October 2018 Wrap Up


Happy Halloween! It is kind of blowing my mind that October is already over. How are there only two months left of 2018? How? Also, how did I read thirteen (and three half) books this month? I genuinely don’t understand. But I’m definitely happy about it.

What I Read:

I Hate Fairyland Vol. 3 & 4 by Skottie Young – ★★★★☆. I finally finished I Hate Fairyland and I can’t believe it’s over! This series is so fun, and the last two installments were no exception. I am so glad I own them all so I can reread them all the time now.

In the House in the Dark of the Woods by Laird Hunt – ★★★☆☆. This was an interesting thriller. While I didn’t personally love it, I do think it is good. It just wasn’t for me. But if you like thrillers, this is one to check out. Read my full review of In the House in the Dark of the Woods if you’re interested.

Born to be Posthumous by Mark Dery – ★★★★☆. It’s been a while since I’ve read a biography, and I really enjoyed this one of Edward Gorey. Don’t have much to say except go check out my review of Born to be Posthumous and then read some Edward Gorey (perfect Halloween reading if you’re looking for some).

The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman – ★★★★☆. This is a nonfiction book about the kidnapping of Sally Horner, and how it inspired Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. That’s right, Lolita is based on a true story. I also wrote a review of The Real Lolita if you want to read more.

The Green Mile by Stephen King – ★★★★★. I am pretty sure this was the first book I went out and bought when I got my driver’s license. So, it’s been on my shelves for about thirteen years. Which is insane. But I finally read it! And I absolutely loved it! One of my favorite King novels, easy.

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury – ★★★☆☆. This was another reading accomplishment for me because I started reading this in October. Of 2015. But I finally finished it! And I have mixed feelings. I love Bradbury (he’s up there with Gaiman and King in my head), but I didn’t quite connect with this one as much as I wanted to. Still, I appreciate it a lot because it’s so clear how much this book in particular inspired King and Gaiman (it’s even mentioned in the King book I’m reading now).

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire – ★★★★☆. The Wayward Children series is one of my favorite ongoing series at the moment. it’s just so brilliant. This one might be my least favorite, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit. Personally, I enjoyed how body positive this book is. Definitely looking forward to more in this series.

Henry VI Parts II & III by William Shakespeare – ★★★☆☆. I am done with Shakespeare’s histories! These weren’t bad, but they also weren’t my favorite. Just not particularly memorable.

Monstress Vol. 1 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda – ★★★★☆. I’ve been meaning to read this forever, and I finally got around to it. This art is absolutely beautiful and I really liked the story. Will definitely be continuing this series.

Sons of Ares by Pierce Brown, Rik Hoskin, & Eli Powell – ★★★☆☆. This is a graphic novel prequel to the Red Rising series. And, unfortunately, I wasn’t a huge fan. This is one of my favorite series, and I did like the story a lot. But I didn’t particularly like the art style for this story. It was good, but it was a bit too gritty and Sin City-ish for me.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab – ★★★★☆. I haven’t read any middle grade all year, and what better book to choose than one by one of my favorite authors? I really enjoyed this one! I wish I’d had something like this to read as a child, but it I’m still gonna read children’s books at 29. So whatever.

What I’m Currently Reading:

Vengeful by V. E. Schwab. I am really enjoying this one, but, for some reason, it’s a slow read for me. Excited to finish it soon, though.

The Dead Zone by Stephen King. Every year (five years running!), and this is my pick for this year. I’ve been meaning to read it for a while, and finally decided to go for it. Definitely enjoying it so far.

The Unbound by Victoria Schwab. Since this is unofficially Victoria Schwab month, I decided to finally finish The Archived series. Also enjoying this one, but I just haven’t had the time to keep up with it.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. This is a reread because it’s been like fifteen years (seriously, how?). It got put on pause for a bit, but I’m hoping to finish it in the next few days.

What I Watched:

I’ve probably watched more things than this, but the one thing I remember is:

Mother! I was expecting horror, but what I got was one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen. I liked it more than I was expecting, but it was definitely weird. And anxiety-causing. If you’ve seen it, what did you think?

What I Did:

Started writing again! I’m pretty sure the thing I’m working on is going to be just for me. But I am so happy to be writing something again. I’ve had a tough year, and was too depressed to write anything. Which made it worse, because I felt like I’d gotten my masters degree in vain. I’m just happy to be doing it again, and excited to see what comes out of this.

I hope you all had a great month! What was your favorite October read?

9 thoughts on “October 2018 Wrap Up

  1. Great reading month! I always like to try and read some Stephen King in October too 😊

    I’m totally with you on Mother! It’s so horrifyingly bizarre, like one big extended fever dream.

    1. Thank you! I love Stephen King in October. Need to read more of his books during the rest of the year, too.

      And I’m so glad someone else watched Mother! It’s such a weird movie. I’m honestly surprised I didn’t hate it. Your description is spot on!

      1. Same here! I’d seen so many completely polarising reactions to it, with everyone either thinking it was genius or utterly terrible, that I felt weird ending up somewhere in the middle…

        1. Exactly! I was so ready to hate it, but I didn’t. I thought the analogy was clever, but can’t get over how much anxiety it caused me. It totally get that it feels weird to neither love it or hate it. And I can’t stop thinking about it.

    1. Thanks! Audiobooks and reading ebooks on my phone during downtime at work saved me. Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t have made it through half of these.

    1. Thanks! I would love to! I’m currently working my way through his canon by reading at least one a month (I took a Shakespeare class in grad school, but didn’t make it through nearly enough of them). I’m pretty busy at the moment, but if you have an idea you’d like to see, I can work on it and send it over when I’m done.

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