Those nights have drawn in, right? At least they have here in England, mornings are now dark and icy, the wind brings the promise of sleet and snow and Christmas is just around the corner. I adore this time of year, not as much as I adore Spring, but Autumn is so beautiful.
Anyway, it’s time for me to share my November Favourites!
I’m all for self-improvement and adore listening to podcasts which reflect this – that’s why for my first November Favourite I wanted to share The Self Help Podcast by Edward Lamb and Sean Orford.
Why do I recommend this podcast? These guys cover such a massive range of topics in a down-to-earth and insightful manner as well as having a great rapport and they clearly enjoy working together. The Self Help podcast is available on iTunes here and you can check out the blog here.
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The next November Favourite I wanted to share isn’t new to me and probably isn’t new to you either! It’s good old Instagram.
Before July of this year, I had no idea how to utilize this social media platform, I had my personal account on which I posted the odd selfie or scenic picture when I could be bothered.
Then I started reading more again and posted a couple of pictures of books – I began to notice that these pictures were getting a whole tonne of likes, they surpassed my pouty selfies and pictures of my pugs (who’d have thought?) and I began to wonder – what if there’s such a thing as Bookstagram… accounts dedicated to books and books only? I was amazed when I stumbled across exactly that! BOOKS EVERYWHERE!
Books on the beach, books in the flowers, books in bed, books putting my social life to shame. It was amazing. So, I started a Bookstagram too. 4 months later I have 1200 followers and a whole bunch of new Bookstagram friends. I suppose what I’m trying to say here is finding your passion, and using Instagram to flaunt it is an amazing way to connect with other people as well feel more connected with yourself. I didn’t realize there were people as nutty about writing and reading out there as I am and I’m so happy I found them, find your niche and post the heck out of it!
You can see my Instagram feed here
My next November favourite comes in the form of a book – The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo.
As you’re aware, I adore reading and writing and this little gem was part of a book subscription box I subscribe to called Fairyloot.
The Language of Thorns is a collection of short stories based on fairy tales fables and myths and all connected to Leigh Bardugo’s fictional creation – The Grishaverse.
This particular book is the first of hers in this series I have read, and having finished it in one day, I have to say I am so excited to read the rest of her novels.
Foxes, Witches, Mermaids, Beasts and Puppets, Leigh Bardugo’s writing is gripping and awe-inspiring, she’s the kind of writer I hope to be someday.
The stories are written to poetically, so beautifully that they suck you in then hold you close until the very end, this stuff is goose-bump worthy.
For any lovers of YA and or Fantasy Fiction, The Language of Thorns is a definite must read and a book which will have pride of place on my shelves for a long time to come.
You can buy this amazing book from Amazon by clicking here
My next November Favourite is a song.
Lord Huron’s The Night We Met is so stunningly breathtaking I really don’t know how to describe it with words which don’t make me sound like a blundering buffoon.
I adore this song.
Originally I heard it which watching Netflix’s TV adaptation of 13 Reason’s Why by Jay Ascher and whether that series simply emotionally destroyed me to the extent that the only reason I love this song so much is because of that, I can’t be sure, but what I do know is that I am obsessed with it and I’d like to share that obsession with you. You’re welcome.
Finally, I have a television series included in my November Favourite things – Stranger Things Season 2.
I enjoyed the first season of this Netflix Original immensely, I was uncertain if it would perhaps lose its attraction with the second season, but I needn’t have been concerned because season two is just as good, if not better than season one.
Set in 1984, Stranger Things centers on the town of Hawkins, Indiana and the main protagonists of this series are a group of friends with an inquisitive nature.
The parallel universe known as “The Upside Down” previously ensnared Will Byers and took the life of lovable underdog Barb Holland (which I was gutted about by the way, and kind of hoped she was actually still alive, just lost and trying to find her way back) and now Will is trying to come to terms with what happened to him as well as dealing with the fact that his mother has found a new flame in the shape of Bob Newby.
Eleven has seemingly disappeared, leaving Mike angry and frustrated and Lucas and Dustin have their eyes set on Max, a new girl with an interesting past and a keen eye for video games who they’d love to join their gang.
There are so many different story arcs it’s impossible for me to describe them all here in one post, so I’ll leave that there, but I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this latest season and as usual, I’m left wanting more.
So that’s it for my November Favourites, I hope you take something from this and give it a whirl! Let me know what you think if you do, and if you’ve already had the pleasure of experiencing any of my favourite things, let me know in the comments down below, I’d love to hear from you.
Onward, to December!
PS: Fancy a peek at what books I read this November? Check out my latest Youtube video!