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. 🦑Next, in quick succession, I read the short theological non-fiction, Luther and the 9.5 Theses by Kenneth Brownell; the classic adventure tale, The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling, and the super-short non-fiction, 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, 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. 🏛
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. 🏖 We were also gripped, one Sunday afternoon, by the biographical survival film, 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, Clueless (1995), loosely inspired by Jane Austen’s witty Emma, and the raucous period adventures, Sherlock Holmes (2009) and 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. 😋
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!👋🙏🙂
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?