Saturday, November 30, 2013

My Life...

Monthly Rewind

My Pic of November
At the end of November we had the first snow this winter and if you look closely you can see the flakes dancing at the top of the picture.
November in One Sentence
Full of New Releases
At the beginning of November so many great books were released. 
Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Step Back In Time by Ali McNamara
Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett
I waited so long for the releases of those three books and started counting down the days.
I won Step Back In Time at a Giveaway hosted by the lovely Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl, already read it and adored it. I didn't preorder Raising Steam and learned my lesson. I went into a bookstore to buy it on the day of its release and it wasn't available due to delivery problems. So I had to wait for almost a week till it arrived but now it looks so pretty on my bookshelf. 

4 Things that Happened in November
  • All of my students had exams in November so I worked a lot. 
  • I also spent some time doing course work for one of my seminars at university. It was a seminar about classroom management and we had three sessions each and every one eight hours long and we learned so much. It was one of the best courses about teaching I ever had and I met some nice colleagues with whom I will definitely meet again. 
  • After almost a year three good friends and I managed to meet again all four of us. We are all swamped with work and two started a new job in that year. It is really hard finding a day where four girls are free but we managed, went for a drink and talked so much. I really hope it won't take so long till we see each other again. 
  • My grandma celebrated her brithday and we had a nice family lunch with my mum's side of the family. 
A Song that Was Popular on My I-Pod
Compass by Lady Antebellum

Books I Read this Month 
  • Gail Carriger - Curtsies & Conspiracies
  • Ally Carter - United We Spy
  • Marni Bates - Decked With Holly
  • Anne George - Murder Runs The Family
  • Ali McNamara - Step Back In Time
  • Jill Shalvis - Under the Mistletoe
  • Amy Spalding - The Reece Malcom List 
  • Angie Stanton - Snowed Over
  • Jenny Colgan - Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop 
  • Janet Evanovich - Twelve Sharp 
  • Shannon Stacey - Holiday Sparks
11 books
 2923 pages 
A TV series I liked this month
I have a soft spot for crime series and I think my absolutely favorite is Castle.
Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic - a dream team!
Richard Castle is a mystery writer, looking for a muse for his new book series, finding it in Kate Beckett, a New York cop in the homicide department. Kate's two colleagues Kevin Ryan and Javier Esposito complete the fabulous four. I'm pretty sure I know almost all episodes that are out in Austria and I often know who the killer is after some minutes but if I have a chance I watch the episode when it's on TV. Honestly, crime series are my guilty pleasure.   

Things I'm Looking Forward to in December
  • Christmas!
  • Meeting with my old school friends and our teacher for mulled wine and food. A tradition we started right after we graduated high school and did ever since. 
  • Going shopping for presents. I love looking for just the right present or just browsing the shops, knowing that I have all my presents at home while all the others are hurrying and are stressed out. Yes, I am cruel like that!
  • Visiting Christmas markets with friends and family. 
  • The Christmas party from work - always nice to meet all the other teachers and share "war stories". 
  • Christmas break!
  • Getting into a festive mood, listening to Christmas music, baking cookies and enjoying the Christmas season. 
  • Blogmas! (which starts tomorrow!)

Felix in November
You can cuddle with this cutie for hours every evening. He will never object.

1 comment:

  1. I love Jenny Colgan but I've not read the Sweetshop books yet!