After having an amazing September, October was unexpectedly overwhelming for me. It’s always been my favorite type of the year due to the weather cooling down and with the halloween and end of year festivities, but October 2022 is really different. It was bad and my mental health just went down the drain.
- PRETTY DEAD QUEENS by Alexa Donne // 🌟🌟🌟.5
- EMPTY SMILES by Katherine Arden // 🌟🌟🌟🌟
- THE KISS CURSE by Erin Sterling (54%) 🎧
- GHOST EATERS by Clay McLeod Chapman (DNF at 20%)
I didn’t read as much as I’d like, which is a bummer. I read Pretty Dead Queens, which is a really fun, cozy thrillers with some pleasant surprise. Then I finally finish the Small Spaces series by reading its final book, Empty Smiles. While I enjoyed it as much as with the other books, I felt like the ending was too rushed and didn’t get a proper closure. I’m in the middle of The Kiss Curse however, this one felt like a chore to get through. It took really long to set up the story and while the bickering was fun and chemistry was great, it just doesn’t really capture the magic as was with the first book. And finally, I DNF’d Ghost Eaters. While the premise sounds interesting, I’m really not in the mood to read about pretentious and dependent group of toxic friendship 😬
- LAST OF THE TALONS by Sophie Kim (eARC)
- THE SACRIFICE by Rin Chupeco (eARC)
- OUR VIOLENT ENDS by Chloe Gong
I’m really excited to dive into my November TBR! All by Asian authors, and all books I’m really excited to read especially Our Violent Ends!
October really took a toll on me. I took a sick leave yesterday and been ignoring my phone today since I really need the break, and even writing this wrap up post is a struggle for me despite being a calming activities.
Let’s just say work really amped up this month and I’m exhausted. I really regret extending my contract tbh. I feel like I’m learning a lot and this work is truly my passion, but it’s also at the expense of myself. I didn’t sleep, my eating and workout schedule was non existent, and I cried a lot. I even decided to book a therapy since it got so bad. I think because it’s truly my passion and I really want it to succeed, I find it hard to separate it from myself and each setback hit me really hard. Combined that with the impossible target, workload, absent supervisor and micromanaging supervisor… that’s hell.
I tender in my resignation yesterday so I’m at 2 month notice now. It felt relieving but also scary now that I don’t have any safety net.
On better note, October is the start of rainy season and I’ve been really enjoying the rainy days! Back when I was in Jakarta I love rainy days but also dreaded them because of the impending traffic and flood. Here though, I can enjoy them to the fullest as I don’t have to worry about them! It’s a bit of hassle for mobility, but love the atmosphere here.
Another good news are A) I’m going to see Stray Kids on November and B) I also got tickets for the additional Be the Sun in Jakarta concert! I’m super excited for for both, especially BeTS because to be honest, I haven’t even move on from the first concert 🥺
And then of course, a certain Ms Swift released her new album, Midnights! I had a listening party with my friends and it was awesome! My favorite songs are Maroon, You’re On Your Own Kid, Anti-Hero, and Would’ve Could’ve Should’ve. As always, I love her ability to tells her story and picks the most evocative imagery, which is exactly what she does with Maroon 💗
- It’s spooky season so obviously, there’s a lot of book recommendations post! Jordyn @ Birdie’s Book Nook recommends spooky, but not scary books while Simone @ Simone and Her Books recommends 5 not-so-spooky books
- Michelle @ Magical Reads reviewed one of my anticipated release this year, Strike the Zither by Joan He
- Caro @ Book Cheshire Cat reviewed the perfect spooky MG series, which is also my all time favorite, Small Spaces quartet by Katherine Arden
- Holly @ Nut Free Nerd review of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne made me want to finally pick up my copy and give this book a try!
- Meanwhile, Noura @ The Perks of Being Noura re-read review of Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead made me feel nostalgic and want to pick the series back up
- If you want to discover new artist, Clo @ Cuppa Clo is writing you a guide to stan ATEEZ
- Belle @ This Belle Reads Too did a series review for Stalking Jack the Ripper Series by Kerri Maniscalco
- Saima @ Stories with Saima recommends some cozy reads for autumn and reviewed The Weight of Blood by Tiffany D. Jackson
- Jordyn @ Birdie’s Book Nook reviewed The Bone Houses by Emily Llyod Jones
- Inah @ Fueled by Chapters recommends some spooky Filipino books perfect for halloween
- Destiny @ Howling Libraries reviewed Bound Feet by Kelsea Yu which sounds creepy