November Wrap-up: My Head Was Buried in Academics

Where did November go? I was honestly aware of the days passing, or at least I thought so… Anyway, November has actually been good to me. Even though I was at the peak of my semester and hence drowning in work, I still had tons of fun with my friends πŸ™‚

But it did mean that I didn’t really watch much of anything except when my friends dragged me to watch a movie with them. My reading too was suffering a bit but it’s definitely better than last month. Let’s just go ahead and have a look at this month’s wrap-up.

Books I Read

I honestly hadn’t been reading a lot for the first half of the month but then I started actively pushing myself to read some arcs and books that I really need to finish before the year ends. Dare I say I’m on track?

I HAVE NO MOUTH & I MUST SCREAM

This was short story I read for one of my courses and it was so eerie an creepy. It essentially talks about the last five humans on earth being tortured by an all encompassing AI. Technology genuinely creeps me out but I wish this had a little more impact on me. 3.5/5 stars

THE HEART FORGER

Diving back into the Bone Witch series felt so good! Okay I’m lying, it was terribly confusing. It had been a while since I read the first book so I was a bit lost with the politics and worldbuilding but that’s entirely my fault. Other than that this book was perfect and ashdslaisjfoeiwahfouw these characters have my heart and soul. 4/5 stars

THE MAGIC FISH

This was such a beautifully written and illustrated story that weaved fairytales into the actual story and all in all just made me smile and cry and be in awe of the art. I think my favourite thing was how the colour palette was used to distinguish the settings and the ways in which it would sometimes bleed together. The story and characters are also so precious! 5/5 stars

HAVE YOU SEEN ME?

This was quite an enjoyable read. The mystery aspect was quite gripping but the final few scenes and the main revelation was a disappointment. A huge chunk of the story focused on an issue that ended up not adding much to the main issue of the MC’s fugue state or having much relevance in her present life. I have pretty mixed opinions about this one. 3.5/5 stars

TOWER OF NERO

What a finale! Oh my god this book was everything that I wanted yet didn’t dare to hope for. I love how uncle Rick included just the right amount of nostalgia and Apollo and Meg’s journey as well as the action scenes. The ending too was absolutely perfect, I was really wary of how that would play out but it was just perfectly done πŸ™‚ 5/5 stars

ODDBALL

I received an e-arc of Oddball and like all other Sarah Andersen comic books this was funny and relatable and exactly what I had wanted. 4/5 stars

THE BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS

Matt Haig does it again. I don’t think I’ve ever read any of his middle grade and children’s books but I’m glad I took the step. This was such an adorable and heartwarming read! I can’t wait to see the movie now. 4/5 stars

THE SHADOW GLASS

WHAT AN ENDING! This entire book was a fucking masterpiece and honestly the plot twists had me shook. I only saw one of them coming but asdtfuyjhigyfdufj this was so good. I was bawling my eyes out the last 20 minutes or so and it truly was everything I had hoped for. 5/5 stars

Books I Hauled

WE CAN’T KEEP MEETING LIKE THIS

I read this book as an arc and it’s been out for a long time now but I finally snagged a good deal on Amazon. And oh my god this is the first book that I own which has my name in the acknowledgements and I’m just so elated and grateful!

Everything I Binge-Watched

I literally have so many shows and movies to catch up on… But like I’ve said as soon as the academic pressure increases this list grows shorter and shorter.

MOVIES

PALM SPRINGS

I adore Andy Samberg and if you’ve been around here you know I’m a sucker for time loops and time travel. This movie was so good! I love how they started somewhere in the middle of the time loop and not the beginning. The romance was so cute and of course, there were some hilarious moments. I think my only complaint was they never explored why or how the time loop started which I thought was a cop-out.

RED NOTICE

Oh dear god, just shut your brain when you’ll watch this and you’ll have a hell of a time. I mean it’s a typical action art heist movie where things aren’t realistic but on the whole, the movie is entertaining. They even managed to pull off a plot twist towards the end so kudos for that.

TV SHOWS

GREY’S ANATOMY S16 & 17

I have FINALLY caught up to this show and honestly I’m so sad that a majority of the cast is just gone. I think this was a mostly fun ride but things have definitely fizzled out now.

Life Updates

I really don’t know what to say. Most of this month was me writing assignments and just generally having fun with my friends. We did have Diwali celebrations in the beginning of the month where all of us dressed up, took pictures, had good food and just played games. It was definitely a fun time even though it was wildly different from how I usually celebrate Diwali.

Thanks to the very sus mess food (the infirmary literally had to tell us not to consume it because people were getting a stomach bug) I have been cooking a lot more with friends. It has mostly been spaghetti and the occasional fried fish and roasted tomatoes but I did try cooking with rice noodles the other day and it was certainly an interesting experiment. I also developed a strawberry soda and a cafe mocha addiction and I’m trying to make the most of it before I leave campus in December.

Oh and I did get some very wonderful news that as long as there’s no new covid wave my university is going fully online!! I could honestly cry with happiness.

How was your November like?

Have you read any of the books or watched any of the movies I mentioned?

Tell me one good thing that happened to you in November and one thing that you’re looking forward to in December.

10 thoughts on “November Wrap-up: My Head Was Buried in Academics

  1. I half-watched Red Notice because it didn’t really keep my attention even though I really wanted to like it (I love heist movies and my NaNo project is a heist story too haha). But similar to you, my November has been filled with uni work. I don’t even have any regular classes this semester (I just dropped my Japanese class because it was too much for me to keep up with) but I have ongoing bigger projects that need to be finished and,,,sigh, so much work and so little time and energy.
    Let’s hope December is kind to us ✨

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  2. The Magic Fish is the definition of beautiful 😍😍 the colour palette, yessss. You’ve just reminded me!!
    Also love Palm Springs, I would happily watch it again and again!!
    I miss the old character in greys too πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚
    Have a great December πŸ’œ

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  3. I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream is one of my favourite short stories. I liked that it wasn’t so impactful because (for me) it reminds me of how the AI would “feel” with respect to what they’re doing. There’s always a level of detachment because of they aren’t capable to understanding, if that makes sense. But I’m just obsessed with AI type stuff in general haha. Hope you have a nice December, Charvi!

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    • Ahhh I do get what you mean and I love that perspective! Yeah same, I’m obsessed with AI stuff and am honestly trying my hand at writing something with AIs and it’s so intimidating to get that level of detachment right!
      I hope you have a good December too 😊

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    • Oh my god yes, S18 has been so meh? Yesterday I went and caught up with like the previous 3 episodes but I just couldn’t bring myself to care πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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