November 2020 Wrap Up

Things I read and watched in November!

Romancing the Stone (1984)



About: A romance writer gets to live out here fantasies, when she gets mixed up in a dangerous adventure, to Columbia.

Pros: Just trust me and watch it, it’s a pretty solid movie. And, it’s directed by Robert Zemeckis!

Cons: Are there any?

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Yes, God, Yes (2020)


By first glance this movie could seem like another Ladybird, a coming of age movie set during the early 2000s, that follows a teenager in Catholic school. That’s pretty much where the similarities end.

About: A sheltered teenager starts having her sexual awakening but she has to suppress it do to her faith. I’m not religious and I would say this film isn’t really for religious people.

Pros: I recommend watching this! The acting, script and directing was really good! The film was about and hour and 18 minutes, not quite a normal runtime for a feature length film, BUT I’m glad. If it was any longer it would’ve dragged out.

Cons: Only negative part was the cliche where the girl gives the ‘high school sucks’ speech in front of her class.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Snow in Love by Melissa de la Cruz, Nic Stone, Aimee Friedman and Kasie West

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Snow and Mistletoe by Kasie West- This was definitely the best story in the collection. Yes, the story was very cliche… And yes, the characters don’t talk like teenagers but other than that the story was cute and fun! 100% the most christmasy one! 4.5/5

Working in a Wonderland by Aimee Friedman- This was okay. The romance was shoved in right at the end, with no set up before. The main character is sarcastic, but no, in reality she’s just mean. What’s with writers using sarcasm as an excuse to be rude? 3/5

The Magi’s Gifts by Melissa de la Cruz- THANKFULLY this was the shortest story. I’m sorry but nobody cares about materialistic teenagers. OOPS. It’s a cliche that I’m tired of seeing in books and movies. TEENAGERS DON’T TALK LIKE THIS! I SHOULD KNOW, I’M A TEEN! Most teenagers don’t care if someone is wearing a Kohl’s jacket TF. 1/5

Grounded by Nic Stone- This was so close to being the same rating for me as the Kasie West one. Almost the whole story takes place over text, just not my favorite thing. Also set in an airport, again just not my thing. But it does have great representation! This is the only story (yikes) in this collection that has poc and lqbtq+ rep. 4/5

Overall Score-

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Poldark: Season 1 (2015)


About: Ross Poldark comes back from the war with no parents, no money, and his love engaged to another man. THE DRAMA. It’s like a soap opera with better actors, production, and thought out story lines.

Pros: Everything about this show is great! Once you start watching, you won’t stop.

Cons: Don’t get me wrong, the cinema-photography is beautiful, but it has a lot of ‘looking in the distance’ shots.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A Princess for Christmas (2011)


Yes, the day after Thanksgiving I watched a christmas movie… And what about it?

About: Jules Day takes her niece and nephew to England, to see their grandfather, who happens to have a hot prince son. BTW: they are not related. That’d be gross.

Not gonna lie, I was kinda living for the 2011 fashion.

Pros: It’s a hallmark movie with a bigger budget. Cheesy and formulaic but that’s it appeal!

Cons: The hip hop dance scene. Use of the word ‘ghetto.’

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Addams Family Values (1993)

Hope everyone had a good November! Let me know what you read!

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Cozy Books to Warm Your Christmas Heart

Books to add to your TBR for the most wonderful time of the year!

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

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about: Unexpectedly, guests start to show up at a snowy inn where they have previous history. The innkeeper’s son, Milo, tries to solve what secrets they’re hiding.

christmas spirit: Set during christmas break. The cover makes me want to curl up by the fire and drink hot chocolate.

Snow in Love by Melissa de la Cruz, Nic Stone, Aimee Friedman, and Kasie West

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about: Snow in Love is a collection of four holiday stories.

christmas spirit: Set during the Christmas and Hanukah season! One story takes place on a road trip, perfect for while your staying home for covid!

Also, the cover would be a cute Pinterest picture but not for the front of a book…

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King: The Graphic Novel by E.T.A. Hoffmann

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about: A classic tale adapted into a graphic novel by Natalie Andrewson.

A nutcracker comes to life and reveals a dream world to Marie, but then the Mouse King threatens it.

christmas spirit: The art looks wonderfully christmasy!

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn

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about: Dash and Lily pass back and forth a red notebook of dares at a bookstore.

christmas spirit: Set in New York City during christmas break. Sounds like a Hallmark movie but with teens.

It’s now a Netflix tv series. (I haven’t watched it yet, but I find it strange that it’s a show and not a movie).

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares (2020)

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins

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about: Twelve Holiday Stories written by twelve different authors.

christmas spirit: All set during the holiday season.

Anytime you search up christmas books this shows up soooo it’s going on the list!

The Mistletoe Inn (2017)

North Child by Edith Pattou

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about: A Retelling East of the Sun and West of the Moon.

“Rose was born into the world facing north, and as a north child, superstition says that she will be a wanderer, traveling far from home” – quote from goodreads.

christmas spirit: Hmmm…. it’s just set during winter? WHO CARES CAUSE THAT COVER!

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

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about: Vivian goes on a trip to England with her daughter and meets Malcolm, who works for the Queen.

christmas spirit: A christmas romance with fancy british people? YES.

White Christmas (1954)

Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

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about: “A lavish hotel, a family secret, a book of puzzles, and a veil of magic…”

christmas spirit: Set at an old hotel during christmas break, I already started reading this and this is going on my list of trip ideas.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

What are you reading this Christmas season? Thank you for reading!