Monthly Wrap-Up : November 2023

Monthly Wrap-up: November 2023

Well, after looking back, I haven’t done a single Monthly Wrap-Up post since February of 2023. So in the spirit of getting back on track, I’m pulling one together for November, before it’s time to do all of that Christmas shopping and baking, plus those fun End of the Year Tags. Because I’m not someone that gets any of that done well in advance, in case that wasn’t already abundantly clear. Without further ado, here’s what I was up to in November 2023.

 

Wrap-Up: Games

 

The only games I’ve managed to play lately are Sea of Stars, Ever Crisis, and Harvestella. Since preparing to sell our home, actually selling our place, moving multiple times, and a final move on the horizon for the future, there just hasn’t been a whole lot of time or energy for gaming. Plus, it doesn’t help that all I have access to right now are my phone, laptop, and Switch.

 

Sea of Stars

I’ve been wanting to play Sea of Stars since the game was announced, but it just wasn’t in the cards. I’ve finally had a little bit of time to sit down and play this game, courtesy of PC Game Pass. I’m only a few hours in, but I adore this game. The soundtrack, the world, the characters all give me that same precious feeling that old school Final Fantasy games gave me. Plus, I love turn-based games so much and they just aren’t that common anymore, so it’s been a very relaxing and fun experience, as Sea of Stars manages to both feel nostalgic and comforting and new at the same time.

 

Ever Crisis : Final Fantasy VII

I guess it’s no surprise that I got sucked into a Final Fantasy VII mobile game. Though I was really hesitant to attempt to play a mobile game, I ended up liking it more than I thought I would. However, the grind is really awful in this game, even by gacha standards. I never have the things I need, no matter how much I repeat the same battles over and over again. Add to that an overwhelming amount of simultaneous events and it easily feels like a slog. For now, I’m sticking to it for the characters and the outfits, but if this game wasn’t featuring Final Fantasy VII, I definitely would not play it.

 

Harvestella

Though my motivation for gaming is at an all time low, I did manage to pick up Harvestella again. I started playing this game last year with Eric, but then he had a surprise, last-minute deployment to over the holidays, and I consequently lost all enthusiasm for playing it. So it’s been really fun to pick this game back up. I love that it has a little bit of everything—dungeon crawling, farming simulation, a job system, and a very unique story. I can’t wait to see where it all goes and hopefully I’ll manage to finish it this time.

 

Wrap-Up : Shows

This probably comes as no surprise, but I am behind on literally all of the anime I was watching. And I haven’t watched the latest season of The Dragon Prince, The Mandalorian, or Ahsoka either. I also haven’t watched a K-drama, let alone reviewed one since 2022. But I did watch one show, Only Murders in the Building!

 

Only Murders in the Building

My mom had been dying to give this show a try, so I fired up Hulu and we ended up watching all three seasons in a very short time. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it somehow ended up being just the right blend of quirky, sarcastic, serious, and cozy. We often found ourselves cackling aloud at certain zingers that came completely out of left field from Martin Short’s mouth, or at Steve Martin’s top notch physical comedy, and Selena Gomez’s deadpan retorts. I’ll definitely be wanting to watch future seasons of the show.

 

Wrap-up : Books

Remember last year when I decided to set my Goodreads challenge low so that I didn’t feel any pressure and just focused on the joy of reading? Well, here I am, struggling to even reach my “easy” goal this year with everything going on in my life.  I’ve read seven books this month (not counting the one I DNFed), which is probably about the best I’ve done this year.

 

I did not get to read nearly as many spooky books as I would have liked this year, but the spooky standouts of the month for were The Witchwood Knot and Tonight, I Burn.  Then, on the complete other end of the spectrum, I ended up reading the short, but cute, Twelve Dogs of Christmas upon the recommendation of my mother (and the adorable dogs on the cover), before pivoting to reading the much anticipated follow-up to Fourth Wing, Iron Flame. Following that ending, I needed a bit of a pick-me-up, so I turned to A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting, which did not disappoint, and then another work, Minor Magic, by one of my favorite authors, T. Kingfisher. To top off the reading for the month with a cherry on top, I read Godkiller, which blew me out of the water. Look for that review to come soon.

 

Next Month

So that’s it for November. Though I normally like to look ahead, I am taking it one day at a time right now. So I have no idea what December will hold. But I do know that I’d like to watch the K-dramas, Doona and King of the Land, finish watching Black Clover, and to catch up on Jujustu Kaisen as well (though I’m a little scared for the latter). I also hope to read The Hurricane Wars, which I read back when it was a Star Wars fanfic on AO3. In a similar vein, I stumbled across Inquisitor: Rise of the Red Blade in a Barnes and Noble and would be very interested in reading that as well. Plus, I’d love to finish up the Skyward series, by picking up Defiant.  Gaming wise, I hope to continue (and to, you know, actually finish) Harvestella and Sea of Stars.

I hope you all had a great November and I’ll see you again for the December Wrap-Up!

 

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Posted December 1, 2023 in Geek Life, Monthly Wrap Ups

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6 responses to “Monthly Wrap-Up : November 2023

  1. I need to get Hulu and watch Only Murders in the Building since I hear so many good things about it! My son and I have been playing Super Mario Wonders which was perfect since we went to Osaka, Japan last week and hit up Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios and managed to find the Nintendo store in Kyoto – my kids are big Nintendo fans! Hope you have a great December!

    • It was very much worth the cost of the Hulu sub! I hope you enjoy it if/when you get around to watching it. ?
      Ahh, Super Mario Wonders looks so cute! Wow, that’s so cool! I love that you guys got to go to the Nintendo Store in Japan too!
      Thank you, you too! ?

  2. We just got Hulu on a deal for Black Friday and I really want to see Only Murders. You and Robin share similar tastes in The Witchwood Knot and Godkiller.

    Anne – Books of My Heart

  3. The months go by so quickly, don’t they? It’s hard to keep up sometimes. Good luck with December, I hope it’s a good month?

    • They really do and it certainly is. Hopefully I can keep up with my wrap-ups going forward because I enjoy being able to look back at what I did and when. Thank you, Tammy! I hope you have a great December too!

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