Monthly Recap: November 2015


Since this is my very first monthly recap, I’m counting the tail end of October, too.

My Life
  • Towards the end of October, I visited Denver for the first time. It’s a lovely city with a comforting sort-of–Midwestern vibe and majestic mountains in the distance. I visited a beautiful bookstore, and somehow managed to stop myself from buying a whole stack of books.
  • I had a birthday, and am rapidly passing into “wizened crone” territory. (I kid, I kid.)
  • This November, I find myself thankful for all the usual things: loving family, kind friends, and what-on-earth-am-I-supposed-to-do-with-all-this-leftover-turkey amounts of food to eat. I’m also thankful for my local public library, without which my 2015 100-book challenge would have been unbelievably expensive.
Books Reviewed

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (★ ★ ★ ★ ★)
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby (★ ★ ★ ★ ★)
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (★ ★ ★ ★)
The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami (★ ★ ★ ★)
Re Jane by Patricia Park (★ 1/2)

Book Thoughts & Discussions
Round-ups & Recommendations

5 Books about Mortality
5 Intriguing Book-to-Movie Adaptations of 2015
5 Favorite Quotes from my 2015 Reading
5 Books that Shaped my Love for Fantasy

Around the Blogosphere
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  • Reply Chelsea @ Sparkles and Scribbles November 30, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    I LOVE your take on a monthly recap, especially the “Around the Blogosphere” section! It’s so fun and also tells us what kinds of things you’ve been thinking/reading about (like representation in lit).
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      Reply Paloma November 30, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks Chelsea! Though I can’t take credit for the “around the blogosphere” concept – I’d seen it floating around in other people’s monthly recaps, and thought I’d join in the fun. It’s definitely fun to see what kinds of posts have caught other people’s attention. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Lianne @ November 30, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Congrats on your first monthly recap! Love the way you set your recap up, including the blogosphere section πŸ™‚ Also, belated happy birthday! I hope you have a lovely December πŸ™‚
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  • Reply CW December 1, 2015 at 1:29 am

    Oh gosh, I love that you posted this because we haven’t known each other that long, so I can catch up with this awesome post!

    First, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! My birthday is very soon, and I completely get the wizened crone thing. (Not sure if coworkers are more grumpy, or I am more grumpy…)

    I had a whizz through your unpopular opinions tag, and I LOVE it, haha! I don’t know why, but I get a kick out of reading people’s unpopular opinions. XD I just want to say that I didn’t enjoy The Alchemist either, for the EXACT reasons you pointed out! I also hold particularly disdain for that quote. Personally, I don’t feel like the world owes me a thing, and people shouldn’t feel that way either. (And how often have cultural appropriators used justifications in vein of that quote anyway?)

    Lastly, thank you so much for featuring my blog post, Paloma! I’m super honoured – and it means a lot! :’D
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  • Reply Zoe @ Stories on Stage December 4, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    This is such an amazing recap! Thank you for putting all these wonderful links together. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! ♥
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  • Reply Reg December 20, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Thank you so much for featuring my post! <3

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