November 2011 Update

Better late than never…or something along those lines.

I waited to post November’s update as I knew I would surpass my 50-book goal for 2011! You can read about book 50 here, but it was only posted yesterday so hopefully you read it.

Now this isn’t a huge to-do as I usually read more books than this (and technically have read 51 already), but I actually kept up with posting about each book which is MAJOR for me. I found the accompanying image on socialdino.com – but it’s made me think I should try and create a line of similar photos for when I pass the various milestones in a year. Oh the numerous ideas I’m always coming up with…

What a crazy month, so not only did I pass my 50 book goal for the year, but I apparently finished 10 books since the October update. I didn’t do it last month, but the nifty pages read stat graphic from Goodreads is here:

That’s a lot of pages. More so than I reported on Goodreads last year (2010 total was 16,975 pages). Next year should be a bit more interesting as I’ve joined two challenges and I’ll build a page for them later, but for now you can see the Mount TBR Challenge and the Back to the Classics Challenge by clicking the links.

Other than reading a lot over the past month, I’ve spent a lot of time finishing up Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion in time for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (which I still haven’t bought – I’m too cheap and with birthday/Christmas coming up I need list ideas).

Last weekend (the 12th) a few friends, Tom and I held a Boston Thanksgiving and it was great. We started it off by going over to a raffle/holiday bazaar held by the Little Sister’s of the Poor. It was great to learn more about what they do as they’re our next door neighbors. I made the turkey using this recipe, and I highly recommend it. It was juicy and tasty and not overpowering at all. Everyone else brought various side dishes and deserts and it was just a lot of fun. Shockingly I don’t have any photos, but not too surprised as I spent most of the time running around making sure everything was ready and everyone had enough to eat or drink. We wrapped up the evening by playing 7 Deadly Sins which was incredibly entertaining considering how much wine we’d had.

Also in the next couple of weeks Tom and I are taking his nieces for a cultural weekend. We’ll probably see a film, go to dinner, and go to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, but they definite of the weekend and the jewel in the crown, if you will, is a Sunday afternoon matinee of the Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker (photo courtesy of citybuzz.com). It will be a fun weekend, but I know it will be exhausting too. (I’m still catching up on sleep from this past weekend.)

I’m looking forward to November/December as there’s no stress about reading books, so maybe I’ll re-read a few. I’m currently reading Friday Night Lights for the Somerville Public Library Book Group: Books into Movies.


7 thoughts on “November 2011 Update”

    1. Thanks for the comment.

      I’m so excited! I just finished up Oblivion at the beginning of the month. I might try and play Shivering Isles before I splurge on Skyrim. Sometimes it sucks being a cheapo.


      1. I love it. The fourth one, the one I just read, was a bit of a weaker point in the series, but overall it’s been fantastic. The HBO series is great too, but I’d at least read the first book before starting into that.


  1. Well done on the challenge I’m trying to finish mine too, but I don’t think I will be doing another next year. I just don’t want to be bothered with the number of books I read, just what books I read. I signed up to a chunkster challenge for next year year (Tea & Books at The Book Garden) because I’ve avoided reading fat ones that would slow me down for the last couple of years.

    And I so want to play Skyrim! Only my laptop would most likely die – it just about managed Oblivion. So I am saving up for an Xbox 360… but I keep buying books which is not helping matters. I am just so excited to play it.


    1. Thanks for the congratulations! I’ve also signed up for the Tea & Books challenge and it’s a doozy, but I’m ready for it. I’m tackling the Song of Ice and Fire series and a couple of other randoms if I get to them.

      I started Skyrim on my roomates PS3 and I’m desperately ready to start playing it on my 360. My computer wouldn’t even have the capability of trying to start any game let alone one as awesome as the Oblivion series. From the little bit I’ve played so far I’m already in love with it.


      1. Oh great, now I’m twice as excited I’m getting bubbly feelings in my stomach. I don’t even really want to play any other games on the Xbox 360, but I figure it’d be cheaper then upgrading my laptop and I could at least get to play the Halo series again and maybe Gears of War…


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