And just like that, it’s the last month of 2021! I’m looking forward to my reading in December, not because I necessarily know what I’m reading (my December reading is always a mix oof holiday books and a mix of books I didn’t yet have the time to get to in 2021), but because I feel so energized by my November reading. I read a total of 12 books in November, much in part to some holiday breaks from work that were spread out throughout the month, and I also dived a bit more into TV than I had earlier in the fall.
My favorite books of November were Ghosts by Dolly Alderton, The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox, and Palm Beach by Mary Adkins
Ghosts by Dolly Alderton | My Rating: 5/5 Stars
The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes | 4/5 Stars
What Happens in Paradise (Paradise #2)by Elin Hilderbrand | 4/5 Stars
Troubles in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand (Paradise #3) | 4.5/5 Stars
Mom Jeans & Other Mistakes by Alexa Martin | 3.5/5 Stars
My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan | 4/5 Stars
Always, in December by Emily Stone | 3.5/5 Stars
The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox | 4.5/5 Stars
Palm Beach by Mary Adkins | 4/5 Stars
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, & a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land 4/5 Stars
flower crowns and fearsome things by amanda lovelace | 3/5 Stars
The Sex Lives of College Girls (HBO Max) – The Sex Lives of College Girls definitely has the potential to be one of my favorites shows of 2021. This comedy created by Mindy Kaling follows four college roommates during the freshmen year. I absolutely love the humor and its authenticity to college life.
Love Life S2 (HBO Max) – I really enjoyed the first season of Love Life earlier this year, with the first season of this rom-com series having Anna Kendrick as its main protagonist. The second season takes place in the same world, following a different character played by William Jackson Hrper. I just love the NYC setting of this show and the story-telling style.
Maid (Netflix) – I talked about Maid in my mini review about the memoir that inspired this Netflix series, but this is one of the rare instances where I preferred to the TV show to the book. The TV show is definitely on the darker side, following young mother Alex and her daughter when Alex decides to leave her partner after experiencing emotional abuse (tw for domestic violence). The show follows Alex’s struggle to support her daughter, often risking homelesness, and fighting her partner for custody, and supporting her mother who struggles with mental illness. The show was somber, but so well done.
Selling Sunset S4 (Netflix) – Definitely my more low-brow TV watch of the month, I am still yes obsessed with Selling Sunset (and yes, I will absolutely be watching the spin-off, Selling Tampa, in December). I liked the last few episodes of this season, but overall it was kind’ve ‘meh’ – I wanted way less of the repetitive Christine drama and more houses and learning more about the women’s personal lives. The season 5 teaser at the end totally has me hooked though!
Travel YouTube – Eamon & Bec and Kinging-It – I actually didn’t really watch too much TV in the first half of November while I waited for most of the above TV shows to come out, but it’s no secret that I love travel YouTube – Kara and Nate has been the definition of my watch history in both 2020 & 2021. Through their channel, I’ve discovered both Eamon & Bec and Kinging-It, both couples who adopt more so for van life to fuel their travel adventures. I look forward to watching their new videos every Sunday!
What did you read & watch in November? Have you read any books or watched any of the shows I mentioned? What are hoping to read in December? Share in the comments!