Nov 2, 2016

October Rewind

I did a good chunk of reading and blogging this month (and because of all that I'm behind on all of my TV shows), which pleases me. Buuut I'm starting a full-time job in November and I might have to take the amount of reading and blogging I get done down a notch. I'm hoping to balance it all, but I'll have to wait and see.

Books Read

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
By Your Side by Kasie West
Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton
The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes
Parasite by Mira Grant
Easy by Tammara Webber
The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott
Symbiont by Mira Grant


Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven: I liked it, but I thought it was kind of okay?
The Doorway and the Deep by K. E. Ormsbee: An adventerous sequel, and also, FIFE.
Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton: A fun read, but it was a bit messy.
The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia: Really really really liked this one.
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo: Well, what a pleasant surprise.
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones: This was...a disappointment.

Book of the Month

I had a bit of a struggle picking this month's book, because Crooked Kingdom packed an emotional punch and I really liked Mira Grant's books, but I'm going with The Lovely Reckless because, though it had a few little flaws toward the end, I really really really really really liked it okay.

Book Haul

Yes, I am somewhat dressed up for Halloween.


I talked about books I really like that were recommended to me and some fictional names I am fond of. Waiting on Wednesday brought a fantastic-sounding book featuring demons and hearts and a contemporary novel with skateboarding and a one-armed love interest.

The blog tour for Anna Banks's Nemesis stopped by, so I did a little makeup thing to show you how to get the Nemesis look. I helped celebrate the tenth anniversary (!!!) of the Morganville Vampires, aka one of my favorite series EVER, and the post and tour has all kinds of fun things.

I discussed the nonfictional mourning of fiction--why we feel and suffer when a character dies--and just a few bookish pet peeves.

A new "episode" of the Ninety Second Novel went up featuring S. Jae-Jones's much anticipated Labyrinth retelling Wintersong.

Last but not least, October meant the return of my Halloween feature Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf! This year I put together costumes/cosplays inspired by several fictional characters, and there's a giveaway you can still enter. The featured characters were Manon Blackbeak, Kaz Brekker, Karou, Peter Pan, and Astrid Dane!

Currently Reading

I still need to finish my reread of the Morganville Vampires (I'm only four books in), buuut I lent my cousin the books and she still has a bunch of them. I'd like to finally make a dent in The Secret History, and I plan on getting Mira Grant's Chimera and devouring it. I'm also getting ready to start Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, I need to (re)read Girl With a Pearl Earring for book club, and November seems like the perfect month to finally read The Scorpio Races...and I have a dozen unfinished books that need to be finished.

Currently Watching

I've chosen to spend my time reading instead of watching TV, but for "background noise" I like to watch Blue Bloods when it's on (thanks, nail salon, for putting me on that show).

Currently Listening To


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