So Long to Apple Cider & Autumn Leaves: The October Wrap Up

Posted October 29, 2018 by Amber in Checking In / 4 Comments


October is my favorite month of the year.  Between the spooky Halloween aesthetics, nutmeg and clove in the air, and beautiful leaves… it’s the most gorgeous month of the year in New England.  Add in the fact that it’s no longer 90-degrees with 100% humidity and that my birthday is in October, this is just generally a good month.  And while I’m sad to see it go, I’m excited to see what November will bring.

Without further ado, I present: October.


Remember last month when I only hauled two books?  Yeah, that was adorable.  The beginning of October typical means a lot of new books for me – I’ll buy them for myself as a birthday present.  I also tend to go book box crazy in October because it is the month of Harry Potter and witches and those are some of my favorite book aesthetics!

Add on preorders, and … yeah.  A lot of books this month!  My brother and his girlfriend sent me Heretics AnonymousRed RisingNice Try Jane Sinner, and Enclave.  And I got acceptance from NetGalley for The Gilded Wolves!  I haven’t requested anything from NetGalley in a while, so I was super surprised when I got the acceptance email!  That said, I’m really enjoying what little I’ve read of The Gilded Wolves.  I haven’t read Roshani Chokshi before, and she has an amazing voice.



Sky in the Deep / ★★★★★ – What a refreshing, wonderful book!  Adrienne Young’s debut makes me want to read everything she writes, ever.  I can’t think of a single negative thing to say about this book.  I loved the Norse mythology aesthetics and the slow burn romance and the characters and everything.

Sleeping Giants / ★★★★★ Hands down, this is the best audiobook I’ve ever listened to.  The cast recording was incredible, but the story was also really good.  It’s in an untraditional format – told in interviews – but it was really good.

Six of Crows / ★★★★★ – All I can say is that the hype on this book was really well deserved.  Incredible characters, a gripping storyline and just the right number of twists and turns.  I’m sold.


As y’all know from yesterday’s announcement, I’ve decided to do NaNoWriMo again!  I’ve loosely plotted out some sort of story for this one, but I’m worried about following the plot outline.  This is the first pure contemporary I’ve written.  I started the beginning a little trying to get the flow for it – mostly just the first scene.  It’s starting off slow and I’m already a bit stuck.

As usual, NaNoWriMo means more writing and less reading, so I imagine November will be a little lighter with reviews.  I’ve been working hard to pre-write November’s posts so I can focus on A Star Danced, but I didn’t quite make it to the end of the month… Hopefully I’ll have words left for a few posts and not get way behind for December, yikes!


No changes… or even really corrections happened on the blog this month.  October is a weird month for me in terms of busy-ness and general mood… so I’ve got to be real honest and say there was a minimum of writing done.  I did do a lot of reading, which I think quite made up for it. 🙂

This month’s favorites were My Ten Favorite Book Subjects (The Data Speaks!) and my review for Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.  The popularity of the review does not surprise me since the book is so popular, but I’m really happy y’all enjoyed the book subjects post!  That one took forever to write because of the research and all the images, haha, so it is nice to see that paid off.


To be honest?  I’m starting to feel a bit rundown.  The thing about vacations – even super fun ones like Disney – is that they’re getaways… but not restful at all.  I have a few PTO days scheduled soon which I’m hoping to use to a.) sleep in; and b.) do some writing.  Otherwise, there hasn’t been a lot going on in my world.  My birthday was at the beginning of the month, but we didn’t do anything special.

I’ve actually been enjoying a really light month.  Work has been… well, work.  But the weekends have just been standard adulting without any social obligations.  I love my friends to bits and pieces but I just don’t have any extra energy to spare for them right now – I’m using it all up at work.  Huzzah for being an introvert!


As I mentioned earlier, I think we can expect a lighter month in November.  I’ll be writing!

I do have bits and pieces already scheduled for y’all.  For example, there’s a Hocus Pocus book tag coming this Wednesday, and a thankfulness Top Ten Tuesday later in the month.  I talk about annotations and age designations!

Y’all know I don’t generally do TBRs, but I can promise you a review for Mirage by Somaiya Daud at some point this month, and hopefully at least one other 2018 debut.  The year’s running out so I really want to dig in and read all my debuts!

In the meanwhile, keep at eye on my Instagram stories because I have of unboxings in November and I’m totally pumped to share them with you!  Off the top of my head, there should be October’s Scribbler, November’s OwlCrate, October’s FairyLoot, November’s Enchanted Book Box… and a couple other smaller ones (Nerdy Post, Dreamy & Co., Gillywick Goods)… so lots of merch!


How was your October?

What was the most exciting thing you did this month?

Tell me about one book that inspired you.

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4 responses to “So Long to Apple Cider & Autumn Leaves: The October Wrap Up

    • Amber

      I absolutely loved Sky in The Deep, and I am so excited by how good it was. I read another Norse-esque YA fantasy this year and did NOT enjoy it, so this was a great change!

  1. I love that all your top books of the month start with the letter S. I really want to check out Sleeping Giants, so that’s great you liked it. Happy Belated Birthday! I hope November is a bit more restful for you – social wise, at least. I don’t think I’ll do NaNo officially, because it’s going to be a busy month for me with vacation, etc. so I doubt I’ll get 50k. HOWEVER, I do want to get back into my own WIP and I think November would be a motivating month.


    • Amber

      The “S” thing was super unintentional. XD I actually read so many good books in October, but I really wanted to keep it to three. Honorable mention DEFINITELY goes to The Deepest Roots, which I LOVED but read later in the month after I had already written this section. XD

      November is a great month for novelling because even if you AREN’T doing NaNo, so many people do that there is an overwhelming breadth of support for aspiring authors available in the world this month. 🙂