Despite my complaints, October was nothing compared to November. Sure there are some bright spots, but overall it was a really exhausting month, physically and mentally. I barely able to read or watch anything, and definitely abandon proper sleep, meals, and working out 😥
- SEVEN GHOST by Chris Priestly // 🌟🌟🌟🌟
- THE KISS CURSE by Erin Sterling 🎧 // 🌟🌟🌟.5
- LAST OF THE TALONS by Sophie Kim (eARC)// 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5
Out of the three books I planned to read in November, I only read one but thankfully, it became one of my favorite reads this year! I’m still writing my full review, but if you love enemies to lovers, mythological being, and intrigue, I highly recommend LAST OF THE TALONS! Other than that, I also finished THE KISS CURSE, which sadly was just an ok read for me. It’s still great for October/spooky witchy season, but I prefer the first book. I also read a short MG horror book, SEVEN GHOST, which was great and definitely made me want to check out more of the author’s works!
- QUEEN OF AIR AND DARKNESS by Cassandra Clare
- WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE SUMMER by Jenny Han
- OUR VIOLENT ENDS by Chloe Gong
- THE SACRIFICE by Rin Chupeco
- LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR by Mizuki Tsujimura
- 10 BLIND DATES by Ashley Elston
With the holiday and the end of the year approaching, I was hoping I could start next year with a clean slate so my TBR will be a bit ambitious. Realistically, with the pace work is going right now I don’t think I could read all of these books but hey, maybe it will work!
First is the current read I’ve been abandoning for months, QUEEN OF AIR AND DARKNESS. I think I hated how convoluted the storyline become? I love the characters and have been wanting to jump back into their world though, so will try to read this. There are 2 series I want to read its finale this year: WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE SUMMER and OUR VIOLENT ENDS. Then we have some leftover eARCs I need to read, which are THE SACRIFICE and LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR. Finally, we have 10 BLIND DATES which is a holiday-themed books that kept appearing on my TBR but never actually read lol. This year I will make sure I read this!
- Simone @ Simone and Her Books recommended 5 cozy fantasies to enjoy in November
- Dini @ Dini Panda Reads did a cover reveal for Fake Dates and Mooncakes by Sher Lee and it’s so cute! Plus the synopsis is also adorable and fun, I can’t help but instantly add it to my TBR!
- Caro @ Book Cheshire Cat shared some books she didn’t get to read in 2022
- Gauri @ A Book and Chai interviewed Ann Liang, author of If You Could See the Sun, and their conversations are so insightful
- I am always on the lookout for anthology books so Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane‘s review of At Midnight by Dahlia Adler caught my attention. She also shared 8 unforgettable books she reads in her 8 years of blogging
- Dini @ Dini Panda Reads had a thorough discussion about personal reading tastes
- Saima @ Stories with Saima shared her top 10 books of 2022
Before we got to the exciting things, let me start that work has been absolutely exhausting this month. I work until 3 to 4 AM then went back in at 11 AM. Early in December they told us we had to come in at 8 but it’s still hard for me since there are a lot of work to do so I always work until 1 AM and went in at around 9. It’s just insane, with the work load, the work environment and the team morale so… I tender in my resignation and my last day will be on January 4th 🥳 Since I will be taking Christmas vacations, it means that my last day will be on December 23 🥳
It’s a bit bittersweet for me, because I really love my life here including the friends I’ve made and the job itself, despite its annoyances. But I’ve also talked with multiple people and what they said is true, that we cannot stay in a job expecting to change the management 💀 At the same time I think it’s a good decision since I will finally have time to sit down and work on my master’s application, especially with the impending deadline 😅
Now let’s get to the exciting things that happened in November: I SAW STRAY KIDS 😭 If you don’t know, they’re my favorite k-pop groups so being able to see them live is such a dream come true! The space is smaller than what I expected (compared to SVT at least) but this means that I was REALLY CLOSE with the stage. Like, I legit SAW them with my own eyes, not through screens or anything 😭💗 I mean, it’s small yes, but it’s THEM.
I am still floored that I got to see them perform Hellevator (first song I heard by them) and God’s Menu (the song that got me into them) and Easy (it really is Lee Know’s song, period) and Lonely St and Fam and Haven IT WAS AMAZING 😭 The kids energy were amazing, the staffs were really kinds (they gave our drinks and SNACKS) throughout the concert), the stage design were fantastic (I love the circle top as well as the spider legs when they perform Venom), and the live band were amazing especially the guitarist.
Honestly it was a perfect experience 😭💗
Then there’s the other thing that kept me sustained through November, which is c-drama LOVE BETWEEN FAIRY AND DEVIL. I went in with no expectations at all, drew in by the title that definitely give starcrossed lovers vibe. Well friends, this drama blew me away. It has great character and romance development, well developed backstory, no cringe dialogue, and beautiful setings (CGI). I admit it was hard at first with the female MC voice doing her thing but as the story goes and she matures, I grew to understand how it reflects her characters. I am also floored with Dylan Wang’s acting, like he embodies both characters so well and wears the costume of DFCQ really well despite it being huge and might drown other actors lol. And finally, the OST! The opening art and OST is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever heard, in fact I love all the OST art!
If you need more convincing, let me tell you this drama has all the romance tropes existing under the sun, including enemies to lovers, only one bed, reincarnation, soul swap, physic connection, underwater kiss, second chance romance, etc etc…. But they make it work so well?? Like it wasn’t a mess of tropes at all, instead these tropes are woven into the storyline really well.
It truly become my emotional support crutch in November lol, it’s been a while since I feel this way to a series (not since The Untamed 🤡) so I really hope you’ll check this show out!
I had sooo many ideas and posts I am excited to write, but work just really saps all my energy. You can expect those end of dec or in January, but in the meantime, here are the 2 posts I wrote and posted in November:
- October Wrap Up & November TBR // An exhausting month
- Mini Reviews #30: October – Early November 2022 Reads
11 thoughts on “November Wrap Up & December TBR // Seeing Stray Kids, Work Woes, and End of the Year Excitement”
Ah, thank you for sharing two of my posts, Tasya! 💜 Should I say congrats on getting out of a negative working environment? It’s sad when you leave the good people who make your time at a company worthwhile but it seems like it’ll be a good move for your mental health! My mum was watching that show you mentioned and you’ve got me intrigued. I don’t watch a lot of stuff but this sounds fun and romantic. 🙂 I hope you have a great December!
Ooh thank you!! It was such a freeing moment lol I swear I felt SO MUCH lighter on my last day 😂 It’s such a fun and romantic show, if you’re looking something light to brighten up your day, I highly recommend the show!
Sorry to hear that November was an exhausting month for you, I hope your December is going better! ❤️I’m glad that you could get out of a really demanding job and I hope that you can find something else that has a better work-life balance! Thank you so much for sharing my post 🥰
Thank you! It was a better month overall, focusing mainly on handover and also the end of year holidays 😀
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ghfvdghfdhg i’m so sorry november was so exhausting for you AND HOPING THAT DECEMBER MAKES UP FOR IT <33 i'm so sorry about the job too, but like the working hours sound INSANE?? BUT DESPERATELY HOPING THE CHANGE SHALL BE MUCH BETTER HERE'S ALL THE LOVE AND CHOCOLATE ❤ hope youre having the best ever december i loved reading this so much!!!!!
It was insane lolll it took a while for me to recover my sleeping schedule properly 😀 But I’M FREE and it was a learning experience nonetheless! Thank you so much!!!! 💗
Oh my, the work load sounds so exhausting! I hope you can make the most of this end of the year so 2023 could be the best year you’ve ever known yet! 🙂
Thank you so much! 😀
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Aaaah I’m so glad to see you loving Last of the Talons! It’s already on my TBR but will definitely try and read it next year! Hehe Queen of Air and Darkness was a time, I loves Emma and Jules though and it’s a decent end to their trilogy? I think it was a trilogy lmao I do not remember, too many shadowhunter books to keep up with my poor brain xD
Aw I’m sorry about how the workplace had gone for you but I’m happy you’re able to focus on other things that will hopefully make you happy and not drain the life from you!
*screams* Aaaaaah you saw SKZ I am so, so, so happy for you and omg you saw them sksksksk bet that was a surreal experience to be able to see them and not have to look through a screen. Wait can we like talk about how Easy is Lee Know’s song, like he shines in that so much and the choreo! Ugh I love that song along with Any and Ta hehe.
I will definitely be watching that Cdrama next year, it’s on my list since a friend threw it at me and shrieked in my DMs over it haha. With that being said, I hope you have a lovely new year Tasya! Sending you all my love 💜
It was a trilogy hahaha I’m sooo glad I finished that.
AH OMG THE CONCERT WAS AMAZING I’M STILL NOT OVER IT 😭💗 the atmosphere and the hype were no joke, and the kids were just AWESOME on stage!!!
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