October Wrap Up aka the best month of the year!!! // birthday celebrations, some fangirling and SO MANY good books!!!

October has been an absolutely brilliant month for me. I am genuinely just SO HAPPY about everything that’s happened!!!

The first thing that needs to be mentioned is my return to blogging (which I’m still SO excited about!)—I still suck at blog hopping and commenting back on time but things are looking up! And I really enjoy writing blog posts again which is wonderful!

Secondly, I’ve read so many great books this month and I actively tried to read books that I was in the mood for, books on my physical TBR that I’ve been meaning to read for YEARS AKA SIX OF CROWS BITCHEEEESSSSS, and Netgalley ARCs that I’ve been wanting to knock off my shelves!

Thirdly, I’ve done some fantastic prepping and plotting for my novel and I feel ready to tackle NaNoWriMo………. is what I wish I could say. But no. That didn’t happen.

Fourthly (is that even a thing), I went to two concerts which made me SO FREAKING HAPPY and I also feel very happy and confident in general. I had WAY LESS anxiety this month than I had all year and I’m just so HAPPY lately. I’m kicking anxiety’s ass ❤

It’s just been an overall fantastic month and I’m super happy. October has probably been my favourite month all year!

divider

Reading

Overall, I read 8 complete books this month and most of them were really great! I’ve also DNFed three books and send feedback for two books that I lost interest in. It’s been a very good reading month for me if I’m honest!

I also participated in TWO 24h Readathons and those definitely helped me to focus more on reading! I LOVE IT.

THE GREAT FANTASTIC SHOW-STOPPING MIND-BLOWING

  

  • Warcross by Marie Lu: I have a full spoiler-free review up for this one BUT OMG I HAVE SO MANY FEELS THIS WAS A ROLLERCOASTER RIDE CAN MARIE STOP PULLING AT MY HEART STRINGS LIKE THAT. 5/5
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: I’M STILL NOT OVER THIS MASTERPIECE OF A NOVEL I FINALLY GET IT. I GET WHY EVERYONE LOVES IT SO MUCH. IT HAS THE GREATEST SET OF CHARACTERS I’VE EVER SEEN. And Kaz is my new fav <333 5/5
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone: Oh, wow. No words can describe how powerful this novel is. It deals with police brutality against black people and white priviliege, and it’s just so impactful. Full review will be up soon. 5/5

arrow

THE GOOD (but not perfect)

 

  • Nyxia by Scott Reintgen: This was a very fun novel with a black male MC and a very diverse cast! It was basically The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner in space and I loved it!!! I’d definitely recommend the audiobook. 4/5
  • Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins: Me and Stephanie Perkins just don’t click. I don’t like her writing and I hate what she does with most of her characters and how she makes them behave. What I loved about this book was CRICKET. HE’S SO ADORABLE. 3.5/5

arrow

THE DNFS AND YAWNS

   

  • Game Change by Joseph Monninger: This was definitely a case of it’s not you, it’s me. I wanted to read a novel about football but I expected this one to be something it’s not—so it’s kind of my fault. DNF
  • The End We Start From by Megan Hunter: I just….. didn’t get it. The characters all had letters as names, there was lots of talk about breast-feeding and I was just overall confused. DNF
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake: I will have a full review up for the first two books once I finish One Dark Throne but THIS WAS SO BORING. NOTHING HAPPENED. BYEEEEE. 2.5/5
  • A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe: This is an #ownvoices novel about a Ghanaian main character who survives a ship wreck. It also has African magical realism and I’m so sad that I didn’t like it 😦 DNF

arrow

THE REREADS

 

Writing

*crickets chirping in the background*

.

.

Well…….. okay, hear me out.

I was super motivated after I handed in my papers to finally start writing and plotting and outlining so I could participate in NaNoWriMo for the first time. Like I was PUMPED.

Me at the beginning of the month if someone had asked me whether I could outline my whole novel in October and write 50k words in November:

PFFFFFFFF EASY

Well… I might have been a teeny tiny bit overconfident.

I didn’t consider how busy I’d be with going back to uni and coming back from my hiatus. Like, I changed my posting schedule and pre-wrote a lot of posts and I was still too busy to do any blog-hopping let alone PLOT AND WRITE.

I’ve figured out what the main plot points in my story is but I still have SO. MUCH. to outline. And uni will be a pain this month with all the presentations and quizzes and essays…

SO I DON’T KNOW WHY I THOUGHT THAT DOING NANOWRIMO THIS YEAR WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA.

Anyways, I’m struggling right now but I’ll talk more about my plans for NaNoWriMo in my next post!

Fangirling

  • Restore Me cover reveal and SNIPPET BITCH BYEEEE
  • I do have to say that this is my least favourite cover out of all of them BUT IT’S STILL SO PRETTY AND I LOVE THAT THEY KEPT THE EYES AND THE COLOUR SCHEME
  • AND DO YOU SEE THE SHADOW OF THE WHITE BIRD IN THE EYES JHFSJFSHFSFJ THE FREAKING SYMBOLISM
  • (apparently there’s a bird silhouette in all the other covers as well HOW DID I NOT NOTICE #fakefan)
  • and the snippet. oh boy. the Restore Me snippet killed me and then resurrected me and then killed me again. i literally started SOBBING because i missed these characters so much
  • AND IT WAS SUCH A FUN SCENE
  • SJHBFSJSHJHJSSHJJHJB
  • KENJI IS SO FREAKING FUNNY
  • AND WARNER IS SUCH A DRAMA QUEEN I LOVE MY LIFE
  • i’m still crying tears of happiness

  • I’VE BEEN TO TWO FANTASTIC CONCERTS THIS MONTH AND I NEED TO FANGIRL but I’ll do that in a Fangirl Friday post tho so STAY TUNED for lots of pics and videos
  • just know that Harry Styles is my favourite person on the entire planet and I would die for him
  • truly
  • literally
  • die for him
  • Friday, 27th October 2017 will from now on be known as the best night of my life
  • I ALSO SAW BANKS AND SHE’S A QUEEN
  • but as I said… more about this in a Fangirl Friday post!!!

Life Update

  • BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS!!!!!
  • I finally turned 20 and I honestly can’t believe it????? WTF????
  • I wish I could stay 19 forever 😦
  • me and my family went to this really awesome Chinese restaurant and the food was THE BEST OF THE BEST
  • i also did some journaling and wrote this post (lol)
  • presents i got: tickets to see Harry and Banks + their respective tour tshirts, NO BOOKS (what a surprise! but i got money and GUESS WHAT I’LL BE SPENDING IT ON), my sister brought me stuff from America and I LOVE IT
  • overall life is just SO GOOD to me right now I’m so freaking HAPPY.
  • other news: I reached 90% on Netgalley!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so so so so proud of myself. I literally read and reviewed (or DNFed) eight (8!!!!!!) of my Netgalley books this month which helped my ratio IMMENSELY ❤ ❤ ❤
  • I also watched the movie Room the other day and it was so powerful, emotional and wonderful. 10/10 would recommend!
  • last but not least, I’M GOING TO THE NETHERLANDS TODAY. In my “representation in comics” course we read 3 books from different (marginalised) authors and they’ll be doing speeches at a book and music festival over the weekend AND WE’RE GOING!!!!! I’m so excited!!!

divider

This Wrap Up is long enough so I will end it here. I’d have had a ‘plans for next month’ section but I already did a Fall reading and life goals post in which I talk about everything I want to achieve by the end of the year!

I’D LIKE TO QUICKLY APOLOGISE FOR THIS VERY MESSY WRAP UP. I AM SOOOO NOT HAPPY WITH THIS POST BUT I CAN’T BE BOTHERED TO CHANGE IT BECAUSE LIFE IS TOO BUSY RIGHT NOW DON’T JUDGE ME.

I think I’ll have to change up my Wrap Up structure in the future because this is just a MESS. I’M SORRY.

Anyways, see you on Tuesday with a post ABOUT MY WRITING (maybe). SO GET EXCITED. BECAUSE I SURE AS HELL AM.


How did your October go? Have you managed to get any prep done for NaNoWriMo or did you fail miserably (like me)??? Did you read any 5-star books that you could recommend to me? HIT ME WITH IT. Did you fangirl about a bookish announcement (or something else) this month? HAVE YOU READ THE RESTORE ME SNIPPET AND DID YOU CRY TEARS OF JOY TOO??? ON A SCALE FROM 1 TO 10, HOW MUCH HAVE YOU MISSED THE ICONIC POWER TRIO THAT IS JULIETTE, WARNER AND KENJI?????? Let’s chat in the comments!

Buttonnnn

51 thoughts on “October Wrap Up aka the best month of the year!!! // birthday celebrations, some fangirling and SO MANY good books!!!

  1. GAHD I’M SO HAPPY YOU LOVED SIX OF CROWS IEJFOIJF Also THANK YOU I’m glad I’m not the only one who found Three Dark Crowns incredibly boring haha. Although I didn’t DNF it and the end did make me want to read One Dark Throne so we shall see.
    UM. I am jealous that you were required to read Harry Potter for school???? WHAT A DREAM.
    Oh no, I hope you still want to participate in NaNo! Even if you only write crap it’s still fun hahaha and it feels so good to hit that 50k mark!
    Also I am sharing little snippets of my writing every day on bookstagram which is helping keeping me accountable. It may be speaking too soon because it’s only been 2 days but HEY hahaha
    Ahhh have fun on your travels!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. YAAAASSSSSS SIX OF CROWS WAS THE BEST!!!!!! And I was so bored by Three Dark Crowns but I pushed through because I received a review copy of One Dark Throne and I didn’t just want to abandon it—and I agree, the ending of TDC was soooooo intriguing! I’m hoping the second book is a lot better tho 🤞🏼

      I’m still going to participate in NaNo but I won’t be trying to reach 50k! I’ll rather try to finish outlining the main plot points in my story! How’s your NaNo journey going so far? 💖

      Thank you my dear <33333

      Liked by 1 person

  2. I’m so happy for you and your awesome month!! Wow seeing Harry Styles must have been so cool, I’m glad he was good live! I’ve seen Room too and I LOVE that movie, the book is just as amazing 🙂
    Good luck with your writing! It’s hard to get started, but once you do you’ll find it much easier to continue.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. You have NO IDEA how excited I am that you ended up LOVING Six Of Crows! It’s such a fantastic duology with awesome AF characters and a great storyline! I can’t wait to see what you think of Crooked Kingdom whenever you get around to reading it! And YES to Dear Martin. That book. That god damn book!

    Even though I’m not really invested in the Shatter Me series, I still feel like they could have done so much better with the color scheme for the Restore Me cover! The previous ones have all been on the blue/green-ish side and suddenly you have this white one… I don’t know, it doesn’t seem to quite fit color-wise. But I also love that they continued with the eye being front and center!

    I am so, so, SO happy to read that you’ve had such a fantastic month and that you’re doing so well with your anxiety! You deserve to be as happy as humanly possible! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. YEEESSSSS OMG I LOVE THE SOC CHARACTERS SO MUCH and whenever I feel like I’ve decided on a fave, another one pops into my mind and I’m as undecided as I was at the beginning 😂 do you have a fav SOC character? And omg I’m gonna live-tweet my Crooked Kingdom read XD

      And I SO agree! I like the cover but the white seems so sudden and inappropriate in the sea of blues and greens! I’m curious to see how they’ll be designing book 4 and 5 🤔

      Thank you soooooo much Swetlana, this means more than you know 💖

      Like

  4. I’m so glad you had such a fabulous month, Jackie, and yay for kicking anxiety’s ass!! ❤ ❤ It seems like you had a good reading month just as well. I loved Warcross and really want to read Dear Martin just as well, I only heard great things about this book so far. I'm sorry you didn't love Lola from the Perkins series, but can't blame you, it is my least favorite of her books, I think. 🙂
    I hope you'll feel all the motivation to start writing your NaNo story and manage to have time to do so. I understand, though. I haven't done anything at all for now… and probably won't ever hahahaha. #fail
    Hope you'll have an amazing month! xx

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you SO much Marie, this means a lot ❤️ oh yes, Dear Martin is a book that I’d recommend to absolutely ANYONE because it tackles some very important issues! I’m excited to read Isla tho because a lot of people say it’s better than the previous two books so I’m curious 🙂
      Hahaha sameeee, I’ve only done a bit of writing on the first day of NaNo, but nothing since XD oopsie! Thank you, you too!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Wow! Sounds like you had a fantastic month (and belated Happy birthday)!! I’m glad it went so well for you, and hopefully however you decide to do NaNo this month is just as fun and eventful! I’m already soooo hyped up in it all, it’s pretty much all I can talk about at the moment 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Your month sounds great and you seem really excited. I hope November is just as good, and better. I’ve been trying to get back to blogging and writing as well; work got in the way but no more.
    I’ve also been reading the Harry Potter series and that’s been… Well, you know. It sucks. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. UJHAGAUGAUYGIHODHASDN

    sorry

    AHHH I LOVE THESE RECAPS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE PURE GOLD *fangirls*

    WARCROSS WAS AMAZING. Have you read The Young Elites?? MY FAVE OF HER WORK. I mean Warcross was close I guess.

    Good luck on NaNo even if you are busy and don’t win!! focus on outlining and planning if that’s what you need to do. DON’T PUT EXTRA PRESSURE ON YOURSELF OKAY?! If you do, I will have to steal some cake from you. okay.

    AND SHATTER ME. I definitely want more Warner. IN MY LIFE RIGHT NOW. AND yayy for all the exciting concerts and birthdays and AGHHH I AM SO GLAD YOU HAD A GOOD OCTOBER. Hopefully you have an amazing November!

    and just a last reminder:

    Crooked Kingdom.
    Crooked Kingdom.
    Crooked Kingdom.
    Crooked Kingdom.
    Crooked Kingdom.
    Crooked Kingdom.
    Crooked Kingdom.
    Crooked Kingdom.
    Crooked Kingdom.
    Crooked Kingdom.
    Crooked Kingdom.
    Crooked Kingdom.
    Crooked Kingdom.
    Crooked Kingdom.
    Crooked Kingdom.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. LMAOOOO ILSA ILYSM <333

      ummm no I actually haven't read The Young Elites??? wow I feel like such a fake Marie Lu fan *runs*

      Thank you tho! You're making me so jealous because of all your NaNo progress and writing like 10k in 3 days lol BUT IT'S FINE I WON'T GIVE IN TO THE PRESSURE (and no you can't have my cake!!!)

      YESSSSS WARNER IS THE BEST™. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU OCTOBER WAS FABULOUS AND NOVEMBER WAS OFF TO A GOOD START. I hope it'll be a fantastic month for you too ❤️

      OMGGGGG I CAN'T WAIT TO READ CROOKED KINGDOM BUT I'M ALSO NERVOUS BYEEEE *has a mental breakdown*

      Like

      1. ILY TOO ❤

        And you haven't read The Young Elites? OMG WHY NOT THEY ARE SO FABULOUS!?!?!?!?!?? YOU FAKE MARIE LU FAN.

        Haha, I'm behind on NaNo but I AM CATCHING UP TODAY MUAHAHAHAHAH.

        WARNERRRRRRRRRRRRR. I want to read Unravel me! BUT MY LIBRARY IS EVIL OKAY!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!??!?!?!?!??!?!??!?!?/1?!

        OMG CK WAS SO GOOODDDDDDD. eugwskdbjw

        Liked by 1 person

      2. OMG I KNOW I’M THE FAKEST MARIE LU FAN OUT THERE but at least I own the series???? so that’s a start lol now I just have to find the time to read them XD

        HOW DO YOU WRITE SO MUCH THO LIKE DO YOU NOT HAVE SCHOOL AND STUFF I’M JELLY

        omg we shall buddy read Unravel Me in December! maybe your library will have it by then ❤

        Liked by 1 person

  8. Belated Happy birthday! Wow you really had an awesome month! I’m glad you finally read six of crows and loved it. I hope enjoy crooked kingdom too! I haven’t read warcross yet but I’m so looking forward to read it. I’m so excited for restore me. We need more Warner, Juliette and Kenji. I’m going to re-read the books on next year. BTW, I didn’t notice the bird in the covers too!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much Raven! ❤️ yessss I plan to read Crooked Kingdom before the end of the year but who knows if I’ll actually make it XD omg yesss I plan to reread Shatter Me shortly before Restore Me is released! And hahaha I never would have noticed the birds if people hadn’t pointed them out to me XD

      Liked by 1 person

  9. HOW TF ARE YOU EXPECTED TO SEE THAT SHADOW OF THE WHITE BIRD IN THE EYE binch no i’m blind

    also “may can choke” lmaoooooo i love you too ❤

    I ACTUALLY READ NO 5-STAR BOOKS IN OCTOBER????? I'M SHOOK???? usually i'm nice and give out lots of 5 stars but this time it was 2 stars and i'm v happy with this new development of my meanness

    i'm so glad that you enjoyed your concerts!! you deserve happiness ❤ and YES I'M SO PROUD OF YOU FOR READING SOC FINALLY AKKSKAKFKSLS NOW GO READ CROOKED KINGDOM

    Liked by 1 person

    1. TRUEEEEE IDK HOW PEOPLE SAW THE BIRDS BC I DIDN’T AND I’M BASICALLY THE #1 FAN

      hehehe you know I love you and this is all a joke right ❤️

      howwwww have you not read any 5 star reads omg let’s hope November will be better then! I have a feeling that you’re harsher with your reading tho lol I easily give out 4 and 5 star ratings XD

      Thank youuuuu my dear AND OMG I’LL TRY TO READ CK IN DECEMBER BUT CAN YOU PLEASE REMIND ME SO I DON’T FORGET

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I WISH I WAS MEANER BUT I ALWAYS FEEL BAD IF I RATE ANYTHING LOWER THAN 3 STARS BC THE AUTHOR PROBABLY PUT SO MUCH EFFORT INTO WRITING THE BOOK AND I DON’T WANNA INVALIDATE THAT BY GIVING A BAD RATING BC MAYBE IT’S AN IT’S NOT YOU IT’S ME THING AND HDJSJSJJDJ it’s a struggle

        Liked by 1 person

      2. JACKIE MY DUDE THE ONLY REASON I WAS NICE WAS BC I DIDN’T REALIZE HOW RATINGS ACTUALLY WORKED and omggg yes i feel bad too bc the author put so much work into the book… but again i think of the rating as a reflection of how much i liked it rather than the quality of the book??? so

        Liked by 1 person

      3. OKaaaay that’s true actually! I should think of that the next time I rate a book omgjdjdj I always give 3 stars and say “just bc I didn’t like it doesn’t mean YOU won’t! everyone has different opinions! bla! bla bla bla!!!” lmao I need to start being meaner, my Pottermore test says I’m a Slytherin and this is NOT how slytherins act XD

        Liked by 1 person

  10. Your October was really amazing! I really, really, really want to read Shatter Me series but haven’t got the chance to do it and the upcoming spin-off series sounds intriguing as well so maybe I’ll binge reading all six (?) books of them. 🙂 Haha, I never plan on joining NaNoWriMo since I have no idea what to write but seeing lots of people sharing their WIPs is so much fun! Btw, welcome back to blogging, Jackie! :))

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Oh yessss you should totally binge-read the first three Shatter Me books! The second trilogy won’t be fully released until like 2020 lol so you’ll either wait until all books are released or read them as the come out XD Yes, everyone’s excitement about NaNo always makes me so excited as well! Thank you so much Jasmine ❤️

      Liked by 1 person

  11. JACKIE FINALLY READ SIX OF CROWS.
    *confetti*
    ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED.
    SHE HAS NOW LEVELED UP.
    SHE ALSO READ WARCROSS!
    *more confetti*
    THAT IS ANOTHER LEVEL UP!!
    PLUS IT WAS HER BIRTHDAY (Happy birthday!)
    *confetti and cake*
    THAT IS A DOUBLE LEVEL UP WITH CAKE POINTS!
    SHE GOT TO GO SEE HER FAVE SINGERS IN CONCERT THAT’S LIKE 10 MILLION FANGIRL POINTS
    *all the confetti*
    FANGIRL POINTS USED UP IN HER RESTORE ME COVER REVEAL AND SNIPPET REACTION THAT’S THREE LEVEL UPS!

    In other words, I think you had a pretty great month Jackie! Can’t wait for you to read Crooked Kingdom! It will break you, have tissues close by. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. hahahahaHaagaghahhaha Rendz this comment made me laugh SO much, I’m actually in tears 😂😂😂 I’m super happy about all the level ups so thanks for that XD and I’m suuuper pumped but also rlly nervous to read CK! I’ve been spoiled for parts of it so I’ll DEFINITELY have tissues near me! Thanks so much Rendz and I hope your October has been just as fantastic ❤️

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much! Six of Crows was absolutely fabulous and I can’t wait to read Crooked Kingdom now! And yessss, I’m happy to hear that you love Shatter Me—some of my close friends have disappointed me lately because they didn’t like it as much so I’m glad to hear you saying that XD

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Happy birthday! I don’t think this wrap up is messy at all, it’s so nice seeing someone being so enthutiastic and happy that I can feel their happiness radiating from my screen ❤ ❤ I hope you'll have an amazing year ahead! I have to agree, Restore Me cover is my least favorite but I'm glad they are keeping the eye theme 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  13. YAY Happy Birthday Jackie (20 will be better than you think!)! I’m so glad you loved your concerts so much! ♥️🍰 You also had a dynamite reading month! I’ve hoovered at 85% on netgalley for a while so 90% really is killer! I have 6 books on there I need to read or DNF, you inspire me! It’s so great you loved Six of Crows! Crooked Kingdom is even better… Good luck at uni and with your writing!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much Dani <333333 This is the first time I've actually passed 80% and now I'm continuously hoovering at 85% because I keep sending feedback, get accepted, feedback, accepted etc XD Good luck with deciding what to do with these 6 books! It'll be a lot easier than you think once you DNF the first one 😂 thank you so much! Happy reading (and writing?) to you too ❤

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s