Monthly wrap-up: October 2016!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

What I read this month

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler - 5 stars // Goodreads

The Rift Uprising by Amy S. Foster - 5 stars // Goodreads

How To Be Someone Else by Rachel Del - 3.5 stars // Goodreads

Heartless by Marissa Meyer - 5 stars // Goodreads

Infinity by Jus Accardo - 5 stars // Goodreads

I managed to knockout almost my entire October TBR, except for one: The Continent by Keira Drake. Of course, of the books that I read that were on my TBR, I only finished two. I DNF'd Nevernight, Cam Girl, and Three Dark Crowns. I've come to realize that I literally have no patience for okay books. If I don't like it, I'll drop it immediately. I don't have time to waste on books that aren't holding my attention. (I will say though that I got half way through Three Dark Crowns, and then skimmed the rest just to see what happened at the end. So that's kind of a DNF, kind of a skim read.) I can't complain about the books I read though; except for How To Be Someone Else, they were all 5 stars! I can't pick a fave, it's literally impossible.

On the blog

I kicked off the month with my October TBR, then posted my review for the achingly beautiful and tender The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler. Then I posted about some recent DNF's, and was a part of the blog tours for The Rift Uprising and How To Be Someone Else. And finally, I ended the month with my raving review of Heartless by Marissa Meyer. 

Music I've been loving

The Turnaround by Gemini // Bonbon by Era Istrefi // Lady Wood by Tove Lo // Icarus by R3hab // Now and Later by Sage The Gemini // Starboy by The Weeknd // All In My Feelings by Harloe // Lavender by Two Door Cinema Club // Ain't My Fault (R3hab remix) by Zara Larsson

TV shows I've been watching

I binged watched the entire first season of Freakish on Hulu in one day, which featured a bunch of young actresses and actors, and some youtube stars. It featured Meghan Rienks and Lizza Koshy, two of my favorite youtubers, and I thought "What the hell, why not?".  I also watched Luke Cage, which  was SO fucking good. Then my mom and I started watching Containment on Netflix, which is about this fatal contagious disease that runs rampant through Boston and all the people it affects. I'm almost done with it, and I'm really, really liking it. I'm also still watching Gilmore Girls! Season 4, here I come, baby.

Books I've acquired

I recently started utilizing the books for trade hashtag on Twitter and went a little crazy, so the first pic is all that I traded for: The Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye, The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle, A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess, My Lady Jane by Jodi Meadows, Cynthia Hand, and Brodi Ashton, Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia, Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch, and The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia. Then I was sent How To Be Someone Else from the author, and The Rift Uprising from the pub house.

And speaking of things I got, a lovely company called Way Basics contacted me and said they would love to send me something for review. Lo and behold, they had freakin bookcases on their website. DREAMS DO COME TRUE. 

This is the one I got! They use everything from recycled material, and one of their mottos is that everything is super easy to put together, which I can attest to. It was crazy easy, and I had it put together in under 10 minutes. I ordered the White Venice Storage blox, which are actually three white cubes (I didn't realize this until I had it in my hands). It's nice being able to use them together and individually! Especially for book pictures. It definitely isn't the most sturdiest thing out there, so if you do carry one of the cubes with stuff in it, make sure you hold it by the bottom and not just by the sides. I made the mistake of doing this and the bottom part came out. It was no biggie though!

Life shenanigans

My mom and I kind of figured out what was making so anxious and depressed last month, which was a huge relief. Turns out, my body has a limit on the amount of sugar it can take. Not on a daily basis, thank god, but over a period of months. So I'm just going to try and keep the sugar to a minimum, and every couple of months, do a cleanse to get rid of it all so my body doesn't freak out and spazz like it did last month. I've always had a pretty rocky relationship with food, so I'm not surprised it started attacking me mentally and physically. I blame my love of sweets. 
I also made the decision to pursue an online degree! Dropping all my classes I was taking at my local community college was such a relief. Not only was it vital for my mental health (my depressive/anxious period was taking a huge toll on my grades), but I need to work more. I have bills and rent to pay, so working more will help with that. Plus, I just love the flexibility of it. I'm a very spontaneous person, and hate being tied down. So this works out perfectly for me!

What did you do this month? Read anything amazing? Let me know down in the comments! :)

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