wrap up

November 2021 wrap up

Hello bookworms!! It’s time for the November 2021 wrap up.

I don’t know about you, but when I started writing this back in early December, I felt stuck in this weird “How the hell is it almost 2022? I’m still writing 2020 on things”, but also being “Geez, can we just skip to 2022 already because I am so done with 2021.” Which was a really weird place to be. Because December so far had been 18 minutes long, but also 4 months long. ,I really needed some down time. Which THANKFULLY, I got over the last couple of days. (You can probably tell from all my extra blog posts that have been dropping.)

And with that in mind, let’s look at what I did in November!!

November 2021 wrap up

what i read

Look, I don’t really know what happened or how it happened, but somehow I read 16 books in November. My reading this year is so inconsistent it’s outrageous. However, after being 1 book behind my Goodreads schedule at the end of October, I was 6 books in front by the end of November. Which was excellent news!!

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โš”๏ธ fantasy โ›ฑ contemporary ๐Ÿš€ sci-fi
๐Ÿฐ historical fiction โค๏ธ romance ๐Ÿ” crime / mystery
๐Ÿคก thriller ๐ŸŽ€ classic ๐ŸŽ“ dark academia
๐Ÿบ paranormal ๐Ÿ„ urban fantasy ๐Ÿ† smut
๐Ÿชด non-fiction ๐Ÿฅธ humour ๐ŸŽ™ biography / memoir
๐Ÿ–ค BIPOC author ๐Ÿ—ฃ own voices ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ queer rep
๐Ÿง  mental health rep โ™ฟ๏ธ disability rep ๐Ÿž body positivity
๐ŸŒ‘ dark themes ๐ŸŽฎ nerd references ๐Ÿˆ sports references
๐Ÿงธ middle grade ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ young adult ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ new adult / adult
๐Ÿ“” hardcover ๐Ÿ—’ paperback ๐Ÿ“ฑ ebook
๐Ÿ’ฅ graphic novel ๐ŸŽง audiobook ๐ŸŽ gift
๐Ÿ“š backlist title โฐ ARC / review copy ๐Ÿจ Aussie author / #loveozya
๐Ÿ–‹ signed / personalised copy ๐Ÿช† multiple copy โœ… read
๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ buddy read ๐ŸŒ€ reread ๐Ÿšซ DNF

Emoji table for reference

the books

Book
Author
Series
Year of publication / Symbols
Rating
Cover
War Laura Thalassa The Four Horsemen #2

2019

โš”๏ธ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿบ
๐Ÿ† ๐ŸŒ‘
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ

โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ War by Laura Thalassa
Famine Laura Thalassa The Four Horsemen #3

2020

โš”๏ธ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿบ
๐Ÿ† ๐ŸŒ‘
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ

โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ Famine by Laura Thalassa
Fence: Disarmed Sarah Rees Brennan Fence novels #2

2021

โ›ฑ โค๏ธ
๐Ÿ—ฃ ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿˆ
๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ—’ ๐Ÿจ

โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ Fence Disarmed by Sarah Rees Brennan
Signs of Love: Winter Anyta Sunday Signs of Love #0.5

2021

โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ

โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ Signs of Love Winter by Anyta Sunday
Signs of Love: Spring Anyta Sunday Signs of Love #0.6

2021

โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ

โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ Signs of Love Spring by Anyta Sunday
Of Princes and Promises Sandhya Menon St Rosetta’s Academy #2

2021

๐Ÿ„ ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ—’

โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ Of Princes and Promises by Sandhya Menon
Silenced Crystal North Catalina University #1

2021

โค๏ธ ๐Ÿบ ๐Ÿ„
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ ๐ŸŒ€

โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ Silenced by Crystal North
The Love Hypothesis Ali Hazelwood ย 

2021

โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐ŸŽฎ
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ

โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
Ice Planet Barbarians Ruby Dixon Ice Planet Barbarians #1

2015

๐Ÿš€ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ† ๐ŸŒ‘
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ ๐Ÿฅฐ

โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon
Barbarian Alien Ruby Dixon Ice Planet Barbarians #2

2015

๐Ÿš€ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ† ๐ŸŒ‘
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ ๐Ÿฅฐ

โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ Barbarian Alien by Ruby Dixon
Take Me to the River Kaci Rose ย 

2021

โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ†
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ

โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ Take Me to the River by Kaci Rose
Accidentally Engaged Farah Heron ย 

2021

โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ†
๐Ÿ–ค ๐Ÿ—ฃ
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ

โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron
You Deserve Each Other Sarah Hogle ย 

2020

โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ†
๐Ÿง  ๐ŸŒ‘
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ—’ ๐Ÿ“š

๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle
Lore Olympus Vol 1 Rachel Smythe Lore Olympus #1

2021

โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ„ ๐Ÿง 
๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ—’ ๐Ÿ’ฅ

โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ Lore Olympus Vol 1 by Rachel Smythe
Game On: Tempting Twenty-Eight Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum #28

2021

๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿบ
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ—’

โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ Game On by Janet Evanovich
Aurora Burning Amie Kaufman / Jay Kristoff The Aurora Cycle #2

2020

๐Ÿš€ ๐Ÿง  โ™ฟ๏ธ
๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ“” ๐Ÿจ
๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ–‹ ๐Ÿช†

โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ โญ๏ธ Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

the faves

The winners for November were a lot of contemporary romances. If you’ve seen my Top 5 books of 2021 post, then you already know that You Deserve Each Other was my favourite book of the year.

However, I REALLY enjoyed reading Accidentally Engaged and The Love Hypothesis. In fact, if I was still doing half ratings, both books would have been 4.5 stars. They were witty, funny, poignant, and the romances were adorable. I’d highly recommend both of them.

what i did

November was a weird month. We started to come out of lockdown in that last weekend of October, but I didn’t really go back into the office properly until mid-late November. So, I spent most of it still at home. I did start venturing out for things around mid-month though. And I got my 6-month booster vaccine at the end of November too.

gaming

In November it was basically just a continuation of all the things I played in October. More Sims, more Spiritfarer, and more Cozy Grove.

I downloaded Disco Elysium on the Switch, but one of my friends wants me to stream it when I play, so I haven’t started it yet… In fact, now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure I uninstalled Streamlabs on my laptop, so I might need to check that soon!

D&D campaigns seem to be a bit on the fritz at the moment. We were due to start another campaign in December, but it’s likely that will pause until January. And our regular Tuesday night game moved to Wednesday and we had to skip a couple of nights because some of the team already had plans that weren’t changeable. (It was me โ€” we had movie tickets booked for premieres.)

tv and movies

Continuing the MCU (+ other Marvel based movies) rewatch I’ve been doing with my friends, in November we watched Venom, which was a rewatch for me. I really pushed for this one ahead of the older Spider-Man films because I knew I’d be seeing Venom 2 at cinemas before Spider-Man: No Way Home.

We had two cinema dates in November:

  • Eternals
  • No Time to Die

Other things I watched:

  • Descendants: The Royal Wedding
  • Baby Sitters Club season 2
  • New Amsterdam season 4 eps 1-10
  • Dynasty season 3
  • Gordon Ramsayโ€™s Kitchen Nightmares season 1 (UK)
  • The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf
  • Whatโ€™s Your Number?
  • Red Notice
  • Bombshell
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Hidden Figures
  • First Daughter
  • What a Girl Wants (rewatch)
  • Can You Keep a Secret (rewatch)
  • Pride and Prejudice (2005) (rewatch)
  • Jane Eyre (rewatch)
  • All Too Well short film

I have to say, I was really disappointed with Eternals. The only other MCU movies I can remember being THAT disheartened by after watching were Thor: The Dark World, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. I’m not sure if it was because I felt like they were trying to do way too much and introduce way too many characters, or if it fell flat for other reasons. But, it certainly didn’t hit the bar I was expecting it too.

on my blog

November was a pretty sad blogging month. Top 5 Tuesday topics were mostly about tropes, so that was fun. Topics were top 5:

Apart from this and the normal haul and wrap-up posts, November was a pretty quiet blogging month!!

on your blogs

Did I catch up on my October blog hopping?! You bet I did!! I then even blog hopped in November!! Here are some of my fave posts of yours!!

Recommendation lists:

Discussion posts:

Reviews:

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How was your November?

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo

10 Comments

  • Kristina

    Oh wow, 16books! Congrats! happy to hear they were mostly enjoyeable too- I still need to read the love hypothesis & you deserve each other.

    I played maybe the first hour of spirit farer.. but erhm- I was playing with a “friend” that im not on speaking terms with- soo xd But I have also being on the Sims train lately too!

    • meeghan

      I highly recommend starting over and playing as a single player for it if you have the game. Spiritfarer is so good!!
      And I hope you love The Love Hypothesis and You Deserve Each Other!! ๐Ÿ’•

        • meeghan

          Oh no!! Itโ€™s kind of like Stardew valley x side quests for Zelda. But also itโ€™s got this beautiful message of moving on and celebrating life. And thereโ€™s no fighting, which is another reason that I love it. ๐Ÿ˜…

        • meeghan

          Yeah… because this one has an ending it’s pretty slow paced throughout. But, good quests!!

  • Here-Be-Dragons

    16 book?! Amazing! ๐Ÿคฉ The Eternals sounds like such a let down from what Iโ€™ve heard, which is so disappointing.

    I enjoyed the Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf! (But I havenโ€™t played the game yet so take that as you will haha ๐Ÿ˜…)

    • meeghan

      Ha, I haven’t read the books or played the games. But I did watch my husband play the games. It’s funny the different portrayals of the characters in the game vs the show. I like Triss so much better in the game, but I’m a bit ambivalent about her in the show…

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