November has been a special month, and I felt like I was living out of time. Seriously, what day it is?? But 2020 is almost over — one more month to go! — and I hope we’ll be able to get back a bit of normalcy once 2021 is here.
In Real-Life updates
November has been a weird month. France went back into lockdown and I had to work from home, which is a first for me. And as my colleague couldn’t work, I had to do the work of two people while still being an intern — not gonna lie, it was hectic. But my colleague is to be back in December, so I’m looking forward to a bit of rest!
I was telling you back in October that I decided to take part in NaNoWriMo, out of the blue. Well… I have one thing to say: lmao. As usual, I stopped writing on the 7th day, and barely manage to write 5k, ha! But that’s okay, I mean, I’m used to it. I still want to cheer on everyone who managed to complete the challenge: congratulations to you all, I’m proud of you!!
NaNoWriMo isn’t the only thing that went sideways, and I barely manage to work on my thesis… I’m hoping to have a bit more time for myself in December so I can get back to it!
I don’t know what happened in November but I somehow manage to read 7 books! I’m amazed at how much I read, but I think being in lockdown helped me. I spent less time on the road (duh) and thus I had more time to read. Can every month be like that? I gave an average rating of 3,75 stars out of 5. Not so bad!
Culottées #2: Just like the first book, I loved reading about all these amazing ladies. Discovering incredible women that helped to make the world a better place for women is what I love the most about Pénélope Bagieu’s comics. I always end up crying because they were all so brave and smart, and it’s so inspiring to read about their lives. I urge you to read the English edition — called Brazen — if you want to know more about incredible women.
These Violent Delights: Well. That didn’t go as expected. Sadly, as much as I wanted to love this book, I got a bit disappointed. It’s a nice read, I don’t think it’s bad, but I expected a bit more from it… It won’t be one of my favorite books of 2020 but I get why so many of you love it so much. I just wish I didn’t get my hopes so high, maybe I could have liked it more then.
Read my full review of These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong:
In the absence of men: As always whenever I read a book by Philippe Besson, it was for a buddy read with my friend Marido. She’s the one who introduced me to Besson’s work and ever since we’ve been reading his books together. In the absence of men if the first book Besson wrote, and I kind of feel it — it’s a bit different from his most recent books I’ve read. The pacing was a bit off for the first part, as the narrator, and thus the book, is split between two men, a young soldier, and Marcel Proust. The love story between the two young men is absolutely beautiful and ravaging, but Marcel Proust is just… boring. I had to skip some of his parts. But the last half of the book is written in letters, and it helped the pacing, and it also broke my heart — I mean, I was expected it, that’s all Philippe Besson can do. If you’re looking to get familiar with Besson’s work, In the absence of men is a good first start.
Personne ne sort les fusils: I read this one for one of my classes. It is about a trial in 2019 in France during which CEOs of a national company were accused of having morally harassed hundreds of their employees in order to push them to resign (and so the company would save money) — sadly, 24 of those employees committed suicide. Sandra Lucbert’s book is a harsh analysis of capitalism and how it is deeply rooted in our lives, and how, despite those CEOs showing no remorse and being completely dehumanized, they couldn’t be condemned by the court.
Yesterday I Was The Moon: It’s been a while since I have read poetry, and Yesterday I Was The Moon was such a good and fresh break. I barely have words for how beautiful and strong Noor Unnahar’s poetry is, but it resonated deeply with me. I highly recommend it and it made me want to read more poetry books!
The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre: This one is my favorite book of November! I loved everything about it and it was so cute and calm, I spend such a good time reading it. And it’s out since yesterday so you can too read it and fall in love with Odile Rose!!
Read my full review of The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley:
Wuthering Heights: « Finally! » is all I wanted to scream when I closed the book. I started reading it in February, back when I still have a heart full of hope and optimism for the year and one of my main challenges was to read more classics. Nine months later, it is done! I didn’t expect it to be this harsh and dark, I thought it was more of a romantic story, like Jane Austen’s. But those characters are all so mean and unbearable! I only had empathy for poor Hareton and Nelly. I did not care for any of them, and I barely felt anything but boredom and frustration…
Some of the books I read this month were for the Taylor Swift Playlistathon I take part in. It still runs till December 13th, and I hope to read two more books! I love participating in prompted readathons, it always motivates me to read more.
November Blogging Highlights
Ursa Reads reached a new goal in November and the blog now counts more than 1,000 unique views! Wow!! I didn’t think to reach that number so fast — the blog is barely 3 months old. I mean… wow! Thank you all so, so much for all your support and love: it means the world to me! It really comforts me in my choice to get back to blogging, so a huge thank you.
And here is the top 3 of your favorite posts this month on Ursa Reads:
What have you been up to this month, travelers?
Anything good on your radars?