November Wrap-Up

Hi everyone! It’s been a long time since I last blogged (over a month now) but I felt after October that I was running out of ideas. I also didn’t read a lot in November, only managing to finish two books but I’ve also been doing a lot of university work and have made some really good progress on my dissertation. Here is what I got up to in November:

Reading:

  • A Thousand Ships- Natalie Haynes. This was a 5 star read for me and a full review is up on Goodreads. I really enjoyed Penelope’s chapters as they were written in letters and the whole book is just brilliant.
  • The Penelopiad- Margaret Atwood. Another 5 star read and again my review is on Goodreads. I love Atwood’s reading and definitely want to read more of her works in the future.

Although I did only manage to get through two books this month both were five star reads. In November I definitely fell into a rather large reading slump so any books I picked up that I wasn’t immediately interested in didn’t get read. I am glad I finished the books I did because I love reading, it’s just sometimes I feel a pressure to read more and when I’m not in mood I will not read. All it means in the grand scheme of things is that I am five books behind schedule on my Goodreads reading challenge going into December. I’m hoping that with this semester coming to an end I’ll have time to read the 10 books I need to complete 60 books.

University:

In November I looked a lot of different texts for my two modules. In Arthurian Legend we reached the 20th century and looked at T.H White’s The Once and Future King. In my 16th/17th Century module we looked at texts which discussed ideas of gender, sexuality, gender roles and expectations. I handed in my midterms for each module and I am now waiting for the marks to be released next Friday.

In my extra curricular societies I performed in an online winter showcase for my beginners Tap dance class and I have enjoyed learning tap this semester and I’m really looking forward to improving next semester! I also auditioned for my drama society’s production of Blood Brother’s. It’s a play I really enjoy and I am looking forward to, hopefully, performing in the show next year.

Personal:

November was a tricky month. The UK government put lockdowns up left, right, and centre which meant going home for a weekend like I usually would was hard. With the student travel window now open I am planning on being at home next week to settle in before we can start Christmas celebrations. I’ve already had the Christmas songs blasting through my uni house and myself and my house mates cooked a Christmas dinner last night as we are all heading back to different corners of the UK.

I hope everyone had a great November and is looking forward to this December, especially the holiday season. Hopefully I can keep up with my reading and blogging until the end of the year because I have missed having a space to share my thoughts. Hope you are all well!

Published by Allie About English

I am a 20 year old student who loves reading books which helps because my degree consists of reading books and writing essays.

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