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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.

what i read

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.

SYMBOLS
Symbol
Key
Symbol
Key
Symbol
Key
⚔️ fantasy contemporary ? sci-fi
? historical fiction ❤️ romance ? crime / mystery
? thriller ? classic ? dark academia
? paranormal ? urban fantasy ? non-fiction
? 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
? hardcover ? paperback ? ebook
? graphic novel ? audiobook ? gift
? backlist title ARC / review copy ? Aussie author / #loveozya
? DNF ?‍♀️ buddy read ? reread
? friend pick ? PopSugar

Emoji table for reference

Book
Author
Series
Symbols
Rating
Cover
Kiss My Cupcake Helena Hunting ❤️ ? ?‍? ? 4 Kiss My Cupcake by Helena Hunting
Love Her or Lose Her Tessa Bailey Hot and Hammered #2 ❤️ ? ?‍? ? 4 Hot and Hammered 2 Love her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey
A Lesson in Thorns Sierra Simone Thornchapel #1 ❤️ ♿️ ? ?‍? ? ? 5 Thornchapel 1 A Lesson in Thorns by Sierra Simone
Feast of Sparks Sierra Simone Thornchapel #2 ❤️ ? ♿️ ? ?‍? ? ? 4 Thornchapel 2 Feast of Sparks by Sierra Simone
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories Holly Black The Folk of the Air #3.5 ⚔️ ? ?‍♀️ ? 5 How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black
Crave Tracy Wolff Crave #1 ❤️ ? ? ?‍♀️ ? 3 Crave by Tracy Wolff
Spoiler Alert Olivia Dade Spoiler Alert #1 ❤️ ? ? ?‍? ? ? 5 Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

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.

what i did

General

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.

Gaming

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.

Music

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!!

on my blog

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. ?

on your blogs

These are some of my fave posts from your blogs in November and December:

There were also a few anticipated book lists for 2021 (thanks for adding to my TBR!!):

Plus there were some great ‘best books of 2020’ posts that I loved (with more to come in January):

How was your end of year?

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo

16 Comments

  • Becca

    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 🙂

  • Greg

    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. 🙂

    • meeghan

      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!! ?

  • Jayati

    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!

    • meeghan

      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!!

  • dbsguidetothegalaxy

    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!

    • meeghan

      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!!

      • dbsguidetothegalaxy

        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 ?

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