Monthly Wrapups

What I’ve been up to in October πŸ‘» SPOOKY Reading & the start of a new semester

October Wrapup

Hello fellow bookworms πŸ‘» I cannot believe October is already over again, I’m not ready to let go of the spooky season πŸ₯Ί I had such a good time getting a bit spooky with my reading and watching this month, plus some good old-fashioned autumn activities like pumpkin carving and baking πŸŽƒ (If you want to get a deeper insight in what autumnal activities I did and how my reading went, I have a spooky Reading Diary coming out next week πŸ₯°) I’m happy that we still have another month of autumn ahead of us before it’s time to get festive again! I have been loving the colder weather recently, taking a walk and feeling the leaves crunch under my feet always puts me in a good mood. We also get some nice, spooky fog around here 🌫

Me enjoying the fall weather πŸ‚

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πŸ”„ = Reread πŸ’Œ = Library Books 🌈 = #QueerBookFun2021

 😊 = Readalong/Buddy Read πŸ“š = #TackleYourTBR2021 βŒ› = Digital Arc

I read 24 books in October which is a lot more than I usually read πŸ˜‚ This was mostly due to being in the mood to read all the spooky books and still having some leftover time from my semester break! For the first time in ages, I had a long (20+ Books) TBR full with all the scary books that I was interested in reading this year and I had such a good time making my way through it πŸŽƒ Generally, many of the books were either graphic novels, rereads or on the shorter side (under 200/300 pages) which is why I could read so many of them. Towards the end of the month, when my new semester began, my reading drastically slowed down which was to be expected πŸ˜… Nevertheless, I managed to read many amazing books this month (SO many 4-star reads, but sadly no 5-star that isn’t a reread) and only had one disappointment (oh Jake Livingston, why? 😭)

OC Update

I read 12 books out of my comfort zone this month, which is the most I have read since I started this challenge last year 😱 The fact that I was reading so many spooky books – mostly mystery, thriller of horror – really boosted my reading. In terms of genres and age groups I read: YA Horror (The Taking of Jake Livingston, Something Is Killing the Children, The Woods Are Always Watching, Girl of Nightmares, The Girls Are Never Gone), MG Horror (Thirteens, Hide and Don’t Seek, Bridge of Souls), YA Mystery (Goosebumps, Good Girl, Bad Blood) and MG Mystery (Warren the 13th) πŸ‘€

OOCZ 2021 October

Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye (Tania Del Rio) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ“š

The Girls Are Never Gone (Sarah Glenn Marsh) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’ŒπŸŒˆ

Girl of Nightmares (Kendare Blake) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ“š

Thirteens (Kate Alice Marshall) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ“š

Good Girl, Bad Blood (Holly Jackson) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ 🎧

Bridge of Souls (Victoria Schwab) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ

OOCZ 2021 October (1)

Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp (Marieke Nijkamp & Yasmin Florez Montanez) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ

Something Is Killing the Children Vol 1. & 2. (Tynion IV, Dell’Edera & Muerto) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’ŒπŸŒˆ

Hide and Don’t Seek (Anica Mrose Rissi) ⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ’Œ

The Woods Are Always Watching (Stephanie Perkins) ⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ 🎧

The Taking of Jake Livingston (Ryan Douglass) ⭐⭐.5 πŸ’ŒπŸŒˆ

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1. Jackaby (William Ritter) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ”„

2. A Monster Calls (Patrick Ness) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ”„

3. Pumpkinheads (Rowell & Erin Ricks) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ”„ 🌈

4. Small Spaces (Katherine Arden) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ”„

5. Dead Voices (Katherine Arden) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ”„

6. Anna Dressed in Blood (Kendare Blake) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ”„

7. Girl of Nightmares (Kendare Blake) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ“š ➽ Review

8. Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye (Tania Del Rio) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ“š ➽ Review

9. The Girls Are Never Gone (Sarah Glenn Marsh) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ 🌈 ➽ Review

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10. Thirteens (Kate Alice Marshall) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ“š ➽ Review

11. Bridge of Souls (Victoria Schwab) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ ➽ Review

12. Good Girl, Bad Blood (Holly Jackson) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ 🎧 ➽ Review

13. The Witch Boy (Molly Ostertag) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ ➽ Review

14. Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp (Nijkamp & Florez Montanez) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ ➽ Review

15. Mooncakes (Xu & Walker) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ”„ 🌈

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16. Something Is Killing the Children Vol 1. (Tynion IV, Dell’Edera & Muerto) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’ŒπŸŒˆ ➽ Review

17. Something Is Killing the Children Vol 2. (Tynion IV, Dell’Edera & Muerto) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’ŒπŸŒˆ ➽ Review

18. The Little Kitten (Nicola Killen) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ ➽ Review

19. Fangs (Sarah Andersen) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’ŒΒ 

20. Hide and Don’t Seek (Anica Mrose Rissi) ⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ’Œ ➽ Review

21. The Woods Are Always Watching (Stephanie Perkins) ⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ 🎧 ➽ Review

22. Grimoire Noir (Greentea & Bogatch) ⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ ➽ Review

23. Monster Friends (Kaeti Vandorn) ⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ ➽ Review

24. The Taking of Jake Livingston (Ryan Douglass) ⭐⭐.5 πŸ’ŒπŸŒˆ ➽ Review

πŸ‘» Spoopathon Board πŸ‘»

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Favorite Books πŸ’•

whatiposted

What I’ve been up to in September πŸ‚ Start of Fall & Magical Readathon ~Β Reading Diary: #magicalreadathon ~ The Novice Path ✨

My Autumn Bucket List πŸ‚πŸŽƒπŸ‘» Spooky Content, Getting Cozy & Lots of Food ~Β Recommending 8 Perfect Halloween Reads πŸŽƒΒ 

What goes bump in the night? 😱 The Spooky Scary Book Tag ~Β What Spooky Creatures are hiding on my TBR? πŸ“š feat. Witches, Vampires, Ghosts & MonstersΒ 

Discussion: How have my Bookish Habits changed over the years? πŸ“š

faveposts

For this section of my wrapup I’m linking up with theΒ Favorite Blog Posts of the MonthΒ Meme that has been created byΒ Kristin @Β kristinkravesbooks to showcase our favorite blogs of the month! πŸ’—

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life stuff

I finished my last exam & started a new semester of my Master Course! It was a relief to finally write that last exam. I passed (yay πŸŽ‰) but the grade wasn’t as good as I had hoped for, which I partly blame on the poorly managed lecture and some tricky questions . I’m moving on though as my focus is on the new semester now. I luckily got all the courses that I wanted, but I’m struggling a bit to get adjusted. We’re having more classes at campus again, which varies depending on what focus you’ve chosen. For mine there are a lot of in-person classes, that are however also streamed over Zoom. The prof is really trying hard to teach well for everyone, but I wish some of the pandemic regulations for in-person classes were a bit stricter … I feel like some people seem to think everything is back to normal. However, after such a long time with only online classes it’s super draining to have something in-person again and my anxiety is also not happy about this πŸ˜… Due to the situation, I don’t know nearly enough people in my course and some groups have already formed. Most of the people I had closer contact with aren’t in my specific classes, so I’m trying to get used to seeing different people. It’s very different from last semester, so I’d appreciate all the good vibes ❀

✨ Highlights ✨

➽ What I Watched in October ❀  When it comes to non-spooky things my friend and I watched the third Season of Sex Education, which was good! As for spooky things, we watched Halloweentown, The Nightmare Before Christmas (a rewatch) and There’s Someone Inside Your House. We also started the second season of Locke & Key! On my own, I watched Monster House (not really my thing) and started The Haunting of Bly Manor (really good, but I haven’t finished yet) πŸ‘»

➽ Playing Hyrule Warriors to escape my problems. I have been playing Hyrule Warriors (on my Nintendo DS, I wish I owned a Switch) since the beginning of my semester break and I’m still obsessedΒ  πŸ˜‚This game has been so much fun and I have enjoyed playing it, especially towards the end of the month, to unwind after a stressful day πŸ₯°

➽ Doing a Guest Post for Spooky October!Β I’m so grateful that I got to be a part of Sabrina and Vera’s spooky post series as I had so much fun participating in it and reading all the content! I talked about Eight Spooky Books With Fantastic Covers if you’d like to check it out 🧑 Definitely make sure to check out all the other posts as well, there are so many good ones πŸŽƒ

looking ahead

It’s already time for November πŸ‚Β  I cannot believe that we’re in the second to last month of 2021 already, where has the time gone??? 😱 With the new semester starting – full of deadlines and a block seminar – I will sadly be a lot busier 😭 However, I still have some books I want to read before the end of the year approaches and a lot of my library holds have already come in, so I’m hyped to get to them! My reading has been much slower due to feeling a bit stressed by Uni, but I’m hoping to finally make use of audiobooks again, as I love listening to them while doing chores. Also, I’m wishing anyone doing NaNoWriMo the best of luck with their projects πŸ₯°

My End of the Year Reading Plans coming to you SOON πŸ‘€

End of Year Plans

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What were you up to in October? What was your favorite book? Any books you want to finish before the end of the year? I hope you’re staying safe! ❀

32 thoughts on “What I’ve been up to in October πŸ‘» SPOOKY Reading & the start of a new semester

  1. Wow 24 books, that’s an amazing number! Also all those books seem to be spookily appropriate for the season and I’m glad to see you enjoying most of them!

    Transitioning from online to offline can definitely be a challenge. Not only anxiety about COVID measures, but making connection in person can be challenging! I hope things will settle down soon; I’m sending you all the good vibes! ❀

    Thank you for including my post!

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    1. It was such a good reading month! Dedicating October to reading spooky books really boosted my reading πŸŽƒ Thank you so much for all the good vibes, I’m still trying to adjust and give it some time ❀
      You’re welcome! I hope you have a good November πŸ₯°

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  2. 24 books are super impressive! 😍 And the fact that you read mostly spooky things, that’s even more awesome. Looks like The Taking of Jack Livingston is a disappointment for more people, I saw multiple low ratings, so I probably won’t bother reading it. Which is a shame, because we need diverse horror books! Also that cover is gorgeous 😭
    Wishing you good luck with the next semester. I can imagine how stressful and anxiety inducing it must be to have in-person classes again.
    Thank you so much for including my posts! πŸ₯°

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    1. I’m SO happy with my reading in October, it was such a spooky month for me πŸ‘» I was so excited for The Taking of Jack Livingston and really heartbroken that I didn’t like it at all 😭 I love the cover as well and I appreciate that it features a gay black lead, which makes it even more disappointing πŸ˜”
      Thank you so much for the kind words, Morgan! ❀

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  3. Congrats on all of the reading! Though, I’m sorry some of them weren’t as good as you hoped they would be. I’m sending you so many good vibes! Congratulations on passing your exam and I hope this new term goes well for you. I can only imagine how stressful it would be to abruptly have to go back to so much in-person learning so I’m sending you lots of love and hugs. 😦 β™₯ (and thank you so much for the shout-out, friend!!! I always appreciate you so much!)

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    1. Thank you, Destiny! I didn’t enjoy some of the books – still very sad about Jake Livingston – but I’m happy that I had a good reading month overall πŸ₯° I really appreciate all your good vibes and kind words! ❀ (You’re welcome, always very happy to share your posts 😊)

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  4. Congrats on passing your exam and all the best with the next semester!! oooh sex education, what did you think of it?
    and omg yay for reading so much and Im glad they were all mostly enjoyable reads for you!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jayati! I liked Sex Education, though I think I slightly prefer the first two seasons,- still good though! I’m so happy that I had such a good reading month 😊 I hope you have a good November πŸ‚

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  5. I’m never ready to let go of horror season either! it should last 2 months at least!! 😭 As always I really enjoy reading your wrap-ups, I’m so glad you liked The Girls Are Never Gone, I didn’t get to read it, but I hope to at some point 😍 & I think we’ll share some thoughts on The Taking of Jake Livingston, sadly it wasn’t as amazing for me as I hoped it would be.
    WOW!!! thank you so much for mentioning SO many of my posts, you’re the best, I appreciate your support so much and to be a part of your lists is an honor. πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°
    I hope you have an amazing November! ❀️

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    1. I would honestly love two months of October! πŸ˜„πŸ‘» The Girls Are Never Gone was so good, I hope you enjoy it when you get around to reading it πŸ₯° The Taking of Jake Livingston was one of my most anticipated releases, so I’m sad that we were both disappointed πŸ˜”
      Always happy to share your posts, I love reading them ❀
      Thank you, Sofii! I hope you’re doing well πŸ₯°

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  6. Wow Caro, SO MANY BOOKS, how ahah. I’m amazed and so happy you managed to read so much in the past month, this is so wonderful.
    Congratulations on your exam and I wish you all the best for the upcoming classes. I get the anxiety, it feels so stressful to get back to normal when… well, things AREN’T NORMAL are they? Why don’t people realize this, it frustrates me so much πŸ˜‚ I’m sending you all the love and good vibes for November ❀

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    1. I got really into reading all the spooky books, which boosted my reading πŸ˜„ I’m so happy I had a good reading month as well πŸ₯°
      Thank you so much for the kind words, Marie! ❀ It’s strange to see more and more people trying to ‘get back to normal’ when things are still tense.
      I hope you’re doing well πŸ’—

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  7. 24 BOOKS!?!?!? HOW!? WHEN!? WHAT!?!?! I’m flabbergasted. It’s so many haha
    I get feeling anxious with in person classes again, especially when restrictions aren’t that strict. We have mandatory 3G (you either have to be genesen, geimpft or getestet) to go into work all over the country. I think there’s tests for schools as well, but I’m not sure how things are at uni. It might differ from place to place …
    Thank you for sharing my post!!

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    1. It was the ghost of Halloween!!! πŸ‘»πŸ˜‚ I got REALLY into all the spooky books and had a fantastic reading month πŸŽƒ
      We had mandatory 3G as well but things have gotten stricter in November, which I’m grateful for as I felt like they were a bit too relaxed before πŸ˜…
      You’re welcome! I hope you’re doing well ❀

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  8. Wow, you’ve read so many books!! :O And I’m glad you enjoyed so many of them! I think I told you that I really wanted to get to The Girls Are Never Gone in October… but that didn’t happen. 😦 In any case, I’m still hoping to read it soon, especially as it was a favorite for you in October. πŸ˜€ I really need to watch Sex Education, it’s been on my Netflix list for ages. I’m sending you all the good vibes for your semester!!! I definitely relate to people acting like everything is back to normal – that’s exactly how people at the office are acting. 😐 It’s really frustrating. I hope you can make new friends – it’s so difficult to make connection when it seems like most people are grouped up. 😦 But I hope you can make the most of it of this semester!! πŸ˜€

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    1. I got really into the spooky mood, so I kept devouring books πŸ˜‚πŸ‘» I hope you get around to reading The Girls Are Never Gone next year, it’s such a good book! πŸ₯° I wasn’t sure about Sex Education at first, but it’s a really well-made show and I’m glad it’s getting more seasons!

      Thank you so much for all your good vibes and wishes! πŸ’— It makes me nervous that so many people are acting like things are already back to normal when they are very precarious.

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  9. I adore A Monster Calls. So glad you enjoyed! I really need to watch Locke & Key, looks like something I’d really enjoy. I have way too many books I want to finish by the end of the year, but I am still mentally in October, so I probably won’t worry about that until it’s too late, haha. Hoping you have a good November!

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    1. I love rereading A Monster Calls, it’s such an autumnal read πŸ‚ Locke & Key is definitely fun, though I actually didn’t read the original comics before starting the show! I hope you manage to read some good books towards the end of this year! I hope you have a good November as well 😊

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  10. To echo everyone else 24 books is seriously impressive !! I hope you enjoyed getting to delve into so many books. I’m glad to see you enjoyed something is killing the children, I really need to go to volume 2 at some point. I’ve seen a lot about Fangs recently and how it was a fun horror GN so glad to see you enjoyed that one too !!
    Sending you good vibes for your new semester and hope you are feeling more relaxed in the new environments. I imagine all the change is a lot to deal with so I hope you feel better soon, sending love !! πŸ’•
    Glad to hear you enjoyed S3 of Sex Education, I’m currently rewatching it from the start again. One of my faves ever !!
    Hope you’re having a great November and thank you soooo very much for sharing my post !! πŸ’•πŸ’•

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    1. I’m so happy that I managed to read so many books and have a great reading month ❀ I hope you get around to reading more of Something Is Killing the Children, it keeps being perfectly spooky and suspenseful! I discovered Fangs by browsing my library and I’m so glad, as it was much fun πŸ˜„

      Thank you so much for all the good vibes and kind words, Sophie! πŸ’• I hope you enjoy the new season of Sex Education, it’s such a great, well-made show! I hope you’re doing well πŸ₯°

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