Monthly Wrap Up

September & October Wrap Up

Hello my friends!

Can you believe we are in November? Less than eight weeks till Christmas. How did that happen? 😊 Not that I am complaining, I love Christmas and am already super excited about all that magical atmosphere that is coming our way.

By the way if the non-linearity of time puzzles you as much as it puzzles me, perhaps you could join the SciFiMonth that is currently happening across this lovely book community. I am looking forward to finding some inspiration there and exploring the sci-fi genre a little bit more.

Last couple of months have been – taking a big breath – busy. You see I dislike the word busy as I sometimes use it to justify not wanting to do certain things. 😉 And it sometimes makes me feel overwhelmed – hello ‘anxiety’ my friend. Me being ‘busy’ sometimes results in me lying on a sofa watching Netflix… so yes, busy is not my favourite word but nevertheless, that’s how the last couple of months felt. 😊

Apart from working a lot, I had heaps of fun travelling. I managed to travel with my sister for our ‘girls only’ extended weekend to the German Alps and then James and I took two weeks off work, hired a campervan and went to explore British Columbia and Canadian Rockies. Both of these trips were a lot of fun, required certain degree of planning and made me stop reading all together as I was fully present in those moments with my loved ones and just did not feel like reading at all.

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I will write a summary of our Canadian adventure in a separate post as it was such an amazing trip. I am still buzzing from it and feel so blessed to be able to experience it. If that’s something that would interest you, please stay tuned. 😊

Books

 

 

I read seven books in September and zero books in October. September was a light-hearted month full of short contemporary YA reads. October was a month of travels. 😊

I pick The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen as my book of the month. It was my first of Sarah Dessen‘s books and I enjoy both its emotional roller-coaster as well as Dessen’s story telling style. I am planning on checking more of her books soon.

Jenny Han’s:

  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #1) – review here
  • S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #2)
  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #3)
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)
  • It’s Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2)
  • We’ll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3)

My favourite out of Jenny Han‘s six books was To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I did not enjoy her Summer trilogy as much as I did the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy. Han‘s books feature a lot of love triangles and I got tired of them after a while. Her sequels also slightly disappointed me as I expected more.

With that said, I finished all of those books and would recommend them for a quick and fun contemporary read.

Movies

 

 

 

Avengers – Infinity War – I finally got to watch it. I know, I sometimes do feel like I live under a rock. Anyhow, I have quite mixed feelings about it. I liked it and I didn’t. There was something about this movie that just made me left slightly disappointed. It may have been the ending… or the lack of chemistry between actors. I am glad I watched it but sadly I can not gush about it. Fingers crossed I enjoy its next instalment more.

I Feel Pretty – I watched it on a plane with a set of dodgy earphones. It may have been the plane’s environment but I pretty much forgot what it was all about right after I finished watching it…

I think it was more me rather than any of those two movies… !  😊

TV Shows

 

  • Outlander – I got back into watching Outlander and I am enjoying it. I am currently on season 2 and loving the lush and decadent atmosphere of the 18th century’s French court.
  • Mad Men – I am completely hooked on this show. I blame this show for my current lack of reading. It is just too good to resist. The characters are complex and well developed, all that drama and manipulation… oh, I’m loving it. And I can’t wait to finish it. I’m on season 5 right now so still plenty of episodes for me to watch.
  • Westworld – James and I got back into watching Westworld. I really enjoyed the season 1 but am slightly confused about season 2 so far. It could be that I have missed something … we are in the middle of this season so this ‘confusion’ may change shortly. 😊
  • Bodyguard – James and I also watched BBC’s Bodyguard. We both enjoyed this gripping show. It’s current, relevant and features a lot of tension and drama. Plus it features Richard Madden, aka the Game of Throne’s ‘King of North’ but this time, he is speaking in his native Scottish accent… what’s there not to like? 😉
  • The Apprentice – Lord Sugar’s Apprentice is back. I love watching this show with James and speculating who could win it and how contestants perform during those gruelling tasks. So much fun!

Bookish

I managed to visit a charming bookstore Café Books whilst vising Canmore in Alberta. Below are a few photos I took:

 

 

 

Of course that I could not resist and had to buy quite a few of their books. My bag’s allowance was nearly exceeded on our way back to the UK because of that. 😉

The café was really cosy and I found drinking coffee whilst being surrounded by books highly therapeutic. I need to find a place like this one near where I live. Mind you it could become rather dangerous for both my wallet as well as for our tiny house’s storage capacity!

Thanks for being here. I really, really appreciate everyone of you. ❤️ Hope you all had an amazing couple of months! ❤️

What have you been up to? Fancy sharing it with me. I love hearing from you. ❤️

29 thoughts on “September & October Wrap Up”

  1. Never ever feel guilty about saying your busy and then, lying on the couch to watch TV. Your life is your own, and these days, that’s how busy I am when I need a break! Oh, and talking breaks, Germany and Canada! Lucky you. Two of my fav places. Ha! Ha! And did you get snow in Alberta? We’ve had some here, though not much.

    And Canada excels at those cosy kind of cafe bookshops. We have a couple here in QCthat I love. And they are always busy, hmm, I wonder why? ☺️

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    1. That’s so true Alex. I guess I only feel ‘unhappy’ about choosing lying on the couch to watch TV, when I am so ‘busy’ that I don’t know what to do first and decide to procrastinate instead. With that said… sometimes it’s probably what I need the most anyway… !! 😃

      We got heaps of snow in Alberta, especially when high up in Jasper and along the Icefields Parkway. It was so beautiful out there, I want to go back! 😃

      And massive thumbs up to those cosy cafe bookshops. He he, no wonder they are always busy. 😃

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  2. Lovely wrap up! Ooh, Germany and Canada sounds SO EXCITING! ❤ I have similar opinions about Infinity War, and I have yet to read any books by Jenny Han! I read Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen, and enjoyed her writing style a lot! I hope you have a wonderful November, doll! ❤

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    1. Thanks Kelly. 💕

      I’m adding Along for the Ride to my list of books to read soon. So happy to her you enjoyed Dessen’s writing style as well. ❤️

      Wishing you a wonderful November as well love, happy reading. 📚✨❤️

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  3. Wow those sound like such amazing trips!! I’m looking forward to hearing more about your Canadian adventure 😀 I really loved to all the boys too and it’s definitely my favourite of Han’s books (I also read summer I turned pretty after that and wasn’t as keen on it). Ah yes I actually agree with you about infinity war- it felt unfinished to me to be honest- so I wasn’t raving about it either (and I also took forever to watch it too!) I’m having so much fun watching apprentice too! Wow cafe books looks so cool! Awesome wrap up 😀

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    1. Thanks so much. 💕

      So happy to meet another fan of the Apprentice! Do you have a favourite so far? I’m still torn amongst a few candidates. 😂

      Have a wonderful November and happy reading. 📚✨❤️

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      1. Same here, I change my mind a lot! 😂😂😂Currently I’m thinking Jackie and Jasmine can make the final two but Kayode is such a great character and I would like him to make it there. I also like Tom but not sure if he could make it to the end. 😊 Such an entertaining show. 😊

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  4. I didn’t watch the Amy Schumer movie I Feel Pretty because I know it’s all about how she supposed to be so fat. I find that to be a really damaging message, and so I’m glad that you don’t remember it! I also don’t like the sounds of that Summer trilogy by Jenny Han. It again focuses on whether or not someone is pretty. I just can’t read books that are all about whether or not someone fits into society standards of what is good looking and how sad they are when they don’t fit in. I get how they’re feeling, but it’s not a message I can support anymore because typically when someone is bummed out that they don’t fit into society based on their looks alone, it also means that they are internally, and sometimes externally, judging other people for how they look.

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    1. I don’t honestly know why I do that to myself as labelling someone as pretty always annoys me yet I keep on thinking the title can be misleading… which usually isn’t the case.

      I actually googled I Feel Pretty to remind myself what it was about and I suppose the premise was good – confidence is to be found within – regardless what our appearances are. But the movie really felt flat, I didn’t find it funny and yeah, can’t remember it.

      Btw I had a proper rant reviewing Wintersong as the main character’s focus was that she was plain rather than pretty – seemingly having a character was not that important – it made me so angry. I’m with you about these messages and how damaging they can be, I want to articulate it a bit more in future posts.

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      1. It’s so hard to call a baby smart or friendly or good when they’re new. They all miss the mark. I’ve had minor success with a baby a couple of months old when I said, “He sure likes the sound of his own voice!”

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      2. I’m thinking observant and curious, maybe also joyful, content… hmmmm… it gets harder and harder as many adjectives used with one’s character or skill cannot be used yet. What a fun exercise! 👍

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  5. What an awesome trip! That pic of you in the snow makes me feel really cold tho. Need another blankie for this post 😀

    You totally went on a Jenny Han rampage! I bought the All the Boys I Ever Loved book, but haven’t read it yet. Not feeling the fluffy vibes lately.

    That book store looks amazing!

    I’m also doing Sci-Fi Month. Yay 🙂

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    1. Ha ha, it was quite cold. Hope you have been keeping warm, can’t believe how cold the start of this week was in England. ❄️

      I totally did, Jenny Han’s books were such quick reads. I enjoyed All the Boys the most, those emotions are really great. Totally get your mood though, I felt like that early on this year! 😊

      Yay to Sci-Fi Month! 😊👏

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  6. Lovely to ‘meet’ you – and thank you for the SciFiMonth mention! I hope you enjoy all the chatter and recommendations flying around the blogosphere 🙂

    …and what an awesome month you’ve had. I’d love to get up into the Canadian Rockies (not just to find that book store, but definitely including a trip to that bookstore).

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    1. Lovely to meet you too! I am already so inspired by all those fantastic reads featured on the SciFiMonth! My TBR list is growing rather exponentially he he.

      And thanks so much, Canadian Rockies are truly beautiful and I am crossing my fingers so you get to go there soon! xx

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  7. OMG you visited BC!! AHHHH I hope it treated you well! Our cities aren’t as big or interesting as the east coast’s, but the mountains and wildlife are to die for. Can’t wait for your full post on the trip! 😀 My reading hasn’t been all that great this past month either. Plus I’m taking my final drivers road test on Wednesday, and my nervousness is slowing down my reading pace even MORE. *Sigh* Hoping I can get back to a normal blogging/reading schedule next week. 🙂

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    1. I was absolutely terrified to drive our camper on Canadian roads among all those massive trucks and RVs. I was so happy that my bf wanted to do all the driving. I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow and will be crossing all my fingers (and toes for you). I’m sure it will go well, you’ve got this!! ❤️❤️

      I loved BC – especially the area around Squamish and Garibaldi. It was so beautiful there and apart from continuously bumping into bears whilst on hikes, it was extremely relaxing and I so want to go back! 😊

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      1. Okay, I’ve hiked the areas in BC for like 10 years and I’ve ran into bears…three times? (And those were small black bears!) I’m JEALOUS (but hope you stayed safe!) Maybe they wanted to welcome you to Canada. 😛

        And I passed my test!! TY for all those crossed fingers and toes!! 😊😊

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      2. Whoop whoop! Congratulations to passing your test, such great news! 🥂🎉🎉🎉

        And he he re. bears. 😊 Whilst staying in Squamish, we did the Elfin lakes hike and prior to that, were told by several locals that they had done the hike numerously and never had seen any bears there… well, we saw two bears on two different occasions on that hike… 🙈😂😂😂 I reckon they also wanted to welcome us to BC!

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