How are the Holidays Already Here!?...plus my October Book Haul Vlog!


  

How are the Holidays Already Here!?


I can't believe we're already at the end of the year. Such a stressful time! (But also a fun one!) 

There's always so much stress in November that it's hard for me to carve out time for NaNoWriMo. This year, Mandy is taking part, though. Go, Mandy!!!

We're hosting a superhero-themed event starting tomorrow, so we've been doing a lot of prep work for that and you'll get all the details tomorrow! ^_^

And of course, it was just Halloween! We only had 4 or 5 Trick-or-Treaters. My niece came over, though. She was Mario, her mom was Luigi, and her dad was Bowser! Then she met up with her dad's sister (who was Toad) and her cousin (who was Yoshi), so it was really cool that they had a group theme going on. She got a crazy amount of candy, too!


OCTOBER BOOK HAUL!


Here's my haul for October! This month, it was an even mix of books I purchased and books I received for review. The only book missing from this preview pic is AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS because my Uppercase arrived after I'd finished filming and put everything away!

Here's the video:



Left: My purchases
Right: For review

Front: Fairy Loot and a Pre-Order Gift


MUSIC šŸŽ¶

I've been listening a lot to the new albums from Kelly Clarkson ("Meaning of Life") and P!NK ("Beautiful Trauma"). I am especially loving "Beautiful Trauma" and can't stop listening!

I've also listened to The Lion King cast recording (in both English and French...^^;;) a few times because actor Alton Fitzgerald White (Who played Mufasa in the musical for 13 years!) will be coming locally to sign his new book in a coulee of weeks and I'm interviewing him for BroadwayWorld!

Last weekend, I caught a performance of Peter and the Star Catcher, based on a  book I love. It's more play than musical, but it does have a few songs in it, and I was so happy to finally see it! I'm also excited to go see Once on this Island later this month--especially because Lea Salonga is in it!

MOVIES AND TV

We watched a couple of episodes of Marvel's Inhumans and have also been watching Once Upon a Time. We're not sure what we think of the new reboot yet! I also watched about half of Guardians of the Galaxy II on Halloween before I had to start getting things ready, and still have to go back to it. ^^;;;

Tomorrow, I'm hoping to check out my review copy of The Glass Castle and am looking forward to it!

That was my October.

How was yours???

Here's a look at everything that happened this past month!
 

ONGOING GIVEAWAYS:

*Coming VERY soon!

Check out the November Blog Tour Schedule for more upcoming giveaways!
NOVEMBER BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE
(Most blog tour stops feature giveaways as well!)

*ROSEMARKED by Livia Blackburne  {11/7 Blitz}
*DEAR MARTIN by Nic Stone {11/10 Review}
*GREEK GODS: #SQUADGOALS by Courtney Carbone {11/16 Review}
*PENELOPE MARCH IS MELTING by Jeffrey Michael Ruby {11/23 Review}

 

READING NOW:
{All links to Goodreads!}

*WICKED LIKE A WILDFIRE by Lana Popović
*RENEGADES by Marissa Meyer

PLANNING TO READ IN NOVEMBER:


I'm still overdue on a lot of things due to being sick for so long. It feels too overwhelming and daunting if I list it all, you know? But I also have SO MANY "Best of the Year" contenders to get to in the next two months!
 
[link to my GoodReads account so you can see my blurb feed as I read]
READ IN OCTOBER:
{All links to Goodreads!}

TOTAL: 10 novels {Well, one is a memoir...}

*SECRETS OF A SUMMER NIGHT by Lisa Kleypas {Adult}
*IT HAPPENED ONE AUTUMN by Lisa Kleypas {Adult}
*DEVIL IN WINTER by Lisa Kleypas {Adult} 
*SCANDAL IN SPRING by Lisa Kleypas {Adult} 
*AGAIN THE MAGIC by Lisa Kleypas {Adult} 
*A WALLFLOWER CHRISTMAS by Lisa Kleypas {Adult}
*TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN by John Green {YA}
*MY PRIDE: Mastering the Challenge of Daily Performance by Alton Fitzgerald White {Memoir}
*PRINCE IN DISGUISE by Stephanie Kate Strohm {YA}
*TELL THE WOLVES I'M HOME by Carol Rifka Brunt {Adult}

REVIEWED IN SEPTEMBER:
{All link to our reviews!}

*PASHMINA by Nidhi Chanani {MG Graphic Novel}
*#16ThingsIThoughtWereTrue by Janet Gurtler {YA}
*FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS by Julie C. Dao {YA}
*THE GREAT SHELBY HOLMES MEETS HER MATCH by Elizabeth Eulberg {MG}
*THE WICKER KING by K. Ancrum {+ playlist & photoshoot .gif!) {YA}
*INVASION OF THE SCORP-LIONS by Bruce Hale {MG}
*HOUSE OF FURIES by Madeleine Roux {YA}
*Dark Heart Chronicles by Merrie DeStefano {YA}
*BONAPARTE FALLS APART by Margery Cuyler and Will Terry  {Picture Book} [Vlog Review]


REVIEWED AT BROADWAY WORLD...so you may have missed it!

*Check out everything I reviewed at Broadway World this past month in today's wrap-up!


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