October Roundup: Monthly Favourites

2 November 2020



 Hello Readers & Friends,

Okay, October is officially over, is it Christmas yet? I feel ready for festive music and sparkly baubles. 
October was a good month, I feel like now the UK is in national lockdown again November is going to be a bit sucky. But hoping to get lots of reading done! This month I didn't get to read as much as I'd hoped, A Discovery of Witches is 700 pages and really slowed me down as the first half is such a slow pace. But I had a great month overall and managed to squeeze in some fun things which I'll share in this post. 

October Book Roundup:

I read 8 books this month but I feel like all of them were good reads and I really, really enjoyed some of them. So I'm not mad about the number. 

Delirium by Lauren Oliver ****/*
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver *****
Requiem by Lauren Oliver ****/*
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo ***/*
Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin ****
The Merciless by Danielle Vega **/*
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness *****


FILM



Howl's Moving Castle - Netflix
 I haven't been watching much good TV or films recently, so I spent an evening rewatching Howl's Moving Castle. I think I followed it better this second time, and really enjoyed the magic of it. (As with all Studio Ghibli films.) It follows a girl who is cursed and turned into a 90 year old women. She gets a job as a cleaner for Howl - a wizard who lives (you guessed it,) in a moving castle. It's set during a war and is just a really lovely, beautiful story about love and friendship. 


Books


I read so many amazing books this month! I'm so happy! Even though I only managed to eat through 8, I really enjoyed most of them. The Delirium Trilogy was easy, breezy, fun, cliche dystopian YA goodness. Then Discovery of Witches was very much Twilight for adults, and I loved every moment of it. It was smart writing, intricately detailed writing and gave me serious dark academia vibes. A new favourite. The Last Thing to Burn was the best proof I've read all year, and I'll be thinking about it for ages after, similarly to A Little Life. Honestly, it was a great month for books. 

Halloween!


As has become our new tradition, Bronte (@Brontesbookshelf) came over for a Halloween weekend. She brought her dog Teddy who pooped in my house, and we carved pumpkins and watched scary films. (We tried to, anyway. Most of them were shit and we kept switching off. Eventually we stuck on Nine Dead which was terrible bit also great. Melissa Joan Hart has really gone downhill since her Sabrina days.)
We also recorded a couple of episodes for our bookish podcast, Plots & Shots, and relaunched with a spooky reads episode on the 31st! Unfortunately sound quality isn't the best as we relearn how to do it all, but you can listen to it here


Music

This month I spent a shameful amount of time listening to Halloween music. I even made a playlist. I'll share it below. No judgement please!
 

 How was your month?
Love, C x 

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