November 2019 Wrap Up | The most productive month of the year!

It’s the 1st day of December as I’m writing this post. It’s crazy to think that we only have 30 more days before 2019 is over! Where did the year go? I need time to slow down because there are still tons of things I need to do in 2019!


1 – After more than a year of not reading any books in my native tongue, I finally picked up «Every Heart a Doorway» by Seanan McGuire in Russian! I honestly forgot how much easier it is to get into the story, I was watching the events unfold in my head after just a couple of pages, and flew through this (very short) book.

I didn’t actually love it as much as I hoped I would. Not sure why I was expecting a less mature book, but the use of some words and conversations about sexuality really through me off. I’m not saying that it was bad or that it shouldn’t be done, but the fact that it caught me by surprise ruined a bit my enjoyment of this book. I guess I should do my homework in the future BEFORE picking up a book!

2 – I’m back on Instagram with a slightly different color theme! Even though I still use the same filters and settings to edit my photos (I love the coherent look), the purchase of this new yellow sweater prompted an immediate yellow-inspired photo-shoot and I love how the photos turned out! This is my current feed:

3 – Zoella blog launch!! I’m so excited. I’ve been a big fan of Zoella for over 4 years now, I even tried one of her books and binge-watched tons of 1h-long Christmas vlogs. Now with the new look and revamp her blog is even better and has that feeling of a very professional on-line magazine about lifestyle, baking, reading and life in general. I love it!

4 – We watched «Five Feet Apart». I haven’t read this book and to be honest, I wasn’t going to watch the movie either. But one November evening my Boyfriend was in charge of movie selection on that night, and chose «Five Feet Apart». (I don’t think he quite realized what it was exactly about). I was very glad that I haven’t read the book because I was pleasantly surprised by how good the movie was. Basically, long story short – I cried my eyes out.

Once again, it’s one of those movies and books that I don’t really like watching or reading. Understandably so, I’d say, as reading about a serious illness of kids and teens tends to put me in a bad mood, so after reading my fair share of the contemporary novels with illnesses, I gave up and went to fantasy.

5– We also just finished watching Season 3 of Stranger Things! It was so GOOD! Usually, the first movies and first seasons of TV shows tend to be the best, but with Stranger Things, I honestly think that season 3 is the best so far! Highly recommend!

6 – There was so many interesting posts this months:


1 Keep up with the blogging schedule.

I was so surprised that I managed to keep up with my blogging schedule with a total of 16 posts! There were a few posts that got pushed forwards as I didn’t have time to prepare them, but overall it’s been an amazing month.
X 2 – Read ARCs and clear the NetGalley queue. 

This was my biggest and most important goal of November. And guess what? Ofc, I didn’t do it. I read only 2 ARCs in November, requested even more ARCs from NetGalley and now I’m very behind!
X 3 – Focus on the upcoming exams

I know… I know… I need to get my *** together.


November was a great month! Very busy, as always, but I actually read 11 books! Some ARCs, some final books in the trilogies I’ve been meaning to read for months. It feels good to finally be done with them!

And I also read «Little Women»! It was the sweetest, most wholesome book that I’ve read in a long time. I’m ready to watch the movie on the day of its release. 🙂

The biggest disappointment was «Bursts of Fire» by Susan Forest. I received this ARC from NetGalley in the beginning of summer, and kept putting it off, even though the blurb sounded really interesting. I loved the beginning of the book, but I was so disappointed by one of the scenes that I decided to DNF it right there and then.

This is a world where magiels assist the kings and the people of the Kingdoms to cross over to Heaven after they die. Hundreds of years of peace between the Kingdoms were followed by an unpredictable attack. And now all magiels are either dead or hiding in fear for their lives.

I was enjoying this book until I just read a sex scene… I mean… isn’t this supposed to be a YA book?!

I tried reading a bit more but quickly realized that that one scene put me off the entire book, and also I have no intention to read this series. It wasn’t all too bad, and the idea is very cool. I also loved the parts where we followed the three magiel sisters, but it didn’t grab my attention enough for me to continue.




How was your November? What books did you read?
Let me know in the comments below!

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24 thoughts on “November 2019 Wrap Up | The most productive month of the year!

  1. I’m so happy you enjoyed my post! And you read so much 😊 I’m kind of scared of watching Five Feet Apart exactly bc I think I’ll cry my eyes out but now I think I’m a little more eager to watch it.

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    1. Thank you, honey 💕 I hope I will get se time to relax in December (after buying all Xmas gifts.. Lol)
      How is your mom doing? I saw in one of your recent posts that her recovery was going well. I imagine November was a stressful month for you and your family. Hopefully, December will be peaceful and calm, and allow you to rest and plan for the new year 😘

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  2. What a hugely productive month Alex!!! Great post :))) I’m super excited to see the new little women adaptation too. That book is my childhood fav <333

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  3. I really like your new photos! I keep saying I’m going to get back into bookstagram and haven’t yet. Maybe 2020? I do miss it. Stranger Things 3 is definitely their best season yet. I can’t wait to see what happens next. That’s awesome that you were able to read 11 books even with being busy!

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    1. I sometimes need to take a hiatus from Instagram, as running multiple social media platforms can be exhausting, especially when this is a hobby, and I need to do million other things during the day (as we all do 😀 ). But I use my insta photos for my blog headers, so at least the need for the blog headers keeps me motivated to take pictures. I hope to see you on bookstagram in 2020! 🙂
      Thank you so much! Most of the books were rather short, but I needed that little boost in November, to be able to get through the book in one sitting and keep myself motivated to read.

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    1. Thank you so much ❤ I'm in love with the yellow color right now, so I think I will carry it to the next year as well 😀 Season 3 was amazing! Besides all the gross action stuff, I really liked El and the dynamic of the group. Season 4 will be epic as well!

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  4. There’s so much goodness in this post! 1) I love your pictures and I don’t know how I’m not following you on bookstagram (I am now.) 2) It’s become a Christmas tradition for me and my daughter to watch Zoella’s Vlogmas. 3) We love Stranger Things in this household too. We always try to binge the whole season. 4) Little Women is such a beautiful book and we can’t wait for the new film either. Congrats on such a great November!

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    1. Thank you so much, hun! for the lovely comment and for the follow on Insta ❤ This year Zoella's vlogmas will be a bit different, I feel, more grown up. Which is perfect, as her audience also grew up with her. I've been loving the videos she posted so far.
      I just yesterday found out that Little Women has a "continuation", and I hope to read is asap! 😀

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  5. It seems I’m not the only Miss Productivity! 😛
    But seriously, though, I’m glad you had such a good November! Your new bookstagram pictures look absolutely AMAZING and I wish I was that skilled or had such a good eye for pictures and aesthetic. I really miss bookstagram but it’s impossible to take pictures in my room (I don’t have many books, and the lights and colours are awful) and I forgot to take pictures in advance. I also have zero time to keep up with other people’s posts, so I’m wondering if it’s even worth it to go back )):
    I was a big fan of Zoella when I was younger, maybe around fourteen, but then somehow just stopped following her and her work. I don’t even know what she has been doing lately hahah It’s so weird!
    I hope you’re having a lovely December ❤

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    1. Ahaha, true true! 😀
      Oh.. bookstagram… I took all of these pictures and only posted 1 or 2 so far. Lol
      I’ve been meaning to schedule them in advance, but haven’t had time to sit down and sort them out yet. It’s finally happening this weekend! I have to make myself do it 😀
      And I’m not very active there either, I post and that’s pretty much it. Sometimes I might scroll through and like other posts or leave a couple of comments, but blog is consuming all of my free time that I don’t really have.

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