Wrapping Up November 2021

The latter part of this semester has become so busy with research, writing, projects, and all the things that go along with school, work, and life. This post is a quick run-down of the highlights from November, but I assure you that there was a lot more going on than this post details!

Highlights from Books Completed This Month

Katie the Catsitter

Katie the Catsitter by Colleen A.F. Venable

Genre: Juvenile fiction, graphic novel

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

217 cats (at least), a city full of superheroes, and summer vacation – this book is one of the most fun that I have read for class this semester!


Stay by Bobbie Pyron

Genre: Juvenile contemporary fiction

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book about a girl experiencing homelessness and the people (and pets) she meets is a gentle and solid introduction to a difficult topic for elementary age readers. Some young readers may struggle with the parts of the book that are written from the dog’s point of view as they are free verse poetry and tend to wander. Overall, a great resource for developing empathy.

Two Roads

Two Roads by Joseph Bruchac

Genre: Middle grade historical fiction

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book has a lot of layers of topics that it tackles, much like in real life we’re always dealing with more than just one thing at a time. I’ll try to share a full review of this book before the end of the year.

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Genre: Young adult dystopian fiction

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I am so glad that I finally read this book! It’s as good and interesting as everyone said it would be. Now I want to read the rest of the series.

Books Read but Not Completed This Month

You Are Not Your Own: Belonging to God in an Inhuman World

You Are Not Your Own by Alan Noble

Genre: Nonfiction, Christian Theology

I had this book checked out from the library (and I was really looking forward to it!), but there were several other people with it on hold as well and I just wasn’t getting through it very quickly. I turned it back in so that someone else could have a chance to read it, and I will try again when the semester ends.

November Goals Follow-Up

Goals posted November 3, 2021

  • Finish You Are Not Your Own by Alan Noble ❌
  • For My Children’s Lit Class: 5 picture books aimed at underserved populations (I chose to focus on homelessness), 3 historical fiction books, 5 sci-fi/fantasy books, and 3 from the ALA’s list of frequently challenged children’s books ✔
    • except only 1 frequently challenged book because that assignment isn’t due until the end of this week
  • For Myself: If I have time, read Flower Crowns and Fearsome Things by Amanda Lovelace and Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Fredricks ❌
    • there was no time for anything extracurricular
  • Finish program plan website for children’s lit class ✔
  • Finish 2 very large assignments for my research class, in addition to the smaller weekly assignments ✔
    • Technically the second still needs a little editing, but I have a few more days before it needs to be turned in and it is functionally complete, so it counts.
  • Enjoy a week off of work for Thanksgiving (and catching up on those long-term assignments) ✔
    • It wasn’t nearly as relaxing as I anticipated, but it was still good.
  • Fill out my Christmas planning spreadsheet and start ordering gifts which will take a while to be delivered ✔
    • This is going really well for the little time I have spent on it.
  • Wrap up the staff pumpkin decorating contest at work ✔
    • There were so many creative entries this year!
  • Bake dessert for my family on Thanksgiving ✔
    • Can’t go wrong with classic pumpkin pie.
  • Keep up with all the other little things that don’t really warrant a point of their own but still need to get done by a certain time or within a reasonable timeframe ✔

Other November Highlights

Music of the Month: The Jazz Hop Café radio on YouTube

Movies Watched: Facing the Giants (2006) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (rewatch); Murder She Baked: A Plum Pudding Mystery (2015) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (rewatch)

Top Posts of November 2021: November TBR & Goals (11/3), Spell the Month in Books November Linkup (11/13), and 5 Authors I’m Thankful I Read Recently (11/24)

Somehow it is still a surprise to me how much time homework can take up! I did have a very nice Thanksgiving with my family, and enjoyed the chance to sleep in a bit after staying up late working on schoolwork for a few days. Otherwise, this entire month feels like it has been dedicated to one school assignment after another! There are just a few weeks left now, and I do feel like I have a handle on things. I am very much looking forward to the weeks between semesters, though! They, too, will be busy and full of projects and events and activities, but at least I won’t be graded on those things and most of them are meant to be enjoyable.

Would you care to share what your favorite thing from November was, Reader?

Until the next chapter,


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