Currently Obsessed With: November 2016

Currently Obsessed With is a once-a-month (but sometimes more) feature where I talk about my favorite things from the last month.

Currently Obsessed With

November was a busy month!  There was definitely a lot going on, so let’s get started!

Crochet:

Not much happened with crochet!  I participated in NaNoWriMo, and a lot of my usual crocheting time was taken up by writing.  I did crochet a little, mostly when I needed to recharge and take a break but still do something creative. Now that NaNo is over, I’ll definitely be picking up my yarn and hooks!

Books:

I most definitely did not buy any books last month- in fact, I barely read during the month of November.  I haven’t even figured out what audio book to get with my Audible credit.

T.V./Movies:

This I actually did!  I watched the new Gilmore Girls episodes on Netflix, which I talked about here.  I do have a couple more posts about the new episodes in the works that will have a lot more spoilers.  They should be coming out in the next week or so.

I also watched Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them!  I’ve been looking forward to it, and I really liked it.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, because this is the first time we get a Harry Potter/Wizarding World movie…with no idea what’s going to happen!  Eddie Redmayne was such a good choice for Newt, and I was reminded of Luna, Hagrid and Neville.  I think he’d get along with the three of them really well, and I can’t wait to see the other movies.  I just realized I never did a post about it!  I’m not sure if I’ll do a post about it, but I might.

Around The Internet:

I meant to link to this before, but here are 5 good reasons to add translated books to your TBR.

I tend to stay away from New Adult books, and this list of patterns is a big reason why I stay away from the genre. I like the idea of it, but it tends to be not what I’m looking for.  Which I know is unfair, but maybe in the future I’ll read more of it.

I am a proud Hufflepuff, and I just love seeing posts like this one.  Embrace your inner Hufflepuff!

Time recently selected the 100 most influential photos, and they’re fascinating to look at!  A lot of the images are very familiar, but the stories behind them aren’t as familiar.  You can explore them via Time, but if you want a straight list, then Bored Panda is your best bet.

November Stuff:

  1. Fantastic Beasts, which I mentioned!  I think I might do a movie review post after thinking about it for a few seconds.
  2. Gilmore Girls, which I also just mentioned.
  3. Thanksgiving!  It was a good day, and there was the Macy’s Parade and food, and it was nice to see my family.
  4. NaNoWriMo.  I wrote 55,000 words last month, which means I won for the 11th year in a row.  I’m not even going to attempt counting novels, since there were quite a few years where I did multiple novels.  I talked about it here, here, here and here.  I have one last post planned for NaNo updates, and then I’m pretty much done talking about it until next year.

Things Happening In December:

  1. Christmas!  I’m excited about Christmas, and I think it’ll be fun.  The shopping won’t be, since I have to go into stores, and this is my least favorite time to go shopping.  But I can’t avoid it, since I (unfortunately) can’t get everything online.  Maybe I just need to plan better and do all of the in-store stuff before Thanksgiving.
  2. Getting back to reading, crocheting, and blogging.  They all took a hit last month, and it’ll be nice to do those things again.  I do want to keep writing the story I was working on, so that may or may not continue.  We’ll see after taking a small break.

Music:

I was going to do a playlist of the music I listened to last month when I was writing, but I just feel lazy right now. I’ll try to share something fun next month.

Have a great weekend!

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Top Ten Tuesday Movie Freebie: Top Ten Holiday Movies

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke And The Bookish.  Every week, bloggers share their own bookish top ten lists based on the topic of the week.  You can check out Ten Tuesdays here.

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Top Ten Movies To Watch October And Christmas

From October all the way to Christmas, there are so many movies I love to watch that are only on this time of year! These are my top ten movies I have to watch during the fall/winter

Halloween/Thanksgiving:

  1. Hocus Pocus!  I love Hocus Pocus, and it’s so fun to watch in October!
  2. Basically anything by Tim Burton.  His movies are the perfect Halloween movies.
  3. It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.  I watch this every single year.  EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR.
  4. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.  It’s definitely one of my favorites!

Christmas: 

  1. The Nightmare Before Christmas.  I know it’s Tim Burton, and I know I said I love to watch his movies in October, but this is the only one I love to watch at Christmas.  Because it is not a Halloween movie.  I repeat IT IS NOT A HALLOWEEN MOVIE.  That is all.
  2. A Charlie Brown Christmas.  This is another one I watch every single year.  I have a soft spot for the Peanuts specials.
  3. All of the stop-motion Christmas movies.  Especially Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.
  4. Home Alone.  I just love Home Alone!
  5. A Christmas Story.  How can you not watch this every year?  It’s on the t.v. all the time!
  6. Love Actually.  I think this is the only time of year I actually watch Love Actually.
  7. Harry Potter.  Because I always associate Harry Potter with winter.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Creepy Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.  Every week, bloggers from all over are invited to share their own top ten lists based on the topic of the week.  You can find all Top Ten Tuesdays here.

Top Ten Scary Covers/Halloween Reads

This week is all about Halloween.  Which is a totally great holiday!  We actually have our choice of best books to read for Halloween or the scariest covers, and I thought it would be fun to split it in half.  So, I don’t pay much attention to book covers these days, and while there aren’t any that I find particularly scary, there are quite a few that I find really creepy!  And there are so many good books to read that are really creepy or just really good to read this time of year.

The Books:

  1. Pretty much anything by Stephen King.  He writes some great stuff that’s perfect to get into the Halloween spirit.  If I had to pick, I think I’d go with It, because it’s super-creepy!
  2. The Storycatcher by Ann Hite.  The Storycatcher has a very creepy/gothic vibe that’s perfect for Halloween.
  3. Variant by Robison Wells.  This is a great Halloween read because there’s something creepy about Maxfield Academy and the lack of adults and the mysterious powers that be that are controlling things.
  4. This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers.  Another zombie apocalypse novel, and the creepiness is that the zombies are hovering in the background, and you’re never sure when they’re going to pop up.
  5. Harry Potter.  I have no idea why, but this is my favorite time of year to re-read the series.

The Covers:

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Christmas Music!

I’ve been putting off a post about Christmas music.  I figured I had more than enough time, but with Christmas being in less than a week, this is my last chance to talk about it.  Oh, sure, I could do it on a day that is not Monday.  I could even do it the Monday after Christmas.  But: I don’t have any other music-related things to talk about.  And talking about Christmas music after Christmas is over?  That’s a little weird. 

There’s something fun about Christmas.  You have the traditional favorites, like Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Winter Wonderland, White Christmas and Jingle Bells.  You have everyone and their mother coming out with Christmas albums (cough*justinbieber*cough).  And you have the novelty songs.  The 12 Days Of Redneck Christmas, anyone? 

That’s right, dear readers, I actually felt the need to buy The 12 Days Of Redneck Christmas.  I don’t have much Christmas music.  Because who doesn’t have All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey? 

I am willing to bet that not a lot of people have Wrock Christmas Songs though.  But really, how could you not like the 12 Days Of Wizard Christmas, Christmastime At Hogwarts, and Have Yourself A Harry Little Christmas?  I definitely like the 12 Wizard Days of Christmas, and I’ve listened to it so many times that I’ve prettty much forgotten the lyrics to the original song.  Honestly, though, what better way to confuse people than to go around singing the lyrics to a song they’ve never heard of because they’re not crazy, obsessed Harry Potter fans? 

There’s something fun about Christmas music, and I think it’s the overall novelty of it.  Music that you pretty much listen to once a year?  I’m in!  Granted, you could listen to it anytime of the year, but there’s just something about listening to Christmas music for one month out of the year.

There’s this whole image in my head of listening to christmas music while drinking some cider and decorating the tree.  Christmas music is magic!

Thanksgiving

Today is Thanksgiving, and last year I wrote about things I was thankful for in terms of writing.  This year, it will be a much more general list!

  • I know this is cliché this time of year, but I’m healthy and alive and stuff.  Especially if I keep my fingers out of sharp objects.  Good health is good!
  • Here’s another cliché know some pretty cool people, and I’m glad I know them! 
  • NaNo: as much as I am struggling this year, I have met some of the cool people above through NaNo.  I wrote a lot more this year than I have in the past few years, and it is because of NaNo last year. 
  • That I’ve discovered a love of baking, cooking, and crochet.  I’m learning how to crochet, and it was a little slow-going at first, but I’m getting the hang of it.  I love being all crafty and domestic! 

That’s all for now, since I need to go make some mashed potatoes and finish baking that apple pie.  Have a great thanksgiving and a great weekend!