Happy Halloween! I can’t believe it’s already the end of October. Work has been so busy lately that the time has just been flying by. I didn’t read as much as I wanted to this month (mostly because I’ve just been so exhausted), but I still did read some pretty good books.
What I Read:
Good as Gone by Amy Gentry – ★★★☆☆. This was a perfectly okay thriller. I enjoyed the premise, but thought the characters could have been a bit more developed. The ending wasn’t what I was expecting and it felt a bit disconnected from the rest of the novel. It wasn’t amazing, but it wasn’t bad either.
Rose & Poe by Jack Todd – ★☆☆☆☆. Obviously, I didn’t enjoy this book. I had very high hopes for it, but it just rubbed me the wrong way and I didn’t like it. If you’re interested, you can read my full review of Rose & Poe.
Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes – ★★★☆☆. This is the sequel to Kepnes’s You, which I read last year and really enjoyed. Unfortunately, this book was not as good. It was a solid 2.5 stars for me. I honestly don’t see the point of this book; it didn’t serve as a good continuation of You, and just felt very unnecessary.
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton – ★★★★★. I really wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book (I was on the fence about reading it), but I ended up loving it. It made me sad and angry all over again, and really just highlighted how the media failed to portray how qualified Clinton is for the presidency.
Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare – ★★★★☆. This was my Shakespeare play of the month, and it was perfect for October. It was really dark and violent and I enjoyed it a little bit more than I expected to. It’s not my favorite play ever, but it’s up there.
Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray – ★★★★☆. I was really looking forward to this one, which is the third book in Bray’s Diviners series. I’m not sure if I just wasn’t in the mood for it, or if it wasn’t quite as good as the other two books, but I didn’t enjoy this as much as I wanted to. (You can read my review of Before the Devil Breaks You if you want more info.)
An American Family by Khizr Khan – ★★★★★. I absolutely loved this book. It is easily one of my favorite memoirs, and I am so happy I had the opportunity to read it this month. I also wrote a full review of An American Family if you’re interested.
What I’m Currently Reading:
The Dark Half by Stephen King. I chose this as my annual Halloween Stephen King read, and I am really enjoying it so far. It took about 100 pages or so for me to really get into it, but it was definitely worth it. I’m excited to read more.
Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks. This is one of my most anticipated books of the fall, and I think it’s living up to my expectations. Hanks is a great writer, and I love that this book centers around typewriters (I’m so jealous of his incredible collection). I’m also enjoying Hanks’s reading of the audiobook.
What I Watched:
Maysoon Zayid’s TED Talk. An acquaintance from high school posted this on Facebook, and, on a whim, I decided to watch it. And I am SO GLAD I did. It was wonderful and inspiring and funny and I love her now. You can watch it here. (Also, I really want to watch more TED Talks – because I don’t watch them often enough – so if you have suggestions, I’d love to hear them!)
Gerald’s Game (Netflix). I kind of knew what I was getting into with Stephen King, but this was one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever watched (I’m not too big on horror). I literally pulled my shirt up over my head at one point because I couldn’t watch it. Don’t get me wrong, it was really well-done, so hard to watch.
Mindhunter (Netflix). I haven’t finished the season yet, but I’m really enjoying it so far! It’s such an interesting show; I love it’s kind of a crime show, but delves pretty deep into the psychology.
What I Did:
Yet again, nothing exciting. Which is totally okay because work has been insane this month. I’m looking forward to getting some extra sleep this weekend.
Cookie Butter Oreos. WHY ARE THESE LIMITED EDITION? I don’t even know if I can eat regular Oreos again. I can’t remember the last time I finished a pack of Oreos before they went stale, but I had no problem with these.
Blogging for Beginners | Starting a Blog. I am so glad this post was so well-received! It’s something I’ve wanted to write for a long time, and it made me so happy to hear that it helped so many people. I’m planning on doing an installment of this series every month or so.
That’s it for October! I hope you all had a great month. What was your favorite October read? Any new releases I need to check out? Let me know in the comments!