Monthly Wrap-Up – November 2020

Hello everyone,

Well, all of a sudden we are in the final month of the year. I have no idea where November went, it absolutely flew by! Still, there are still a number of things to look back on in what was a month of fairly mixed fortunes.

In the UK, November began with us being placed back in lockdown. The lack of daylight hours this time has made it feel more depressing, but on the plus side I have still been able to go into work as universities have remained open. Without that, the month would have been unbearable.

I did however have to spend one week working from home as there was a positive COVID-19 test in the building where I work, so that was an anxious time. The lockdown is due to end tomorrow, but even after that I will still be living in an area with the tightest restrictions in place, so it is only going to make a small difference.

In more positive news, there was the outcome of the US election, which I was absolutely delighted about. Then there were the books I read, which all turned out to be very good!

I finished a total of five books in November, including two buddy reads and one which definitely has to go down among my best reads of the year. I can only reveal four of them here, as the other one was for the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) and is therefore top secret!

So, here are four of the books I read in November: 😉

One Of Us Is Lying ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
The Cousins ⭐⭐⭐.5
The Once And Future Witches ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
All Your Twisted Secrets ⭐⭐⭐⭐

It has been a busy month, so I struggled to find the time to do much writing. I managed to write a few poems, but am definitely hoping to do more in December. I should have more time, considering that I finish work on the 20th – the challenge then will be not to procrastinate! I am also hoping to complete an online web development course, which I have recently enrolled on.

December is also my busiest and best month of the year for blogging, as I like to publish a lot of posts looking back on the year. This is the first of 21 posts I have planned for the month, so do keep an eye out for them! All I know is that it is going to be super busy!

Something else I hoping to do in December is move into my new flat! It has taken time, but all that is left to do now is finish painting the living area and get some small pieces of furniture, and then I will be all done. It is really exciting, and a nice way to end this rather unsavoury year. I am very much looking forward to Christmas, too.

To finish, here is a list of some of my favourite posts of the month by other book bloggers:

  • Danni did the Dark Academia Book Tag. It was the first time I had seen this tag and I loved it – and her answers.
  • Are you doing Blogmas this year? If so, Leisha put together a great list of fun post ideas.
  • May compiled a list of nine books she is hoping to read before the end of 2020.
  • Kaya shared some of her favourite covers of the year from diverse authors.
  • Ruby did an interview with the author of the moment – Chloe Gong.
  • The amazing Sofii celebrated four years of book blogging, and shared a list of things that she has learned in that time.
  • Maisy compared some of her old posts with what she posts now.
  • Malka asked a really wonderful question – what makes you well read? She followed that up with a fantastic discussion post.
  • Rosie discussed how video games may have influenced her reading habits.
  • Becky started a weekly book bloggers’ appreciation post, where she shares posts of different types from across the community.
  • One of the Top 10 Tuesday prompts in November was books that would make good song titles, and Shaz was absolutely spot on with her suggestions.
  • Dini wrote a great discussion about the pros and cons of book blogging.
  • Florence explored the topic of Canon – which books should be taught academically. In her first post in this series, she cited three works by diverse authors that are inspired by Greek mythology.
  • Brittany wrote all about her first week working in publishing. So interesting and inspiring!
  • Hannah read her first ever mystery novel – In The Woods by Tana French – and really enjoyed it!
  • Yesha wrote an amazing review of Black River by Joss Stirling, which made me add it to my TBR with no hesitation!
  • Talking of books being added to my TBR, Christine’s review of The Thief On The Winged Horse captivated me.
  • What can I say? Sarah also made me add to my TBR with her review of The Appeal!
  • I loved Celine‘s combined review of Thirteen and Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh.
  • Emily wrote a fantastic and detailed review of Stephen King’s story collection Different Seasons.
  • Jessica wrote a wonderfully thoughtful and balanced review on Belzhar, a book she read four years after buying 🙂
  • Nastassja‘s review of Anxious People was clever and witty, which made me laugh!
  • Kriti reviewed Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport, and that led to an interesting discussion on her use of social media.

Finally, congratulations to everyone in the book blogging community who took part in NaNoWriMo. You should be really proud of all your writing!

Did you have a good November? Any nice plans for December? Let me know in the comments!

41 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up – November 2020

  1. We are in the final month indeed. Not only do I not know where November went, I don’t even know how 2020 whizzed by so fast. I will strive to be more mindful of my time this December. Wishing you a good year end!

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  2. I absolutely adored reading this post Stephen! I really need to read Once And Future Witches and also All Your Twisted Secrets, they are going on the TBR! And I love that you write a list of posts that you enjoyed throughout the month, I’m definitely going to check them all out, they sound amazing. Well done on reading 5 books! I hope you get into your flat soon and happy reading for December! 🙂

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  3. Thank you so much Stephen! I hope you love The Thief on the Winged Horse as much as I did when you get to it! I always love reading your posts and I’m pleased you gave Once and Future Witches five stars because it’s one I’m really looking forward to reading at some point! 😊💛

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  4. I love this post Stephen! Good luck on moving into your new flat, I am in tier 3 as well and I really miss being able to go out and see people. Thanks so much for including my posts & I’ll be sure to check all the others out ☺️

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  5. Thank you so much for including my post, Stephen! 💜 I’m glad to hear you had a good reading month and enjoyed One of Us Is Lying. Hope you are able to move into your new flat soon. I will definitely check out all the posts you have mentioned and look forward to your content in December 😊

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  6. I cannot wait for 2021, 2020 needs to go, now!
    I can’t wait to check out these amazing posts that you’ve mentioned 😊
    I read 4 books in November, I struggled pretty bad with reading this month but I watched a lot of stuff so I’m not complaining 😁😁

    Have a great day and happy reading 📖

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  7. First of 21 posts? Now that is impressive.
    This year has really flown by, but hopefully, we can end the year on a high and celebrate the little things that make the difference.
    I’ve been keeping my eye on The Once and Future Witches so I’m happy to see it get such a glowing review.
    Have a happy December. 😀

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  8. Can’t believe it’s the end of the year already! I hope you continue to get through your lockdown safely.
    SO glad to hear you enjoyed The Once and Future Witches!! I’m also very much looking forward to all the 2020 wrap up posts in December, not to mention all the holiday festivities 😀 Hope you have a great month!

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  9. Thanks for mentioning my post, it looks like I’m in fantastic company on this list!
    Good luck with your busy month ahead- I hope you’ll find time for some great reading and writing alongside work and your flat move (exciting!) as well. 🙂

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  10. All five books sounds amazing. I have heard great things about them. Thank you for mention and I hope you enjoy Black River. I’m going to read second and third book in that series soon. Looks like December is going to be busy month. I also enjoy looking back on the year but with all packing shifting furniture to new temp rental house in my hometown is going to keep me busy. Happy holidays!

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  11. Welp I’m late to posts yet again but I hope you’ve been having a lovely December. THANK YOU for mentioning my post, you need to read Chloe’s book btw *wink wink*

    Hope you’re doing okay and are healthy. And that the move goes (has gone??) well xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Ruby! 🥰 I know, I really need to catch up with other posts as well. I hope you are having a great December.

      You’re very welcome! And I know haha, it’s actually my current read! I’m 130 pages in and totally hooked 😍

      I’m really well thank you, hope you are too. Almost there with the move!

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  12. I’m so happy that the new flat is almost ready! I hope that your new place works perfectly for you in every way and feels like home in no time!

    I almost laughed when you said that December is your busiest blogging month, since for Chana and I it always is the month where we disappear because of finals! In fact, this is the first year we’ve posted ANYTHING in December! I’m just making my return slowly to the blogging world now, which is part of the reason I’m commenting so late. But I just wanted to thank you for mentioning my post! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

    I hope you’re having a wonderful December!

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m getting closer to moving in now and it’s very exciting.

      No problem at all! Yes December is always busy for me because I do a whole bunch of posts looking back on the year. Good luck with your finals, and I hope you are having a lovely December too! 🥰

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