I had such a high hopes for October, with the weather getting colder and the end of year festivities getting started. Alas, it was not meant to be as I spent most of October in a weird funk where I am both happy but also constantly in a brain fog.
- SOME BREAKABLE THINGS by Cassandra Khaw 🎧 // 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
- SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN by James Tynion IV 🎨// 🌟🌟🌟🌟
- THE EX HEX by Erin Sterling 🎧 // 🌟🌟🌟🌟
- THE SILENT COMPANIONS by Laura Purcell // 🌟🌟🌟
October felt like a meh reading month, which is upsetting since I have so many books I’m excited to read 😔 However, writing this post made me realize that it’s actually a great month since I enjoyed all of the books. SOME BREAKABLE THINGS is a short story by Cassandra Khaw about a woman who’s haunted by her recently-deceased father. I listened on audiobook; the narrator did an amazing job in portraying the main character’s emotions and the sound effect adds so much creepiness to the story! I highly recommend this audiobook. SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN is a series I’ve seen recommended a lot so I gave it a try and really enjoy it! The story was really dark and the illustration captures it really well! I’m not the biggest fan of the plot, but it does leave some intrigue that makes me want to continue the series.
THE EX HEX is another book that has been receiving a lot of hype and I can say that it’s very well deserved! It’s a cozy, swoony, magical witchy book perfect for fall with a lot of elements that work really well together. I also listened to this book on audiobook and while it took some adjusting, I think the delivery of the narrator also helps my enjoyment in the story. And finally, THE SILENT COMPANIONS is one of the longest book on my fall TBR and I can say it didn’t disappoint! It was so atmospheric and unsettling, it will give you all the creeps!
I only have 2 books I want to read, which are actually my currently reading. NEVER HAVE I EVER took longer than I expected; I think I started it in September? It took me a while to get into the stories but with 2 stories left I’m optimistic that I can finish it this week. As for, QUEEN OF AIR AND DARKNESS I want to make it my goal to finish it before the year ends so I should start continuing my reading now 😁
- Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads recommends some books inspired by Slavic lore
- Charis @ Charis Rae explains some of the difference between young adult and middle grade
- Sage @ Sage’s Shelves reviewed Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
- In honor of her birthday, Lais @ The Bookish Skies shared her 21 all time favorite books
- Riza @ Pages and Coffee Cups shared the 10 ways pandemic change her reading habits
- Sarah @ Suits of Stories did the Universal Monsters book tag
- Vanessa @ The Wolf and The Books reviewed Payback’s A Witch by Lana Harper
- Cherelle @ A Bolt Out of the Book is celebrating her first blog anniversary 🥳
- Wordy and Whimsical hosted a month-long Spooky October where they talk about all things Halloween on the blog. Some of my favorite posts are 8 spooky books with fantastic covers, a review of 10 dark books, and unpopular horror opinions. Head over to their blog to read all the post in the series! 🎃
October was a meh month for me. I thought I would be happy with going back to office and being more energized, but due to some structural changes and a lot of project deadlines approaching, I’ve been feeling pretty drained. I couldn’t remember anything about October since nothing exciting really happened and it’s mostly just routine.
The most exciting thing is probably going to the theaters for the first time in years! With the decline in cases, a lot of public places are back in business including theaters. We’re still being very cautious with no eating and drinking and removing masks being prohibited, but it’s really nice to be able to watch movies together with my friends! It’s very nostalgic, it feels like we’re back in uni 🥺 We watched two movies; the first one was Shang-Chi and the second one was Dune. I really enjoyed both of them since Marvel movies is like our tradition and it feels good to be back together and Dune is just… complex. Our next plan is to watch The Medium (thai horror), The Eternals, and The House of Gucci together.
Halloween happened and I had a lot of things coming up that I couldn’t celebrate it properly 😭 A lot of people were dressing up and went to parties, which looks sooo much fun but also caused a lot of outrage from the public since we’re still in the middle of the pandemic. I don’t think I can be comfortable in crowded places in the same way pre-covid, but seeing the pictures made me realize how social our life pre-covid was.
Aside from that, it’s been raining a lot here which sucks for mobility but really perfect for curling up and reading. I haven’t been able to read but I hope I can read a lot in November since the weather is just perfect! I also finally sit down and listen through SKZ whole discography and made a playlist of my favorite songs. It was a really fun activity and you can see clearly how much they’ve grown as an artist and 3racha as producers 🥺
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- Double Review: Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh
- Spooktober 2021: Favorite Horror Settings for Specific Tropes
- The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
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