October Wrap-Up || November TBR (2016)


I’m so, so glad that October has come to an end! This month has been crazy busy and tiring for me in real life —Β most days I spent on my couch or on my bed, extremely exhausted, trying to get over my lethargy to no avail. I’m actually not sure why. It could be the weather — if it’s not too hot, then it’s too cold, nothing in between — but it could also just be that I am burning out a little bit and desperately need a break.Β πŸ’€


This month I’ve been:

  • Watching a lot of TV shows:Β I’m almost done withΒ Parks and Rec, I just startedΒ The Mindy Project, I followedΒ The Bachelorette Australia… oh, and I’m thinking of startingΒ Brooklyn Nine Nine.
  • Cooking a lot. Best thing I made this month would’ve been these matcha egg tarts and a whole pan of cauliflower mac and cheese.
  • Taking lots of bookstagram pics. I get the Instagram hype now, guys, I do.Β πŸ˜‚

Anyway! This month’s blog posts have been a lot of just publishing what I’ve already drafted ages ago, such as…

Book Reviews

Book Looks

Miscellaneous Posts

Around the Blogosphere

All ThingsΒ Reading
All Things Blogging

Most Anticipated Reads

The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys Maggie StiefvaterEven if Blue hadn’t been told her true love would die if she kissed him, she would stay away from boys. Especially the ones from the local private school. Known as Raven Boys, they only mean trouble.

But this is the year that everything will change for Blue.

This is the year that she will be drawn into the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys. And the year Blue will discover that magic does exist.

This is the year she will fall in love.

I read this book aaaages ago but never followed through with the series! Hopefully I like it as much as I did the first time. 😊

Life in a Fishbowl – Len Vlahos

life-in-a-fishbowl-len-vlahosFifteen-year-old Jackie Stone is a prisoner in her own house. Everything she says and does 24/7 is being taped and broadcast to every television in America. Why? Because her dad is dying of a brain tumor and he has auctioned his life on eBay to the highest bidder: a ruthless TV reality show executive at ATN.

Gone is her mom’s attention and cooking and parent-teacher conferences. Gone is her sister’s trust ever since she’s been dazzled by the cameras and new-found infamy. Gone is her privacy. Gone is the whole family’s dignity as ATN twists their words and makes a public mockery of their lives on Life and Death. But most of all, Jackie fears that one day very soon her father will just be . . . gone. Armed only with her ingenuity and the power of the internet, Jackie is determined to end the show and reclaim all of their lives, even in death.

So… I’m newly obsessed with reality TV and it’s definitely, definitelyΒ translating to what I like or want to read. I’ve an ARC for this one and I’m hoping it’ll be preeeetty brilliant. 🐠

Carry On – Rainbow Rowell

Carry OnSimon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here – it’s their last year at Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

I actually had no plans reading this book until I heard Rainbow Rowell speak at a writers festival and know, without a doubt, that I want to read everything she’s ever written. I’ve heard this is pretty fanfiction-y and shippy, and I love that kind of books.Β πŸ’–

How has your October been?Β πŸŽƒ

63 thoughts on “October Wrap-Up || November TBR (2016)

  1. Thanks so much for featuring my Goodreads group post! 😊 Some egg tarts sound pretty good! I hope you start feeling better. You’ve had a great reading month in October though! That’s great!


  2. Thank you so much for sharing my post on book hangovers!! 😱😊 OHMYGOD, those egg tarts look so good, I’m craving them now. My family and I go into Scarborough (equivalent of Chinatown in Canada) only a few times a year. We always stock up on egg tarts during those trips (and Asian cuisine).

    A little me-time is always the best remedy when I feel like I’m about to burn out. I hope you have a better month! πŸ™‚


  3. It seems like you had a pretty solid reading month! October was terrible for me in terms of reading and blogging and was definitely a bit on the crazy busy side like you. Also, those matcha egg tarts look really good. If I get the chance I so want to try that recipe. I hope November is better for you in terms of energy! πŸ’•


    • It’s actually been OK – I’m just super backlogged on reviews so I’m publishing stuff I wrote ages ago, haha. Sorry to hear that October also wasn’t the kindest to you, and here’s hoping November will be a better month for both of us. πŸ’—

      The matcha egg tarts are a must-try if you enjoy baking! I loved the result. πŸ˜‰

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      • Ah! Well it’s still great that you’re prepared with some old reviews. If only I was that organized haha. πŸ™ˆ
        I don’t do a lot of baking but when I’m able to I have so much fun with it. I’ll definitely have to try that recipe. 😊


  4. Yay to another month! I’ve been watching a lot of tv shows as well this month… and read way less books than usual haha I guess I was just tired of reading back then. And awww the hype of bookstagram is real and contagious!! Been there, done that hahaha best to stock as many photos when the hype is around because there WILL BE a slump someday πŸ˜› I also just finished The Deal and The Mistake a couple days ago and I might be into NA romance now… help!! Hahaha they’re just so fun and quick but why are there always topless guys on the covers? It makes me feel self-conscious reading them :’) I hope you enjoy The Raven Boys even better this time, because I think it’s the kind of book that gets better with each read. And thank you for featuring my post, have a wonderful November, Reg! ❀


    • Thanks for the tip! I think the first thing I foresee is that I will soon run out of (physical) books, haha. I don’t have a lot here in Aus and try not to buy so much in case I’ll move, so I’ve just been relying on the library a whole lot and start taking pics of my e-books. πŸ˜‚

      I knooow, I really enjoy the Off-Campus series and would likely pick up more NA if only their covers aren’t so… in-your-face? I’m just not a fan of the topless covers. 😩

      And no worries at all, thank you! πŸ’—


  5. Looks like you had an awesome October as far as reading is concerned! Your November reads are awesome too, at least the ones I’ve read (Carry On and The Raven King), so I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!


  6. You had a busy October! Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite authors and since IEWU was your first book of hers, you should read the others! (Slammed series is pretty great!) I haven’t had the time to continue with Broken Prince but I agree that the first book was pretty addicting.

    Hope you continue to enjoy your books this month and sending you lots of positive energy!! β™₯


    • It was indeed very hectic! I haven’t read a lot of Colleen Hoover but I’ll keep Slammed in mind for next time – I think what I’m going to pick up next is Maybe Someday as it seems a bit… happier? Like not too dramatic, haha.

      And thank you! I really appreciate it. πŸ’—

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      • Maybe Someday is a good choice! LOVED that one too, but then I guess I just love everything Colleen Hoover! πŸ˜€ It’s a great book so I REALLY hope you enjoy it. πŸ™‚

        And, you’re welcome!


  7. My October was ok, but not really good month for me. This month is going to be a little hectic. My mother is going to coming to visit for Thanksgiving. Hopefully, I can finish reading Relic this weekend and one of the Overdrive books I have on hold.


  8. Great recap this month Reg! I am seriously in awe of how many books you’ve managed to get through as well, and it seems like you really enjoyed them because there are a lot of four star reviews there too! πŸ™‚
    You really REALLY need to start Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It is such an amazing TV show and so funny as well. I managed to get my friend hooked and we’ve literally had conversations where it’s been mostly us laughing as we’ve recounted parts of our favourite episodes! πŸ˜€
    I can’t wait for you to start Te Raven Boys either, it’s such an amazing series, one of my all-time favourites, so I really hope you enjoy it.
    It sounds like you had a pretty busy October, I know that feeling, so I hope November is better for you, or calmer at least. πŸ˜€


    • Thank you! These were really just drafted reviews from ages ago, haha. I did OK with reading in October, but tbh my exhaustion could also be because I was reading a lot throughout the night. I need more self-discipline! πŸ™ˆ

      I’m definitely planning on Brooklyn Nine-Nine! That sounds like my kind of show. And thank you so much – I’m really enjoying The Raven Cycle and I also hope November is calmer. It’s crazy how busy things can get sometimes! πŸ’•

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      • Ahh I’ve read through the night before, always seems worth it at the time but then the next morning you’re definitely suffering and wondering why you ever thought it was a good idea!
        Oh it is amazing, I hope you enjoy it Reg. And that’s all right, I hope you continue to enjoy it in that case.
        I know that feeling, I’m hoping the rest of this year calms down a little! ❀


  9. Happy November, Reg! And oh my goodness, that cauliflower mac and cheese recipe looks divine! I’m definitely giving it a go (minus the bacon because I’m vegetarian though).

    I’m so glad you liked Replica! My copy arrived in the mail today and the book is utterly gorgeous. By the way, how did you read it with the split POVs? And, omg, Just Listen is one of my favorite Dessen reads. Owen’s such a sweetheart, and I just want to give Annabel a hug after all she’s been through. T.T

    Oh no! Well I hope that everything calms down and you’ll feel much more energized this month. πŸ™‚


    • Thanks, Summer! I actually skipped the bacon as well (mostly because I didn’t have bacon) and it tasted great even without. I did add perhaps more cheese than recommended, though. πŸ˜‰

      I alternated the chapters for Replica! I think the advice is to do it 1:1, but I got lazy and read maybe 2-3 chapters per person before turning the book around. The constant switching was fun but could get tedious – I hope you like it though. πŸ’•

      And thanks! I hope so too. Things are certainly looking up already, so there’s that. 😊


  10. That cauliflower mac and cheese look great – I might give it a shot one day. πŸ™‚ Hope you get to do a lot of self-care to balance out your crazy workload, Reg!


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