Monthly Wrap Up

October 2023: The Month of Great Sequels, an Addictive Kdrama & a Little Blogistential Crisis

2023 Wrap up - October

Hi everybody! Happy November and welcome to my wrap up for October! I hope you all had a lovely October and an amazing Halloween.

My October was a bit mixed, as I felt some stress and even had a bit of a blogistential crisis (details below) so I didn’t read as much as I wanted to, but what I did read was pretty great so that’s good. I also watched a new kdrama so that made me happy. And I celebrated Halloween (and my birthday) yesterday with sushi and a TV night!

So without further ado, let’s dive into my October recap!

What I Read

Things We Left Behind (Knockemout #3) by Lucy Score

I highly enjoyed this long-awaited installment in the Knockemout series as it was a blast to finally get Sloane and Lucian’s story. It was a great childhood friends to enemies to lovers story with lots of humor, emotions, steam and suspense.

Rating: 4 stars | Read full review

Foxglove (Belladonna #2) by Adalyn Grace

I LOVED Belladonna and highly enjoyed the sequel Foxglove. While I did love Belladonna a bit more, Foxglove was still a captivating, emotional and haunting sequel and I am beyond excited for book 3 (but I’ll need to wait till August next year, boo!)

Rating: 4 stars

Mile High (Windy City #1) by Liz Tomforde

While I was a bit hesitant at first (I almost DNF’ed because the main male character came off as a real douchebag in the first 4-5 chapters. But luckily he quickly came around and I ended up loving him so much) I ended up really enjoying this one. So much so that I dove into book 2 immediately afterwards!

Rating: 4 stars

The Right Move (Windy City #2) by Liz Tomforde

I LOVED THIS ONE SO MUCH! We got forced proximity with roommates, fake dating, beautiful slow-burn, two absolutely amazing characters who each have their own personal journey and wonderful cameos by characters from book one.

Rating: 4,5 stars

The Woman in Me by Britney Spears

I grew up with Britney Spears and as such I’ve always been a fan and followed her career so I wanted to read her book. Of course I knew some of what happened to her, but reading this was just heartbreaking. What happened to her and how her family, the men in her life and the media treated her was plain horrible. Not rating this book though because I feel like it’s not something to ‘review’ – it’s her story and I’m glad she finally got to tell it on her own terms.

Blog Features

Top Ten Tuesday

10 Fall 2023 Releases On My TBR
Stormy Weather: Books With Storm in the Title
10 Atmospheric Books I Highly Recommend
Halloween Freebie: All About Witchy Books

Can’t Wait Wednesday

House of Flame and Shadow by Sarah J. Maas {Can’t Wait Wednesday}

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: 11 October 2023
WWW Wednesday: 25 October 2023

What I Listened To

Lots of great new music this month, but here are some stand-outs:

Ed Sheeran – Amazing

I love Ed Sheeran’s entire new album, but Amazing is one of the standouts for me.

Mike Shinoda – Already Over

I’ve got such Linkin Park vibes from this song <3

(G)I-DLE – I Want That

Badass catchy female kpop for the win!

What I Watched

Just one show this month!

Destined With You

Destined With You

It’s been too long since I was this obsessed with a kdrama! Destined With You is on Netflix and came highly recommended by several kdrama fans so I dove in and was addicted after just one episode.

It’s not a perfect show as I did have a few issues with it, but overall this was just so much FUN: it has opposites attract, past lives and fated destinies, curses, love spells gone wrong, lots of chemistry and longing looks, humor and suspense. I loved it!

Life Update

While I had an okay October, I also had a bit of a blogistential crisis and want to be honest about it here because if anyone understands, it’ll be my fellow book bloggers right?

It all started in September when I started having some technical issues on my blog. I wasn’t able to make any new posts for a while and all I knew was that it had something to do with Jetpack blocks. After a few weeks of back and forth with Jetpack Support, this was solved luckily: it had to do with my language settings and as soon as I switched from English UK to English US, it worked again. Who would’ve known? I am thankful though for Jetpack Support as they were very helpful, but it were a few stressy weeks. And it didn’t stop there. I’m now having issues with my comments not working on WordPress Reader (it still works fine on the browser though) and I haven’t figured that out yet. Then I also had a massive increase in spam comments and I know these are all minor inconveniences, but this in addition to some other life- and work-related stress and my anxiety was skyrocketing to the point where I had a few (smallish) panic attacks whenever I thought about my blog and everything that could go wrong, everything I still needed to do to get it to a level I’m happy with and how much time I’d need to spend on it. And that’s just not what I want. My blog is something I love, but it’s also a hobby – something that should bring me joy, not stress.

But while I honestly did debate for a hot minute whether I should just stop blogging completely, that’s also not something I want. I love this blog and interacting with this lovely community.

So I want to keep blogging, but at a much simpler level. I’m still figuring out what that means for me exactly, but for now I made a few small changes mostly to do with my social media. I removed all my social media links from my blog. I deleted my Facebook Group. I’ll probably remove my Twitter (sorry, X) soon. I’m keeping my Instagram but it’ll be more personal, with some bookish stuff still in there because I’m still me, but nothing with the goal to grow and get more followers. I’ll stop my yearly blogoversary giveaways. And some other small things that probably only I will even really notice.

The thing is, I’ve been considering my blog as something that defined me and I was only successful if I’d get more followers and more ARCs, comparing myself to other bloggers and keeping up with these lofty goals that would make me a worthwhile blogger. I work in marketing so I think I took some of that mindset home with me and put it on this blog. Always growing, always aiming for that next goal and feeling like a failure if I didn’t reach it quickly enough. But that’s been stressing me out and it’s not what it’s should actually be about, right? So I’m going back to basics. Or as basic as I can. Just someone who loves talking about books online with other people who also love books.

I know technical issues will always come and go and this won’t change that, but I’m hoping that if I can change the way I think about my blog and the intensity of my blogging, I’ll be able to handle them better in the future and this can stay a place of bookish joy. Nothing more and nothing less.

Phew. That was a lot. Thanks for reading through it. Have you ever felt like this? What do you do to keep blogging fun and stress-free?

So besides that, here are some positive things to end this post with:


  • I’m seeing one of my favorite bands, Against The Current, in concert!
  • NEW BOOKISH RELEASES: Iron Flame, Do Your Worst + A Demon’s Guide to Wooing a Witch
  • Stray Kids comeback!

How was your October? What did you read? What did you listen to and what did you watch? What are you looking forward to in November?

Lindsey xoxo


  1. Going back to basics sounds like a great idea. Blogging should, in the first place, be fun. Sometimes I have moments too where I want to stop blogging but I love the community too much as well.

    1. Thanks! Blogging should indeed be fun first and foremost. The community is so great indeed!

  2. Wow, I can really relate to your post, Lindsey. I do the same thing to myself, I feel if I don’t have thousands of followers on my blog or social media accounts, I a a failure. And you’re right, it should not be like this. I try very hard to accomplish this and for what? I need to blog for myself, because that is what I enjoy. I need to stop comparing myself to other bloggers, or trying to keep up with the Jones’s so to speak. Boy I really appreciate you because I needed to read this post today. I hope you don’t stop blogging because I enjoy reading your posts. I hope all of the issues you have been having get worked out as well. Have a beautiful day, Lindsey ❤️😊☕📚🦃❄️

    1. Aww thanks so much Jody! I’m glad to hear I’m not alone and I hope we can both learn to blog for ourselves so we can keep enjoying our blogs for a long time still to come!

  3. Happy birthday! I know a lot of us bloggers can relate to you! Since I had my son, I’ve tried to pare down my blogging, posting less, etc. One thing that has helped is my sister coming on as a frequent guest blogger. She has great posts and it is such a big help to me when I want to post more but just can’t. I think secretly she wants to be a blogger, so this is her outlet, too!

    1. Thanks, Angela! I’m glad we can relate to each other in the blogging community, it’s what I love about it. Getting a guest blogger in is indeed a great idea, I’m glad your sister and you both love it.

  4. I’ve had an increase in spam as well. What I’ve been doing is copying the email and IP addresses and adding them to the Disallowed Comment Keys section in WP Admin under Settings, Discussion and hitting save. That seems to help me from getting the same spam over and over. I don’t know what setting Jetpack changed that has caused this, but I hate it. Whatever they did also seemed to lose me views, etc. So it’s not just you. I just look at it like I’m doing this for fun.
    I’m reading Spears’s book right now. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    1. Thanks, that’s a great tip, I’ll try that next time! Though I’m sorry to hear you’ve also had so much spam and lost views lately. Something I did was close comments on posts older than 3 months (also under Settings, Discussion) and for the time being that also has helped immensely in reducing spam since they were mostly on old posts. But you’re right, I need to look at this as something just for fun again.
      I hope you’ll enjoy Britney’s book as well!

  5. Sorry you’ve had all the stress, but hopefully it’s leading to some great changes for you. Blogging should definitely be fun!

    1. Thanks and so true!

  6. Good luck with the blogging changes! I went through a similar crisis a few years ago. I was so worried about being “successful” that I forgot to have fun. I cut back on the number of posts I do. I stopped writing wrap ups and detailed reviews. Now I only put my energy into posts that make me happy.

    1. Thanks! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who has experienced this. And it’s a good plan to only put energy into posts that make us happy! I’ll work on that too 🙂

  7. Happy belated birthday to you! Thanks for being so open about your blogging experience. I’m glad you’ve decided to continue with the blog 😊.

    1. Thanks so much!

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