Thursday, November 30, 2017

Novemer wrap-up and plans for December


Middlemarch. Still, always, feels like I've been reading it forever. I like it though. I also had the good fortune to score a galley of Chris Bohjalian's forthcoming novel, The Flight Attendant, which I loved. (I haven't posted about it yet because it won't be published until March, so I'm trying to hold off until a little closer to that time.)

Reading Challenge List: Nothing.

CBAM: Nothing. This month's book is The Brothers Karamazov, which I read in college and liked but don't need to read again. Especially while I'm reading Middlemarch.

Romance: I read both The Proposal by Mary Balogh and Hate To Want You by Alisha Rai, both of which were quite good and rather different from other romances I've read.

Nonfiction: I'm having a sudden burst of wanting to just read all the nonfiction, so I grabbed a few different ones from the library. I just finished Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, which was fascinating and horrifying.


Someone got a new winter coat.

Last month I started listening to the new Pink album, Beautiful Trauma, and I haven't stopped yet. Now I have tickets to see her perform in April!

While waiting for the new season of the podcast By the Book, I decided to go back and listen to more episodes of Invisibilia, a fascinating podcast about human behavior and psychology. 

My only audiobook this month was The Power by Naomi Alderman, which was excellent.


The Good Place! And as much as I was never interested in The Great British Baking Show, I impulsively watched an episode and now I'm hooked on that. And I want to bake all the things, but my oven is being kind of a jerk these days.


My tv-watching is ramping up a bit, which is great for my knitting. I've made a lot of progress on the front of my sweater. I haven't done a knitting post in a while - sorry! Hopefully I'll get it together to do one soon.

I also started a new cross stitch project, but I can't do that while watching tv. I worked on it a bit while listening to The Power and some of my podcasts. 


Everything, all the things, all the time. The month culminated with Thanksgiving, so. Our was very low-key. Eric cooked and one of my friends came over so it was just the three of us. We managed to eat a lot of food and drink a lot of wine. A couple of days before I tried to bake cookies for one of our desserts and managed to both burn and undercook them at the same time. (Mary Berry would have been so disappointed.) I mean, we ate them anyway, because cookies.


Owl Incognito by Ohotaq Mikkigak

A rather exciting local election took place, and I was a bit focused on that early in the month. It turned out quite well for my candidates!

We had some work done at our house, including getting new front steps and a new retaining wall in the backyard so the neighbor's house won't slide down the hill into our yard. Yay, masonry!

I visited the Museum of Fine Arts for the first time in quite a while. I really need to not go so long between visits again. One of the major exhibits right now is art by Takashi Murakami, which was great, but I also really enjoyed a small exhibit of Inuit Art. The photo to the right is a piece from that exhibit.

Plans for December

We're going to Maine this coming weekend to have Thanksgiving with my family because this is the weekend that people have off from work.

I'm going to see a stage production of Sense and Sensibility a couple of days before Christmas and I haven't read the book so I'm hoping to do so before the show.

Classic Book a Month Club is reading Wuthering Heights, which I'd love to re-read, but I'm honestly not sure that will happen either.

Sometime soon I'll be posting my 2018 TBR Pile Challenge list, which I'm very excited about! This challenge is hosted by Roof Beam Reader, and he hasn't done it the past couple of years. I've done it on my own, but it's not the same so I'm very happy it's an official challenge again in 2018!

Pitch Perfect 3 will be coming out at the end of the month, so I'll be going to see that with some friends. Super exciting!

And of course, I plan to do a lot of my annual end-of-the-year lamenting about how I didn't achieve even one of my goals and what the heck am I doing with my life, and how can I be better person next year, etc. So stay tuned for my December wrap-up!

How was your November?

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