October Wrap Up 2017

Halloween has come and gone and I can finally get to that jolly festive feeling. I LOVE this time of year. It’s terrifying to think that we’ve already reached the last 2 months of 2017, but there’s always a magic in the air around this time.

I had a good reading month in October. I binge read the Brooklyn Bruiser series by Sarina Bowen and loved it. Honestly, these sports contemporary novels are defining my reading life nowadays. I haven’t been drawn to a fantasy book in months, which sucks cause I have a lot of amazing fantasy books I need to read, but the pull to these sports contemporary novels is just too strong. What I love about Sarina Bowen’s books is that they have that perfect balance between the sports and the romance. You will be swept off your feet by the romances in this series, but there’s also a lot of heart and passion for hockey in them. 

Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers, #1) by Sarina Bowen: 5 Stars

Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers, #2) by Sarina Bowen: 3.5 Stars

Pipe Dreams (Brooklyn Bruisers, #3) by Sarina Bowen: 4 Stars

8th October: Mister Hockey by Lia Riley
14th October: Falling From the Sky & Shooting for the Stars by Sarina Bowen
17th October: Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
29th October: Seeker by Veronica Rossi

Top Ten Tuesday
3rd October: Ultimate Book Boyfriends
10th October: Autumnal Covers
24th October: Unique Book Titles
31st October: Halloween Special

Waiting on Wednesday
4th October: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns
11th October: Ink, Iron, and Glass
18th October: A Thousand Beginnings and Endings
25th October:
Sky in the Deep

Favourite Posts in October

The Orangutan Librarian reached 2000 followers in October. Head on over to join the celebrations. The Orangutan also comes to the defense of bad parents in books and their use to the story.

Marie @ Drizz and Hurricane Books talks about the unpopularity of book reviews.

Kat @ Life and Other Disasters provides some tips on set life etiquette.

Kate @ Reading Through Infinity shares which cities she’d love to visit in Europe. Where would you like to visit?

Sophie @ Sophie’s Corner discusses the ways to fall in love with blogging again.

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction shares her thoughts on banned books.

Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads sheds a light on the dark side of blogging.

November Goals

Be Jolly. It’s the greatest time of year and truthfully 2017 has not been the best of years. I am determined to make the most of these final two months. I want to be more proactive, on the blog and in life, and be daring. I’m terrible at overthinking and it’s honestly tiring, so I want to jump at any opportunity I can find. 

I never set reading goals anymore, but if this sports contemporary kick is here to stay I want to read Until it Fades by K. A. Tucker and Bountiful by Sarina Bowen. I feel like I should try reading another one of my fantasy novels, but if I’m not in the mood I won’t force it.

When it comes to the post, I have the same goal, be more productive. I’ve got a few discussion post ideas but my brain is fried at the minute and can’t seem to find the words for what I want to say.

October was an average month for me.
What was your October highlight?
What was your favourite book read in the month?



26 thoughts on “October Wrap Up 2017

  1. I don’t really set reading goals anymore either, beyond a general: READ! it stresses me out if I end up wanting to sit a savor a book a little longer haha. My favorite read of October was Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor 🙂

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  2. It looks like you had a great month of October. And I haven’t heard of those books by Sarina Bowen but then I just discovered her wonderful writing so it might take a while but I will get to these books here.

    And I am with you for November, its always a good month to be proactive before Christmas and all the stuff that goes on in December.

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    1. I’d highly recommend her Brooklyn Bruiser and True North series. Her romances are guaranteed to sweep you off your feet.

      I’m so impressed with how organised I’ve been this month. I have a lot of my friend’s gifts sorted, now I just need to work on the family haha.


      1. I’ve been thinking of that every time I see someone online flip out that “We need to celebrate Thanksgiving first!!!!” I mean, *I* would like to celebrate Thanksgiving first, but I realize not everyone in the world celebrates. I have no problem with “early” Christmas decorations. :p

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  3. Thanks so much for the shout out 😀 I really appreciate it! October was pretty average for me as well, maybe even below average because most of my set visits didn’t work out as planned and I didn’t get to see Once Upon a Time before leaving Vancouver hahaha but I get that I am still living the dream, so I am not really allowed to complain.

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  4. Great Wrap Up! October was an average reading month for me as well but I’m hoping to read more books in November! My favorite book of October is An Enchantment of Ravens By Margaret Rogerson! I absolutely loved this book! If you like fae novels then you must give it a shot!
    I hope you have a great bookish month in November! 🙂

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  5. Aw thank you so much for the mention, Lois, that’s so sweet! ❤ I'm sorry to hear that 2017 wasn't the best year – I get it, though… I have the same feeling about it all. Let's hope you'll make the best out of these two last months, and… your Canadian adventure is coming soon, isn't it? That's something to look forward to 😀

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    1. 2017 has been stress central and me actually facing adulthood. It sucks. Take me back to university haha. Hopefully, we can end this year on a high!! I am so ready for my Canadian adventure. I’m hoping to finally sort out my accommodation in the next few weeks so I can stop stressing about it haha.

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      1. Oh I’m so sorry to hear that 😦 I get it, though, it has been kind of the same way for me. I miss university ahah, it was much, muuuuuch simpler and a lot more fun.
        I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you to have your accommodation soon! This is so exciting!! 😀

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  6. Hello Lois!
    Thanks for linking my blog ❤
    That's great to hear that you had a good reading month in October. it's a good feeling to find a series that you love, isn't it? I like your approach to reading goals- I agree that reading shouldn't feel forced, because that wouldn't be as fun. Recently I am trying to think that way as well.
    I am also guilty of overthinking! Oh, brain :')

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