Catching Up – November 2017 Wrap Up

Catching Up – November 2017 Wrap Up

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.

november reads

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.

mesu andrews books

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.

november currently reading

The Benedict Option

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.

Oliver Twist

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

november odds and ends

Justice League!!!!!!!!!!!

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.

Other stuff..

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.

November blog news

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 Posts

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.

Seasonal Posts
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.

My Favorite Christmas Books 

december plans

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!

Reading Plans

  • 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.

Lifestyle Plans

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.

Advent

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.

Blog ideas 

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.

let's chat

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? 

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A Redheaded Texas Gal. I love the woods and thrive where there’s green grass and room to grow. I dream of living in a used book store and wearing period costumes to work everyday. In the meantime, I’m studying Journalism and Political Science, and trying to follow Jesus wherever He leads.

  • Kellyn Roth

    Hi, Elizabeth! I came over to visit your blog, just ’cause, and ended up following. It was a combination of the aesthetics and just being like, “YES. THIS. YES” while I was reading your about page. 😛

    (What? You mentioned Jane Austen and The Scarlet Pimpernel and C.S. Lewis and you’re a ginger and you love James Madison … and history … and fantasy … you’re right, I’m coming off as a stalker. Forgive my terrible awkwardness?)

    ANYWAY … great post! I’ve got to agree about Oliver Twist. I’ve actually never finished it. *hides* Dickens isn’t a great favorite of mine. He’s one of those authors I WANT to read … y’know?

    • Elizabeth Hunter

      Oh, goodness! Thanks so much! Literally, your comment made my morning so bright!

      I’ve never been a Dickens fan, but then i read A Tale of Two Cities this fall. And kind of made myself promise to read all his books this next year. Maybe that’s crazy, but I really want to read all the classics, and since Dickens can be so bleghhhh, I should just get him out of the way. 🙂

      • Kellyn Roth

        I’ve read A Tale of Two Cities, and I thought it was okay … not my favorite throughout, but then I loved the ending. Yes, that’s a great idea! I might start doing that … although I’m not saying I’m going to enjoy it. 😉

        • Elizabeth Hunter

          A Tale of Two Cities was a bit slow, but I loved any scenes w/ Sydney Carton. Fell so hard for Sydney. 🙂

          • Kellyn Roth

            Yes, he’s pretty awesome. 🙂

  • I love superhero movies. The trailer for Avengers Infinity War left me so excited. And yes, I love Wonder Woman.

    I finished rereading the Chronicles of Narnia this month. The last book always makes me sad, but I pushed through and read it anyway. I also read a funny book lightly based off Tolkien’s work called Muddle Earth.

    • Elizabeth Hunter

      Ah! I wish I had time to reread Narnia. I reread it this spring, and it’s just so refreshing. Though the Last Battle is heartbreaking. Just heartrending.

      And Infinity War trailer! Made me squeal!!! So excited!

  • Chauncey Rogers

    Well, seems as if your November wrapped up pretty nicely! I think you made a good call in skipping out on NaNoWriMo–for some people, it’s probably a great push. But in November? Really? November already seems like such a busy month to me! Not the ideal time to make a real effort at novel writing, in my mind.
    The last superhero movie I saw was Dr. Strange, I think. My favorites are Batman and Spiderman, and I tend to like the Marvel stuff better than DC–although, when DC is actually good, it tends to be great, whereas I feel Marvel just has a happy ‘good-enough’ place that they continually inhabit.
    And I don’t personally care if its dark or light meat–I love it either way. My go-to thing is to mix together the turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes, then dump gravy on that and eat it with a roll. Yum!

    • Elizabeth Hunter

      I haven’t seen Dr. Strange, yet. Other than the fact that Cumberbatch is in it, the movie just didn’t strike me as something I’d really get into. And Marvel does seem to never stretch itself, while DC digs deep into political and human themes.
      And why is Nano in November? Such a busy time of year, I’d pick September, October, or April.

      • Chauncey Rogers

        I think I’d maybe go with October, or sometime in the summer. I guess there really isn’t a perfect month for it.
        Dr. Strange was surprisingly good. I didn’t see it right away, but when I did I found it refreshingly different from other Marvel movies. Granted, it didn’t blow my mind or anything, but it was at least entertaining. 🙂

  • Hi Elizabeth! I can’t wait fo you to read The Hate U Give, I’m really hoping you will enjoy it just as much as I did. I haven’t read the Grisha series, but I’ve been hearing great things about it around the blogosphere 🙂
    Wishing you an amazing December! xx

    • Elizabeth Hunter

      I’ve heard so, so much about The Hate U Give. I know I just need to read. And I’m almost 98% sure I’ll fall in love with it. 🙂
      Amazing December to you, too!

  • Amy

    I love your blog theme! It’s so gorgeous and it makes the reading experience that much better. 🙂
    Congrats on the followers and your Goodreads goal!! That’s so exciting! XD I hope you’ll get to 100!
    Wonder Woman was quite good, and The Hate U Give was absolutely INCREDIBLE. I really hope you enjoy those. I actually just finished the Grisha trilogy yesterday!! I feel so accomplished, haha.
    I ended up seeing both Thor and Justice League. In my opinion, Marvel is just funnier, so I enjoyed Thor a lot more, but I loved seeing Wonder Woman. She’s the absolute best.
    Also, I don’t really like turkey! On Thanksgiving, I actually didn’t eat any, haha! I had a little bit at my dad’s side of the family’s Thanksgiving that Saturday, but I don’t really like the taste or the texture, so why waste my time, am I right?

    • Elizabeth Hunter

      Ah, thanks! It makes the time and energy spent investing in blogging worth it when people enjoy reading!
      I keep starting Wonder Woman – I started it AGAIN yesterday. I’m on chapter 5ish, so hope I’ll just get it done! Though with finals, it may get delayed again.

      Marvel is super funny! I think that’s their best element. But Wonder Woman is simply fantastic. Her story arc is so well done.