October Recap & Haul Time!

November 2, 2021

It’s time for a look at my October reading life!

It’s time for another wrap-up/haul post! I didn’t read as much in October as I had hoped to because I spent a LOT of time watching movies (I may do a movie wrap-up later, if that’s something people would be interested in!), so this won’t take as long as September’s wrap-up did. 😅 And, as usual, I’ll add a few favorite new hauls at the end.

First, what I read:

(each title link will direct you to my review for more thoughts!)

1. The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang — ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This was absolutely wonderful and super emotional!
2. Afterlife by Sarah Langan — ⭐⭐⭐⭐ A pretty good, sad horror short story.
3. Frontier Death Song by Laird Barron — ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Another short story, super interesting and fun.
4. The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green — ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Amazing, incredible, I’m in love with JG’s writing all over again.
5. Claustrophilia by Ezra Blake — ⭐⭐⭐⭐ One of the most fucked up things I’ve ever read, no question about it.
6. The Last House On Needless Street by Catriona Ward — ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This deserves ALL of the hype I’ve seen it receive.
7. These Deathless Bones by Cassandra Khaw — ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Another short story. This one was a re-read and I liked it even more the second time around.
8. War and Peas: Funny Comics for Dirty Lovers by Jonathan Kunz & Elizabeth Pich — ⭐⭐ I laughed a couple of times and cringed a LOT.
9. Blister by Jeff Strand — ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Super funny, weirdly sweet, and engaging. I read this in one sitting and loved it.

And now, for some of my favorite recent hauls:

(a bit of a longer list this month because I got some wonderful birthday gifts from some very sweet loved ones!)

And finally, a little life update:

I really can’t believe October passed so quickly! It’s my favorite month and it never lasts long enough. The cool weather finally rolled in here about a week ago and it’s been really nice to cuddle up with my cozy new Goosebumps throw blanket (one of my favorite birthday gifts I received in October) and have a hot cup of cocoa at night. I mostly spent a lot of time in October watching movies and getting back into playing a lot of video games after having not played much in September.

I definitely didn’t read as much as I wanted to, but it was a good month and I’m not mad about it. I’ve been getting back into audiobooks over the past few weeks, so I’m hoping November brings me a good balance with audiobook-gaming, especially with the new Animal Crossing DLC/update coming out this week that I am SO hyped for! 😍

How was your month? What was your favorite book you read or hauled, or what was something nice that happened in your life?



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Just a horror aficionado/geek girl trying to juggle motherhood, reading, blogging, gaming, and everyday life.

    1. I also just finished reading The Anthropocene Reviewed and I really liked it! I listened to the audiobook, which made the experience even better 🥰

      I read The Girls Are Never Gone last month and it was SO good, I hope you enjoy it as well! (If I remember correctly you’re mentioned in the acknowledgements 😊)

      1. Oh good, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 😀 I kind of wish i’d done the audio too, but I could definitely see myself re-reading it in the future, so maybe that’s what I’ll do when that time comes around!

        I’m so glad you liked it! Awww, Sarah is the actual sweetest 🥺🥺🥺

    1. Ooh so glad you enjoyed The Last House on Needless St! I’ve been meaning to read that but keep putting it off because I’m not the biggest fan of horror/mystery books, but we have very similar tastes so I’m sure I’ll enjoy it haha !

    1. Seems like you still had a really good reading month! And some great hauls, ngl I’m jealous of Weather Girl, I can’t wait for that one to come out!! I agree that October went too quickly and I’m mad about it! I want spooky month to last longer lol!

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