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.
Happy Halloween from the aliens on the eighth floor! 👽👽👽 @MegaAwkward @catsfurever3215 pic.twitter.com/6QnxRx44f0— Emily Rasmussen (@foreverliterary) October 31, 2016
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!