November 2015 Rewind

23:38 Cilla P 4 Comments

November was a mixed bag for me. I had a busy time at work, but also got to take some days off during which I played a lot with my parents' new puppy. I was sick for a while and that seriously affected my mood (teaching for eight hours with a sore throat is painful). There were times when I wished I'd joined NaNoWriMo, but looking back, I'm glad I didn't. I'm a little relieved and also apprehensive that we are about to start December, but before we get to that, let's look back on November.


Around the Blog:
  • Makeover! I changed the theme, tinkered with the layout and added social media buttons (add me on Twitter if you haven't!), and added a gorgeous new header courtesy of Bear&Fox from I'm thinking of tweaking more of the little things, but for now I'm content with this.
  • I wondered how personal is too personal when it comes to talking about ourselves while blogging.
  • These are the seven book adaptations I need in my life ASAP. (I can now cross Mockingjay Part 2 off this list!)
  • Let's discuss how aging changes your perspective of a book. Also, if you no longer enjoy a book after a re-read, was it worth ever reading in the first place?
  • Let's talk quotes. These are my top five from the books I've read in the past year.
  • The Blogger Positivity Campaign has started! We're in Week 3 now and there are still two more weeks to go, so stay tuned for that.

In Life:
  • One of my more difficult classes at work wrapped up this week. I'm SO relieved, especially because - if test scores are anything to go by - most of them seemed to actually have retained what I taught in class. One kid who had previously failed the class managed to pull through this time - by the skin of his teeth, but his relief was quite touching. 
  • Ten million years late, but I finally caught Marvel's Agent Carter on TV (yay morning re-runs) and I'm so hooked.
  • Jess Glynne's Don't Be So Hard on Yourself was my soundtrack of the month. Her voice is just gorgeous, and the lyric of that song is spot-on. I also listened to Justin Bieber's Love Yourself, and it is now stuck in my head. I'm not a Belieber, but I definitely do not mind his current music.
  • I stressed out about grad school applications. It sucks to not have so little control over such a big aspect of my future.
  • I hunted for Winter in three bookshops, gave up and ordered it online, only to find it three days later in the first bookshop that told me I had to order online. -.-
  • I also went around the mall with a colleague to hunt for the Harry Potter adult colouring book. She was planning on giving it as a birthday present, but she so excited when we found it, she ended up buying two. If I had that kind of artistic inclination in me, I would have bought one too!
  • Did anyone else fall in love with this little James Bond expert on Ellen? And Daniel Craig in the process?

Challenges Progress:
There's really not much progress in terms of challenges this month. Hopefully December will be better! For the sake of stats though: 
  • I added locations from Clockwork Princess to my Around the World Challenge. My map is still very much centred on the European and American settings, unfortunately.
  • Posted one discussion for the 2015 Book Blog Discussion Challenge. Or two, if we counted one of the posts I did for BPC.
  • So far, I have read 39 books out of my goal of 25 for the Goodreads reading challenge. It's a small amount compared to what some other readers have, but I'm still quite pleased about it.

What to Expect Next Month:

  • A review of Winter. I finished this recently and just haven't gathered the energy to write a review, choosing to catch up on sleep I lost while reading it. (It was well worth it) 
  • More posts to spread the love with BPC! 
  • Definitely at least one discussion post. 

How has your November been? Are you excited about December?


  1. I'm sorry to hear you were sick :(
    Yes, the little James Bond on Ellen was fantastic! He was absolutely adorable!
    I haven't gotten myself a copy of Winter yet as I have the rest of the series in paperback, so I'm currently trying to hunt down someone who has a copy I can borrow it from... But I'm looking forward to your review of Winter! Hope you're enjoying it :)
    ~Erika @ Books, Stars, Writing. And Everything In Between.

    1. Thanks Erika <3 Thankfully I'm better now! And he totally wasss! I loved his answer to whether he wanted to be a James Bond someday. I hope you'll be able to get a copy of Winter soon. It is absolutely fantastic :)

  2. Love the new header image! Really lovely :)


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