Yikes, the end of the year is nearing already! It’s gotten really cold and winter-y here, which means lots of tea, cosy jumpers and blankets. I’m looking forward to Christmas, but I kind of can’t believe we’re almost done with 2015… I know, I know, it’s a cliché, but really, what’s up with time going by this fast? It feels like it was just a month ago that I was whining about how damn hot it was outside, and here I am complaining about the cold every single day.
Anyway. November was quite a busy month for me, but it was also a fun one, as they all seem to be lately, which is a good thing, I guess! I hope to get a bit more reading done in December, because I still have five books to go for my Goodreads challenge, and gosh-flippity-darnit, I’m going to win that thing if it’s that last thing I do (or something a bit less dramatic). For now, though, here’s what I got up to on the blog in November!
Read this Month
At the start of the month I really wanted to read something light and adorable, which is why I (finally) picked up Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. It was exactly what I needed at the time and I was unable to put it down! A review will be coming soon…
I also read Timbuktu by Paul Auster, which is rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors. This short book is written from a dog’s perspective, and absolutely wonderful.
Second Hand Smoke by Thane Rosenbaum was the last book that was on the syllabus for my literature course, and I’m sad to say I did not like it one bit. It’s the first book I gave only 1 star on Goodreads this year, and I probably won’t write a review about it, because I just want to be done with the book, frankly.
Yesterday I finished reading All the Lights We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, which was amazing! Such a beautiful story – I loved it to bits.
Reviewed this Month
- I reviewed Cress by Marissa Meyer, which is the third book in The Lunar Chronicles. I loved it, and can’t wait to read Winter, the last book that has just come out. Now to get my hands on it…
- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood was on the syllabus for one of my courses, and while there were a couple of things I didn’t like, this book had me intrigued and made me want to read the rest of the trilogy. Here’s my full review!
- Earlier this week, I reviewed Northern Lights by Philip Pullman. It’s the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy, and now I want to buy the pretty boxset… Needless to say, I really liked this book!
Baked this Month
- This month was very autumnal (and carrot-y) in terms of baking. On the first of november I posted this recipe for carrot cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting. I’ve finally found a cupcake frosting that I like, which made me a very happy camper!
- Then, later on in the month, I baked some spiced (speculaas) muffins with almond paste. Very autumnal, and very delicious. Definitely going to be making these again soon.
- Lastly, I posted a recipe for a gluten-free (!) carrot cake last week. I am not an expert when it comes to gluten-free bakes, but this one turned out very well!
Other Posts this Month
- At the start of the month I wrote a post about antique books I would love to own if I had the money for it, like a first edition of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
- I did a Top Ten Tuesday again for the first time in ages! This time, the topic was top ten film adaptations I still need to watch.
And that’s it for this month! If you want to stay up to date with what’s going on with me, you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram. I’d love to have a chat with you on there! Or down here in the comments, of course. I hope you all had a great month!