November 2021 Monthly Wrap Up

Wow, why does it feel like I just wrote my September wrap up… Yesterday? Anyone else or is it just me? 😂

I don’t know what happened in November. I feel like it was a pretty weird month as I fell into a bit of a funkier mood and lost motivation when it came to work, which eventually bled into pretty much all other aspects of my life. How dramatic! 🙈 But I honestly didn’t do much and nothing of note happened. I baked a bit, I ate at a restaurant for the first time since the second wave hit Indonesia in mid-2021, got obsessed with playing Zelda BOTW, and of course, obsessed over Taylor’s Version of Red. Better Man is my current favourite track from the vault, mostly cos the lyrics hit so close to home in maybe not the best ways, but as much as I’m an emotional reader, I’m also an emotional listener and this has me wrapped up in my feels!

I think I read 20 books in November! I feel like maybe I read a romance or two and didn’t note them and uh, forgot? 😂 Brain fog was kinda my November… I thought I got a little bit of my reading mojo back at one point but no, my reading mood has still been a little erratic and slump-ish even though I stopped gaming for a week+ thinking it would help (don’t think it did).

Surprisingly though I had THREE 5-star reads with a new favourite fantasy and a new favourite small-town romance series to add to my faves list! I think if I had to pick my favourite of the three, it’d be The Hand of the Sun King by J.T. Greathouse, which is an amazing fantasy debut. That said, Brighton Walsh had me wanting to set up in Havenbrook asap, please! 😂 So, I guess I really can’t choose between my 5-star reads? LOL!

My name is Wen Alder. My name is Foolish Cur.

All my life, I have been torn between two legacies: that of my father, whose roots trace back to the right hand of the Emperor. That of my mother’s family, who reject the oppressive Empire and embrace the resistance.

I can choose between them – between protecting my family, or protecting my people – or I can search out a better path . . . a magical path, filled with secrets, unbound by Empire or resistance, which could shake my world to its very foundation.

But my search for freedom will entangle me in a war between the gods themselves…


Also, a quick update on my #NetgalleyNovember BINGO reading: I read 6 out of 9 titles, which is a little sad but also, ngl, I’m pretty chuffed to have managed those six books! 😂 As my super funky reading mood continues I was pretty worried I’d struggle to finish even two books, so this is a win for me!

Image is titled #NetGalleyNovember BINGO.

Below the title are nine book covers chosen for the bingo prompts. 

Book 1: Skin of the Sea - a book published this year (Marked as read)

Book 2: The Vanishing Season - your oldest approval (unmarked, not read)

Book 3: Never Saw Me Coming - a book beginning with 'n' (Marked as read)

Book 4: You'll Be the Death of Me - your latest approval (Marked as read)

Book 5: A People's History of Heaven - a book with a green cover (Marked as read)

Book 6: How to Love Your Neighbor - a book yet to be released (Marked as read)

Book 7: The Hand of the Sun King - a book beginning with 'the' (Marked as read)

Book 8: She Who Became the Sun - a debut author (unmarked, not read)

Book 9: Chef's Kiss - most excited for (Marked as read)

Book covers are linked to Goodreads and the title text is linked to my reviews, if available!

Panda rating: 5 pandas

5 pandas

Hometown Troublemaker
(ARC) The Hand of the Sun King
Captain Heartbreaker

Panda rating: 4.5 pandas

4.5 pandas

(ARC) Skin of the Sea
The Roommate Risk
(ARC) A People’s History of Heaven

Panda rating: 4 pandas

4 pandas

Games We Play
Second Chance Charmer
Main Street Dealmaker
Guarding Temptation
(ARC) You’ll Be the Death of Me
Pact With A Heartbreaker

Panda rating: 3.5 pandas

3.5 pandas

(ARC) Never Saw Me Coming
Secret Santa

Panda rating: 3 pandas

3 pandas

(ARC) Passport
(ARC) How to Love Your Neighbor

Panda rating: actual 2.75 pandas

2.5 pandas

Jade Fire Gold (actual 2.75)

Panda Rating: 2 pandas

2 pandas

A Lesson in Thorns

I’m embarrassed that I’ve done so little engaging this month though I still continue to post. I’ve managed to catch a few great posts but they’re only a few of the ones that I still have bookmarked to read! I hope to do better in December 😔

And that’s November wrapped! How was your reading month? What was your favourite read last month? I can hardly believe that we’re already into the last month of 2021 and that 2022 is literally less 26 sleeps away?!
I hope everyone has a brilliant December! ❤️

11 thoughts on “November 2021 Monthly Wrap Up

  1. I love your monthly wrap-ups—I get so many recs that way! I think that my favorite read of November was Beach Read. And don’t push yourself too hard…read what you want, when you want. Be extra kind to yourself and your mojo will come flying back!

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  2. I’m definitely checking out the hand of the sun King. I’ve been craving some epic magic fantasy lately! I hope you’re feeling less funky soon, those mood slumps always suck ❤️❤️

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  3. You had a great reading month, Dini! 20 books is amazing! You did great with your Netgalley Bingo too. November was a funky month for me too. It’ll get better Dini! ❤️ You’re tempting me with Walsh’s books! 😀


  4. Yess I’m absolutely obsessed with Taylor’s version of Red as well! OMG congrats on reading 20 books and finding three new 5 star reads?? That is amazing! Thank you o much for sharing my post too!<3


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