October Wrap-Up

Aaah October… This month was crazy with settling into my master’s degree and getting used to the workload, so the fact that I actually managed to read surprises even me. Audiobooks were life savers this month, and I know for sure I wouldn’t have managed to read as much if it hadn’t been for them. Anyway, without further ado, let’s get into what I read, wrote, and posts I loved reading!

What I Read

The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert

This was my first Talia Hibbert book outside of her Brown Sisters trilogy, and I’m happy to inform that I absolutely loved it.

This was the perfect book to help me disconnect and keep me entertained when I was doing chores. It was a light and sexy contemporary, that still touched on some important topics, so truly, exactly Talia Hibbert’s brand.

The Donut Trap by Julie Tieu

After The Princess Trap I wanted another light contemporary, and thanks to Libro.fm’s ALC program, I was able to read pick this one up.

I already wrote a full review on it here but in short I quite enjoyed it even though it was definitely lighter on the romance than I was expecting. I listened to most of it as I was unraveling a sweater and it somehow was a really enjoyable and relaxing experience.

A Quick & Easy Guide to Asexuality by Molly Muldoon and Will Hernandez

This graphic novel I picked up from NetGalley. I thought it was a brilliant introduction to asexuality. I believe this is a graphic novel many people could benefit from—whether you’re ace, questioning, or simply looking to understand more of this overlooked identity. I read this in less than an hour and I loved how all the information was presented, definitely recommend it.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Audible sent me a free credit, and I picked this book which, if I’m being honest, I had no prior wish to read. However, since I was on this mood for contemporary romance I gave it a chance.

The book had some nice aspects I really wasn’t expecting—the diversity mainly—but overall, as I thought, it’s a book I think I would’ve gotten way more out of when I was in my teen years. It was still enjoyable enough, and it served the purpose of a light and entertaining read.

Essential Pre-Raphaelites by Lucinda Hawksley

This was a special read because I had been dying to find the perfect moment to read it to enjoy it to the fullest. I got this a few months ago because I love the Pre-Raphaelites and I’m slowly but surely trying to read more on them and learn more about the brotherhood and posterior movement.

In the end, to no one’s surprise, I ended up absolutely loving this book. It was a fantastic introduction to this group of artists and some of their work. Everything is presented in a very clear way that I thoroughly loved.

A Socially Acceptable Breakdown by Patrick Roche

Finally, while I was reading the last three books, I was also making my way to this poetry collection. This is admittedly not something I usually gravitate towards, but when I saw the cover and title on NetGalley I was immediately intrigued, so I decided to give it a try.

I actually ended up truly loving these poems. It was quite a raw read but one that I thought was extremely powerful.

What I Wrote

My blogging this month was definitely the less consistent it’s been until now, but I’m still impressed with myself that I actually managed to write at all. I missed two posts and posted one on a different day to my usual schedule, but I still was able to write and post, so I’m happy about it. Realistically, from now on I might have to settle for one post a week. I will still try to post twice a week, but if I see it’s impossible, I’ll just focus on posting the one.

Here are some of my favourite posts I wrote this week:

Blog Posts I Loved

This month, to no one’s surprise at this point, I also struggled with making enough time for blog hopping. I tried to do it as much as possible, but I’m sure I missed some great posts because I simply couldn’t get to them all, so don’t hesitate to link me to the ones you think I should totally read!

This month I loved:

How was your reading month? What was your favourite book you read in October?

20 thoughts on “October Wrap-Up

  1. I’m so glad to see you enjoyed The Princess Trap! I loved that one too. A Socially Acceptable Breakdown sounds interesting, so I’ve added it to my TBR! I need to get more into poetry.
    Thanks for sharing my post!
    My reading month was fairly average, but I had two new favourites – The Marrow Thieves + The Dead and the Dark!

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    1. I’m not usually much of a poetry reader either, but I really connected with this collection, it’s so well-done.
      Oooh, I haven’t heard about The Marrow Thieves, but I see The Dead and the Dark everywhere! I’m glad you found new favourites, that’s always a great feeling.

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  2. Thank you for sharing my post ☺️ I hope November turns out a little less crazy for you, although I know that’s a lot to hope for when you’re doing a master’s degree.

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  3. It looks like you had a really productive month in spite of everything going on! I hope you had a great start into your master’s program and that you’re enjoying it despite the workload! (Now that I have one day left until I have to hand in my thesis, I’m getting oddly nostalgic 😂)


  4. I’m really pleased you had a good reading month in October Maria, and I hope your Masters is going well too 😊 I think one of my reading goals for next year will be to get into poetry, so I’ll have to add A Socially Acceptable Breakdown to my list (plus I love the title!) 📚❤️ X x x

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