Monthly wrap-up – November 2019

Hi friends!  ☀️ Can you believe it’s already DECEMBER? I can’t.

in real life

November was kind of a month of very high ups and very low downs. On the low side, my mood hasn’t improved since my last wrap up, seasonal depression hitting harder than ever and making me feel low and really depressed about 99% of the time.

On the high side, I still don’t know how I won the lottery to get the best sister ever and spent 4 incredible days, some of the best days of the month and of the year in my favorite place in the world, with my favorite person in the world. Oh and visiting the Harry Potter Studios for my birthday gift. I mean. I’m still crying about it.

I’m not eager for December to be here, because see above and seasonal stuff and because, unlike a lot of people, I’m not a fan of Christmas AT ALL. My town, the entire region, is crowded with the Christmas Market (they are some of the prettiest in the world, I’ll let you have that, but still), so. I’ll be waiting for it all to pass and hoping for a good December.


on books

It’s been an average month, reading-wise, I’d say. I haven’t found any new ultimate favorite reads, but still had a fun time, the two really reaaaally great books standing out being Starry Eyes and The Towering Sky.

📖 Books I read

MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE ☂️ I wanted to read more of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books ever since loving Daisy Jones and Evelyn Hugo. I felt like Maybe In Another Life wasn’t as outstanding as these ones, but still a fairly good read!

STARRY EYES ☂️  I just love everything Jenn Bennett writes and Starry Eyes was no exception. 200% recommend it.  📖 read my full review

BEHIND THE SCENES ☂️ I loved the Hollywood setting of this one and had fun reading it overall, but felt like… I don’t know, it lacked a little something for me to fall in love with it entirely.


THE TOWERING SKY ☂️ Dear Katharine McGee, I am obsessed with your books. All the drama and these books are just way too bingeable. This ending to the Thousandth Floor series surprised me and I loved it!

THE CRUEL PRINCE ☂️ This wasn’t quite what I was expecting, if I’m being completely honest. I was surprised, I was a little lost, it took me a while to get into it but… well, what a unique book.

LOVEBOAT, TAIPEI ☂️ I’m currently reading this as I’m drafting this post and so far, having a lot of fun with it!

  • Goodreads Challenge: 70/60 books 🔥I won my reaching challenge this October and I’m still hoping to reach 73 books this year,… this should happen, hopefully, maybe??
  • Year of The Asian Reading Challenge: 9/10 books ! ALMOST THERE!


Like I expected to, I’ve been really slow at writing and it’s a good thing that I haven’t officially joined NaNoWriMo, because I royally failed.

I’m just SO DAMN slow, I feel like one of these sloths on Zootopia. For real.

I’ve been working on editing one of my WIPs and… it’s been tough, but whenever I manage to get to it, I feel like I’m working towards something that might be better and it gives me hope. I think I might finish editing this thing in the year 3000, but whatever. I guess as long as I’m working a little bit, it’s okay. Maybe. Someone needs to kick my ass to be faster, but on the other hand…. I shouldn’t feel like it’s a race. I have no deadline after all but the one set by my own killer expectations.

  • Words written: 5 168.
  • Chapters left to edit: 33,5.


on the blog

I feel like apologizing every single month, lately, because I haven’t been blog-hopping as much and I certainly feel like I lost my touch with it all. I’m anxious and terrified and hope that none of you think I do not love you and your wonderful blogs if I haven’t come visit for a while. The month and my mood and everything just makes me put content creation, writing and sometimes, you know, just lying down after working 39 hours a week at my job and having been annoyed and stressed out all day long. I’m sorry, friends.

Blogging wise, I’ve been okay, I’d say, even if I skipped a couple of usual posting times and feel weird about it…. I kind of can’t handle it all, sometimes. November has been my blog’s birthday and I celebrated its 5 YEARS, which feels somehow both so long and so short, at the same time. Here’s to hoping this will last another 5 years!

📖 Book reviews

Click on the book covers to be redirected to my reviews.

💻 Book blogging

📚 Book discussions & tags

💬 Author Interviews

💕 Travel


I might hate December in real life, but I LOVE it when it comes to blog content, because some of my favorite blog posts to write are all the favorites, most anticipated reads, bookish and blogging resolutions for the new year and more, so… looking forward to ALL OF THIS for sure!

I’m so sorry that I don’t have a whole lot of posts to share this month. I’ve been slacking on blog hopping, like I mentioned previously. Here’s to hoping I can do better this December! Still, here’s a small selection of blog posts I enjoyed!

📚 Books & Reading

💻 Book Blogging

📝 Writing, Lifestyle & Other Posts I Loved

Is there a blog post you are particularily proud of this month? Feel free to send it along with your comment!

How was your November? Did you have a great month? Anything exciting happening or anything you’re looking forward to? Share something positive that happened to you this November?

What were your favorite books this month? Did you participate in NaNoWriMo? Are you ready to finish your reading challenges? Tell me everything in comments!





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75 thoughts on “Monthly wrap-up – November 2019

  1. Hi Marie! Don’t feel bad for the lack of blog hopping! I was the same this month! Noexcuses just preparing for my Blogmas event this month on Worpress and IG and… just wanting to read sometimes 😉

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  2. Looks like you had a good reading month! I hope December is even better!
    And so ncie you got to go to the Harry Potter studios as birthday gift!!


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  3. OMG, it makes me SO happy you liked my post, thank you SO much!! 😭 makes me really happy, honey & Zootopia’s sloth is life 😂, I LOVE it, don’t feel pressured, though, if you take your time, no matter how slow that is, the result will be incredible, I’m sure! 🥰
    I read Maybe in Another Life in November too and I agree with you, it wasn’t as good as the other books I’ve read from the author, but I still enjoyed it a lot, I love the multiple timelines, I’m trash for that kind of thing and I ended up enjoying it pretty much. I’m dying to continue reading more from the author 😍
    I hope you have the most beautiful December, love, full of good readings & experiences ❤️❤️

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    1. Of course, it was a wonderful post! ❤ thank you so much for your sweet words and encouragement, it means a lot ❤
      I really like multiple timelines as well, I feel like we need more books like this!!
      Thank you, I hope you'll have a lovely December ❤ ❤

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  4. I just moved countries this month, so I didn’t blog half as much as I usually would. I’ve also been awful at blog hopping, BUT it’s OK. You’re doing amazing, Marie! Don’t beat yourself up about not being present when you really can’t. ❤

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  5. Merie, you don’t have to apologize!! Your health is more important and we’ll always be here for you no matter what. 💕 the books you read this month sound really interesting…and congrats on finishing your reading challenge!! 🥳🥳 I can’t wait for more posts from you. 😃

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      1. Awww, thank YOU!!!! 💛💛💛 Also…oh my goodness I am SO sorry for spelling your name wrong! How embarrassing 😩

        (Ps I can’t seem to like posts or comments anymore with my computer 😭 so that’s why I haven’t been doing it XD)

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  6. I’m so sorry to hear that seasonal depression is being so bad!! I sending you the best of wishes and it sounds like December might be the perfect time to curl up with a good book and your favourite treat!! ❤

    Ahh… I really want to read Starry Eyes so I’m so glad you loved it!! I need to read The Cruel Prince as well because I’m so curious after hearing so much about it.

    My writing progress feels so slow too (that zootopia gif is perfect). I just thought I would be much further ahead right now but I think you have to remember that without you putting in any work it will still only be an idea so you’ve came a long way and you should be proud of that!! ❤

    I totally understand feeling guilty about blog hopping because I do as well but please don’t because you are such a lovely and inspiring member of the community. You do more than enough for us all!! ❤❤

    Thank you so much for sharing my post, that means a lot and I hope you have a wonderful December!! 💛

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    1. Thank you so, so much, Sophie, this means a lot ❤️
      I can’t wait to hear what you think of Starry Eyes, I loved it so much, I think it’s my favorite Jenn Bennett, such a great read!

      I guess you’re right and this is such a lovely way of looking at it, thank you for reminding me that ❤️ as long as we do a little something, it’s okay, even if we’re sloths haha.

      Thank you so, so much for your sweet words and for always being so supportive, Sophie, I’m so lucky to have you, thank you 😭❤️

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      1. Of course!! ❤
        Ahh.. that's wonderful!! I can't wait to get to it!!
        Yes I think it is important to remember and I have to remind myself too!! Yes I love the sloth life!! haha!!
        Aww.. you're so welcome Marie!! I'm so happy if I could help!! ❤

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  7. Marie, congratulations on 5 years of blogging!! That’s so phenomenal!! I’ve been so absent that I feel very out of touch with what’s been going on, so I’m sorry my congratulations are belated, but seriously, that’s amazing.❤️👏🏼
    I’m so glad you enjoyed Starry Eyes! I’ve been wanting to read it because I’m a fan of Jean Bennett and I’ve heard good things about it. Plus, that cover is just super cute and makes me want to read it even more.
    I read The Cruel Prince in the last few months ish (I’m so off, it might have been six months now and I wouldn’t know) and I relate to your thoughts on it?? I didn’t not like it, but I didn’t love it either. It was a good book and I enjoyed reading it for the most part, but I haven’t been in a big rush to get to the rest of the series.
    I hope December is better for you!! Please take all the time you need and know that we all love you and support you no matter what.❤️

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    1. OLIVIA! Thank you so, so much, you’re so sweet and it’s so good to hear from you❤️❤️
      I hope you’ll get to read Starry Eyes, it is a lovely read ahh. I’m so glad you also feel the same way about The Cruel Prince. There was so much hype around it and somehow, I felt a little let down.
      Thank you so much! I hope your December will be wonderful to you ❤️

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  8. belated happy birthday, marie! went on the harry potter studio tour last summer and it was such a magical experience! did you try the butterbeer? it was very expensive so i didn’t get any 😦
    i also loved starry eyes – it was hilarious and i really liked the relationship development (jenn bennett is my all-time favorite romance author!) loveboat, taipei seems like something i would really enjoy, and i can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it 😀

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    1. Thank you so, so much, Chloe! ❤️ I’m so happy you got to go there, too, it is an incredible experience! I didn’t, unfortunately, it was so expensive yes! maybe there’ll be a next time, haha 🙂
      AH another Jenn Bennett fan YAY this makes me SO HAPPY! ❤️ I love all of her books and Starry Eyes is one of my favorites for sure.❤️
      Thank you so much for your comment! I hope you’ll have a lovely month!


  9. Ahhh, Marie, I missed you so much! It feels like forever since I commented on one of your posts, even though it probably hasn’t been a week :”) I hope the holidays don’t affect your mental health too much. And don’t feel bad about not blog hopping! I can’t imagine working full-time and having a book blog!
    We are both sloths at writing. I didn’t even write anything this month 😭 I got a WIP idea, and then I promptly lost faith in it, so I’m back to square one.
    Also, I’m very excited to read Loveboat, Taipei! I’ve already read some of it, and it’s really good so far ❤

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    1. CAITLIN! I miss you tons as well, I hope you’ve been well ❤️
      thank you for your sweet words, it means a lot! I’m glad I’m not the only sloth here ahah. I’m sorry you lost faith in your idea, though! If it still lives in a corner of your mind, don’t give it up. Keep on thinking about it here and there and you never know sometime you might feel ready to develop it more! ❤️
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, I hope December will be good to you ❤️

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  10. Congrats on hitting your reading goal!! I’m sorry to hear that this was a rough month for you, but I hope your December is good despite it not being your favorite. And you’re absolutely right about writing – it’s not a race, and you should go at whatever pace feels best for you without feeling bad about that! 😊 Good luck!! ❤

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  11. I’m sorry that you’re still struggling with season depression. I’m kind of in the same boat lately with struggling with my mental health. This past month was not great for me. I hope things get better for the both of us ASAP! That’s awesome that you got to check out Harry Potter Studios. I bet that was amazing. I really need to read Starry Eyes and Permanent Record before the year ends. Bummer about The Cruel Prince. I really loved that one, BUT I wasn’t a huge fan of the sequel (The Wicked King). Maybe you’ll feel the opposite? Sending good vibes your way, Marie! ❤

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    1. Oh I’m so sorry you’ve been struggling, too, lately, Ashley. I’m always here for you if you need to talk ❤ I hope that December will be better and brighter!
      AH YES! I can’t wait for you to read both Starry Eyes and Permanent Record, I loved both SO much 🙂

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  12. I’m so excited that you got to do the Harry Potter Studio tour. I went when I was in London three years ago, and I STILL have to schedule my post for that…among other things that I did in London. LOL I’m sorry December isn’t your month – I hope it goes by quick and you aren’t too down. I definitely understand seasonal depression though!


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  13. I had very similar feelings about Cruel Prince, so you’re not alone! I honestly can’t say why I ended up picking up Wicked King (I definitely didn’t enjoy Cruel Prince enough to, so I’m confused), but it turned out to be totally worth it.

    Also, something my brother once said to me comes back to me a lot. I’d said that I felt like I wasn’t doing enough because I’d only run two miles that morning. (I was training for a race, blehhhh.) And he said, “That’s two more miles than a lot of other people.” So even if you’re not writing a lot, you’re writing more than someone else, and that’s pretty damn awesome.

    Also also, it’s killing me that I haven’t read your Harry Potter post yet, BUT I’m going there in March, and I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’m totally circling back around to see your thoughts next year!

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    1. Ohhhh well that’s so good to know! I’m not in a rush to get to The Wicked King, but I have to admit I’m curious enough to continue the series…. hopefully I’ll feel the same way as you do about it 🙂

      Oh wow, you’re right, this is great advice, thank YOU so much!! And thank you to your brother ahah. This is a great way of looking at things, I need to remember that. Thank you ❤ ❤

      And no worries about the harry potter post! I didn't get spoiled at all for the visit and I found my experience better because of it, too. I hope you'll love it there 😀

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  14. Congratulations on 5 years! It takes forever to edit a book too. I’m on my fourth draft of one of my books. Hoping to get it ready to submit to agents, but I want it to be as good as I can make it first, you know?

    I love end of year lists too… I’ve been making them for longer than I’ve had my current blog. This year we get to do end of decade lists too!

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  15. Ahahah I haven’t written much at all (only some short story snippets) in November but I’m hoping to dive into edits for my MG fantasy after the semester ends! And I’m like ten books behind in my challenge oh nooo – you’re definitely slaying the Goodreads challenge Marie! ❤

    And don't worry about blog hopping less! I know it sounds kind of cheesy but your life 100% matters more than that! ❤

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    1. Ahh I hope you’ll be able to write more this December, wishing you all the best!! ❤
      Thank you so much, you’re so sweet. I’m trying my best not to feel too guilty even if it’s hard ahah. Thank you for your sweet words, really, it means a lot ❤

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  16. It always makes me sad to hear how much this season affects you 😦 but I am glad you have Nyx by your side to cheer you up as best as possible. I just hope you know you aren’t alone in being affected by the cold and dreadful season. If you ever need to just vent, you know where to find me! ❤

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  17. You have such a cute blog.
    I think you may be the first person I’ve ever heard say they don’t like Christmas and still celebrate it 😉 my family doesn’t celebrate due to religious beliefs and I’m always so thankful when I see how crazy everypne gets over it.

    I see you live in France! I’m currently an Au Pair in Germany, but I’m wanting to visit France while here. Not Paris or anywhere really big or touristy, but small and cultural.

    I also didn’t care for the Cruel Prince despite how unique it was.


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    1. Awww thank you, you’re so sweet ❤ ❤ I get that, the Christmas season can be a little overwhelming even when you're not celebrating it, because somehow it feels like it's everywhere ahah. I hope you'll still have a lovely December 🙂

      Aah that's exciting, I hope you're enjoying your au pair time! And I hope you'll get to come to France, someday, too. It's very touristy where I live around christmas because of the christmas markets, but it's lovely. I'm very biaised though haha 🙂

      Thank you for your sweet comment ❤

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  18. Never apologise for lack of blog hopping. We all understand and have been in the same position. Heck, my blog hopping falls to one day a week, if I’m lucky. It looks like you had an amazing time at the Harry Potter Studios.
    I adore that Zootopia gif. Write when you can and when you feel inspired is all the advice I can give. You’re the boss when it comes to your writing. Have a lovely December.

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    1. Thank you so much, Lois, I’m trying not to beat myself up too much about it, even if it’s hard at times ❤
      I love Zootopia SO much, it's such a good movie haha 🙂
      Thank you for your support, it means a lot! I hope you're having a lovely December ❤


  19. Wishing you the best with this last month of the year. I know words and cliches aren’t always helpful in times like this but know that I truly am thinking of you <333 I'm proud of my SoC/CK blog post! I didn't get to promote it very much, so it didn't get as much as engagement as I was hoping for, but writing that & expressing my utter love for Matthias Helvar was really fun (& emotional haha)!

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  20. Oh, I’m so excited that you got to see the Harry Potter Studios in London, I went there one time too and it was just so very magical ✨🥰 My revision process has also been slower than I want to because there’s so much going on with university at the moment and I’ve not been feeling very inspired lately 😱 I hope you’re having a great December, even with all the Christmas stuff going on 💕

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    1. Ahhh I’m happy you went there, too, it’s magical, isn’t it ❤
      Oh no, I'm so sorry you've been feeling a little uninspired lately 😦 I really hope this will pass, I'm sending you all the good vibes for December ❤

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  21. I totally feel you about blog hopping since I haven’t done as much of it lately either, but I think it’s totally okay to take a break when you need one! I’m sure nobody will be offended and it’s so important to take care of yourself ❤ I'm so sorry to hear that your seasonal depression hasn't been so great and I'm sending you lots of love. I hope things will improve for you in December ❤ ❤

    also super psyched to hear what you have to say about Loveboat, Taipei! I'm thinking about reading that one next.

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    1. Thank you, Mel, I needed to hear this. I’ve been beating myself up for not doing as much, but sometimes I just can’t. Thank you ❤ ❤ ❤
      I hope you'll love Loveboat, Taipei! I recently finished it and really liked it 🙂

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  22. I’m so sorry seasonal depression has hit you so hard! I haven’t been *that bad* so far.. but I did felt it too. And omg, I so understand you! I do about 40hrs a week, but one day once a week I do a 10hrs shift.. let me tell you im an absolute wreck that day and it isn’t the time to write posts or bloghop 😂 so don’t worry at all, Love!

    And actually, I don’t appreciate the holidays all that much either; despite being born in that time too 😅

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  23. marie, i’m happy you still enjoyed november despise the weather by visiting so many amazing locations in london. it truly sounds like a dream!
    also i just envisioned this entire rom-com plot about a girl who hates christmas because in her town is always christmas and her love interest who comes to visit the market. enemies to lovers, christmas soundtrack. hahah, jk, but it sounds like rom-com material!
    i don’t like christmas either and so i’m not really looking forward to it, but i am excited for having more free time to binge-watch netflix and read this month.
    i’m rooting for you to get to 73 books! my goal is also to get to 70 this 2019, but i’m not sure if it will happen, since it’s already the 9th and i have read zero books, lol.
    thank you so much for the post shoutout! i hope you have an amazing december!

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    1. thank you, Lais! and oh this sounds like such a great story hahaha you should write it 😛
      I’m happy you’re getting more free time this month, it’s great! I hope you can relax a little more ❤ have a wonderful month as well! ❤

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  24. Despite the weather, November looks like it was a great month! I mean, the HARRY POTTER STUDIOS. What a treat 😀 I’d never read anything by Jenn Bennett before but randomly picked up Starry Eyes because I loved a cover and WOW. I absolutely loved it. I would recommend it 200% as well. And I love The Cruel Prince, too! Makes me happy to know that you enjoyed it by the end too 😀 And it’s okay to take your time with writing! I’ve been editing my book for a couple years now, mostly because I touch it up once in a blue moon, but we’ll get there! I guess what’s important is you write something that makes you happy and proud. I’ve been lagging on blog hopping myself. But that’s okay too! We’ll find our groove again. For now, I think it’s okay to be popping in every now and then 😉

    Thanks for sharing! I hope December is proving to be a wonderful month of reading and blogging for you! ❤

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    1. AH YES it really was, I loved it there so much 😀
      I hope you’ll get to read more of Jenn Bennett’s books next, then, they’re all AMAZING and I all recommend them!
      Thank you for the support, this means so much! I guess as long as I’m not giving up, it matters 🙂

      Thank you so much for your sweet words, Azia, I hope you’re having a lovely December ❤

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  25. Congrats on achieving your Goodreads goal!! Despite the seasonal effect on you (I feel like that too), November seemed to be a good month ❤
    I hope you're having fun this month, despite all the Christmas spirit that is probably surrounding you. And above all, I hope you're getting enough rest, Marie!! Blogging is already hard enough work, so if you're tired from your job, don't overwork yourself, please. No one will hate you from not being as active. We understand, we love you regardless ❤ Happy December ^^

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