So, we are down to final month of this challenging year. I know it has been hard all of us but I hope everyone is safe, sound and thriving.
November — the month that was. It’s when half of the world transitions from autumn to winter. It’s when dead souls are honored and bounties are celebrated. It’s when creatives around the world try their hands at National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).
I guess for me it would be “Nah, no writing November.” Anyhow, here’s a quick wrap-up.
Things I’ve written…
Continuing my #throwbackpoems, I have shared two from IG this month: Two Ghosts and Her name spells resilience. November 11 also marks Fyodor Dostoevsky’s birthday who would be 199 years old had he lived today. To commemorate, I shared Writer’s Quote Wednesday – On knowing, thinking and doing.
Books I’ve read…
My book collection is still continuously growing — all thanks to online resellers and Booksale. And despite the rise of scammers online, I was lucky enough to transact with kind and honest people who helped me find the books in my TLF (to look for) list. For this month, these are the gems that I got:
- The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe (Php180 @a_bookworms_closet)
- Famous Tales of Mystery and Horror by Edgar Allan Poe (Php150 @a_bookworms_closet)
- Isle of Dogs by Patricia Cornwell (Php25 @Robinsons)
- Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes (Php44 @Robinsons)
- Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (Php125 @Robinsons)
- After Nature by Purdy (Php39 @Robinsons)
- Walden by Henry David Thoreau (Php100 @mgaaklatnitanna)
- The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (Php125 @mgaaklatnianna)
- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (Php85 @mimilybluebooks)
- Politically Correct Guide to the Bible (Php75 @mimilybluebooks)
For some bookish thoughts, I have written Book Talk: Books or movies? A reader’s dilemma. and
Quick Notes: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
Meanwhile, I kept getting sidetracked in between reading with all the chaos brought by typhoons, work and politics. I was able to finish two books though: Letters To My Son by Kent Werburn and Life of Pi by Yann Martel.
A big shoutout as well to LibriVox for their free public domain audiobooks. I was able to revisit once again the good ol’ favorite, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes this month.
Places I’ve been…
My SMS friends and I got a chance to catch up and hike the Spartan Trail for the first time after lockdown. The heavy rains weeks before brought the trail to life. The riverbed was filled with water, the leaves were greener, the wind was cooler — it was the lovely day indeed to convene with nature. I went back to Spartan Trail on the third week of November, this time with James and his colleagues.
Posts I loved…
My virtual presence during this month was faint. I didn’t get a chance to read other people’s posts or interesting reads from the likes of Brainpickings/Medium. Let’s strive to do better this December, shall we? 😀