anticipated sequel of the year! I went to the bookstore on release day and was really excited to get a physical copy to make notes and annotations in. I just adore Olivie Blake’s writing and was so, so giddy to just get started on reading it. Sequels are dangerous and many books suffer from second book syndrome, so I wrote a whole post about it.
I Accidentally Played a Game for 15 Hours Straight
I’m not a gamer, you know this about me! So, I have no explanation for what happened to me when I started playing I Was a Teenage Exocolonist and suddenly it was 5AM and I hadn’t gotten up or eaten or slept at all in the past 15 hours. After I got over the fact that that was some disconcerting behavior and I now had to readjust my entire sleep schedule (it took a while) I moderated the time I spent on the game and fell in love with it even more. Would you guys be interested in me making a post about the game and talking about why I love it so much?
I Got a New Show to Obsess Over
Don’t I always obsess over some show or movie? It sure feels like it on my end. And there’s many contenders for content I adored – Wakanda Forever, Walker Independence, The Sex Lives of College Girls, … to name a few – but there’s one in particular that left me wanting more: 1899. Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar created one of my favorite German shows ever (Dark, hope you knew that) and have now reeled me in again with 1899. It’s a far more international undertaking and includes languages such as German, English, French, Spanish, Cantonese, Danish, Polish and maybe some more. The cast has been assembled in part from previous Netflix projects and together they made the most expensive German TV show to date. I hope they get to continue. I’ll be so upset if they don’t. If you’re curious about the show, please don’t wait too long to watch it – viewing hours in the first couple of weeks are most crucial for Netflix.
My Weightloss Journey Continues Some More
Again, feel free to skip this portion of the wrap-up. I know it’s a difficult topic for many and I get it, put yourself first!
I started going to the free gym at my work about twice a week, which includes some weight training. Going into it with the knowledge that I wouldn’t loose as much weight since I was building muscles and getting stronger, I’m happy that I still got to further reduce my weight by 1.5kg/3lbs. I have to say that my motivation still took a dip during the past month, because there were times that I just felt physically exhausted and didn’t see any progress, which made me want to not continue at times. The thing is, I factually know that I now fit into pants comfortably that I could barely zip up a couple months ago, but my brain couldn’t see a difference while looking at my body. We’re weird creatures, us humans.
Anyway, point being, when people tell you to take progress pics, they really mean well. Your brain might not want to register the difference, but when you put images side by side, you’ll notice it clear as day.
If you want another fun at-home-workout, I got you covered:
MOST POPULAR POSTS OF NOVEMBER 2022
I know you’ve read this before, but I’m going to keep saying it – thank you for showing up to my old posts even when my blogging motivation is lacking. I appreciate it so much!!
- Should YOU Read “The Atlas Six”? (What I learned from my reread!)
(originally posted March 2022)
That just made sense with the sequel coming out, I guess people were wondering if they should jump on the bandwagon.
- The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (Book Review)
(originally posted in December 2020)
Not a month goes by that this post isn’t doing numbers.
- Mind the Gap, Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn/David Levithan (Book Review)
(originally posted November 2020)
Did not expect that review to make a comeback!? But Dash and Lily are basically bookish Christmas, so that makes sense.
- Something Different: Duskwood (Game Review)
(originally posted June 2020)
Glad people are interested in the game. I loved playing it.
- Does The Atlas Paradox Suffer From Second Book Syndrome?
A new post made it onto the list! Wohooo!
ELSEWHERE ON THE BLOGOSPHERE
Apologies for not doing better and blog hopping more. I did the bare minimum of everything and anything in November.
- Marie, my blogging bestie, celebrates her 8 year blogiversary WITH A GIVEAWAY. Please, do check it out!
- Stephanie completely dismantles the Rory Gilmore reading challenge. We’ve been lied to!
- Anoushka gave her all to this Loveless review.
- Cathy discussed respectful movie theatre etiquette and made some points.
- Lay gave regular NaNoWriMo writing updates, this is just one of them.
- Lashaan travelled to Los Angeles and I love to vicariously live through other peoples travels.
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