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:
- 100 Followers | Bloggers Appreciation: I loved being able to celebrate 100 followers at the beginning of the month and shout out some amazing bloggers!
- How to Get Out of a Reading Slump + 30 Book Recommendations: This post gave me a lot of work, but I really enjoyed putting it together and hopefully help some people with their reading slumps.
- Recommending Books Based On Songs: Probably one of my favourite posts to write! I love being able to link books and music, and sometimes having to squeeze my brain a bit to find books that’ll fit each song. This is one that I’ve decided to make a series, so I’m excited about that.
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:
- LGBTQ+ Horror Book and Film Recommendations by Destiny @ Howling Libraries. This was a guest post for Wordy and Whimsical
- Recommending Books Based Off Of My Favorite Songs by Ritz @ Living, Loving and Reading
- 5 Reasons I’m So Grateful for Blogging by Phoenix @ Books With Wings
- My favourite audiobooks by Karla @ Another Bookworm
- MY FAVOURITE BOOK SETTINGS by Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books
- Short Spooky & Spicy Romance Reads (monsters, vampires & more!) by Hal @ HD’s Reading Life
- Let’s Talk Horror and Romance: Monster Love Interests by Bertie @ Luminosity Library
- Matching 20 Books To 20 Spooky Songs by Sabrina @ Wordy ad Whimsical
- Spooktober: Books Based On Your Favourite Halloween/Horror Creatures by Ashley @ The Infinite Library
- What Is a Comfort Book To Me? by Line @ First Line Reader
- badass books have badass heists | one year of Literary Delirium by Sam @ Literary Delirium
How was your reading month? What was your favourite book you read in October?