October Wrap-Up

Posted October 30, 2017 by Amber in Checking In / 11 Comments

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Well my dears, it’s here!

October has packed her bags and gotten away from me again.  Every year I feel like I’m chasing the autumnal delights of this month, and I just can’t keep up with it!  It’s my favorite time of year, but it’s also one of the busiest times of year, and it just slips away.  I come out at the end panting like it’s been a marathon but the loot was well worth it!  The leaves are off the trees, the air is getting crisp… winter is just around the corner.

This Month’s Haul

Well this month was actually WORSE than the last two months, probably put together.  It further enforces my desires to do a bookshelf read-through and get rid of things that don’t make my heart leap for joy.  On top of October being my birthday month, and my book boxes, October means my town’s twice-annual library sale.  I haven’t been in YEARS.  This library sale turned me on to authors like Stephen King and Anne Rice and as soon as I knew it was happening, I set my heart on it.  It was a bad, bad, bad idea.

So yeah.  That happened.  Some of these are kid’s books that were only $0.25 (irresistible) that will probably be read and donated.  A couple others are replacing books I already own, but are worse for wear.  Seven ARCs this month, and of these I’m PUMPED for Tess of the Road and Love, Hate, & Other Filters.

I know I used that GIF in my check-in post a couple weeks ago, but it still applies!

Anyways, because of this craziness, I’m going to be launching The Great Bookcase Crusade!  It’s going to be my way of wading through my hardcopies, reuniting with old favorites and weeding out the “what was I even thinking?” types.

This Month’s Reads

On the flip side, I feel like I’ve had a pretty good reading month.  As with last month, my calendar is so full and I don’t want to totally overwhelm this blog with reviews as long as I can avoid it, so some of the books I’ve read this month won’t have reviews pop up until November or December.  But if you want a sneak preview, I always post reviews within a few days on Goodreads and LibraryThing, so you can read them there ahead of time!

14 books found

★★★★

★★★

★★★★★

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

★★★★½

★★★

★★★★

★★★★

★★★★½

★★★★

★★★★

★★★★★

★★★½

★★★★

★★★★

lot less fantasy on my reading list this month than I usually have.  Two books reallky blew me away this month:  Turtles All the Way Down and The Hearts We Sold.

This Month’s Writing

Well I got completely distracted this month.  With Halloween on the horizon I’ve been thinking about things like Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic and Salem, Massachusetts.  That witchy vibe which I love.  I think the reason I liked Beautiful Creatures as much as I did was because it had that vibe I’ve been missing and I woke up one morning and had an idea for this story called Ashes to Ashes.  I’ve been plotting and outlining it in a different way than I usually outline, and it’s been delicious autumnal fun.  No in-story words yet, but a couple of my upcoming 15 Minute Ficlets will feature characters from the story, and the outlining is going well, even with my swamped schedule!

If you’d like a peek on Ashes to Ashes, check out my Beautiful Books post!

All the Blog Things

Delightfully, nothing to report!  I’m not redoing anything fancy.  I’ve been trying to back-update featured images and the sort when I need something fun/mindless to do, but otherwise, I’m really happy with what I have going on!

If you take a look at the top menu bar, you’ll see a page called “The Great Bookcase Crusade“.  You can keep track of my quest through all my hardcopy books (from silly children’s books to heavy adult-types) and the mission to pare down to the best of the best.  I’ll probably be messing around with it a little more in the future, but there are nigh 500 books listed (I have a problem) and for now copy/pasting from LibraryThing is the easiest.  I’ll improve the aesthetic as I read through my personal library!

What’s New in Publishing

I’m so proud of myself, I was much more on top of things this month.  October is an awesome month to be a bibliophile.  New books!  Reveals!  A girl can’t ask for anything more.  And it’s my birthday month so obviously these all felt like marvelous birthday surprises.

What else is in the news, guys?  What’re y’all looking forward to?

Great Stuff from the Blogosphere

October’s been a great month for posts and in the interest of space and time and whatnot, I’ve decided to narrow it down to my favorite five posts.  Keep in mind, I’ve been busy at work, so having bookmark 15 amazing topics tells me that I missed so many more.

  • Samantha @ Bookish Villainy has got Arthurian Fiction covered.  If you want to read an in-depth guide to Arthurian fiction, Samantha’s your girl.  This post is a deep discussion about her experiences with the folklore and oral tradition and it’s so intense and insightful and I loved it.
  • May @ Forever and Everly wants you to love yourself.  There is a certain stigma to telling people “I’m a writer” or “I’m a blogger”.  May speaks up against that stigma and encourages all her readers to take ownership of their amazing accomplishments and to be proud of who they are and the projects they’re working on.  Yes, yes, yes.
  • Nicole @ My So-Called Chaos encourages intersectional feminism.  In a movement that is already grossly misunderstood (no, proper feminists do not think women are better than men), Nicole explains the philosophy behind intersectional feminism and why it’s really important to acknowledge all aspects of a person.
  • Cait @ Paperfury and Daley Downing discuss autism and book blogging.  Such an important conversation – Cait and Daley really get down into what it is like to be on the autism spectrum and how it affects they way they read, write, and blog.
  • Julianna @ Blots of Ink and Words discusses author appreciation.  This is one of those things that’s been on my pet peeve list – a lot of readers do take authors for granted.  Julianna does a fabulous job reminding her readers that authors are people too, and they don’t owe us anything and we should appreciate their talent and love their books.

Real Life Adventures

October has been a rush, guys!

The beginning of the month was swallowed up by my best friends’ wedding, and we’ve been catching up ever since!  I got really sick after the wedding and took about a week to recover, then just as my cough was going away – BAM!  Work got busy busy busy.  We knew it was coming, but now I’d like to go back to the humdrum of the summer months.  If you want to read a bit more about the wedding and see ridiculous pictures of us at a bowling alley afterwards, check out this post.

Otherwise, it’s been all to-do lists and catching up.  Shopping for my niece and nephew’s birthdays in the upcoming months.  I had a dentist appointment last Monday, part 2/5 on my treatment plan, and I go back next week.  I hate the dentist so, so much (my dentist is great though).  I have TMJ and it’s not fun, but I’m glad to be getting all this junk over with.

Work has gone into super-crazy-can-you-work-on-Saturday overtime.  I’m so grateful for my planned time off right now, as it’s already been approved and I am gleefully enjoying my R&R (dentist trips and all).

Oh!  We put another down payment on the cruise, too, so that’s still exciting!

Otherwise, I don’t know where October went, but I’d like it back please!

What’s Coming Next Month

I guess we’ll have to put all the ghosts and goblins behind us as we move on into November.  In the States, this means Thanksgiving season!  I never know what’s going on for Thanksgiving – my mother-in-law wants it with her so I have a standing arrangement with my parents that the in-laws get Thanksgiving, they get Easter, and both share Christmas.  Unfortunately where my family is very anal and loves planning things ahead, it’s possible with the in-laws I won’t know a thing about Thanksgiving until the week before.  Not ideal.

As for the blog, though, I’ve got loads of things scheduled already.

A brief preview:

  • Not one, not two, but three unboxings in November!
  • Reviews for a bunch of books I read in October, because I’m a little ahead of myself….
  • Thankful gooeyness, because you know, Thanksgiving.
  • All my favorite Halloween characters because the month isn’t quite over yet!

As for the rest, you’ll have to wait and see!

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How was your October?

What was your favorite book last month?

Are you excited for the holidays just around the corner?

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11 responses to “October Wrap-Up

    • Amber

      I know! I’m actually a bit mad at myself about it? They’re still sitting in the box on the floor because I have no space for them. 🙁

    • Amber

      I’m actually a little ashamed about the haul, haha…. Don’t know where to put them all!

      I wasn’t a huge fan of Legend, but I adored Life As We Knew It… just took me a little while to get into it. 🙂