October Wrap Up + November TBR

Hi friends!

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. πŸ’–
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida CΓ³rdova // 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 πŸ˜‚) 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. πŸ₯Ί
  • 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 πŸ’€)
  • 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 πŸ˜‚
  • 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 πŸ˜…)

πŸ’«What did you read/watch/love in October? What are you looking forward to in November?

4 thoughts on “October Wrap Up + November TBR

  1. Congrats on your first NetGalley ARC approval, I remember how exciting that was! (Just don’t get carried away like I did and bury yourself under a mountain of ARCs lol)

    I am SO EXCITED for These Violent Delights and can’t wait for my preordered copy to be in my hands! And thanks so much for linking to my StoryGraph post!!!

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  2. The Next Step πŸ‘€ is it the show on CBBC cause I used to watch that all the time back in like 2014/15. Also you reminded me that I still need to watch all the fast and furious films πŸ˜… I watch up to I think 4? I don’t even remember now anyway, Descendants the Disney movies? Love them but I can’t bring myself to watch the last one or the second one properly cause I’ll end up feeling sad πŸ’” hope you have a wonderful November πŸ₯°

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    1. YES, I watch it on Hulu cause I’m in the US but that sounds right lol and the fast and the furious films get wild after like movie 6 but I still recommend if you want a pure action movie. And yeah the Disney movies! And the third one isn’t as good as the other two especially because it’s so bittersweet with Cameron but the second one I really enjoy! I hope you had a good month! 😊

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