November Wrap-Up and December Goals

Hello everyone! Happy December (even though we’re already nearly a week into it), which means we’re one week closer to Christmas (yes, I’m a Christmas b*tch, just like I’m a Halloween b*tch), BUT, more importantly, we’re that much closer to being done with 2020, and while 2021 definitely isn’t going to magically solve all of our problems, I am still ready to be done with this god-forsaken year.

If I’ve been a little quiet recently (I say as if I haven’t been quiet since coming back), it’s because I am currently in the middle of exams and that has been pretty much the center of my life for the past couple of weeks and will continue to be for another 3 days by the time you read this. (I took my very first law school exam earlier today (Thursday) and it was not a fun time, not least because my computer froze in the middle of it 🎉 we love zoom university.) Anyway this is my little fun break because I have some fun reading updates (aka I ACTUALLY read things), and because I wanted to make sure I actually set out some goals for December, since I’ll be done with school this week! So let’s get into it!

So we have a couple of little fun caveats to what I read, because it’s not really what I read completely, but more what I actually managed to (finally) finish. Still counts as reading, but I did not in fact read two books in their entirety. Anyway, the two I finished were:

I started both of these books over the summer, in early August and late July, respectively. I kept juggling library copies, so it took me quite a while to actually get through them. But I am so happy I did. Infinity Son really took me by surprise, and I can’t wait for Infinity Reaper.

And The Starless Sea. I honestly don’t even have the words to express how much I loved this book. The Night Circus is in my top three books of all-time, and so I had SUCH high expectations for The Starless Sea and it did NOT disappoint. I closed the book and just started crying because it was so beautiful and I honestly loved it with all my heart. I wish I could write a full review for it, but, again, words just cannot describe how I feel about this book. It just felt like home, and that’s something I felt with The Night Circus, except this was about books and libraries and people who find themselves stories and it was just everything I could ever hope for in a book about books. I implore you to read it, truly. It’s magical.

I did actually buy one book this month! I did not plan on it and fully intended to wait to buy it or to ask for it for Christmas, but I was feeling celebratory after the election news and was already at Target, so I splurged a little!

I absolutely adore Schwab’s books and so while I was in Target I was like, “hmmm maybe I’ll just go look at it or see if they have it. I won’t actually get it.” Obviously that didn’t happen, but I regret absolutely nothing other than the fact that I don’t have time to read it yet and that it’ll have to stay on my back-burner for a little longer.

My watching was, once again, pretty minimal. I watched a few more episodes of Emily in Paris but I hit a certain episode and got very uncomfortable/extreme secondhand embarrassment and had to turn it off, and I am too nervous to start it again, so I honestly probably will not pick it back up. Oh well.

Now, there is one VERY important thing that I watched: the 2005 Kiera Knightley Pride and Prejudice. Somehow, I had never seen it before, and I have no idea why. I know I didn’t want to watch it until I read the book, but I read the book three years ago at this point, so I lost my only excuse. And y’all, I LOVE this movie now. I see why so many people do. I’ve actually watched it a second time since my first watch three weeks ago. I think it might be replacing Stardust as my comfort movie (doesn’t help that the first watch might’ve been after a fun stress breakdown, so there is that.) Still, I think it is absolutely phenomenal, and I cannot believe it took me so long to get to. I’m ashamed, honestly, but I’ve redeemed myself, I think.

Once again, I have royally flopped on interacting and reading people’s posts, but I hope you can forgive me. One of my resolutions after my exams are done and then into the new year is to limit my time on social media so that I have time to read blogs and books (and book blogs!) and not scroll endlessly through Instagram and TikTok (yes, I joined TikTok, and I haven’t decided if I regret it or not yet) without a thought in my head. So we’ll see how that goes.

I am really looking forward to December because I have absolutely NOTHING on my schedule other than a couple of meetings in the next couple of weeks, which means I have all the time in the world to read, and to read for fun. And I am overly prepared for it. It seems to always be the case that I get several library ebooks off the waiting list at the same time, and it is no different at the moment. Right now, I have six kindle books from the library:

Unfortunately, I really don’t think I’ll feasibly get to them all in the time I have them (unless I can fudge the system a little but I really don’t like doing that if I can avoid it), so I’m going to have to prioritize. The way they’re listed above is also the order they’re due, so here’s my breakdown:

  1. Shadow of Kyoshi because a) I’ve been really looking forward to it and b) I think I can get through it pretty quickly
  2. The Dragon Republic because everyone says The Burning God is amazing and that makes me want to read it.
  3. Call Down the Hawk, not really because I feel that excited about it (I am excited, it’s just not a top priority), but because I think I’ll maybe be able to get to it before it’s due. (Maybe. The Dragon Republic is no novella.)
  4. Fable, also because everyone seems to love it and because I have it for a little longer.

If I don’t get to Dune or Once and Future, I’ll be disappointed but not devastated that I’ll have to wait for them again. Other books that I’d like to get to now that I do not have time constraints are Addie and Dark Age by Pierce Brown (because I’ve been sitting on it for like a year and a half now and I just want to know what happens already). Anything else I get to will just be a nice surprise, but I don’t really expect to get to any more than the four listed above. We’ll see how it goes.

It’s kinda surreal that this year is almost over, and you can usually tell when it gets to then end of the year based on my planner because I am usually fresh out of ideas and rushing to finish so that I don’t have to worry about it later. I actually bought my new journal for next year so that I can get a head start on it, but I’m honestly not sure if I’ll be able to commit to using it for the whole year, since I will probably have the busiest spring and summer I’ve ever had. I hope I can make it work, because I do really enjoy doing it.

So this one was a bit of a flop…I tend to get lazy/rush the end of the year, especially the month ones.
I 100% meant to make the week of Christmas, y’know, Christmas themed, but I lost track of what week I was on and was already halfway through this when I realized this spread was the one that was supposed to be Christmasy. Oops. I love it, it’s just not what I meant to do.
This is another one I love and will definitely do again. Gotta have that art deco for the new year.

That’s it! I’m really happy that I found a little time to read in November and that I was able to really enjoy what I picked up, even if it just meant finishing books I had started a month ago. Progress is progress, folx, and I am happy to be learning my limits for what I can do alongside law school. I’m really excited to have loads of free time and to not have to think about school or anything else for a whole month (although it’s possible I have start looking for summer internships which, like, eek), but it still means I’ll have tons of time to read!

What was your favorite book from November? What are you most excited to read in December? What books would you prioritize off of my library list; any that make you go, “omg you HAVE to make sure you read this one?”

Keep reading,

Black Lives Matter “Ways to Help” Carrd

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