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November Roundup: Monthly Favourites

 Hello Readers & Friends,

It's officially CHRISTMAS time!!  November has been a bit of a bleh month, so I'm not disappointed it's over. The UK went into lockdown again so I haven't seen anybody or done anything other than journal and read, so it's been very quiet and boring. I'm super excited to dive into December and begin celebrating! 

November Book Roundup:

I managed nine books this month which is great, as a couple of them I found really slow. I started off with a couple of spooky horror reads which were leftover from my October TBR, and discovered a new favourite with the Crave series!

Survive the Night by Danielle Vega ***
Slasher Girls and Monster Boys by April Tucholke ****
Anna and the French Kiss ***
Crave by Tracy Wolff *****
Last One at the Party by Bethany Clift *****
Crush by Tracy Wolff ****
A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer ***/*
Circe by Madeline Miller ***
Fallen by Lauren Kate **


Parasite - Amazon Prime

I finally watched Parasite after it made its way to Amazon Prime. I thought it was amazing. I abolutely loved it. The story was dark yet somehow funny, following a poor family who con their way into working for a rich, slightly stupid family. It's a story about class divisions and opportunity, and I honestly thought it was amazing. One of my favourites from the year, I think. 


This month I want to talk about a proof I got from work called The Last one at the Party. It's not out until next year, but I thought it was so good! It's a story about a pandemic (awkward) that wipes out everyone within 6 days. It's so quick that there is no time to plan, no time to run, no time to do anything. And one, lone woman survives. We don't know her name, and we don't know why she is granted immunity, but we follow her journey as she rediscovers the world - and herself. The pandemic itself isn't the story - the book follows her story AFTER the pandemic. So we get a couple of scenes at the start where she's holed up with her husband in their flat trying to survive, but the majority of the book is what happens after.
I loved how realistic it was. She's useless. She has no decent survival skills. She's exactly like me, and she's darkly funny. She has no clue what to do, and ends up spending her time doing things like breaking into Harrods and drinking all the expensive booze, taking a load of drugs she finds at her friends house, rescuing a barking dog and keeping it for a companion, all whilst in search for someone - anyone - else who may be alive. It's about a young woman finding out who she truly is, and what's really worth living for. I really can't recommend it enough and gave it 5 stars. 


As mentioned, because of the second lockdown I have had nothing else to do, so I've been journalling a lot. I don't share much of this on my channels because I've assumed it's something people aren't really interested in, but it's all I've really done this month so here we are! My journal is a 'life journal' - there's no theme or rhyme or reason to any of it. I just do what I'm in the mood for in the evenings to help relax myself. Sometimes that's writing about my day, sometimes it's a spread on something I'm reading or watching at the time, and sometimes it's just a random collage or painting. It's something that I do just for myself and enjoy the unrestricted creativity. However, it has made me a bit of a paper-hoarder, refusing to throw out anything that may be recycled later down the line!

 How was your month?
Love, C x 


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