Hello! Are we all so proud to see me posting my wrap up on time, and not midway through the next month? Because I know I sure am! This past month has been pretty busy, as all previous months have been, but I’m definitely slowly settling in to new routines, and one such routine I keep trying to prioritize is reading! So let’s talk about what I read in October!
Remember last month when I made a joke hoping that my reading would continue to double? Well, if you don’t remember, let me refresh your memory. In August I read one book. In September I read two books. So I made a joke that I hoped I could read four books in October to continue the trend of doubling my reads. BUT THEN I ACTUALLY DID! And it wasn’t even on purpose. I wanted to finish even more books! I tried so hard! I’m literally just 60 pages away from finishing one of my current reads. But apparently the universe decided that my joke had to have some payoff! And hey! If it means I read eight books in December, who am I to complain?
So I read two 5 star reads this month. The first was The Leak, which is a graphic novel I picked up last year, and have been eyeing ever since. I finally picked it up and it was terrific! I thought it was sci-fi for some reason, but it’s not! It’s just a story about a girl learning how to be a reporter and uncovering environmental violations and the repercussions of being the one to not only discover, but publicize that information. It honestly was fantastic! So well done!
Another fantastic book was The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School. I first picked up this book because I heard two booktubers, Ashley from Bookish Realm, and Jesse from Bowties & Books, talking about it. Jesse even made the book their Enby Book Club pick in July! While I didn’t manage to read it in July, I did get around to it relatively fast, and I’m so glad I did. It’s a book that’s balancing so many heavy themes and storylines in such a way that while you relate and feel for the characters, it never feels overwhelming. Or at least, that was my experience. There was so much in this that I loved, that I really need to recommend this one specifically. Meaning, if this book sounds at all interesting to you, read it! As someone who rarely reads YA anymore, the fact that this story gripped me so hard and ended up with such a high rating should be enough to sell you on it!
The other two books I read ended up being 4 star reads for me! (Or 3.5 stars where I rounded up on Goodreads). First up we have Legends & Lattes which really is as cozy and low stakes as everyone has been saying it is. I enjoyed it a lot, but I think that I wanted more worldbuilding, which is why it didn’t get 5 stars.
Meanwhile, Primer is a short graphic novel that I really enjoyed! It’s technically a superhero origin story, which I don’t tend to read, but the art style hooked me in, and I’m so glad I ended up picking it up!
And then of course, we have my purchases for the month. As I read two graphic novels this month, I obviously had to replenish my stock, and so I picked up Invisible and Frizzy! And then on a spontaneous trip to Barnes & Noble, I spotted Husband Material on the Buy One, Get One 50% Off table, so I picked it up with Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren. I’m a bit scared to read Husband Material, but I want to see how Luc and Oliver are doing, so hopefully I’ll read it soon. And I’ve read another book in the Beautiful Bastard series that is probably one of my favorite Christina Lauren books, so I figured I’d try out another one in the same series and see if I enjoy it as much!
Things I Did:
I took a few days this month to focus on some blog stuff. Since it has been a while, that meant I had lots of blog posts to read and catch up on. While I didn’t get to everyone and everything yet, I started making progress, so the process feels less daunting now. I also replied to comments made long ago, and started going through the posts I have been tagged/pinged in. But most importantly I made a plan for posting this month. I really want to post consistently this month, and since I’m a numbers girl, I decided to quantify that. So my goal is to have one blog post go up each week of November. This is the post for week one, and I already have a discussion started that I hope to finish for week two! My hope is that testing this out will help me see what sort of schedule I can stick to in 2023 that works for me!
However, since this section is actually supposed to be about things I did, instead of my plans for the month, allow me to share some picture from the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular that the zoo where I now live puts on every year. The pictures can’t quite capture just how incredible and atmospheric it was, but it will give you a taste of how much skill and time went into this exhibit!
I also carved my very first pumpkin at a Halloween event at work! Her name is Betsy and I think she’s great!