It’s hard to believe that we’re almost halfway through November. Like…really? How did we get from September to the middle of November in what seems like a matter of days? Is this what getting old is like?
Okay, so I blinked and October disappeared into bits of school activities and Halloween parties and weddings and sicknesses. I’m serious – my daughter will sniffle one day, and the next day my husband and I feel like we’re dying of the plague. Ah, parenthood. It’s lovely, it really is. And so are weddings!
On the plus side, Thanksgiving is only 16 days away! Thanksgiving is super fun because of food, and that’s about it. It’s also the unofficial start of the holiday season (though some retailers use Halloween as the unofficial start…crazy town, if you ask me…), which means I’ll start listening to Christmas music and decorating the Christmas tree the day after I eat turkey and watching holiday-ish movies with the fam.
And okay, I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t sneaked a few Christmas songs into my daily listening already. But it’s been really cold (it was 12 degrees this morning!!), and I made myself better by playing some Manheim Steamroller. So there.
In between all that stuff, all I’ve been doing is reading. Honestly, it’s, like, all I do these days. And I couldn’t be happier. As usual I started my annual Harry Potter Read-a-thon. And this time around I checked out the new paperback editions from the library just because they’re brand new and I’m totally in love with the covers.
Of course I only got through four books before some new young adult stuff beckoned me over to their side. But I fully intend of finishing up the Harry Potter series before the end of the year…after I get through some more YA stuff. Seriously, I just checked out the new edition of Order of the Phoenix and it’s in line, just waiting to be read. Promise.
But I’ve been hitting the YA jackpot lately when it comes to really good books. To write about them all would take up another ten pages, so I’ll just make a list of the ones I recommend for some excellent stay-home-because-it’s-too-cold-outside reading:
- The Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson (one of the best high fantasy series I’ve read since the Graceling trilogy)
- The Benny Imura series by Jonathan Maberry (perfect for Walking Dead fans with excellent writing)
- The False Prince and The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielson (so much fun, that’s all I can say. Can’t wait to read the third and final…)
- Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano (a new series from one of my fave authors that will leave you begging for the second book
- Just One Year by Gayle Forman (finally we know what happened after Just One Day!!)
So those were some highlights over the past month. I’m currently reading Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series, which is perfect since I’ve been on this high fantasy kick lately. Like how last year it seemed that all the good books were historical fiction, this year it’s high fantasy. Love it.
Am I watching TV? Not really, unless you consider spending endless hours watching THE SCARIEST SHOW ON EARTH, “Lazy Town”, with my daughter watching TV. I’m serious, that show is horrifying. I’d tell you to watch it just so you know, but I don’t want to subject you to that horror. Just take my word for it.
I have been keeping up with Glee, though, because even though it’s not like it used to be, I still feel rather devoted to it. And yes, like how last season was different, this season is even differenter (made up words are fun), mainly because NO FINN (cue sadness). When critics say that “there’s a cloud hanging over the Glee cast this season”, they’re not just making up silly stuff like they usually do. They’re actually kind of right. Everyone on the show seems…off. But that’s to be expected. And I’m okay with that, considering things.
One bright spot this season is the addition of Demi Lovato, bless her awesome little heart. I’m totally not ashamed to say that I have been a Demi fan ever since Camp Rock, people. She’s got a flipping amazing singing voice, and she’s a strong supporter of eating disorder education (sadly close to home for me) and she’s just plain awesome. My favorite song so far on this season of Glee has been her Beatles duet with Santana when they sang “Here Comes the Sun” and Demi sounded…hmm…I don’t know…kinda perfect. Please, Glee Peeps, have Demi sing more.
I HAVEN’T SEEN ANY MOVIES SO DON’T ASK.
The rest of the year looks to go just as quickly but be just as fun. Here’s a run-down on some things to look forward to:
- An exciting list of books on request from the library, including Vicious by Victoria Schwab and These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman.
- The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special on November 23!
- The new One Direction album released on November 25! Because admit it…you secretly kinda sorta love the song “Story of My Life” just a teeny little bit maybe yes.
- After being on the library wait list since September 17, Season 3 of Downton Abbey is finally almost available! (I’m patron 8 out of 221).
- And speaking of Downton Abbey…and Sherlock…new seasons to premiere in January!!!!!
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in theaters December 13!!
- My office holiday party on December 14! Okay, not exciting. Sorry.
That’s about it as far as my goings-on goes. What’s new with the rest of the world?