November has come and gone, and we only have one month left in 2018 (thank God), which also happens to be… MY BIRTHDAY MONTH! *pretends to be more excited than she really is*. This month was a good one overall, and I hope December is even better.
November, like all those months before it, got off to a rough start. I was still not feeling great, mentally, I was lethargic and just…not good, folks, not good. But a little over a week ago,eventhough my anxiety is still going wild and tiring me out all the same, something shifted and I started feeling better slowly but surely. I’m having good days where I’m actually in a good mood again, which hasn’t happened in months, and I’m honestly just so happy I’m starting to feel like myself again. Well, that’s kind of…not true. I’ve been through a lot this year, things that viscerally changed who I am as a person, so whoever I am becoming now is different from who I was, but it still is me, and it feels like me.
My last rotation, which was at a health center, was amazing, I learned so much and had so much more responsibilty than I usually do and it felt great to be taken seriously. My exams start on December 19th, and in all of my five years in medschool, this is the first time I don’t feel overwhelmingly stressed (even if I did feel like that last month but shhh), and I think it’s because I’m enjoying most my classes. If anyone is wondering what classes I have: Gynecology, emergency/intensive care, social medicine (aka. public health, which I dislike immensely), work medicine, legal medicine and psychiatry.
Two things happened this month that made it GREAT. 1/ LM5, Little Mix’s new album came out and I’ve been listening to it on repeat for the last week -I may or may not be listening to it right now while typing this up. And 2/ I received ARCs of my two most anticipated #Muslimshelfspace books of 2019. INTERNMENT and THE LOVE AND LIES OF RUKHSANA ALI. The later was sent to me by the author and it was also personalized and I’m EMOTIONAL.
I’ve read 12 books this month again, most of which were good, if not great or new favourites. So it’s safe to say I had a successful reading month both quantity and quality wise. I am 14 books away from 100 books which I don’t think I’ll reach because I’ll be busy studying all of December but I’ll try my hardest.
Title = Goodreads page
- Tiffany Sly Lives Here – Enjoyable story with problematic aspects.
- Passionate Rivals – Angsty, recond chance, medical environment.
- The Hate U Give – Brilliant. hard-hitting, BEST FAMILY, funny.
- Fresh Ink – Diverse stories anthology, very needed.
- Foolish Hearts – Friendship centered, adorable romance, HAPPINESS.
- Invictus – Time travel, interesting, entertaining, fun.
- The Poppy War – Brutal, gutting, tackles relevant topics.
- The Kiss Quotient – Fake dating, ambitious MCs, cute.
- American Panda – Amazing coming-of-age, heartfelt, relationship explorations.
- Pride – Pride & Prejudice retelling, all black cast.
- Ace of Shades – Slow start, addicting, THAT ENDING!!!
- The Sun and Her Flowers – Amazing themes, personal and relatable.
Book Title = Review
- Empress of All Seasons – Emiko Jean
- Hurts to Love You – Alisha Rai
- The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
- Foolish Hearts – Emma Mills
- The Poppy War – R. F. Kuang
- November 5th: Navigating the book community as a Person of Color.
- November 7th: Down the TBR Hole #1.
- November 12th: #DBBD: Pansexuality in Literature.
- November 19th: Spreading the Love: Favourite Bookstagrammers.
- November 21st: WordWonder’s TBR expansion: Book with trans and/or non-binary main characters.
- November 26th: Let’s get you started on Audiobooks ft. Recommendations.
The long awaited end of year posts will be going up in December, ON TIME!!! (I posted last year’s in…um…February), favourites, least favourites, most anticipated, etc… ALL the book lists. As well my birthday post, which is going to be…interesting to say the least. Obviously blog hopping will be taking a back seat because I need to focus on studying, which also means I won’t be linking any favourite posts from elsewhere for the time being, but they’ll be back in February, or maybe January if I feel up to it and I’m not too exhausted, since my exams won’t be ending until January 18th… wish me luck.
That’s it until next time.
Did you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What books did you read this month?
Oh! And if you have any posts you think I should check out, leave them in the comments.
Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.