Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Monthly Wrap-up: November 2015

Month in Review is a meme that is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.
If you read my previous post Personal Update and Its MondayWhat Are You Reading?, you know that November has been a very stressful month for me. If not here’s a quick recap:

I found out a couple of weeks ago that I will need to have heart surgery to replace my 5 ½ year old pacemaker. Then the following day my Dad had a health scare. So it has been a month of doctor’s appointments and hospital visits. 

All around me everyone is getting into the Christmas spirit, but even the Ho Ho Ho Read-a-thon couldn’t bring me some joy. So don’t mind me if I’m all Grinch-y but I’m just not into it this year.

On the bright side I did do something this month that I have been wanting to do for a long time. I coloured my hair purple! No, not a crazy bright shade, but a nice plumy red colour. Its darker than I’ve ever gone, but I love it and it makes me feel good. So yay for that!

This month I participated in my first Blog Tour, which was fun. I hope I didn’t mess up the post too bad and I look forward to doing more in the future. 

Now let’s talk books..

I completed 4 books in the month of November. I think that I could have done better, but I was having a hard time concentrating towards the end because of the personal things I mentioned above. What surprised me the most is the fact that I’m not as down on myself about it, like I would have been in previous months. I think the reason for this is because I have impressed myself with the number of books I have completed so far this year. I have never before read so many books. If there is anything positive I can take from reality at this time is that I am proud of myself for this accomplishment.

Here is what I read:

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom (RATING: 5/5)
Anne and Henry by Dawn Ius (RATING: 2/5)
The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson (RATING: 3.5/5)
A Christmas Inspiration by L.M. Montgomery (RATING: 5/5)

The Stats:

Favourite Book of the Month: The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto
Favourite Setting: 1960’s (The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto)
Favourite Character: Joy (The Christmas Joy Ride)
Longest Book Read: The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto (512 pgs)
Shortest Book Read: A Christmas Inspiration (Approx. 17 pgs)
Total Number of Pages Read: 1009
Total Number of Fiction Books Read: 4
Total Number of Non-fiction Books Read: 0

Currently Reading:

December TBR

Because I will be having surgery next week, I will be taking some time away from the blog to rest and recuperate. Hopefully I will be in more of a reading mood during this time, but because I can’t say how things will go, I am going to keep my December TBR short. Aside from finishing up my two current readings, I hope to read:

And if that goes well and I am able to finish that book, I will start:

Thank you for taking the time to check out my November in Review. I wish you all a wonderful December and happy reading.


  1. I hope your surgery goes well and you have a great recovery. I hope your Dad's fine too. I understand why you might not have the Christmas spirit this year and it's absolutely fine. Take care of yourself sweetie <3

    I'm sure your new hair looks amazing! Purple sounds cool and sexy :D

    1. Thank you for your kind words Soudha. I hope it all goes well too.

      Ps.. I may post some pictures of my new hair-do on facebook at some point. :)

  2. Love that you got the colour of your hair exactly in a way that gave you pleasure. Nice to look into the mirror and totally enjoy. All the best again for the surgery, go easy - browse some magazines and rest up.

    1. Sometimes its the small things in life that bring happiness. Thank you Kathryn.

  3. Hi,
    I've read Sizzling Sixteen and Sarah's Key. Both good books. Enjoy and all the best on your surgery. Have a great day!

    1. I hope I enjoy them as well.
      Thank you Sherrie.

  4. What a great color! Glad it turned out well. Hope the surgery goes well and your recovery quickly. I loved the Dani Pettrey series.

    1. Thank you Nise'. So far I'm loving the Dani Pettrey book.