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 — 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. 💤
This month I’ve been:
- Watching a lot of TV shows: I’m almost done with Parks and Rec, I just started The Mindy Project, I followed The Bachelorette Australia… oh, and I’m thinking of starting 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. 😂
Anyway! This month’s blog posts have been a lot of just publishing what I’ve already drafted ages ago, such as…
- Replica by Lauren Oliver (ARC) | ★★★★☆ | Great gimmick. Interesting, relatively fast-paced plot. 👌
- The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch (ARC) | ★★★☆☆ | Misleading blurb. Pretty underwhelming.
- It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover | ★★★★☆ | Surprisingly good and thought-provoking. My first CoHo.
- Broken Prince by Erin Watt | ★★★☆☆ | Addictive as always, though not as good as the first book.
- The Deal by Elle Kennedy | ★★★★☆ | A guilty pleasure that rises above all other guilty pleasures. Funny, witty, just fun.
- One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid | ★★★☆☆ | Great premise, OK execution. Not in love with the characters, though.
- Just Listen by Sarah Dessen | ★★★★★ | Favourite. Book. Ever.
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik | ★★★★☆ | Stand-alone fantasy with a folktale-like feel. Highly recommended. ❤
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor | ★★★☆☆ | Underwhelming. Great world-building, but pace is super slow and I’m not into the romance.
- Yellow by Megan Jacobson | ★★☆☆☆ | Interesting premise, with dual plot threads that don’t seem to connect that well. Good writing, though.
- The Mistake by Elle Kennedy | ★★★☆☆ | Not as good as The Deal, but enjoyable enough. 🙌
- Top Ten Characters I’d Name My Sims After | I’m a huge nerd in more ways than one.
- Top Ten Noteworthy Book Villains | There are good villains, and then there are great villains.
- Let’s Talk: The ‘Not to Read’ Pile | Why I basically remove books from my TBR. 🤔
Around the Blogosphere
All Things Reading
- Megan @ Bookslayer Reads talks about Goodreads groups and why you should (or shouldn’t) join them. 🌟
- CW @ Read, Think, Ponder talks about ‘issues’ stories, happy stories, and why both are important.
- Fadwa @ Word Wonders talks about how access to books is a luxury for some people.
- Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions shares more problems with access.
- Anushka @ Going Through Books discusses love triangles. 🔺
- May @ Sunsets and Bookfests talks about authors adding books to their ‘finished’ works.
- Michelle @ Addictively Turning Pages lists the seven stages of a book hangover.
- Fiona @ Bookworm Who Lived gives us eight scientific reasons reading is awesome.
All Things Blogging
- Krysta @ Pages Unbound discusses how she writes book reviews. ✍
- Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm shares tips and tricks for writing discussions.
- Sara @ Freadom Library talks about blogging pressures.
- Jillian @ Rant and Rave about Books asks: why are book tags so popular?
- Puput @ Sparkling Letters discusses the struggles of being an international book blogger.
- Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook shares some free and paid design resources.
- Jordon @ Simply Adrift wonders: what makes you want to read a book blog?
- Ashleigh @ A Frolic through Fiction shares more blogging tips, the miscellaneous edition.
- Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books talks about ARCs: pressure or privilege?
- Joséphine @ Word Revel shares seven desktop photo editing apps. 📷
- Denise @ The Bibliolater offers some tips to get out of a blogging slump.
- Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews also talks about blogging slumps.
Most Anticipated Reads
The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
Even 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
Fifteen-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, definitely 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
Simon 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. 💖
How has your October been? 🎃