NOVEMBER 2016 | Wrap-Up

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One of my favorite months has come to a close, only to see the beginning of my favorite time of the year: the holiday season! But before we break out the Christmas lights and put up the tree (oops! Too late…) it’s time for my November 2016 Monthly Wrap-Up. Here’s what I’ve been up to this past month:
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In November I read a total of 9 books:

  1. Queda la Noche by Soledad Puértolas
  2. Growth and Structure of the English Language by Otto Jespersen
  3. A Lexicon of Terror by Marguerite Feitlowitz
  4. The World of Mexican Migrants: The Rock and the Hard Place by Judith Adler Hellman
  5. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power by Ryan North & Erica Henderson
  6. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 2: Squirrel You Know It’s True by Ryan North & Erica Henderson
  7. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now by Ryan North & Erica Henderson
  8. meXicana Encounters: The Making of Social Identities on the Borderlands by Rosa Linda Fregoso
  9. Not Just Jane by Shelley DeWees

23732096-2In a surprising turn of events, my favorite book of the month is actually the fantastic comic book series The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. One of my best friends let me borrow her copies to read and I instantly fell in love with Doreen, Nancy, and all of their crazy adventures. I can’t wait to read the newest installments!!

November was a surprisingly great reading month for me– the best reading month I’ve had since the beginning of the semester, in fact. It has felt so nice to finally read books for fun instead of solely for my coursework.

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As per usual, this past month has been really busy! Though there were certainly a few downs, November was fortunately filled with mostly ups.

One of the highlights of November was going to my first ever Comic Con with one of my best friends. We went to the Rhode Island Comic Con because it’s only a train ride away from my college and we had a BLAST. I dressed up as a female Spock from Star Trek and she dressed up as an adorable Mary Poppins. Stay tuned for a full post about this fun-filled day!

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Also, I celebrated my 20th birthday!! Usually birthdays don’t make me feel any older, but for some reason this one has left me feeling more and more like an actual adult. I’ve started my third decade of life, which is just… weird! I’m no longer a “teenager” by definition, which is a moment that felt so far off in the future until it suddenly arrived a few weeks ago. Even though I couldn’t be home for my birthday I still had a great time at college with my wonderful friends, and I’m so grateful to be surrounded by such thoughtful, supportive people. ❤

Unfortunately, there was an enormous low of the month: My family had to make the decision to put down Melody, the dog that we have had since I was in kindergarten. I honestly can’t remember life without her. She was more than a dog to me: she was a friend, someone I could always rely on to be there when I was feeling down or blue. She had been struggling with her health for some time now (she was almost 17 years old when she passed), but it was still a shock to hear that she was no longer with us. It was strange to come home for Thanksgiving break and walk in the house without seeing her greet me at the door, barking wildly like she always did. I’ll miss her dearly; I already do.

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Then came Thanksgiving to cheer me up, as it always does. I love the amazing food and quality time with family– not to mention the Christmas decorating after dinner is finished! In preparation for Christmas, my mom and I always go see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra perform live when they come to our area the weekend after Thanksgiving. This was my eighth consecutive year seeing them perform, and it still never gets old!

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Their music is a mix of Christmas classics and “rock opera”– it’s kind of hard to explain, so if you’re interested I suggest looking up some of their music and giving it a listen. They’re absolutely amazing live and never fail to make me excited for Christmas. Bring on the holiday season!

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Here are some notable posts from my blog this past month:

Here are a few fun posts from the blogging community:

How was your November? What fun things did you do? What’s your favorite food to eat at Thanksgiving, if you celebrate it? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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21 thoughts on “NOVEMBER 2016 | Wrap-Up

  1. Most of my pets have died, except the two that are currently alive (current tally: 5 cats, 2 dogs, and one hamster), so yes, that is not so fun 😦 I would be so upset if my dog died, but he’s still young. Comic con looks super fun I’m very jealous. I love your costume (and your friend’s 😀 ). And happy (late) birthday. 20 doesn’t sound that old to me, don’t worry 🙂

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  2. So, so sorry to hear about Melody, Holly, but I’m glad that Thanksgiving cheered you up a little. Happy 20th birthday too – I remember mine (it was super stressful for me bc I was scared of being an ~adult), but it keeps getting better, so I hope the year ahead will be awesome for you. Seconding Shar above that 20 isn’t old at all. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing my post! 💞

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    1. Thanksgiving definitely helped take my mind off of it a little, though I couldn’t help but think about her absence at times. And thank you for the birthday wishes! It’s good to hear that it keeps getting better 🙂

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  3. Looks like you had a great reading month! And Comic Con sounds like so much fun; I wish I could go to bookish events myself… I’m sorry to hear about your dog; it’s always sad when they pass away. 😦

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    1. Thank you! Comic Con was so fun! It was my first time going to a convention like that, and I would love to go to one that was primarily focused on books…. just imagine how many books there would be! 🙂

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  4. I am sorry to hear about your dog. I went through this once and it’s heartbreaking. But I am happy to hear your month was also filled with good things 🙂 Congrats on the Comic Con and your 20th birthday! I’ve been feeling so old since I celebrated mine, haha!

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