Justice League, Turkey & Dressing, rush to finals, a lot has happened this month! At least, I didn’t add in Nanowrimo to totally take over my November. In fact, I think I managed to keep this month balanced, or rather, not drown in heaps of homework.
I read lots of Historical Fiction this month. As always, history is my guilty pleasure. If I’m feeling brain overloaded, a historical novel helps me wind down, and catch up.
This month, I read two books from one of my favorite authors, Mesu Andrews. She writes biblical fiction, and her writing is simply beautiful.
Is it possible to say which book I enjoyed more?
I don’t think so… The characters are all so complex, and different in the way they grow and develop. You can’t really compare them.
In The Pharaoh’s Daughter, I fell in love with the main character, Anippe.
I don’t want to spoil any major plots, but Anippe’s fears and relationships were gut wrenching.
And the plot twists are intense. You can’t guess what happens.
Let’s just say, my heart was racing alot while reading this story. I simply couldn’t put this book down.
And Miriam, well, this story was even more complex. Which I should have expected, but didn’t???
What I loved
- The history of the 1o plagues. Drawn out over 9 months at least.
- New characters. Eleazar was incredible. Loyal, fierce, and realistic. I loved seeing his doubts play out, his distrust of a God who was silent for 400 years. I related to that so much. It made sense – why trust a God who lets your people be slaves for 4 centuries?
- The whole mood of Egypt & the court.
I’m also pretty excited because she’s publishing Isaiah’s Daughter soon. Isaiah is probably my favorite book in the Bible, so I’m looking forward to reading her latest book.
The Benedict Option
I’m currently 100 pages into this book. I’m excited to read it, I’ve found myself already agreeing and disagreeing. Always a great sign. 🙂
From Goodreads – “Now is a time of testing, when believers will learn the difference between shallow optimism and Christian hope.
However dark the shadow falling over the West, the light of Christianity need not flicker out. It will not be easy, but Christians who are brave enough to face the religious decline, reject trendy solutions, and return to ancient traditions will find the strength not only to survive, but to thrive joyfully in the post-Christian West.”
I’m planning on writing a review of this book before 2018 rolls around, so I won’t say too much more.
I’ve read about 25% of this gigantic tome. And it’s taking forrreeevvvveeerrrr. Will I get it finished before Christmas? Who knows????
Oliver Twist is simply so different from A Tale of Two Cities. There’s always a current of optimism and hope in A Tale of Two Cities.
But Dickens is so bitter, so enraged, so frustrated in Oliver Twist.
It’s harder reading, not least of which are the times you want to throw the book across the room. Because people are abusing a child! Infuriating
I don’t choose Marvel over DC. Or even Captain America over Ironman. Or Thor over Loki. Or Batman over Superman.
There’s too much stress in my life to add superhero squabbles.
I’m the kind of fan who just enjoys watching superheroes defeat evil. And I really, really enjoy watching superheroes grow as characters.
And Justice League was fantastic. Batman wasn’t a brooding douche, Wonder Woman continued to drop wisdom & tender strength. The Flash said whatever I was feeling.
And can I say too much more without spoilers?
Oh, I also liked the Aquaman dude. His digs on Batman were ON POINT.
Spotify vs. iTunes is settled. Finally
I’ve done the unthinkable. I switched over to Spotify. <GASP>
That move really surprised me. but I just really like Spotify’s music suggestions. And playlist mixes.
I’ve listened to a ton more music and checked out a bunch of different artists.
I’m going to brag, because I cheered for Jordan and Lindsey on Dancing with the Stars, and they won. 🙂
Also, don’t ask about my writing. Because editing is SLOW. And painful.
First, I’m super excited to reach 90 followers!!! Thank you guys for reading and supporting! I sort of have a goal to have 100 followers by 2018, and that’s looking more reasonable at this point.
November is National Adoption month, so I did a mini-series on adoption. These posts are always the hardest to write – they are incredibly personal. And it’s hard to balance the right amount of pain and hope.
Guys, it’s Christmas Time!!! And it was Thanksgiving, so I have two posts. One for each holiday. 🙂 I might write some more for Christmas in December.
And finally I wrote 1 (one, only one) book review. Sorry, guys. But I kind of included a review of two books in this post, right?
Recommendations from the Archives
This is something new…but I’m going to throw out a post I recommend from my blog archives.
I have a long scheduled break for December, so I technically do have time to read and write. And I’m planning on doing just that!
- The Grisha Trilogy
- The Hate U Give
- Wonder Woman
- Another Dickens Novel
I own the Grisha Trilogy and Wonder Woman, so I know I should be able to read these both. And I’m going to find Angie Thomas’ books somewhere and finally read it.
And what Dickens novel will I read? I don’t know. We’ll just have to see.
I’m 5 books away from my Goodreads 2017 goal! Yeah!!! Almost 50 complete books!
And I’m at 30k words on editing the 2nd draft, so I hope to be at 5ok by the end of December.
I hate running in the cold. So I need another work out. And I think I’ve found it. Yoga with Adrienne.
It’s a Youtube channel.. And she has a 30 day beginners track. Perfect for December.
Drink more water. Always a goal.
I love the Christmas season, especially Advent. I’m looking forward to taking the next several weeks to focus on the preparing for celebrating Christmas day.
Not sure entirely what I’ll be posting on the blog next month. But I’m working on some ideas.
- Royal books? Season 2 of the Crown is coming out on Netflix, Prince Harry is getting married!!! And I’ve read several great books featuring royalty. So maybe a blog post on my top favorite Queens historical fictions books?
- 2017 wrap up. Everyone’s doing this. I should too, right?
- My favorite fictional Christmases.
- Writing lessons from 2017. Basically, how’s editing going.
Well, that’s 4 ideas. We’ll see what else happens.
How was your November? Any book recommendations from this month? Did you write any blog posts you’d like me to check out? (Link them in the comments!)
Are you a White or Dark Turkey meat fan? Or, like me, do you skip the Turkey just for the Stuffing? Homemade Cranberry Sauce or Canned?
Who’s your favorite Superhero? Did you watch Justice League or Thor: Ragnorak? Also, isn’t Wonder Woman just epic?