Hi guys, and welcome to my October wrap up!
Sadly, my reading slump did not improve in October. But I still got to read 2 books, so it’s not all that bad. Hopefully November will be a bit better. I’m not participating in any readathons at the moment and I have promised myself to only read what I want to be reading. I’m putting aside any thoughts about my TBR and will just focus on some Annette Marie books that I’m hoping will break my slump. But if I want to binge-watch Netflix instead of reading, I will be doing that. (I still need to watch the second season of Stranger Things!). Basically, I’m gonna try not putting any pressure on myself whatsoever and hope that’ll work.
But in the meantime, here’s what I did in October!
They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera
I think… Adam Silvera is slowly but surely becoming my favorite author. Each book I’ve read by him is so wonderful and heartwrenching and amazing and I’m still thinking about them weeks and months later. They Both Die At The End may be my favorite story by him to date. I fell head over heels in love with these characters and the writing and yes, I was sobbing my heart out by the end of it and am still sobbing a month later, but I can’t help but adore this to pieces.
Rating: 5 stars | Check out my full review here.
Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Hey, at least I finished 1 book for the Halloween Readathon, right? But it was a great one, because even though it took me a long time to finish, I LOVED Stalking Jack The Ripper. It was the perfect amount of creepy and atmospheric, and the main character was absolutely wonderful. Oh, and I may have a new OTP as well. Only downside for me was that I could predict the identity of Jack The Ripper about 20% in. But even though this was a bit predictable for me, it was still a fun adventure to go on!
Rating: 4 stars | Full review to come
TOP TEN TUESDAY
- 31 October 2017: Favorite Fictional Creatures of the Night
- 24 October 2017: Title Love – Books With Unique Titles
- 17 October 2017: Top Ten Delicious Food Mentioned In Books
- 10 October 2017: Book Covers To Get You In The Mood For Fall
- 3 October 2017: Top Ten Character Crushes – The TV Edition
- The Dark Side of Blogging – On Blogging Doubts, Insecurities & Frustrations (read)
- Halloween Readathon TBR (read)
Do you remember those times that I actually had these varied playlists with loads of different genres and artists each month? Weren’t they fun?
Yeah, you’re probably bored to death when I say that I once again mostly listened to BTS this month. But then again, I’m still obsessed with their music and I have no regrets. So here’s their latest album again! 😉
SOME OF MY FAVES THIS MONTH:
BTS! Hah! But seriously, I love this song and I love this performance. I’m not saying it has anything to do with the bandanas, but it may have something to do with the bandanas.
And since my dance team has been preparing for a new show, here are some of the dances we’re covering and that have been on my Youtube playlist daily (see, it’s not all BTS?)
The Shannara Chronicles (Season 1)
I actually started watching this last year but then stopped after 3-4 episodes for some reason. But this month my husband was looking for a new show to watch and we decided to watch this again from the beginning. I did really like this season and enjoyed it a lot, even though it is just a tad predictable at times. Still looking forward to starting season 2. Oh, and am I the only one who LOVES Eretria? Her and Ander are my favorite characters by far since I don’t really care about the rest of the characters that much *oops*. Though I love Malese Jow, who has a role in season 2 so looking forward to her as well.
After watching Daredevil season 2 in my preparation to watch The Defenders, I moved on to Jessica Jones. And oh man, I was NOT expecting to love it this much. I ADORE Jessica. She is precious and deserves the world. All the characters in this were so amazing and well-rounded and interesting. I loved the diversity, I loved the atmosphere. And Kilgrave may just be one of the creepiest villains ever. I’m seriously considering just skipping Luke Cage and Iron Fist now because I need more Jessica, stat.
- I had a huge disappointment when there was a Korean festival in Belgium early October and I was looking forward to it sooooo much. I had been counting down the days for months already. There was Korean food and activities and shops and dance classes and a dance contest and I wanted to see and try it all and even got my husband so far as to come with me. It was all lining up, until we got stuck in traffic on the way there and literally arrived just 5 minutes after it was sold out completely. There was no way to get tickets in advance and everybody, including me, was completely surprised by the huge popularity. I was so bummed. At least there was one food stand outside, and I got to try some tteokbokki, which was so good. I wanna give it a try to make it myself. And well, next year I’ll go bright and early so I can get in hopefully.
- In general, October wasn’t all that great. I don’t want to go into too much detail here, but I’ve been struggling mentally. The feelings of self-doubt, the insecurities, the loneliness and loss of purpose I started feeling when I lost my job almost a year ago are still so present and I’m not sure how to deal with them. People keep telling me I should be over it by now, and I thought finding a new job would help, but it didn’t. One day at a time, I guess?
- In more fun news, I had my birthday on Halloween, so yay! I didn’t do anything special though, just went to work and fell asleep by 9 pm because I’m wild like that.
- My dance school’s Halloween show is this weekend so there’s been a lot of extra practices this month. I love it though, it’s by far my favorite show of the year. Because… well, Halloween! It’s made me even more behind on blog stuff, so cue the blogging guilt, but I’ll catch up soon!