I think I achieved the majority of my goals and I’m very happy with how my month went even if I didn’t get to do everything I expected or wanted to do.Continue reading “October Wrap Up & Book Haul of 2019”
October was such a hectic month as far as feelings go. I don’t even know if it was more negative than positive because everything is just mashed up together… and it just flew by!
I was WORRIED, STRESSED, really fucking FRUSTRATED and just generally ANXIOUS for most of the time – partially because of my own subconsciously self-imposed pressure – and also because I’m an unnecessarily overcomplicated person. I mean, really, I worry about so much stupid stuff nowadays that I didn’t use to before – and it pisses me off that one of those things is still what other people might think of me (I’m slowly overcoming that though).
Some things that really fucking irritated me: my country’s bureaucratic bullshit; people who say they’ll call and let you know if you got/didn’t get the job – but then don’t. I’m an adult, I can handle rejection. Also, people who email you for a job interview and then disappear mysteriously after you reply to them…
Still, I was also very ENTHUSIASTIC and HAPPY about many things.
My mom and I will be moving sometime in November or December to a house that’s about one kilometer away from the beach – so that’s amazing and exciting!
Sweater Weather is here! And I’m loving it! This soft summer that we had this year was wonderful and I’m so glad this year Autumn is “behaving” like it’s supposed to – so rain, lots of wind and cold!
I started writing again and I’m not worried or anxious or having complicated thoughts about this at all. It’s fantastic. (It seems silly, but I’ve tried not feeling or being this way about my writing – and everything else in my life – before but it didn’t work.)
PLUS, I read most of the books that were on my TBR (7 / 10)!
What I read:
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – 4 stars
- The History of Bees by Maja Lunde – 3 stars
- A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin – 4 stars
- Winter Turning by Tui T. Sutherland – 3 stars
- Escaping Peril by Tui T. Sutherland – 3.9 stars
- Talons of Power by Tui T. Sutherland – 3.5 – 4 stars
- Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo – 4.5 stars
- The Demon in the Woods (short story) by Leigh Bardugo – 4 stars
I decided not to read The Mystery Knight: The Graphic Novel after all. I was interested in it mostly for the graphics but once I read the original story of The Mystery Knight I didn’t think that short book could possibly illustrate it faithfully. It was probably my favorite of the three short stories in A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.
What I Watched:
I decided this was finally going to be the October in which I watched a bunch of scary movies. So, I tried to do a 31 days of Halloween kind of challenge – and I failed miserably! I only watched 8 horror movies.
I ended up giving up mostly because it seemed like every movie I wanted to watch was really shitty and the ones I did know were really good and scary I didn’t really want to watch (like Lights Out, which I don’t want to watch because I used to be really afraid of the dark and I’m still pretty uncomfortable in the dark for several reasons, most of which irrational).
- My favorites: Venom, Paranormal Activity 4 and The Blair Witch Project.
- My least favorites: Crazies, The Cabin in the Woods, Mom and Dad and The Witch.
- I also watched The Dark Tower (movie adaptation of a Stephen King book) and it was a hugeeee disappointment.
In terms of series, I watched so many and from such different genres.
- My favorites: Grey’s Anatomy (s13), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (s5), The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Spellman (s1), 9-1-1 (s2)
- My Least Favorites: Siren (s1)
- Entertaining but Ultimately Average: Grimm (s1)
- The Ones I’m Currently Watching / Pretty Interested In: 9-1-1 (s2), Manifest (s1), Legacies (s1), The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Spellman (s1), Grey’s Anatomy (s14).
Reviews & Other Posts:
I had a lovely and terribly busy month and let me warn you that this is going to be a very long post.
Reading Wrap Up:
Let me, first of all, tell you of all the great and exciting books I read this month. I was very lucky to have read such wonderful books. I loved ALL of them, some more than others, of course, but I strongly recommend all of them.
- Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor – 4.5 stars
- Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor – 5 stars
- The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – 5 stars
- The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – 5 stars
- The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham – 4 stars
- Turtles All The Way Down by John Green – 5 stars
all the goddamn stars
I won’t be reading as much this month as I have quite a few assignments and I’m also going to try to focus on writing. Although I won’t be participating in NaNoWriMo this year (and I shouldn’t have tried to last year), I am hoping to catch some of that motivation and inspiration.
So, the reviews for these books and the reviews I’m still missing for the books I read in September should partly if not all be published in November and December. I’d really like to start the year with an empty drafts folder.
I bought seven books this month! I’d like to say I shouldn’t have or I didn’t want to, but of course, I wanted to buy them and I wanted to read them. I’ve been thinking about selling some of my books (the ones that I disliked or some of my older books) though I’m not sure where and how yet (but there is this one local second-hand stuff fair open to all who want to participate so I might try there).
- Turtles All The Way Down – John Green
- Call Me By Your Name – André Aciman
- Lord of Shadows – Cassandra Clare
- Godsgrave – Jay Kristoff *
- The Psychopath Test – Jon Ronson *
- Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy – Cassandra Clare *
- The Last Namsara – Kristen Ciccarelli *
(Ever since I read Danielle’s (@thechroniclesofdanielle) review of The Last Namsara, I’ve been super intrigued and excited about it. Go check it out!)
*My latest order that I literally placed yesterday that won’t arrive for another two weeks, probably.
Blog Anniversary: 1 Year Blogging
This won’t be a very large comment but I’d just like to say that I quite enjoyed this year of blogging and that I plan to continue and get better at it (and more consistent too). I started it to get free ARCs and so I really wanted to get lots of followers fast, to be honest, but I don’t really care about that anymore and I’m really enjoying not caring what other people think and just sharing my thoughts
(though I’m definitely censoring myself in the swearing aspect of my reviews – which is to say I’m not – but I do quite a lot of it in real life).
Here are some of my posts from this month (actually these are the only posts from this past month because I was very busy and in London at one point.)
- Review: Strange The Dreamer
- Review: Crown of Midnight
- Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
- My London Trip