Welcome to my November Favourites! Once again, this will probably be a shorter-than-usual “Favourites” post due to Christmas coming up (and, I don’t want to be repeating myself in the Christmas Gift Guide vlog episode during my upcoming blogmas/vlogmas). So, again, I shall be sharing my favourite books and movies of the month, and some of the highlights of my long weekend…
Poppy Field by Michael Morpurgo – The perfect book to be reading at this time of the year! This beautifully illustrated book tells an original story, which explains the meaning behind the poppy.
“A new wartime classic from two legends of children’s literature! Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman have teamed up with the British Legion to tell a new story inspired by the history of the poppy. When John McCrae wrote his famous poem “In Flanders Field” among the trenches of war-torn Belgium, neither he nor a local village girl who saves a discarded draft of it could know what enormous power that poem would have on generations to come.”
I gave this fantastic book 5/5 stars! I think that it is a must-have for every home.
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan – I read this book as part of my NEWTs Readathon, but I also started it as part of FairyLoot’s Readalong, which I completely failed at (and finally finished, about 3 days later… ha!). However, I absolutely LOVED this book! It is beautifully written and is a very powerful book. There is a trigger warning as you open the book, regarding what is involved; so, it’s worth checking that out before you read the book. If you want more details with regards to how I felt about this book, I will probably provide more information during my NEWTs Wrap-up vlog episode, which I will link to through here, once that’s uploaded. 5/5 stars from me for this book!
Bohemian Rhapsody – Full review is here.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – I went to see this film at the cinema with my dad and one of my friends (Kirsti)… I absolutely loved it! I loved the characters and I loved the storyline, although I was a little taken aback by some of the twists and turns. And, I love that there is going to be another movie in the series. I don’t know if I’m out of it, a little bit with regards to these films – and whether or not the news about this series is common knowledge – but I had no idea that there would be a third film in the series. I thought that this film was FANTASTIC! 5/5 stars for it from me!
My long weekend
I had a long weekend (with Friday and Monday off from work) on November 9-12, during which I was a very busy bee and got almost no reading (and no blogging!) done… which was a shame because I was planning on doing loads! However, I did do lots of fun stuff with my family and friends, and it was an amazing weekend, overall.
I spent Friday going to the doctor’s and dentist’s (might as well whilst I was off from work!); then, because my mum was on holiday whilst visiting family in Malta, I decided to spend a couple of days with my dad… We went to the pub, after he and my brother finished work on Friday evening. Had a drink and some tea (that’s dinner for everyone who’s not from the north of England!). We then went home and watched Lord Of The Dance. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Lord Of The Dance! If you’ve never seen it, it’s – Irish River Dancing, choreographed by Michael Flatley and performed by him and his team of extremely amazing dancers. I’ve been to see him, live, and he’s fantastic. One of the most amazing things that I’ve ever seen in my life!
On Saturday, we decided to do a “moviethon”. The trilogy that we chose was The Hobbit, and what a brilliant choice that was! By the end of the day, we felt like we’d been on the adventure with Bilbo Baggins, ourselves. It was such a good feeling, just to lose ourselves for a day in this fantasy world and not have a care about the outside world. I had the best day!
On Sunday, I went home and spent the day recording a couple of vlogs, and also doing some bits in my bullet journal.
And, finally, Monday was spent doing Christmas shopping with my sister-in-law (Tara) and one of my best friends (Kirsti), at the Trafford Centre. We then went for early birthday celebrations (re: Kirsti’s birthday) to Slattery’s… as always, it was bloody beautiful! I then finished the day off with tea (dinner) at Pizza Express with one of my other best friends (Laura), which was delicious, yet again. I basically spent that Monday shopping and eating. *OINK*
It was such a fab weekend, and I can’t wait for my next long weekend, which is, in fact, my birthday weekend. YAY!
Last but not least…
Putting up my Christmas trees was definitely one of the highlights of my November, as well! 😊