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My gosh, what a couple of weeks?! Is it just me or is anyone else getting fed up with the whole lockdown COVID situation?
My partner and I have officially finished our Christmas shopping *does a little jiggle*!! I was super lucky this year, as Andrew and I are currently staying at his parents house, we (meaning I) managed to persuade his parents to let me put the Christmas decorations up!
This was the outcome!! (Is it bad that I am bouncing in my chair singing Christmas songs right now? Asking for a friend ….)
On a side note, I have been looking at the Kindle deals most days and I am literally trying my hardest to not allow my temptation to buy loads of books to kick in! 😦 Books like The Guest List by Lucy Foley, His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, A Cold Trail by Robert Dugoni and The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides are making this temptation hard!!
Christmas will be weird this year. Many others may have the same problem, but with the Tier system in the UK, Kent (where I live) in under Tier 3. Usually for Christmas, my whole family meets up on Christmas Eve to have games, spent time together, eat food, open presents and eat more food … Sadly, this year, this will not be the case. But I will be video calling them, so we can all still ‘see’ each other! Although, considering all this, I will be fortunate to be able to spend Christmas with Andrew and his family (as we all live in the same household).
My course with the Open University is starting to get interesting!! I am currently reading and analysing Hotel World by Ali Smith, and Undertones of War by Edmund Blunden! I am finding from that the narrative techniques and literacy devices that are being learnt in the course textbooks are easily recognisable within books that I am reading for pleasure.
After not being very organised last year (ooops) I have changed how I work and manage the study amount each week. I did this with smaller post it note tabs. WHO EVER INVENTED THESE ARE A GENIUS!! By having the different tabs, I am able to keep track on how much studying I should be doing each day to keep on top of the weeks’ study planner, and also I have used the same tabs in the course book for activities that are using the set book, if that makes sense?
I mentioned in last months Wrap-Up post that I would be adding something new to my blog in the New Year! These plans are still going ahead, and I can’t wait to share them with you shortly!
Top 10 Country views…
This month, my Top 10 Country Views were;
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Hong Kong SAR China
This month I read the following books;
- Hotel World by Ali Smith
- The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham
- The Twins by J.S. Lark
Wrap-Up for November
Last month I found that ‘Goals’ wasn’t the right word for what I have planned for each month, so have changed this section to ‘Wrap-up for ….’.
Here is a Wrap-Up for this months blogging!
This month, I had my SMEAR Test and decided to share the experience with you all (sorry for all the info!). If you didn’t get a chance to read it, and would like to, you can check it out here.
I had three amazing books to promote this month that covered different genres that may be of interest to some of you. I have put the links to their posts below for you to take a peek at, if you missed them 🙂
I was so fortunate to be able to interview three amazing authors this month! You can take a look at their interviews in the posts below, alternately, if you are an author who would like the opportunity of an interview, use the Contact Us page to get in touch!
With the books that are coming out throughout the year, who doesn’t want a sneaky little preview?! This month, six fabulously kind authors gave me the chance to show an extract of their work on my blog! You can take a look at them below, if you didn’t get the chance!
- An Extract of Sherlock Holmes & The Ripper of Whitechapel by M.K Wiseman
- An Extract of And Then She Shines by Helen Libby
- An Extract of Spider Hunting by K.J McGillick
- An Extract of Disquiet by Ella May
- An Extract of A Taste of His Own Medicine by Linda Fawke
- An Extract of Warwick’s Mermaid by Ellie Gray
I was pretty focused on University work this month, that I only managed to review one book!
The Twins was dark and twisted throughout, with a plot twist at the end which was well developed!
I liked how the characters were shown and developed throughout the novel, with the way J.S. Lark made some chapter exclusively for showing the readers some information from the past or in the present day from opposing character views.
You can find out more about the book in the link below.
Upcoming for December
For December, I will be;
- Reviewing Art and Soul
- Sharing an extract for Stolen Kiss with the Billionaire Boss
- Interviewing the author of Glimmer of Hope
- and promoting the book Tempted by the Tycoons Proposal!
What are your goals for December? Did you manage to complete November’s goals? Let me know in the comments 🙂
Happy Reading, x