Tuesday, December 1, 2015

November Wrap Up

Today I will be doing a November book haul and November Favorites rolled into one! 
Let's go!

November was a very small book haul. 
I have only two books to show you. 
First, I got a Living Social deal for 3 months worth of Audible for $8. 
That gives me 3 audio books (one per month) for $8. Sweet deal. After I bought it I received the email with the code and it said for new customers only. Oh man. So I just ended up signing up for a new account since I had already paid the money. 
For my first book I used my credit for:

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

So far I am LOVING this book. 

I decided to try The Book Depostitory for the first time in November. It is a discount book website (like Amazon, it might even be ran by Amazon) but it has worldwide free shipping no matter how much you order. 
There was a book I really wanted to check out and it wasn't on Amazon so I checked their website and there it was for a really good price!
I got: 

Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien

This book has been delightful! I am loving it at this point. 
(review soon to come on Scones and Crackers)

So that is it! Those are the only two books I bought in November. 

As far as what I read in November.... it's a lot. 
I finished 11 books in November. 

 1) The Brontes at Haworth by Ann Dinsdale (review to come on S&C)
2) Ramona the Pest by Beverly Clearly with Abi and Maddy
3) I finally finished The Old Testament in The Holy Bible. That was a rough go for me. It's been over a year since I started reading it. That is pretty pathetic but I just didn't have an easy time getting through it. 
4) The Marvels by Brian Selznick
5) The Brontes, Wild Genius on the Moors, The Story of a Literary Family by Juliet Barker (this one took me most of the month as it was HUGE. Review to come on S&C)

6) You're Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day
7) Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
8) Christmas Joy by Susan Branch
9) Christmas from the Heart of the Home by Susan Branch
10) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
11) London: A Visitor's Guide by Craig Cross 

My favorite reads from these eleven were: 

The Brontes, Wild Genius on the Moors
Ready Player One

Other November favorites include: 

Clementine oranges. 
I love it when these start popping up everywhere. We keep a huge vase full of them. We are down to two. 

These boots were my favorite thing for one day. 
I have wanted Dr. Marten boots since I was 14 so I have been saving up for them for a couple of months. I finally went to buy them. Brought them home and they were unwearable. Apparently you really have to EARN the right to wear these things. They are the most uncomfortable things I have ever put on my feet- but if you stick it out and ,according to YouTube and blogs, have blisters and bruises all over your feet for a few weeks they will become the most comfortable thing you have ever worn. I wore them around the house for my first break in session and could not feel my toes. 
The next day I went to put them on again with two pairs of socks on and it was too painful to even put them on. I decided they had to go. I bought a nice pair of comfortable, similar looking boots at Target for $35 instead. 
But, for two days I owned a pair of Dr. Martens. 

I did a ton of sewing in November. 
My favorite apron has a washcloth attached to it so I decided to make a Thanksgiving apron and a Christmas apron that had one as well. 
I have had the Thanksgiving fabric since last year and finally got around to using it!

I made a few more things but I won't show them until after Christmas. 
 My favorite purchase this month was probably this candle from Deseret Book. 
It is run by batteries and it flickers so that it looks like a real candle. 
It is timed. So every day at around 6pm it automatically goes on. 
A few hours later it turns itself off. 
If I had visible windows in this house I would have one in each window.

Yesterday we drove by this park close by to see their Tree of Life. It was their lighting ceremony and there were tons of people there but we just drove by and looked at it from the warmth of our car. 

And finally, one of my favorite things from the month of November is also something that just happened yesterday. 
It was the anniversary of Lucy Maud Montgomery's birth. 

The google animation was dedicated to her book Anne of Green Gables, depicting three different scenes. It made me so happy every time I used google. 

I had to enjoy my peppermint tea out of my Green Gables mug straight from P.E.I!

What were your favorite things in November?


Donna said...

Aaah, so many great things in this post! I love it all!
I'm impressed by all the books you read and the sewing you did last month. I can't seem to find the time to do things like that. I'm jealous!
I really really liked "The Thirteenth Tale." It was such a good story and the writing was so good.
Good job on reading through the whole Old Testament. That's a great accomplishment. I've tried and still haven't succeeded. But I will try again at some point!
Our family likes clementines too. I just bought a(nother) bag of them last night.
Uncomfortable shoes just aren't worth it. I'm surprised they hurt that much. They look like they'd be comfortable. Doc Martens were all the rage when I was in high-school but I never had a pair. I don't think I was trendy enough!
I love that candle, and the Tree of Life is amazing. You're so lucky to live near that!

cheryl said...

To be technical, a lot of the books for November were either smaller books or ones I started in October and finished in November. Also, a couple audio books while walking, cleaning, or sewing! The book about the Bronte family took up most of my month!
You know, the Old Testament took me FOREVER to get through. I did not enjoy it if I am being totally honest. At all. With the exception of a very few stories and passages it was really hard for me to get through and to enjoy.

I know! Everyone had them that I was friends with because I mainly hung out with the skaters in junior high school and they all had vans and Docs and no one ever told me about this breaking in thing!
I love the new boots I got from Target though. They are really cute and they are extremely comfortable so I am glad I made the decision I did. Plus all the extra money I was able to use to get the girls some Christmas clothes! Score.
I will mostly stick to my Converse. The most comfortable shoes in the universe.

The Kings said...

Good things you posted. I am going to try and get the one book "Letters From Father Christmas" by Tolkien. I enjoyed your other posts a lot!

cheryl said...

Thanks. I am really glad I purchased it!

Seth and Julie said...

We must have opposite feet, because I have those boots from Target and they hurt until I broke them in. But, I grew up with a whole closet full of Docs and they were comfortable right from the jump.

cheryl said...

Wow. That's crazy. I wish my Doc's would have been like that!