What’s been happening in November?

November has been a busy, but fantastic month.

I’ve been to a fantastic dinner party with friends, saw Rag’n’Bone Man live in Glasgow, attended the Andy Murray charity night in Glasgow and saw Andy and Roger Federer play tennis, went to a family party, learned how to make fresh pasta from scratch and more.

Seeing Rag’n’Bone Man live was superb. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone with as powerful a voice as he does. His two support acts were great too and have given me plenty of new music to listen to!

Thomas and I also booked our first every ski holiday for March next year! We’re travelling with Thomas’ sister and her partner to Pamporovo in Bulgaria for one week and we cannot wait.

Books I’ve been reading in November… 

I’ve been reading a bit more this month as I realised I was a few weeks behind on my challenge of reading 52 books (1 per week) in 2017. Plus who doesn’t like getting cosy with a blanket, some candles and a good book on autumn nights?! I’ve now got to finish 6 books in December to achieve my target of 52 books. Shouldn’t be too difficult!

My first book of November was A Death in Sweden by Kevin Wignall. I read one of Wignall’s other novels earlier this year and enjoyed it, so decided to try another one. I really enjoyed this book, all about a hired killer who then is being hunted himself.

Next I read The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty. This wasn’t my usual type of book, but I found myself enjoying it so much and really investing in the characters. The story is silly but fun and the characters are very likeable. A great light-hearted read.

Then I moved onto The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly. I’ve loved Connelly’s Bosch novels for years and this one was no different. In fact, it was one of my favourites.

After that I read Val McDermid’s Out of Bounds, a book that my dad gave me after he’d read it. It’s a detective novel set in Scotland and I loved the Scottish humour and having knowledge of many of the places in the book.

My last read of the month was Cold Granite by Stuart MacBride, another book recommended to me by my dad. Also another crime fiction read by Scotland and the first in a series about Detective Logan McRae.

Blogs I’ve been reading in November… 

I was asked to contribute some of my wisdom about cruising to a post entitled How The Smartest Cruisers Pack When They Travel, on the Cruise 1st blog. This is a great article full of smart packing tips from some of the biggest names in the cruise industry. If you’re heading off on a cruise and don’t know what to do packing wise, this is a must read!

I’ve really been enjoying Vicky’s posts all about her new house. She’s a travel blogger who recently splashed out and bought her own pad, which needs rather a lot of work. I’ve been enjoying her chatty updates as she experiences the highs and lows of being a homeowner. Also, I’m pretty nosy so I love seeing how other people decorate and style their homes.

I loved Rosie’s post on what to pack for a ski holiday, as I’ve just booked my first ever ski trip for March next year. I’m totally excited about my first ever ski trip, so this post came at a perfect time.

New posts for November… 

Christmas Present Ideas for Travel Lovers

My 2018 Travel Wishlist

Easy Tips on How to Stay Motivated Working From Home

Best Books to Gift This Christmas

5 Places I’d Like to Visit Off-Season

Why I Love Food Tours When Travelling

Why Choosing Where to Travel is So Difficult

A Dreamy Long Weekend in Portugal

What’s happening in December? 

I started off November planning a trip to Amsterdam for December with Thomas and another couple. Unfortunately, we had to opt out of the trip as Thomas is being called away to work. He’ll be away for both Christmas and New Year, so we’re having a ‘Fake Christmas Day’ this weekend with all the family.

Other than that we’re heading to an ice hockey match with 6 friends, hosting a wine tasting night, and lots of other fun festive stuff. I’ll be spending Christmas Day at my brother’s house. It’s his birthday on Christmas Day and he loves to host everyone. He’s a great cook, so it’ll be a fantastic day!

And that’s it for another month! As always, thank you for taking the time to check into my blog and read about all my adventures and musings. If you’re not already then please follow along on Twitter and Facebook to stay even more up to date.  

Have a great time over the festive period everyone!

Emma x