october wrap-up

It’s that time of the month…

Man, October has been busy and fun and productive and ALL THE THINGS. I did a ton this month, including

  • read a whole bunch,
    • (and was emotionally torn apart by the Tawny Man trilogy)
  • prepped for NaNoWriMo,
  • continued going to the gym 2-3 times a week,
  • GOT A FULL TIME JOB,
  • saw Wicked the musical with family,
  • volunteered at the library twice a week,
  • hung out with family to celebrate my grandpa’s 80th birthday
  • AND MORE

But it’s all been good. Time has flown by in a great way. I’ve felt more content lately than I have in a while, which is really nice. I’m looking forward to these last two months of the year and all that they bring. BRING ON THE HOLIDAY SEASON!

Read on for my monthly wrap-up!

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bookish things

stats

  • Total books: 5 books, 3 audiobooks
  • Total pages:  2,535 read, 1,257 listened
  • Longest book: Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb
  • Shortest book: Reading People by Anne Bogel
  • Favorite book: Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb
  • Least favorite book: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

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mini reviews

The Tawny Man trilogy by Robin Hobb: ★★★★★
Fool’s Errand (#1), The Golden Fool (#2), and Fool’s Fate (#3)

I already gushed about this in my series review, but basically: I ADORED THIS TRILOGY. It was all I wanted and more. It was so, so good to be back with Fitz and the Fool, and Robin Hobb just has the best way of capturing angsty characters and writing luscious worlds.

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari: ★★☆☆☆

This book is all about romance in the digital age, and in particular, how young people’s views and approaches to romance has been affected by dating apps and websites. Although I find this content fascinating, this book wasn’t anything I couldn’t have assumed on my own. I liked listening to Aziz Ansari, but other than that it wasn’t a big stand-out.

The Diviners by Libba Bray: ★★★★☆

This YA surprised me a lot; I really enjoyed it! Although “enjoy” might not be the best word…this book is creepy and spooky and entirely too appropriate for the season. I loved the fun characters in this book and the fast-paced plot. Full review to come soon!

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo: ★★★☆☆

The illustrations in this book are beautiful and the stories quite heartbreaking. I enjoyed seeing the way Leigh Bardugo twisted fairy tales to look at them in a new way, and it was also quite fun to see a familiar face in one of the stories.

Reading People by Anne Bogel

This is a book published by the company I work for, so I won’t leave a rating. But, I will say this nonfiction book has tons of information on the basics of personality types and what they look like. I already knew my Myers-Briggs personality type, but now I have even more of an understanding of myself and how I work.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: ★★★☆☆

This book has beautiful writing and a magical story, but I was unable to connect to the characters in the way that I wanted. I also didn’t love the audiobook, so overall my experience with this read didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

currently readingTraitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell

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crafty things

During October, I acted like I had all the time in the world to crochet and just did a bazillon things. I bought SO MUCH yarn it’s ridiculous, I experimented with patterns that I might want to use for Christmas gifts (because it’s totally normal to crochet everyone you know a mug cozy for Christmas, right?!), and I worked slowly but surely on a baby blanket for my cousin.

There’s just so much I want to do and not enough time in the day! But I am glad that I have some more ideas of what I want to do for Christmas gifts, and I’m pretty sure I’ll have all the baby things done before the shower. Success and progress!

completed

  • experimental Christmas gifts, including hats and mug cozies

in progress

  • dragonish baby blanket
  • Christmas presents galore!

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bloggish things

Here are some of my favorite things I posted on my blog in October:

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finally, just an fyi…

In case you somehow haven’t put it together, this is my October wrap-up, meaning November is about to start (actually, it will be November by the time this is posted). And November means NaNoWriMo. And I’m doing NaNoWriMo. Which means my life is about to get C R A Z Y.

Also, I’m starting my new job this week, so yup, I’m definitely chill about everything right now.

Except no; no, I am definitely not chill about everything right now.

Anyway, suffice it to say, I’m going to be very busy these next four weeks, so I already know I won’t be able to keep up with my usual posting schedule. In fact, at the moment all I can say is that I’m going to try to post twice a week, but I don’t know when those posts will be up, or if I’ll even make it to two a week. I just have to wait and see how things go with the job, with NaNoWriMo, and with life in general. So please forgive me if I unintentionally disappear for a bit. I promise I’ll be back!

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So how was your month of October? What were some of your highlights?

Until next time,
Brianne

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