So October wasn’t great and with the election November probably won’t be much better, but I’m happy that I posted fairly consistently, read a little bit more than I did in September, and got approved for my first arc on Netgalley!!
I don’t have much energy to say more than that so let’s get right into what I did with my October!
- When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey // I should’ve known from Magic for Liars that this story would be a wild ride from beginning to end, but I severely underestimated all the ways the story would go and I don’t think anything I can say will do this story justice.
- Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed // I have been wanting to read this book for a while and actually received a hardcover copy for my birthday back in April and I’m so glad I decided to bring it back to Indiana with me in May (considering I thought I would only be home for a few months max and I’m still here it’s amazing I brought as much as I did)
- Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales // I’ll be honest, I almost DNF’d this book because I didn’t love the main character when he was first introduced and I wasn’t anticipating the family member with cancer sub-plot which hit a little too close to home for my liking. BUT I stuck with it and it ended up being a mostly fun read. I say mostly because of the aforementioned cancer and also the whole love interest being in the closet thing.
- Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert // My friend has been recommending this book to me for months (it’s been on my TBR since last year, but no one I know personally had read it so it kept getting pushed to the bottom) and I’m so glad my library finally got a copy so I had no more excuses. This book and the characters and the romance and THE REPRESENTATION brought me so much needed joy. 💖
- Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova // This book sunk its claws into me from the very beginning and I was hooked the entire way through. I loved the writing and the flawed, morally-grey-but-doing-their-best characters and the world-building and the love triangle where I couldn’t decide who to ship (which is the sign of a good love triangle in my opinion).
- Crazy for Loving You by Pippa Grant // Obviously this was a reread that I mentioned starting last month and I decided to finish it this month because it was an easy time-filler when I didn’t want to get fully sucked into a story since I already knew how this one goes. There are still some parts I don’t like about the story, but overall I love the characters and the way they balance each other out and bring out the best of each other!
- Currently Reading: The Poet X (audio), 99 Percent Mine, Shine, and Bruja Born
Here are some books that I released over the last month that I added to my TBR! You can also check out my February releases post here!
There were quite a few October releases on my TBR (and even more got added throughout the month) but here are my Top 5 October Releases! Links lead to Goodreads.
- Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz // I LOVED dragon tales (both the show and books about dragons, sorry I couldn’t resist 😂) growing up but it’s been awhile since I’ve seen a book about dragons that really had me excited, but a deadly dragon tournament? An MC from Puerto Rico just looking to compete? An international conspiracy/threat?? Sign me all the way up.
- Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade // It’s not a secret that I love romance books and when I heard about this one I immediately added it to my tbr because fanfiction + celebrity crushes + cosplay + plus-size rep + secret identities??? I’m swooning already.
- In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren // I’m a sucker for holiday romances (thank you Hallmark) and I tend to love Christina Lauren’s books so this book was a no brainer add especially since it’s groundhog day meets the holidays meets love triangle.
- This Is All Your Fault by Aminah Mae Safi // A whirlwind story following multiple characters trying to save the indie bookstore they all work at while also managing their own lives/problems?? Me = hooked immediately.
- Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe // Okay first of all the cover is just so eye-catching and second of all blackmail?? Schemes?? Popularity and dogwalking and debating?? Sounds like all my favorite rom-coms and tropes and I am so excited to read!
Most of the time I am a huge mood reader so usually there would be absolutely no guarantees that I would stick to my TBR but this time I probably will because I need to read Wayward Witch to finish out the Brooklyn Brujas series. Legendborn and Shine are both from my library so they automatically get priority. Blood & Honey I just bought (and need to read asap so I don’t get spoiled) and my preorder of These Violent delights will be coming in and I plan on dropping everything to read it immediately. Also How to Fail at Flirting is the first ARC I’ve been approved for through NetGalley and I almost cried and I can’t wait to read it!!
P.S. Everyone preorder These Violent Delights out Nov. 17!!! And How to Fail at Flirting out Dec. 1!!
Here’s just a little glimpse at some of the things I watched last month!
- New Girl: I finally finished New Girl and cried like a baby once more. I think I cry a little more each time I rewatch because I just love these characters and their relationships so much. 🥺
- Queer Eye: I hadn’t finished the new season when it came out a few months ago but I really needed some wholesome content this week and this was the perfect moodlifter.
- All of the Fast and the Furious Movies: I have no idea why but at some point in my life these movies got added to the list of movies my mom and I watch every year (and this makes twice for me this year because I watched them back when quarantine first started and now again that I’m home 💀)
- Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, Twitches, Girl v. Monster: It’s not spooky season if I don’t watch the disney classics with my mom. Also I can’t resist watching Girl vs. Monster every year because I love watching Luke Benward sing (also the music is catchy and it’s pretty funny).
- Descendants series: I really can’t explain why I love these moves so much, but they really bring me a lot of joy and have become quite the comfort watch for me. Although I will say the whole 16-year-old king thing gets me every time 😂
- The Next Step: If anyone has heard of/watched this show please tell me in the comments because I have no one to talk to about it! I actually started this show in like 2015 but ended up getting behind so I decided to watch all the way from the beginning. Basically it’s a dance show filmed like a documentary with lots of drama, love triangles, and dance numbers. Is it a little cringey? Yes. Is that part of the appeal? Honestly, yes.
- Also am I rewatching Julie and the Phantoms? Yes, yes I am. Did I also rewatch all of John Mulaney’s Netflix specials? Yes, yes I did. This month as been exhausting and I needed joy.
- Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea put together a list of 23 Books by Filipino Diaspora Authors and as always the recs are great and this list is a great place to start if you’re looking for books by Filipino diaspora authors, I know I found quite a few to add to my endless TBR!!
- Kal @ Reader Voracious wrote a great post All About Storygraph aka the answer to your Goodreads nightmares which I highly recommend checking out if you haven’t heard about Storygraph (or want to know more) and are looking for a Goodreads alternative!
- Fadwa @ Word Wonders’ Notion set-up (watch the video too!!) Fadwa is pretty much the entire reason that I decided to give Notion a try because they posted about it on Twitter and it looked so amazing I couldn’t resist and then their walkthroughs have been so helpful in continuing my set-up!
- May @ Forever and Everly also had a wonderful post about Notion with a brief tutorial and some tips/tricks that I personally found super helpful especially for setting up some of my blog specific pages!
- Lyra @ Defiantly Yours reviewed In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren which left me more excited than ever to read this fun holiday romance meets groundhog day time loop situation (now I just have to wait on my library hold 😅)
- Book Recs: Books by Asian Authors for Asian Heritage Month pt 1 // 42 Books You Can Pick Up Today
- May Releases // 20 Books for Your TBR
- Book Recs // 25 Recs for 25 years
- YA Mini Review: A Pho Love Story by Loan Le // Restaurants, Rivals, and Reviews
- YA Review: The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe // How to Survive a Bank Robbery (and so much more)
- How I Choose My Next Read // DNFs, Mood Reading, and Trigger Warnings
- Romance Review: The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon // Radio Rivals Turned Fake Exes
- YA Review: The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth // Rewriting the Rom-Com
💫What did you read/watch/love in October? What are you looking forward to in November?