πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | November 2020 Wrap-Up πŸ‚

(My chosen November shot, shows the autumnal colours outside and my SAD lamp on inside!)

Hello everyone and a blessed Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. You’ll find things are a bit different around here today, as I have decided to combine this popular reflection post with my monthly wrap up posts. So from now on, at the end of the month, this will be a monthly reflection, rather than just a weekly one. I hope you will enjoy it. 🀞

November has been a difficult month, with England back in lockdown, the shutting of many ‘bubbles’ at work and a spike in my anxiety and sinus headaches. However there have been sparks of brightness with a super fun murder mystery night on Zoom and a concerted effort to take care of myself. Now let’s reflect on what we’ve been reading and watching over that time.


Another very bright spark of the month has been my reading, which has dramatically come out of my October slump, due in best part to me taking part in the Nonfiction November 2020 and Novellas in November reading events; that has seen me reading a whopping five novellas, as well as one classic novel.

First, I finished off my ongoing read of the classic, nautical adventure Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, while slow going it was just what my tired brain needed. πŸ¦‘Next, in quick succession, I read the short theological non-fiction,Β Luther and the 9.5 ThesesΒ by Kenneth Brownell; the classic adventure tale, The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling, and the super-short non-fiction,Β The Berlin Wall: A Very Brief History by Mark Black,. All were speedy and entertaining reads.

Then, towards the end of the month, I became completely hooked on the Golden-Age mystery, Crooked House by Agatha Christie, a gripping investigation, full of twists, turns and possible suspects! And finally, this very week, I finished reading the short non-fiction,Β Martin Luther and John Calvin: Leaders of the Protestant Reformation by Charles River Editors, which was a good expansion on my earlier reading in the month.

My pick of the month has to go to the brilliant Crooked House from the ‘queen of crime’. Continuing over into December, I have just the Victorian classic, Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell: my result for The Classic Club’s 25th Spin Event. I am only a couple of chapters in, but I am looking forward to reading more. πŸ›


With England’s second lockdown, there has been plenty of time for viewing, as well as reading, although with my surge in reading, I have done a little less viewing than October. There have been some new shows and films, but I have found myself leaning towards comforting re-watches during these gloomy times.

I managed to watch two new adaptations. First, I watched season three of the British comedy-drama, The Durrells, losing myself in Gerald Durrells’ recollections of his eccentric family’s colourful misadventures on the sunny Greek island of Corfu. πŸ– We were also gripped, one Sunday afternoon, byΒ the biographical survival film,Β Jungle (2017), about the harrowing true story of Israeli adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg’s 1981 journey into the Amazon rainforest.

I also indulged in comforting re-watches of the classic 90’s romcom,Β Clueless (1995), loosely inspired by Jane Austen’s witty Emma, andΒ the raucous period adventures, Sherlock Holmes (2009)Β andΒ Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011). Just what I needed to help me relax and escape it all! 😊

As for non-adaptations, I swiftly worked my way through the British crime-drama mini-series, One of Us (2017), that I missed when it was first aired on the BBC. While on our film nights, my dad and I enjoyed watching the recent Melissa McCarthy comedy, Life of the Party (2018) and the fascinating documentary, Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb (2020). All in all, I think some good viewing has been done and my pick of the month has to go jointly to The Durrells and Clueless.


As for today, with the continuing lockdown, I sadly won’t be able to visit my grandad, but I am going to church for some ‘private prayer’ time – Will be good to see people, even if we can’t worship together yet. For the rest of the day, I intend on spending it quietly at home: blogging, reading, watching my church’s online service and cooking a big casserole. πŸ˜‹

For now though, that’s all folks! I look forward to catching up with you all next Sunday for my regular weekly reflection, and in a month’s time to see how December has been for us all. Where ever you are in the world, I hope you and your loved ones are well: staying healthy and happy. God bless and bye for now!πŸ‘‹πŸ™πŸ™‚

Now over to you: I’d love to hear how you are? How was your November? What did you read and watch? And what are things like where you live?


I have linked this post into the weekly meme,Β The Sunday PostΒ hosted byΒ Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer.

36 thoughts on “πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | November 2020 Wrap-Up πŸ‚

  1. Sounds like November wasn’t too bad despite the lockdown. I’m not much of a Nonfiction reader, but I do like the idea of reading novellas. I have so many on my Kindle.

    I hope you have a great week and I hope December is a great month for you.

    1. Thank you, Yvonne – I hope December will be a great month for you, too! 😊 With all those novellas on your Kindle sounds like Novellas in November might be the perfect reading event for you, Maybe you’ll be able to take part next year. πŸ˜ƒ

  2. I haven’t picked up any Agatha Christie books in decades but I always enjoyed them. I went through a phase of reading every one of her books I could find at my local library.

    I intend to join The Classics Club and even have a list of books I’ve picked out. I just need to go through it again and see if I’m still interested in everything and then, you know, actually write a signup post!

    Enjoy your week!

    1. Jen, how wonderful that you were able to work your way through all of Christie’s books that you could find at your local library – I should try that! I have only read a handful of her books and must read more! I also look forward to seeing your list for The Classics Club and I hope you will have lots of fun taking part! πŸ“šπŸ€žπŸ˜ƒ

  3. It sounds as though Novellas in November and Nonfiction November have both been very successful for you. I love Agatha Christie but Crooked House is one I haven’t read yet. I’m glad you liked it!

    1. Yes, Nov in Nov and NonFicNov were both hugely successful for me, thank you Helen! I also highly recommend Crooked House, as even Christie ranked it as one of her best works! 😁

  4. I’m really pleased that getting out of your reading slump was one of the positives in a month filled with ups and downs! I didn’t expect this to be a good reading month for me, but I’ve proven myself wrong. My wrap-up will be forthcoming.

    I hope you are blessed throughout the coming Advent season!

    1. Thank you so much, Kelly and I am pleased that November was a good reading month for you, too. Here’s to December, Advent and festive comfort reading! πŸŽ„πŸ˜Š

    1. Aw thank you so much, Nicole! 😊 Although no Thanksgiving for us in the UK, it was just our usual Sunday lunch I missed with my grandad, but yes, still sad to miss out on family time. ❀

  5. I love Nonfiction November, it’s such a fun and friendly event.
    I’m sure lockdown is tough, we are essentially Covid free nation wide so everyday life is relatively normal for most of us. It’s good you are being kind to yourself

    Wishing you a great reading week

    1. Thank you, Shelleyrae 😊 I am glad to hear you love the Nonfiction November too and you’re right it is a really friendly and welcoming event, plus gets us to talk and read more fab non-fiction! Win, win! 😁

    1. Melissa, if you love yourself some Agathe Christie, then I highly recommend you check out Crooked House – Even Christie herself named it as her best of her own novels! 😁

  6. You have been reading some incredible books. I love Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. It really inspires the imagination ❀️. Hope this week is a good one. Take care and stay safe.

    1. Thank you, Tessa! These two reading events have helped me to read some really good books and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea was a wonderfully, imaginative escape from the crazy world! πŸ˜…

  7. A murder mystery night sounds so fun! I’ll have to look into Crooked House. And I’ve been reading some religious non fic as well, so nice to see that someone else is also enjoying similar reads.

    Have you seen Enola Holmes on Netflix? Just watched that this weekend and it was fun!

    Have a super Sunday!

    1. Thank you, Greg πŸ˜ƒ I have a super Sunday, the murder mystery night was great fun (the same group of friends are planning our next Zoom activity as we speak) and I highly recommend Crooked House. And no, I haven’t seen Enola Holmes, but I have been tempted to watch it, so I might have to bump it up my TBW list. 😁

  8. Oh yes – I think Crooked House is one of Christie’s finest reads:). Glad you enjoyed it so much… And yes, things do look a bit bleak here in the UK, but there is a bit of hope on the horizon… In the meantime, I hope you have a restful day and a good week, Jessica:))

    1. Thank you, SJ 😊 I know I haven’t read enough by Christie yet, but even I thought Crooked House was particularly great! And yes, there is a little hope of coming out of lockdown on Wednesday, however we’re going into Tier 3… so only a little bit more freedom for us. πŸ™„

      1. Yes… We are in Tier 2, so we have a bit of easing – but to be honest, other than maybe being able to get my hair done, I don’t think much is going to change in my life. Sorry you’re in Tier 3 and I hope it eases soon, Jessica:(.

        1. Thank you so much, SJ πŸ™‚ I probably wouldn’t mind being in Tier 3 if cases were high in my town, but they aren’t, instead they’ve just lumped the whole region into the same category!

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