October Wrap Up

I feel like the months are finally slowing down.
I mean, it’s still totally crazy that it’s already the end of October. November is upon us, there are only two more months of 2021. But it feels like school has finally slowed things down, so now I’m at a…normal pace, for how fast the months are going. Not whatever the rest of the year has felt like.

Well, I’m not back to my normal level of reading, which I’m not sure I will be given school just gets harder and harder, but I have managed to read several books this month which I’m super happy about! Here’s what I read.

Amazon.com: The Great Gatsby: The Original 1925 Edition (A F. Scott  Fitzgerald Classic Novel): 9798745274824: Fitzgerald, F. Scott: Books
Amazon.com: Under the Whispering Door: 9781250217349: Klune, TJ: Books
Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel - Kindle edition by Reid, Taylor Jenkins.  Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Shocking no one, I read this for school. And like yeah, it was a school book, so not super interesting. But honestly, as far as school books go? Not totally bad (I know, I’m filled with high praise). Amazingly enough, I feel like the analysis etc that we did (we spent like 1.5 months on this thing) actually made me like the book MORE. Who woulda guessed? ⭐⭐⭐
  • Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune. My mom won this in a goodreads giveaway because apparently she’s really good at doing that, and this was an overall enjoyable book! It felt like a more comforting vibe, just a very soft book which is really nice sometimes! ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I…think the hype might have been a little too high on this one. I definitely enjoyed the overall story, but just the way its told, it gets a little boring. Also, how do the characters remember exactly what happened like 40 years ago? Like, I don’t remember the main plot of a book I read last week, how do you remember what restaurant you went to for lunch that one time way back when? ⭐⭐⭐
Amazon.com: The Chosen and the Beautiful: 9781250784780: Vo, Nghi: Books
Amazon.com: Darius the Great Is Not Okay: 9780525552970: Khorram, Adib:  Books
The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters
  • The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo. I read this because I read The Great Gatsby and it was pretty good! I enjoyed the new perspective from Jordan’s point of view, and though it did follow the original story almost exactly, it was still cool to see the small sort of embellishments and such. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram. This is one of those books that you see everywhere. Like they’ve kinda just become mainstream YA or whatever. So I finally decided to read it, and it was very enjoyable! I love these contemporaries that are pretty easy to get through and are also so entertaining! ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters. Wow! This one was definitely different than basically any other book I have read before and I loved it! It was written so well, it totally kept my attention, and it was just so fascinating! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a sort of spookier book. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Amazon.com: Raybearer: 9781419739828: Ifueko, Jordan: Books
Amazon.com: Much Ado About Baseball: 9781499811018: LaRocca, Rajani: Books
Not Your Villain (Sidekick Squad, #2) by C.B. Lee
  • Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko. This is one that has been everywhere and I just haven’t gotten around to reading it! But dang, this one was definitely something that held my attention through the entire book and it just felt like a new, fresh breath of air! I immediately got the sequel and can’t wait to start reading! ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Much Ado About Baseball by Rajani LaRocca. I was pretty excited about this one because baseball and magic, but overall…it wasn’t super great for me. There were some aspects that were cool like the baseball stuff and even the math, but overall the magical element made things really iffy for me, because despite what the characters might have claimed, they were indeed cheating using magic. And I don’t like that at all. ⭐⭐
  • Not Your Villain by CB Lee. It is about time I pick this one up. I read book one back in January or February and kept meaning to get around to this one and kept not getting around to it until now. This one was also fun, but overall just didn’t really feel as good or the same. The first 100 pages of the book were kind of a fast recap of the last book but from Bells’s point of view, and it was kind of a weird way to start the book (though I needed the recap). SUPER excited for Emma’s book and some hopefully super new fresh aroace spec rep!!! ⭐⭐⭐

I wrote one measly post this month but its a good one in my opinion! In honor of my one year blogiversary (which actually happened at the end of September) I wrote a post of five reasons why I’m so grateful for blogging!

5 Reasons I’m So Grateful For Blogging

October Goals:

  • Stay on top of school ✅
  • Try to write something you want to write. Don’t think of everything else. Just what you would find enjoyable to write.
  • Don’t make your entire life revolve around baseball
  • Please try to do some exercises if you actually want to go anywhere in softball.
  • In your free time, just do what you feel like (with some boundaries obviously; just don’t force yourself to do anything).✅

I think I did a really good job of staying on top of school! Things are definitely picking up, we’ve had a lot of projects, a lot of quizzes and tests and stuff but I think I’m doing a good job!
With writing, honestly my problem is just that I didn’t have time to write, and I also have really big writers’ block right now. However, I did come up with a story that I’m actually excited to write, once I get the motivation back!
Baseball is my life and we will all just have to accept it.
But I think that I did a pretty good job of just doing what I feel like! Like, even if I didn’t do a lot of writing, I was definitely able to read and just…it was nice. In my free time I did what I wanted.

November Goals:

  • Stay on top of school!
  • STUDY FOR QUIZZES AND TESTS
  • Enjoy your weekends and off days. (don’t just think about school!)
  • Talk/hang out with your friends more
  • School exists so my entire life is just school. I kid, but I don’t kid. I definitely do have my weekends a little bit free, but there’s still plenty of homework and on the weeks I really don’t do anything but go to school and do homework.
  • We had several more fall ball games and then the season ended! Overall, we only played five games, and we won 3, lost 2, but no matter our record it was really fun to be playing! In my last game, I played against a few people who go to my school which was actually pretty fun, even if we don’t really know each other and also one of them caught me stealing second and also we lost.
  • The baseball season ended! In truth, it ended in early November, but it basically ended in October. October is postseason baseball. The postseason is like a bracket tournament, with 10 teams playing at the beginning and finishing with the final two teams playing in the world series. This year, the world series was between the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros, and the Braves ended up winning for the first time in I think 26 years. I’m not gonna lie, I don’t care for either team, but congrats to the Braves!
  • Halloween! I didn’t actually do anything for Halloweeen (I didn’t even dress up) but it’s still a fun holiday with candy haha

I…guess that’s it? There’s not really much else to do with school taking over everything, I suppose.

Well, not the most interesting of wrap ups but it’s here nontheless! How was your October? Do you have any plans for November? How are you doing?
That’s all for today! As always, stay safe and keep on reading!

29 thoughts on “October Wrap Up

  1. October was ok for this year. Usually I love writing a lot in October, but this time I didn’t do much writing. I’m not sure what I’m doing for November this year. I’m feeling ok.

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      1. YES. I just finished book 2 today, actually, and it was really good as well! I think not as good as book 1, because we didn’t really get to see her council siblings as much which was disappointing, and also some parts felt kinda rushed, but we did get a lot more Dayo which is GREAT and it was of course just overall a great story and it had a very nice wrapped-up ending. So basically what I’m saying is YES PLEASE READ IT.

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    1. Right??? Everyone absolutely LOVES it, and yeah it was interesting, but…it wasn’t ‘literally everyone is obsessed’ interesting. I feel like I also got my hopes up a little too much after reading Evelyn Hugo. I guess I’m just not a huge fan of the way that Daisy Jones and the Six was written, like where we got basically no description and just an oral account? I don’t know. Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope your month is awesome as well!

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  2. it seems like literally everybody has read Under the whispering door, and I’m still waiting to get my hands on a copy 😦
    Have you read Klune’s House In The Cerulean Sea? I LOVED that book, it’s what has me excited for this one.
    Haha yes I can relate to school just taking over everything else in life

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    1. Haha! Well, it’s a book that just came out by a very popular author so I have to imagine that’s why everyone’s so excited for it!
      I have read Cerulean Sea! I read it last year at around this time, and I very much enjoyed it! Under the Whispering Door has pretty much the same vibe, and like the overall plot is honestly kind of similar, despite the fact that there’s a different setting.

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    1. Thank you! Oooh, I hope you read it soon, it’s a great book! Though I’d highly recommend you read The Great Gatsby before you read The Chosen and the Beautiful, if you haven’t already. Haha yeah, usually when I read a book for school that I’ve heard a retelling of, I’ll pick that one up soon after or even while reading the school book…I did it with Romeo and Juliet and These Violent Delights last year, as well. (TVD was WAY better lol)

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      1. Haha yeah I mean you should pick up TVD no matter when you read R and J! (or even if you read R and J; I don’t think that one specifically needs the original book to be read first). But yeah, you can definitely understand The Chosen and the Beautiful without reading TGG, I just think it’s a better experience to read TGG first.

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  3. I feel like I haven’t commented in one of your posts since forever lol😃😃, hope you’re doing great! I haven’t read the great Gatsby (funny how I used to read classics all the time and now I just can’t get into them). I’m really glad you liked raybearer, that one’s high on my tbr!
    Hope you have a great November!

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    1. Haha, that’s alright! I’m doing pretty well, I hope you’re doing good? ooh, honestly, if you read any classic, I would suggest TGG…for a book I read in school, it honestly wasn’t bad. There’s a LOT of symbolism though…and I feel like actually analyzing and understanding that symbolism made it better??? And YES you should DEFINITELY read Raybearer, it’s really good!!!
      I hope your November is great as well!

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  4. Wonderful Wrap-Up as always! Let me say that I am deeply hurt that you didn’t enjoy Daisy Jones and The Six because it’s one of my top 3 favourite books!! I have been meaning to read Raybearer for months so I’m happy that you liked it enough to get the second book! Best of luck on all of your goals, especially with school, I believe in you! 🥰 And I loved loved loved your post about blogging, it was much needed! 💕

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    1. Thank you! Haha I am very sorry to hurt you like that; I guess it just wasn’t the kind of thing that I enjoy reading! I suppose I like a little description in my books or just…something other than people talking. But I did still like the story overall! Ooh, you should definitely pick up Raybearer, it’s super good!!! And yes, I finished the second book a few days ago and it was AWESOME. Thank you!!! Aww I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a great November.

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    1. Honestly, same. Just being dumped back into this after a year and a half being virtual and teachers being easier on us is kind of brutal. I’m still going, but it’s definitely full of stress. Ooh, I hope you read it soon, it was a really good book! I hope you have a great November as well!

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