I’m sure y’all are sick of hearing it, but HAPPY SPOOKY SEASON!!!
Part of me wishes I wasn’t as obsessed with autumn/Halloween as everyone else, but I objectively think it’s the best season and second-best holiday (I am a big Christmas fan), so I don’t really care that I’m in the same camp as everyone else.
Seasons aside, I am so ready for the fall. I’ve been impatiently waiting for the weather to turn, and it FINALLY has. I’m definitely going to miss the trees turning on my old campus, but I’m hoping the city will have at least some places that get really pretty. October means that I’m also approaching the halfway point of my first semester of law school, which feels really surreal. Somehow I lucked out and don’t have any midterms, but that also lowkey stresses me out because it means I don’t have any ways to indicate that I’m actually learning. I do have a writing assignment due tomorrow (well, today, if you’re reading it the day I post this) that I’m freaking out about (am I writing this in part to procrastinate on that? . . . maybe.) ANYWAY. Let’s get to the wrap-up!
September was a better reading month for me. I think I’m finally figuring out how to carve out time to read, although I don’t always prioritize it (sometimes I need to just scroll aimlessly through Instagram or Twitter because my brain is fried.) Still, it means I got to a whole 2 books this month!
I didn’t love The Midnight Lie, even though I really wanted to. I was really surprised by how much I loved The Winner’s Kiss trilogy, so I was hoping this follow-up/spin-off would draw me in the same way those books did. Unfortunately, I just didn’t think it was as good, and I felt like I spent most of the book confused and not in a good way. I loved the characters, but something about the plot and its execution didn’t quite hit the mark for me.
The only reason I managed to finish Skyhunter is because I was absolutely committed to finishing it before its release. As I said in my review, I absolutely loved it and would’ve much preferred to binge it in one or two sittings, but unfortunately that was not an option.
I am also still making my way through The Damned (I put it aside to read Skyhunter) and I’m about halfway done with it, so I’m hoping to be done with that pretty soon.
Ok, well I bought several things that are definitely important (like a new laptop! I feel like a cooler person now.) But I didn’t buy any books, and that was intentional. I have way too many books that I haven’t read and, as much as I want to buy books, I just cannot rationalize it with how little I’m reading mixed with the fact that I am not allowed to work as a first-year law student (and, y’know, paying for said law school). I’m honestly really impressed I haven’t bought anything, to the point where I’m considering ordering Skyhunter and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue as a reward, but that kinda defeats the point, doesn’t it? I may still cave, so we’ll see.
I have, in fact, started to keep track of what I watched this month, it just wasn’t a whole lot. The one show I’ve been watching (I think I started it at the beginning of August but I’m not entirely sure) is Locke and Key on Netflix, and only because 14-year-old me was absolutely in love with Connor Jessup thanks to Falling Skies. I think I only have a couple episodes left, I just haven’t really been in the mood for drama and fantasy. On the complete other end of the spectrum, I watched 3 different Netflix comedy specials: Taylor Tomlinson’s Quarter Life Crisis, Ali Wong’s Hard Knock Wife, and Whitney Cumming’s Can I Touch It? I can’t really tell you why I felt like this was a comedy month, but I guess it was. The only movie I watched was Work It because I think Jordan Fisher is an absolute STAR. I loved him in it, but the rest of the movie was kind of meh. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t think it was anything special
I do have one addition to what I watched in August: The Umbrella Academy! Because I did my wrap-up so late, I thought I had watched the second season in September, but I realized that wasn’t the case. Y’all, I think this show is my favorite that Netflix has put out. It’s so amazing and deserves all the hype it gets, in my opinion.
I actually made sure to save a few this month! I love doing these shout-out type things, and I’m really happy that I’m back on my game with them!
- Jess from Comfort Reads made a list of 10 books to read in autumn, and as you can already tell, I love autumn, so I loved this idea of fall reads! It also added quite a few books to my TBR.
- Nicole at Sorry, I’m Booked shared some sci-fi and fantasy covers that drew her in, and I have to say, I am definitely judging all those books by their covers.
- The Orangutan Librarian shared some thoughts on being objective about favorite books, and this is something I’ve struggled with (what do you mean people don’t like my favorites???), so I really liked seeing other people’s thoughts on it.
Right now, my only plan is to finish The Damned. I’m hopeful I’ll get a library ebook for Roshani Chokshi’s The Silvered Serpents soon, since I got it a few weeks ago but had to suspend the hold because there was no way I was going to get to it before the loan was up, so that’s on my immediate TBR. As I said last month, I’d like to finally finish Infinity Son and maybe at least be able to pick up The Starless Sea again, if not actually finish it. I think that’s all I’m gonna say for goals, because I don’t want to set my expectations too high, since I know I’m going to be maybe even busier than I have been.
Again, because I am lazy, enjoy this look into my readings and assignments for school!
Well, that is all I’ve got for now! October is gonna be STRESSFUL, I can already feel it. (Also, how in the world is it October already??)
Oh, and to my fellow 18+ Americans, please vote! And do it now if you’re able, don’t wait until November 3rd! If you need help, Vote411 provides really good guides and information.
What’s on your TBR for October? Anything you’re really excited to get to?