November 2021 round up

It’s now officially the Christmas season, so that mean it’s time to look back at November.

What I have read

I started out well in November, reading several books in two days each, but then, again, I picked up something that slowed me down. I have read 109 books this year, though, over my target of 100 so anything else I finish now is just a bonus.

  • Tinker, Tailor, Schoolmum, Spy – Faye Brann
  • Saving Time (The Time Police #3) – Jodi Taylor
  • The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine – Lindsey Fitzharris
  • These Our Actors (Buffy novelisation) – Ashley McConnell
  • The Telephone Box Library (Little Maudley #1) – Rachael Lucas
  • Death of an Avid Reader (Kate Shackleton #6) – Frances Brody
  • A Fool and His Honey (Aurora Teagarden #6) – Charlaine Harris
  • The Thursday Murder Club (Thursday Murder Club #1) – Richard Osman
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Children #1) – Ransom Riggs
  • Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson
  • The Boxcar Children (Boxcar Children #1) – Gertrude Chandler Warner

And I’m currently reading:

  • Word Perfect: Etymological Entertainment For Every Day of the Year
    Susie Dent
  • Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the African American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race – Margot Lee Shetterly
  • The Switch – Beth O’Leary

It has been The Thursday Murder Club that has slowed me down. Everyone has raved about how good it is, but I felt like I trudged through the first half. It did suddenly get a lot more interesting just as part two started, though, and I made short work of the second half.

What I have watched

  • Hollyoaks
  • Only ConnectTaskmaster and House of Games
  • Our Tuesday nights had more Baby-Sitters Club and we have finished the 8 episodes that made up series two. It wasn’t as good as series one, but still fun.
  • I’ve watched a few movies – Calamity Jane, The King and I, and to get in the Christmas mood – A Christmas Prince 1 & 2 (number 3 is up next!). Ewan and I also watched Jungle Cruise together.
  • We’ve started the new Marvel series of Hawkeye
  • Stef and I have watched Malory Towers series two  together – I’ve reviewed episodes one and two already.
  • I’ve also started watching Charmed again, and got through the whole first series. I’m not sure how many times I’ve watched through all the episodes but it has been a few years since the last time.

What I have done

  • Went up the hill to watch everyone’s fireworks as there was no organised display
  • Visited Transport museum (having taken out a years’ membership!)
  • Made regular library visits outside of working there
  • A few walks in the wood, even doing some geocaching along the way
  • Had lots of hot chocolate and cakes in cafes
  • A few walks on the beach and collected more sea pottery (rather a lot actually, I need to actually start using it to make something now!)
  • Put up the Christmas tree and some decorations
  • Visited our local museum to see a new exhibit of shops from the past
  • Cleared out my big living room cupboard so I can now easily get into my journals and magazines


What has your month looked like?


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2 Responses to November 2021 round up

  1. Karen says:

    I checked 2 libraries I’m in and neither have any works by Francis Brody/McNeil. Such an annoyance.


  2. chrissie777 says:

    “Hidden Figures” was one of the best movies at the movie theater in 2019 or 2020. I wish there would be more movies like that.

    On TV we are watching right now the TV series “The Lost Symbol” based on Dan Brown, a TV series on Peacock which we had to subscribe in order to watch, but it was worth it. The TV series is very true to the novel.

    I started watching “Peyton Place” again (all 514 episodes, usually 5 episodes every morning) and exchange thoughts on each episode with a FB friend who’s also a member of the FB Peyton Place Group…this is fun!

    So far I’ve read 112 books in the reading challenge, so I won’t reach my goal of 130 books this year. Maybe 118 or 120 books at the most.

    What I really enjoyed in November was reading the Daphne DuMaurier Mystery trilogy by Joanna Challis (Murder at the Cliffs/Peril at Somner House/The Villa of Death). Everybody who is interested in DDM’s life will get a kick out of it.

    We had a golden October followed by a golden November – I don’t remember such a sunny and dry November here in New England before. Now it’s getting very cold and stormy.


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