Weekly Wrap Up October 31 – Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! I hope you all have a safe and fun holiday. I will be enjoying some scary books and movies – or Hocus Pocus, because Bette Midler – and handing out candy.

This week’s been pretty awesome reading-wise for me. On Saturday, I finished Vicious by V. E. Schwab and absolutely loved it! Another favorite book, for sure. It’s about college roommates who figure out how to give themselves superpowers. When things go wrong, they end up as mortal enemies. I am really crazy about this story, and am so glad there will be a sequel. It was so good!

IMG_1622On Tuesday, I ended up staying up late to finish Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen. It’s been a while since I’ve pulled an all-nighter to finish a book. I honestly wasn’t expecting to like this, but I already had the audiobook, so I started listening to it on a whim and ended up really enjoying it. Just a few hours into it, I picked up the ebook so I could finish more quickly.

Then on Wednesday, I read Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins. I got an ARC a while ago, and wanted to read it before it was released on Tuesday. I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book when I started, but it definitely surprised me! My review will be up Monday if you’re interested.

This week, I also started The Shining by Stephen King. The past couple of years, I’ve read Stephen King books around Halloween, so I decided to make it a tradition, and my cousin has been nagging me to read The Shining since it’s his favorite book. I’ve had a few migraines the past couple of days, so reading this has gone very slowly. But I’m hoping to finish soon!

I reviewed two books this week: The Early Stories of Truman Capote, which was released on Tuesday, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Completely different books, but I really enjoyed both of them! Click on the links to see my full reviews.

In other news, I think I’ve finally hit grad school burnout. Over the last year and a half, I have had a total of six weeks off of school. The program I’m doing is a ten week term followed by one week off, continuously for a little over two years. So, unless I take a term off, I only ever get a week before having to jump into a new course. And since I’m so close to being done, and I quit my full-time job to have more time for school, I don’t feel like I can justify taking time off. I just need a mini-vacation. Because my procrastination has reached an all-time high. As of this posting, I haven’t done any homework since Sunday, which means I have to cram everything in this weekend.

This week, I got back into a really good reading rhythm after hitting a bit of a reading slump at the beginning of the month. I just feel good about myself when I’m able to read a few books in a week. However, I did choose reading over homework this week, which was not the best idea, so I’m a bit overwhelmed with schoolwork. At least next week is the one week I don’t have a paper due, so I can take a bit of a break (though I do have to read half of Mansfield Park for class). I’m looking forward to getting a lot of reading done!

And since NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow, I thought I’d give you all an update: I have no freaking clue what I’m going to write. I might take a day or two to flesh out an idea, since I haven’t had the time yet, and I know the daily word counts aren’t going to be a problem for me since I don’t have a job. If you’re participating, I’d love to know what the inspiration for your novel is – let me know in the comments!

I did buy a few books this week as well. All of BookOutlet.com (I really should block this site on my computer). First, I got The Search for WondLaA Hero for WondLa, and The Battle for WondLa, all by Tony DiTerlizzi. I saw them on Peruse Project, and they looked really interesting. I got a copy of The Secret Daughter of the Tsar by Jennifer Laam, because I’m kind of in a historical fiction mood. I got a YA novel which sounds really interesting, Trouble by Non Pratt. It’s about a girl who gets pregnant by her ex-best friend, and when the school finds out, a nice transfer student offers to pretend to be the father. I think it will perfect when I’m in the mood for an easy, cute read. And finally, I got three more Tim Powers books (I can’t resist matching editions): DeclareHide Me Among the Graves, and Last Call. Oh, and I got a few books on Audible: NOS4A2 and Locke & Key both by Joe Hill. But I used a credit I already had to get NOS4A2 and Locke & Key was free, so they barely count. Right? Though I’m still planning on getting the hard copies of Locke & Key at some point, because they are graphic novels.

And now I’m now officially going on a (semi) book-buying ban. I am limiting myself to three books in November (aside from books I need for school)! The Brontë Vintage Classics are being released at the beginning of the month, and since I adore those editions, I’m allowing myself to buy those. But nothing else! I’m counting on you guys to hold me to it.

I also wanted to share that I am now an Amazon Affiliate, which means if you use the links on my blog to purchase books (or anything else) on Amazon, I will get a small commission. So, if you’re planning on buying books anyway, it’d really help me out if you use the link in the sidebar.

And, finally, I wanted to share a quote from my favorite book of the week, Vicious by V. E. Schwab.

“The moments that define lives aren’t always obvious. They don’t always scream LEDGE, and nine times out of ten there’s no rope to duck under, no line to cross, no blood pact, no official letter on fancy paper. They aren’t always protracted, heavy with meaning.”

Hope you all have a great weekend! Keep an eye out for my monthly wrap-up post later today, and let me know what your favorite read of the week was in the comments!

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