Claire x Nikki Review November 2015

BitchinRundownClaire x Nikki Mash Ups

Claire’s 5-Cents: Woah! We did so well!
Nikki: *high five!* teamwork!



November! AAAH! What a crazy month! Right? Amirite? Yes, I’m right. Dang! BUT I tabled at my first convention EVER!!! Which was super fun 🙂
So here’s a picture of that:

Thought Bubble 2015

But mostly, HOW is this year almost gone already?? Aaaah!!! Even as a kid I always remarked at how quickly time went. I remember people in high school counting down the ‘never-ending’ days and thinking to myself “this is going to be done with so quickly; what even is your perception of time!?”. I wish I could feel now like they did then, like time is going sooo slowly. Or maybe not. Maybe it’s going at just the right pace. I don’t know. THESE ARE THE THINGS I THINK ABOUT AS THE END OF THE YEAR DRAWS NIGH!


Review :: Invisible Monsters
Underappreciated Books

I dun bad with bloggin’ this month!

Books Read (let me know if you want a review of any of these!)

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Jay Fowler
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

And I only read 2 books this month? Haaaaa :’D

Book of the Month

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Miscellaneous Favourites:

YouTube: OK I’m aware this may seem boring, but I’ve been trying to declutter my life a bit and have been watching a lot of Coco’s videos and reading minimalism blogs and have even started a LIGHT pinterest board dedicated to paring things down a bit. I don’t actually have much to begin with but I manage to collect and keep things like paper (greetings cards, doodles, notes, postcards, old train tickets, coupons, used envelopes/packaging, etc) or keep random things ‘just in case’.

Overall I find Coco quite pleasant, but there tends to be a (very slight) current in minimalism in general which is a bit ‘holier-than-thou’ and neglects what a(n ironic) luxury it is to be able to indulge in a minimalist lifestyle. You have to have a certain amount of privilege to be able to throw things away without batting an eye because, if it turns out you actually need that thing, you can just buy a new one! I don’t want to be a Debby Downer, but that’s (one of the many things) I like to be cognisant about when going down this path. I don’t plan on getting rid of everything I own and only wearing black (that’s a misunderstanding about minimalism). I just want to not accumulate things so freely or hold on to things for sentimental reasons if I can’t do anything with it and it’s just cluttering up my life.
BIG REMINDER: Minimalism is not about having as little as possible (at least not for me) or about only wearing black, white and grey. It’s just about cutting excess and annoying distractions that take away more energy than they’re worth.

organised files

And look how organised my digital files are now! I wish I’d taken a ‘before’ picture so you could see what a wonderful improvement this is over the mess I had to wade through before.



Oh wow where do I begin? November has been awesome! It’s been an emotional rollercoaster, of ups and downs but everything has been overwhelmingly good. In October’s review I mentioned that I started a new job that I was excited to get on with and one month in I can say that I really do like it. I’m happy. I’ll never be one of those people who get up at the crack of dawn and say YAY, WORK! But I don’t dread it and I genuinely enjoy the time when I am working. I dislike my commute but that’s what happens when you live in south London. Also, I made a friend at work and she loves books too! YAY!

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A shot from my view at work (anyone from London will recognise this hopefully) and new and old books in my stack. This is effectively part of my huge TBR!


Books Read

  • Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1) by Anne Rice
  • The Swarm by Frank Schätzing
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • The Bone People by Keri Hulme
  • Possession by A. S. Byatt

Book of the Month



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Anyone who knows me knows that while I like Christmas, I hate the cold with fiery, burning passion. So I’ve been loading up on winter hot chocolate from Costa and Toffee Nut Latte’s at Starbucks. In addition I found this mug at work, isn’t it cute!?


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I am officially super obsessed with Attack on Titan. I’ve watched the films and the anime and trying to get my hands on the manga. It’s amaaaazing oh my goodness. I’ve also been binge watching the heck out of Lord of the Rings for some reason. Just can’t get enough of it.


I watched The Last Witch Hunter this month and I really did enjoy it. I don’t care what the reviews say, I really do like this movie! I also loved the song for the official soundtrack. I’m not a Ciara fan but I really like this son.


How was your November?

The December Bitchin’ Book Club pick is from Nikki and she chose:



About Claire (BWB)

It's Claire (aka Quirky) from Bitches With Books, an online book blog that serves up a healthy dose of book reviews, lists + literary madness.
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