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!
  • 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!


October Wrap-Up/Wrap-Up Tag

Wow. Another month of this dumpster fire that some call 2020 gone. Despite the failure that this year has turned out to be, it’s going so fast! I’m already more than a month into school and there’s only two more months until 2021.

This month, I am hosting what I am going to call a wrap-up tag. You’ve…probably never heard of a wrap up tag before because I made it up! In fact, you hopefully have not heard of a wrap up tag before because I want to be *original*.

A wrap-up tag is really quite self explanatory but I feel inclined to tell you what it is, *just in case*. Here goes:
A Wrap-up tag is a book tag about the books you’ve read in the past month. This is the first wrap-up tag I’ve done and the first tag I’ve ever hosted, so please bear with me if it sounds a little….bonkers. Spoiler: I only know what I’m doing about 52%. Okaaaay, let’s get to this.

Each month I will ask a series of questions about the books that you’ve read this month and, like a book tag, you will answer them. Here are the general rules:
– Link back to me, the creator, Phoenix @Books With Wings
– Thank the person who tagged you
– Answer all questions
– Tag at least five people
– Enjoy (yes, this will be enforced………………joking)

I understand that, since this tag is slightly time sensitive, that you might not want loads and loads of questions and so I will keep it short, with slightly different questions each month. Three short questions. Now, let’s get to it with our October “spooky-season” wrap up tag!

The spookiest book you read this month

I…really don’t read many spooky books. Maybe once in a while, I’ll pick up a story because I actually do enjoy reading mystery and thriller, it’s just not much on my radar. This month, I would say that the spookiest book I read was “Vanished” by Sheela Chari. Vanished is a middle grade book about a girl who loses the instrument she plays, a veena, and must work through clues to get it back. Plus, there’s lots of potato chips. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a short and sweet mystery that is easy to read!

The most autumn-y book you read this month

I don’t usually associate books with seasons. For me, it just doesn’t seem…well, I can never see a specific season when I read a book, unless the book says something like, “There’s snow on the ground,” in which I associate it with, well, winter. However, for this challenge I will say that the book that felt the most like fall for me was “When We Were Magic” by Sarah Gailey. Now, this wasn’t fall, like, “curl up and read on the couch as the weather gets colder outside,” or anything like that. No, no, no, and if you read the very first paragraph of this you will see what I mean. It just seemed…more fall-like than the other. I feel like it took place in fall. Actually it might of. Wait it also might have been spring, I’m not sure.

The character that you would be most likely to dress up as for Halloween

Wow this is hard because of all the books I read in October….none of them seem very dress-up-able. For this challenge, I will say that I would be most likely to dress up as Nimona from the book “Nimona” by Noelle Stevenson. “Nimona” (the book) is actually a graphic novel that I read because my younger sister wanted to see it was something she would be able to read (because it’s classified as YA). But it was actually a pretty enjoyable book! Nimona was such a funny, ambitious character and though she was…a little too obsessed with killing, I still liked her. Not the killing part though. I’m not sure exactly how I’d dress up as her, because she’s a shape-shifter but….maybe I would be a shark. Or perhaps a cat or just…Nimona how she looks like in human form most times.

Okay, that’s it for the monthly wrap-up tag! I hope you enjoyed! Here are the people I tag:
Katie @ The Storybook Sisters
Sibella @ YA Book Reviews
Madeline @ The Bookish Mutant
Em @ Cats, Bibliophiles and Baguettes
Cherelle @ Cherelle the Bibliophile

Don’t want to do it? That’s alright, I understand that time is not always on people’s sides. Still, you will make me very sad 😭😭😭 Want to participate but weren’t tagged? That’s totally fine! Please join in on the fun!

The rest of my October wrap-up:

This month I read twelve books, almost all of which I didn’t post about on my blog! Here are the goodreads links to these books, or my blog post if I have one: (asterisk means middle grade novel)
Roll With It*
Eliza and Her Monsters
I’ll Give You the Sun (Book review found here)
When We Were Magic
Spy School British Invasion (Spy School #7)*
Tyrannosaurus Wrecks (Funjungle #6)*
Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation*
The Future Was Now (Review to come!)
The Sound of Stars (Book review found here)

My monthly wrap-up awards:
Best character: Jude from “I’ll Give You the Sun”
Worst character: Asa from “The Future Was Now”
Best villain: Blackheart from “Nimona”
Worst villain: Wow not many of the books I read have villains so I don’t know what to say for this one.
Best Plot: I’ll Give You the Sun
Worst Plot: The Future Was Now
Best world building: Skyward
Worst world building: The Future Was Now
Best romance: Noah and Brian from I’ll Give You The Sun
Worst romance: Asa and Eve from The Future Was Now
Best book overall: I’ll Give You the Sun
Worst book overall: The Future Was Now

And that’s my monthly wrap-up/wrap-up tag! Please, if you can, participate in the tag and I hope you enjoyed my wrap-up! If you want to borrow/use my wrap-up template (it’s a pretty simple template but…still) please leave a comment here and credit me in your post for the template.

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Thank you again,