Well, November is over. And it is now officially the holiday season. So, now it’s okay to play Christmas music and put up decorations. It wasn’t okay before Thanksgiving!!
Anyway, here’s a recap of what my November held.
What I Did
Nothing super interesting, just school and dance and homework and other normal activities.
There was also a lot of writing involved this month, of course.
And Thanksgiving, of course, spent with my extended family. I love Thanksgiving food. It’s absolutely the best!! If you’re American, tell me your favorite Thanksgiving food in the comments!
What I Read
I have six books to report!! Yes, I read this many while doing NaNo. But they were all either really quick reads or I read the bulk of them in October and finished early in November.
A Cup of Comfort for Writers: four stars. This is a collection of essays and reflections from writers on the writing process and life as a writer. It was very good and inspirational.
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand: five stars!! I finally read this after wanting to read it for so long and buying it over the summer. It is so, so, so good.
The Selection by Kiera Cass: three stars. This was another one that I had been really wanting to read. It was good, and the series is a bit addictive, but there was some things I didn’t like about it. Review coming soon!
God of the Fairy Tale by by Jim Ware: four stars. A very interesting look at how fairy tales reflect the truth of the Bible.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer: four and a half stars. Very, very good, and I am anxiously waiting to get my hands on the rest of the series!!
Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas: Also four and a half stars. I need to read more biographies by Metaxas. He has a way of keeping you really interested, especially since this was about William Wilberforce, one of my major role models. Very, very good.
What I Wrote
I already talked about NaNoWriMo on the blog some, so I won’t repeat any of it here; just go check these posts out if you haven’t already seen them:
- October Writing Snippets (look to the end of the post for a synopsis of my NaNo project)
- NaNoWriMo Update (in which I discuss things that helped me win, plus some snippets from my project!)
- I Won NaNo (and I’m burned out) (in which I show you my crazily unbalanced graph and explain why there were no blog posts in the past week)
What I Blogged
This month on the blog…
- I shared a reflection I wrote for my English class about what we believe defines us;
- wrote about how Thanksgiving points to God;
- compiled a list of good books to read over the break;
- and talked about why I hate Black Friday.
What Others Blogged
Here are a few of my favorite blog posts I read this month:
- On the Rebelution: why you don’t have to be a foreign missionary.
- Amanda Beguerie from Scattered Journal Pages discusses being numb to Jesus.
- Lies Young Women Believe challenges us to go crazy with thank-you notes.
- Apparently moms are more important than the culture thinks.
What I Watched
I finally watched Inside Out! I give it 4.5 stars. It was so clever, and a very well-done movie! It’s the kind of movie that everyone will find something they like in it.
What I Listened To
Aside from all of the Broadway, I think my favorite thing I listened to this month was As I Am by Kristin Chenoweth, who is a Broadway singer (are you sensing an obsession…?).
This particular album, however, is not Broadway songs, but rather a mix of Christian and other contemporary songs. Yes, Christian. It’s always nice when you discover that a celebrity is openly Christian.
She has a really good voice and the songs are wonderful. Check this out!
Upcoming in December
Get excited! I’ve got lots of fun things planned for December:
- A book review of The Selection and The Elite, the second book in the series;
- Tips for staying organized and relieving stress in what is probably the busiest month of the year;
- Digging into the meaning of some of my favorite Christmas hymns;
- Some talk about reflecting on the year and New Year’s resolutions for the Christian;
- A review of my readings and writings in 2015, and an overview of what I hope to read and write in 2016!
How was your November? Did you have a good Thanksgiving? Did you participate in NaNoWriMo? Tell me all about in the comments below!!