November 2020 Reading List

I know I kind of did a Fall Reading List, but I finished most of the books on there and I’m ready to move on😂 So today I’m going to show you all of the books that I want to read this November.

I’m coming pretty close to finishing up my 2020 Reading Challenge which is exciting! I only have 5 prompts left👌 This month I’m hoping to knock out 3-4 of them, so I’ll only have one or two going into December. 20 books is about the right size of a challenge for me, which is good to know for next year! It’s good because it allows me to still read some books outside of the challenge, and not be restricted by it, but I still read lots of books that I wouldn’t have normally.

The novels I read last month were actually really good and I enjoyed them. All The Light We Cannot See was a beautiful story, and Sophie’s World was really interesting. And then I had Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, which I finished in like two days😂 It was such a good and easy read and I could put it down!

I was supposed to read The Guinevere Deception last month too, but just didn’t get around to it. This also happened in the summer. So this month I absolutely NEED to read it. Thats in the list, as well as three other titles that are very different from each other. I’m really excited to dive into them! Here they are:)

The Tao of Pooh

This book is super short and so it fits into my prompt of “Less Than 200 Pages”. It basically details how the calm attitude of Winnie the Pooh is like that of a Taoist. All of Pooh’s friends are either fretful, hesitant, calculative, or dogmatic, but Pooh just is. This book is philosophical, but has a good mix of dialogue between characters and information directly from the author. I don’t think that it would be classified as a novel like Sophie’s World though, if you’re looking for something like that. Hope fully this will be an easy and interesting read! I have a couple of longer novels on this month’s list so I wouldn’t mind finishing this one up quickly like I did with And Then There Were None.

The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code is a sort of mystery thriller that begins when Robert Langdon awakes to a phone call that there has been murdered in the Louvre, and his body is covered in strange symbols. Along with cryptologist Sophie Neveu, Robert begins to find a trail of clues in works by Leonardo da Vinci, leading to a secret society and a fantastic plot. I chose this novel because it’s been banned, which is one of my prompts. It was banned in Lebanon, Manila, and India during certain times because of its controversial claims about Christ and Christianity. So that’s fun. I’ve seen this movie with Tom Hanks and it’s actually pretty good, so I’ll probably read this novel and then re watch the movie again, and pick up on some stuff that I didn’t before. I haven’t got around to watching The Great Gatsby yet which I need to do.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

This is one of the ONLY books I could find that has 20 in the title. So we’re going with it. It’s about a professor named Pierre Aronnax and his assistant who are called upon to investigate a strange “monster” that seems to be disrupting international shipping, along with the US navy. But the pair soon discover that it’s not a monster at all, but a futuristic submarine called the Nautilus. Along with the sub’s captain, Nemo, they explore the depths and wonders of the ocean on a magnificent journey that covers 20,000 leagues, or 50,000 miles. I’ve never read a Jules Verne novel before, so it should be a fun and relaxing read. Actually, one of the main characters in All The Light We Cannot Sea read it, which is kind of cool! I’m going to order this one on Amazon, because the only copies I can find at Chapters are very expensive.

The Guinevere Deception

So I’ve given a brief description of this book like two times already now, but I guess I’ll do a quick one again. This novel fits into my “Title With More Than Twenty Letters” prompt, and is about Guinevere, who is sent by Merlin to marry King Arthur to help protect Camelot. Although she’s hiding her true identity- and is much more powerful than she looks. She’ll give up everything to defend the city, and navigates an intimidating court, magical settings, and duplicitous knights. Can’t wait to finally read this after putting it off for so long!

There’s my list for this month! Let me know if you’ve read any of the books on there and if you liked them. Hope your found some book-spiration and I’ll see you guys on Friday:))

Yours Truly,

Olivia:)))

November 2020 Bullet Journal Set-Up

Hey guys! October is coming to an end which is sad because my black and white moon theme was SO dramatic, simple and fun to do. I’m going to miss it✨ For November I’m doing something kind of different as well though, so it should be interesting!

I recently finished reading Sophie’s World (it was on my October Reading List, go check it out👍), which is a novel all about the history of mostly western philosophy. Anyways I really liked it; it makes you think about questions that you never really tackle in day to day life. Definitely recommend👌 It inspired me to do sort of a philosophy/abstract art/geometric/doodley theme for November😂 This may be a lot to take in. Let me explain.

At first I was just trying to figure out how to do a philosophy theme, like which doodles to do and stuff. And then I drew a bust of Plato on the front page, and was looking at how to draw those doodles around him, because I can’t just draw busts for the whole month because they take me forever😂 But instead of drawing philosophical doodles, I just ended up doing a bunch of geometric shapes. I was inspired by that kind of 80s pattern with all the dots and squiggles and different things like that:

So my final theme kind of reminds me of modern or abstract art, which I think is super cool! I’m definitely keeping that philosophy undertone with a bunch of busts and philosophical quotes though👌

Not gonna lie, I’m very surprised and proud of how my busts turned out. Usually I CANNOT draw people to save my life, so this was kind of an anomaly that you probably won’t see again😂😂 I hope you guys like these spreads and can draw some inspo from them! Even if you don’t want to draw the busts, just the shapes by themselves is a fun theme that you can play around with. Here’s my set-up!

First is my title page! I have my bust of Plato surrounded by abstract doodles. The colours that I used this month are all Zebra Mildliners, and I used this reddish-pink colour, a blue, a light green, and a purple. They’re all kind of the same saturation and I think they work well together:) I have my quote page on the opposite side as usual, and I also used my grid washi tape again this month because I think it fits in with the theme and adds a little something. I’ve actually been using some Faber-Castell black fineliners since my Sakura ones ran out, and I love them! The ink is so black and the sizes are perfect.

After a while of that half-page calendar layout, I finally switched back to this full page one. I feel like this one is just easier to use and plan with, plus you can see everything really easily. I still made room for goals and tasks though, and wrote out another philosophical quote from Socrates. I don’t really know how to describe the font I did this month, but it’s all caps and kind of rounded. I tried to space it out and fill up a whole square with each letter to make it look unique.

On to my trackers! I was brave enough to draw out another bust- Aristotle this time- and then I did more shapes and some more washi tape. As usual I’m tracking lots of habits, mood, productivity and workouts. The quote I have at the bottom is perfect for this spread! “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle

Loving my Gratitude Log and Blog planner this month! The shapes are so fun and everything looks very minimalist which is new for me- I like to fill the page lol. Anyways, I only wrote out the numbers once in this spread because I’ll just use the same line each day. I made sure to include a lot of quotes throughout this set-up to keep up the philosophy theme, so there’s another one at the bottom.

And lastly, my first weekly spread of November. Just did some simple boxes, a few doodles, and yet another quote. I also included a thoughts section, because you never know maybe I’ll have some philosophical thoughts that I’ll need to write down.

There’s my set-up for the month! Let me know if you’ve started your November journal yet, and what theme you went with. I’ll see you guys later in the week with some great recipes:) Have a great day!

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

November Bullet Journal Set-Up with October Monthly Recap

Hi guys! I’m super excited for this month’s theme, and had sooo much fun setting it up! I’m doing poppies, and using a couple different shades of red. However, I’m going for more of a scrapbookish look, since I found an amazing paper pad with tons of poppy designs in it. Hope you like it!

Here’s my October Monthly Recap. The gold is just so pretty and compliments everything really well;))

So this is my title page for November! I hand drew a lot of poppies, but cut some out from my paper pad as well. I also used some washi tape and a ripped-paper effect for extra pizazz.

My calendar spread turned out super pretty as well;) I used paper on the corners this time, so that looks cool. I’m also loving the look of writing on white paper and cutting it out to paste it in my journal.

This really cool black and white poppy paper is a feature in my trackers section! I LOVE IT! I’m also doing something different for my mood tracker this month; I’ll be using a bar graph format. The higher the bar, the better my mood.

I decided that I did need a blog planner next to my gratitude log;) It will help me stay more organized when it comes to posting.

I only included two days in my first weekly spread, so I covered the other half of the page with more poppy paper. I’ll probably turn the page opposite this one into a quote page.

That’s all for now! I love how these spreads turned out, and I’m having lots of fun playing around with my pretty papers and washi tapes. See you later!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;)))

November Bullet Journal Set-Up

I can’t believe it’s November already! This year is just flying by……. on the 22nd it will be the first anniversary of MyDayIsBooked.com! But first things first; I need to set-up my bullet journal so I can plan out my month. For November I’m going with a tea and book theme, because when I think of fall I think of curling up with a hot mug of tea and a good book. I added some leaves in there too for extra fallness (fallness in now a word). There are some changes within a few of my spreads because I want to so some experimenting, but I absolutely looooooovvvvvveeee how they turned out. So scroll down and take a peek already!

 

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My accent colours for this month are light purple and grey. On my title page I have doodles of falling leaves, steaming mugs of tea, and a couple of books. There are some purple and grey dots just to fill in the empty spaces. I thought that my quote for this month is really cute; “leaves are falling, books are calling”, although books are always calling, so…….. Anyways, these pages look really good, except for the fact that I didn’t  search up how to draw a book before I drew the big book that I wrote November on, and it doesn’t look the best. Whatever. It’s not like I want to smack myself on the forehead every time I look at it or anything.

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One of my favourite calendar layouts yet! Just lots of doodles and dots. I’m really proud of how my calligraphy skills are coming along though! Also, I starting adding drop shadows to a lot of my drawings, and it gives a really cool effect. You’re going to notice a lot of black boxes with silver writing throughout my spreads this month, and this is because I made a lot of mistakes. Basically anywhere I messed up, I drew over it in black and then rewrote whatever needed rewriting in silver. #BulletJournalHacks

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Here are all of my trackers for this month. For my habit tracker, I just reverted back to an old classic; numbering off thirty squares, and the filling them in if I did a particular habit that day. My mood tracker is a bit different from usual though, it’s more like a chart. Each day I’ll draw a dot in the square that corresponds to my mood. I don’t know if you can see it, but at the bottom of the page there’s a legend with different little faces; to the right is happy and to the left is not so happy. I’m connecting the dots so it looks like a graph of sorts. You may have realized that I didn’t include a space to plan my blog posts this month, and this is because I found that I don’t really use it all that much. So I just included another book quote to fill that empty space.

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My first weekly spread has a bit of a scrapbookish feel to it. This is all due to the card stock I glued in there. I also printed of a black and white photo of leaves falling off of trees, which I love. Since school has started, I’ve also been including a place to write down homework that is due and tests that are coming up, so that I can see everything that I need to do in one place. The rest of this spread is pretty self-explanatory.

 

There we go! Now I can start planning my month.Hopefully you found my spreads inspiring! Have a great week;)

 

Yours Truly, MydayIsBooked:)))))))