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November In One Word


5 Things That Happened In November:

1. I went to the movies more this month than I have the whole year. Saw Catching Fire twice and The Book Thief once!
2. I got to spend 5 days with my dad, stepmom and little sister during Thanksgiving. Such a relaxing week!
3. I finally had Shake Shack for the first time ever! DELISH!
4. I walk/ran a 5K Thanksgiving morning — one that I was ill prepared for. As in I hadn’t run AT ALL. Woooow am I out of shape! Plus it was like 15 degrees out so my lungs BURNED. Literally thought I was going to keel over and die.
5. I reconnected with two old friends and it was great! Lots of weight lifted off my shoulder regarding how things were with them.

6 Songs That Were Most Popular On My Ipod This Month:

I put all my Monthly Rewinds In a Spotify playlist so you can listen to them here now ! I also have a November 2013 playlist filled with other AWESOME songs that wouldn’t fit on here. I have a VERY eclectic taste in music so you are bound to find something!


1. Ya Never Know — Terraplane Sun: 

2. Back To You — Twin Forks — This was on the show Reign. Addictive show + GREAT music!


3. Like Real People Do — Hozier

4. Girl You’re Alright — Paul Otten — Also from Reign. SO GOOD.

5. Little Games — The Colourist

6. Lights and Camera — Yuna

Honorable Mention: Say Something by A Great Big World + Christina

Top 3 Books I Read This Month:

1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
2. Hate List by Jennifer Brown
3. Something Strange & Deadly by Susan Dennard

Most Popular Review This Month

We Were Liars by E. LockhartI’m so happy you guys are excited about this one! I try to save my utmost enthusiasm for my absolute FAVES so you all believe me when I FREAK OUT so I’m glad that came through with my Save the Date review of We Were Liars.

Most Popular 5 Blog Posts Overall This Month

1. If We Were Having Coffee — I love you guys for the response to this post. I’m planning on making it a regular thing every other month or something.
2. The Rise of Co-Bloggers — Very, very interesting discussion!
3. What Makes You Re-Read A Book? : This was so interesting to read about what makes YOU guys decide to reread a book!
4. One Of the Hardest Questions For A Bookworm To Answer: This is why you guys are my people!
5. Reshelved : A new feature in which I share what I put down and also what I ended up taking back to the library (because I suck at reading within due dates)

3 New Obsessions In November

1. The tv show Reign on The CW! Oh my goodness. It’s not historical accurate and I don’t caaaaare. It’s addictive and CUTE BOYS.
2. This new social networking site for book bloggers: Ashley from Nose Graze, the genius behind the AMAZING book blogger plugin I use, just launched a new site for book bloggers — forums, groups and more! You should sign up and then let’s be friendsies.
3. Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Green Tea — I normally switch up the tea I drink every day but I’ve been binge drinking this one!

3 Things I’m Looking Forward To In December

1. CHRISTMAS!! Pretty much all the holiday things that go along with that — music, family time, Christmas candy and baking, Christmas movies and getting our Christmas tree!!
2. Book club Christmas party!
3. Really getting down to work on a new project!

Favorite Quote From A Book I Read In November

“People do it all the time–assume that they “know” what’s going on in someone else’s head. That’s impossible. And to think it’s possible is a mistake. A really big mistake. A life-ruining one if you’re not careful.”
Jennifer Brown, Hate List
“I will not always be happy, but perhaps, if I’m lucky, I will be spared the agony of adding pain to the world.”
Meg Rosoff, Picture Me Gone

5 Posts I Starred In My Reader That You Should Check Out

1. Life Has Big Plans For You — Because sometimes you just need to hear this!
2. Why “I’m Not Sure” Is An Acceptable Answer — I always feel like I have to have the answers to everything and this post reminded me that 1) I don’t obviously and 2) that’s okay to admit it
3. Gayle Forman’s post on endings: Love this post and agree with so much of it!
4. This beautiful post from Magan — Yep. Made me cry.
5. Turning A Book Into A Commercial Empire: Very thought provoking post from Rachel! LOADS to think about! Not sure I have a definitive opinion right now but very well articulated and I definitely agree with some of it!

What sort of things were noteworthy for you in November? New obsessions? Any new song recs?? Best books you read this month? Great posts I missed on your blog? Tell me! 🙂


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About Jamie

Jamie is a 30 year old married lady who is in denial that she’s actually that old. When she’s not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, listening to music with oversized headphones and having adventures with her husband and dog.


  1. I must read The Book Thief soon – even my mum is hassling me to read it! I’m not sure if it’s out in cinemas in the UK yet, because I haven’t heard anything about it. I’ll have to have a dig around for info.
    I also think the Book Blogging site is way too addictive. I never get anything done anymore! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know more people through it and talking to bloggers I maybe don’t talk to as much as I’d like to.

    Sounds like you had a great November, Jamie! 😀

    • Yes Lucy!!! READ IT. I agree with your mom :))

      It is SO addictive. I have had to limit myself because I want to like start so many threads and groups lol

  2. I am reading The Book Thief today, actually! It’s been hard to put it down to write my post for today, actually 🙂 I picked it up because of your recommendations! I loved your If We Were Having Coffee post. It just…it helped to know we’re all in this together. Love your recap!


  3. I adore your posts! Keep doing what you’re doing. 🙂

  4. First of all, I just have to mention how much I enjoy your monthly wrap-up posts, Jamie. I can only imagine how much work must go into them, but please know it’s well worth it! Plus, it’s a really great way to encapsulate all the biggest and best things about any given month, and is a great resource if you ever want to look back at a particular period in time later on.

    It’s official: I need to read The Book Thief, particularly now that the film has been released. I never watch a film adaptation without first reading the original source material, and I’ve heard such wonderful things about both I clearly need to make this a priority. Honestly, I think fear is what’s ultimately holding me back. People seem to associate the story with such staggering emotion, and I’m not sure I’m equipped to handle it yet. It and the hype are what are holding me back at this point. That said, I’ve owned a copy of the novel for well over a year now. It’s time I get over it!

    Speaking of books I need to read, I’ve already marked We Were Liars‘ release date on my calender. Between you and April and I’m absolutely dying to read this story! I think what intrigues me most about it is the ambiguity of what the story actually involves. I still have little idea what it’s really about, and I love that! Sometimes there’s nothing better than going into a novel entirely blind, and I trust your judgement. It really sounds like the sort of story I would enjoy and I can’t wait to read it! 😀

  5. I’m a relatively new to your blog and I just wanted to say that I really love it! I spent about an hour today reading previous posts and reviews and they’re really good 🙂 I’ve added We Were Liars to my TBR list – it sounds like something I’d love so thanks for introducing it me. Have a great December!

  6. I know Suzie from Twin Forks! Oh, and Reign is perfection. Accents, cute boys, gorgeous clothing.
    I’d say check out Little Mix’s new song “Little Me”. It’s SO good!

  7. DUDE I LOVE REIGN TOO!!!!!!! I don’t even care that there are so many things wrong with it because it’s just so good.

  8. Reign = SO SO GOOD! And we’re only two episodes in here. I’ll definitely have to check out those songs from it, I was thinking the music sounded pretty awesome 🙂

  9. Jamie! You have AWESOME taste in music. I found myself listening to every song you posted (rather than listening for a few second then going on to the next one). Questions: How do you come across new music? Also, can I have your Spotify username so I can follow you? I tried clicking on the playlist link within your post and was sent to an error page. I’d love to keep up with the playlists you create.

    • Why thank you! I come across new music in so many ways — honestly a lot is just being plugged in to the music scene (aka spending wayyyy too much time haha), hearing stuff on shows I love and exploring further, friends with great taste also. Mostly I just search. I find things I like and then I see what those bands listen to, who opens for them, music blogs on occasion. I have no method to my madness haha. I just have always been obsessed since high school when I used to scour record shops for new music.

      My spotify is itsahitinsweden. Let me know if you can’t find me!

  10. Oh my goodness, Reign is SO addictive (and I’m right with you – it’s so historically inaccurate but I love it anyway). Love the song choices you picked from the show. I’ve had “Back to You” on repeat for weeks now, it seems.
    I’ve also seen Catching Fire twice and The Book Thief once. CF I could watch over and over and over. It was so amazing! The Book Thief though…meh, not so much. It just didn’t pack the emotional punch of the book (although Geoffrey Rush as Hans = fantastic).

  11. AHHH you watch Reign?! I can’t stop watching it!! I actually started watching it BECAUSE of the soundtrack. Have you listened to London Grammar’s Wasting my Young Years? It’s basically the best thing ever. And I also went to the theaters more this month than the rest of this year – by watching Catching Fire twice hahah. IT WAS SO AMAZING. I still have a freak out moment every time I see something related to it!

  12. This year is just FLYING by! I can’t believe we’re already in the early days of December. Anyway. I’m glad that you finally read Something Strange & Deadly! Isn’t it amazing? I’ve loved that one since I read it earlier this year 🙂

  13. Thank you for including me again! I really love reading your monthly posts- the variety of what you include is so fun and interesting to read 🙂