November and December 2020 wrap-up
Hello bookworms!! Welcome to the November AND December 2020 wrap-up. Because I didn’t get organised enough to publish the November one and now it’s two thirds of the way through January and I haven’t even done the full 2020 wrap-up yet. Because what even is being organised in this day and age???
Honestly, I barely even remember what happened last week, let alone two months ago. I’m pretty sure all I did was watch Julie and the Phantoms a bunch of times (yes, again), and maybe a bunch of Christmas movies.
So, let’s get this show on the road.
I read VERY little in November and December. In fact, December was my lowest read month of the year, with only TWO books. I would be ashamed, but I had already hit my annual goal in October, so it’s fine.
I was planning to finish my NEWTs by the end of December, but honestly I just kind of stopped tracking things… and I don’t think I read anything that matches any of the prompts I had left. But I’m not too concerned as I was only finishing to support Gintare.
|?||historical fiction||❤️||romance||?||crime / mystery|
|?||mental health rep||♿️||disability rep||?️?||queer rep|
|?||BIPOC author||?||own voices||?||body positivity|
|?||dark themes||?||nerd references||?||sport references|
|?||middle grade||?♀️||young adult||??||new adult / adult|
|?||backlist title||⏰||ARC / review copy||?||Aussie author / #loveozya|
Emoji table for reference
|Kiss My Cupcake||Helena Hunting||❤️ ? ?? ?||4|
|Love Her or Lose Her||Tessa Bailey||Hot and Hammered #2||❤️ ? ?? ?||4|
|A Lesson in Thorns||Sierra Simone||Thornchapel #1||❤️ ♿️ ? ?? ? ?||5|
|Feast of Sparks||Sierra Simone||Thornchapel #2||❤️ ? ♿️ ? ?? ? ?||4|
|How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories||Holly Black||The Folk of the Air #3.5||⚔️ ? ?♀️ ?||5|
|Crave||Tracy Wolff||Crave #1||❤️ ? ? ?♀️ ?||3|
|Spoiler Alert||Olivia Dade||Spoiler Alert #1||❤️ ? ? ?? ? ?||5|
Favourite book for November was undoubtedly How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories. It wasn’t what I was hoping for – there’s less Jude and Cardan bits together in it. However, the story it tells from Cardan’s life is really interesting. I love the way that Holly Black tells it like it’s a fairytale as well.
In December my favourite book was Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade. I loved the body positive story, and the social commentary on how people shouldn’t have to change themselves. Plus it had a lot of super cute nerdy parts as well.
I actually have no idea what I did in either November or December. I took off work from 25 December to the end of the year.
While I didn’t read a lot of books, I did play a lot of video games. I mostly played The Sims new expansion pack, Snowy Escape. The pack came out on 13 November, and I had a lot of fun with it, but there’s still lots to explore.
Of course there was a lot of Animal Crossing going on as well. I’m about 3 deep sea creatures off having the entire diving collection, which is so good.
I have exciting news for D&D too. We’re starting a new campaign in January, so I’ll be really excited to
TV and movies
Things I watched in November were:
- The Witcher (season 1)
- Man of Steel (rewatch)
- The Queen’s Gambit
- Long Way Up
- Stranger Things (season 1-3)
- The Mandalorian (season 2, episodes 1-5)
- Dash and Lily (season 1) ?
- Pride and Prejudice (2010 movie, rewatch x2)
- Julie and the Phantoms ??? (season 1, rewatch x 2)
Things I watched in December were:
- Virgin River (season 2)
- What Men Want
- The Madalorian (season 2 episodes 6-8)
- Midnight at the Magnolia ?
- She’s the Man (rewatch)
- Julie and the Phantoms ??? (season 1, rewatch)
- Wild Child (rewatch)
- Christmas Wonderland ?
- Klaus ?
- Bridgerton (season 1)
Yes, after watching Julie and the Phantoms twice in October, I watched it twice more in November, and then again in December. I am so completely in love with this show.
I am also now hopelessly addicted to Bridgerton. It was SO GOOD!!
Of all the Christmassy stuff I watched (and continued to watch in January), I have to say Klaus is absolutely the best – hands down. There isn’t even a spark of competition. I bawled my eyes out SO HARD. It’s just such a beautiful movie and love and friendship and HOPE. I’m tearing up just thinking about it.
Apart from Taylor Swift dropping evermore out of the blue, I basically just listened to the Julie and the Phantoms playlist on repeat. Actually, there was a point to it. I got really annoyed that Spotify put out the “Your top songs of 2020” at the start of December, so I wanted to see if I could change them.
I listened to Unsaid Emily on repeat for almost the whole month to see if I could change my top sing of 2020. Let me tell you now, the data doesn’t change. EVEN THOUGH THERE IS A WHOLE MONTH LEFT.
Obviously this really annoyed me. However, I can now listen to Unsaid Emily without crying while belting it out. So, silver linings!!
Top 5 Tuesday had a lot of topics, but my faves in November and December were:
I was also a host for BookEnding Winter in 2020!! I was so happy because we haven’t had a BookEnding Event for a while and I missed it so much!! My topics were:
Writing these posts made me realise how much fun I have writing my own content, so I’m hoping I can set some time aside to do that more often this year. ?
These are some of my fave posts from your blogs in November and December:
- Sabrina at Wordy and Whimsical matched book recommendations to things like tv shows and video games
- Veronika at Wordy and Whimsical made recommendations based on her favourite albums
- Evelyn at Evelyn Reads checked her progress of the 100 best fantasies according to Time Magazine
- Marie at Drizzle and Hurricane Books listed underrated YA books to add to your TBR
- Katie at Never Not Reading wrote about not judging people for what they love to read
- Kat at Novels and Waffles listed 5 recommendations to get you out of a slump
- CG at Paperfury listed books she hoped to read before the end of 2020, AND 10 new favourite authors
- Sabrina and Vera at Wordy and Whimsical made a recommendation list based on Taylor Swift’s evermore
There were also a few anticipated book lists for 2021 (thanks for adding to my TBR!!):
- Rain at Book Dragonism listed her 25 most anticipated releases
- Kristin at Kristin Kraves Books made two anticipated lists: a YA romance list, and an adult romance list
- Marie at Drizzle and Hurricane Books listed 28 anticipated YA books
Plus there were some great ‘best books of 2020’ posts that I loved (with more to come in January):
- Kay at Hammock of Books shared her favourites of 2020 list
- Katie at Never Not Reading made a best middle grade list of 2020
- Sabrina and Vera at Wordy and Whimsical did a best of list for YA books and adult books
How was your end of year?
Kaya @ afictionalbookworm
Ahhh, it looks like you had great months! I’m excited to read King of Elfhame?
It’s such a lovely, but twisty, story!!
Looks like you enjoyed the books you read!
Thanks for listing my post 🙂
Thanks Evelyn!! The books were good, and I loved your post!! ?
I just finished watching Stranger Things too and I loved it! Kind of wished I watched it sooner but waiting like I did meant I got to watch it all at once instead of waiting for series two and three. Now I just have to wait for series 4 🙂
Yes, I felt the same!! I can’t wait for season 4!!
My reading was down too. I’m super curious about the Holly Black series though, I need to read ’em. We have all the books but I haven’t started yet…
And ooh a new D&D campaign? How fun. We’re in the middle of an intense one right now and it’s getting towards the end. 🙂
Oooh!! You need to tell em all bout your D&D character!! I love the process of making them and then figuring out how to stick with their motivations – especially when my personal ones are usually the opposite!! ?
Great post! I absolutely adored Julie and the Phantoms too and I may just have to go reattach it now. Bridgerton was also SO GOOD. I am hoping to read Love her or Lose Her soon and so its good to see you liked it!
I also listened to evermore. lot and loved it!
Yes Jayati!! What’s your fave song on evermore??
I’m super keen for Bridgerton season 2, but I also want them to announce JatP are getting a season 2 as well!!
She’s the Man is a great movie to watch, but none greater than you having finished JatP for the 4th time!! ? Klaus is SUCH a good movie! I loved it when I saw it. It’s so beautiful.
I didn’t realise you haven’t watched Stranger Things before!
No!! I though Stranger Things would be more horror so I was out. Trent was all “just watch one episode” and then I was hooked. ??
I haven’t rewatched JatP this month and I feel a little bit sad about it!!
I think Stranger Things is more suspense and mystery than horror – it has horror elements, for sure, but it’s definitely more mystery and suspense to me.
I somehow got onto JatP tiktok so that’s really making me want to rewatch a lot ?
The first episode thing is always a good one! Sometimes it takes 2 or 3 to get fully into some series. Definitely not the case in Stranger Things.
tasya @ the literary huntress
I love Klaus too, it’s just really lovely and I sobbed at the ending :’)
OMG YES TASYA!!! I was absolutely bawling my eyes out. I loved it so much!!! ????