Wednesday, November 2, 2016

October 2016 in Review

Hi everyone! I hope you had an absolutely fantastic October and are now looking forward to a wonderful holiday season. And for everyone who's now two days into NaNoWriMo, I wish you the best of luck. (As someone who's going to struggle to read more than one novel in the month of November, I'm incredibly impressed.)

But before getting too far into November, here's a recap of October.

highlight from my reading list

The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters | Goodreads
This book is my third Cat Winters title—the first two being The Cure for Dreaming and In the Shadow of Blackbirds, both of which are fantastic—and it further solidified my love of her writing. Winters excels at a specific, distinctive style: atmospheric historical ghost stories that feature actual photographs from their time period. Set in a close-minded small town in 1920s Oregon and featuring a multiracial main character and a gay sidekick, The Steep & Thorny Way weaves emotional themes of equality and oppression into a thrilling murder mystery. I cannot wait to dive into the author's other works as soon as possible.

highlight from my tbr 

If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak | Goodreads
I first heard about this book when I saw news about the cover reveal all over my Twitter timeline, and I immediately added it to my to-read list. The two main characters—one of whom "has been fascinated by disappearances ever since her sister Grace ran away in the middle of the night," one of whom "can tell you how many galaxies there are and knows how much plutonium weighs," and both of whom  share "an obsession with famous novelist and filmmaker Alvaro Herrera"—sound right up my alley, and their story sounds beautiful.

 highlights from my life

  • I've fallen back in love with the Harry Potter franchise. Obviously, I've been a fan for years, but my passion for the series has reignited this month. Between re-watching the movies with my roommates and anticipating Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (which I'm excited about despite certain problematic elements), I've reached the point where all I want to do is re-read the books, which may create TBR-related issues in the coming months. (Also, please talk to me about my Harry Potter ships.)
  • I went home for fall break. I didn't have classes on October 17 or 18, so I went home and spent some time doing fall-themed activities, such as apple-picking and pumpkin muffin-baking. 
  • I registered for spring semester classes. The class I'm most excited about actually has nothing to do with my area of study; it's an intro-to-forensics class that I'm taking for my science gen ed credit. I can't wait to get my CSI on. 
  • My roommates and I dressed up as the aliens from Toy Story for Halloween. We received several compliments and performed several renditions of "the claw..." The costumes were fairly low-maintenance, too—we snagged hats from Party City, ordered shirts from a print shop, and paired them with dark jeans and Converse. 
Did you dress up for Halloween? Did any of you dress up as bookish characters? Let me know in the comments, and have a great November! 


  1. I didn't dress up for Halloween this year, but I'd love to do something book related next year. I love your aliens idea - simple yet cute! I hope your CSI-esque class is interesting and enjoyable!

    I'm loving all things HP lately too with my trip to London in September (all things HP) and Fantastic Beasts coming out soon. Have you seen any of my HP month posts? More to come this month because there's too much for just ONE month!


  2. I haven't read anything by Cat Winters, but from how you describe her books I need to make sure I read one of her books in the future. I love atmospheric historical fiction.
    I didn't do anything for Halloween this year - just another Monday, but with kids blowing up pumpkins in the street.
    I have gotten in the mood for HP as well! I don't really have any interest in watching Fantastic Beasts, but I did read the three new Pottermore novellas in October. I want to watch all the movies and finally ready the illustrated edition of Book 1 soon. :)
    I studied Forensic Science at university. I loved it.



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