After much thought, I’ve decided to start doing my own wrap-up posts, and I am VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS!
When I first started blogging I wasn’t a big fan of wrap-ups because I didn’t think they added anything new, but since, I’ve seen so many great bloggers be creative with them that now they’re often my favourite kinds of post! I’ve been thinking a lot about wrap-ups since I recently changed my blogging style and decided I wasn’t going to review everything I read – I’ve been debating how I can showcase books in other formats. Additionally, I’ve been looking to expand the topics I talk about to include my other interests. A wrap up seemed like a great way to spotlight some of these, alongside general updates.
I asked you guys on Instagram and twitter whether you would be interested in Blogs of a Bookaholic wrap-ups and the answer was a resounding yes. So your wish is my command!
Depending on life and time restraints, I may do wrap-ups every month, or every two months. We’ll see how this goes!
What should I expect from your wrap-ups?
- Short life updates
- Books read (ratings and summarising my thoughts in a couple of sentences).
- Film and TV watched (ratings, and mini reviews)
- Product of the month – I’m keeping this purposely vague, I could be discussing anything from fashion and makeup to phone apps and homeware!
- Blog posts published
- Posts I’ve enjoyed from other bloggers
Hopefully, this will be interesting to you, but let me know if there’s anything else you’d be interested in seeing. I’d love to hear your thoughts and will consider requests!
So, here we go!
October has been a pretty uneventful month for me – very head down 9 to 5 grind. September and October is the busiest time of year where I work (because we’re a therapeutic children’s centre we get the most referrals around this time as children move up in classes and struggle to adapt). Yesterday, I went in to find 300 EMAILS TO ACTION. Yikes. We’re also down a person at the moment which makes thing even busier.
On a positive note, this month I started shadowing an Educational Psychologist which has been brilliant. I’m still trying to decide which area of Psychology to go forth and Doctorate with, so this has been giving me great insight!
Also, here’s a picture of my face when Kingdom of Ash arrived for your amusement. Becky excitement equals HAPPY CHIPMUNK GRIN.
Total Books Read: 3 | Rory Gilmore Challenge: 1 | Backlist books: 1
Pandemonium (Delirium series book 2) – BACKLIST | ★★ 1⁄2| Comments: I loved reading Delirium last month but Pandemonium was a disappointment. It felt like 90% of this book was filler. I enjoyed the first half purely for the authors writing alone, but by the midway mark, I was struggling. I hope Oliver can redeem herself with book 3!
A Thousand Perfect Notes | ★★★★| Comments: I’ve been following Paper Fury’s blog for years now, so I was really pumped when she finally managed to get a book deal! I really enjoyed this story on family, domestic abuse and love. The writing was super playful and sassy (like Cait’s blog) and THERE WAS LOTS OF CAKE.
Little Dorrit – Rory Gilmore Challenge | ★★★★| Comments: This was a 800-page BEAST that pretty much defined my October. The writing in my copy is also TINY (which certainly caused a few headaches) but overall I really enjoyed this. Classic Dickens, full of rich vs poor morals, following a young lady down on her luck whose father is locked in a debtors prison.
I had a 30 day free trial of Now TV this month and a few extra days off, so I went a little film crazy and finally had a chance to catch up with a lot of the superhero movies I’d missed lately. I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed myself!!
Wonder Woman | ★★★★★| Comments: I enjoyed this SO MUCH MORE THAN I EXPECTED TO. I was pre-planning eye rolling and sarcy comments galore but I love what they did with this film. The outfit is still stupid, but they’ve definitely revamped this icon with a more 21st-century feminist twist. Bonus points for the World War II backdrop and romping round ye olde London.
Justice League | ★★★ | Comments: This was okay. I enjoyed seeing all the characters get together but I felt like something was missing. Plus, I just can’t handle Ben Affleck as Batman.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 | ★★★★ | Comments: Just as good as the first movie – comedy gold, great 80s music and plenty of adorable I am Groot!
Dr Strange | ★★ | Comments: This film and I didn’t gel. Cumberbatch was awesome (as always) but I found the plot really messy, I didn’t really care about all the good and bad monks running around, and I felt Dr Strange’s transformation from a selfish surgeon to a selfless magic wielder rushed.
Thor: Ragnarok | ★★★★ | Comments: The sci-fi take on Thor’s normally more mythological story was rather bizarre and jarring, but I didn’t stop laughing from the moment this started until the credits. Props to the scriptwriter!
Logan | ★★★★★ | Comments: The X-Men are by far my favorite heroes, and Wolverine most of all, so it’s not a surprise that I absolutely ADORED this. It also emotionally ruined me!!!
Wow, I have watched some AMAZING WORLD CLASS TV this month. I feel spoilt (and also slightly worried that I have cashed in my metaphorical TV tokens all at once). These series went over and above my expectations!
Stranger Things | Season 1 ★★★★★ | Season 2 ★★★★ | Comments: I had seen so much praise and flailing over Stranger Things, yet didn’t know much about it (I was also worried it would be scary!) but I decided to take the plunge. I binge watched each season on two lazy Sundays. I couldn’t get enough! It’s set in the 80s and everything about it feels retro, from the outfits, music and the way its shot. It follows a group of nerdy misfit boys after their friend goes missing due to supernatural means. The thing I loved most about this show was that it gets 3 different generations involved – the kids, teens and adults all work together! It’s also clear that Stranger Things is very self-aware of its own subgenre, and plays on that in an epic way!
Patrick Melrose | ★★★★★ | Comments: Based on the series of semi-autobiographical books, Patrick Melrose is a 5 part miniseries and wow, it is pure artistry. What gorgeous cinematography – the shots, the lighting, the way the story goes from past to present in a web of complexity looking at trauma, childhood memories and addiction. It’s fabulously acted and a brilliant character study. I cannot recommend enough!
Alias Grace | ★★★★★ | Comments: I also binge watched this 6 part miniseries in one weekend. It’s an adaptation of a Margaret Atwood novel which was based around true events in the 1800s when two servants were accused of murdering their employees. It follows Grace who has the chance to be pardoned for her crimes. A doctor interviews her about her life and gaps in her memory surrounding the event. Grace weaves a tale of hardship and discrimination. Brilliantly crafted and well scripted, it keeps you guessing right up to the end! Note to self: I need to look into reading more Atwood novels!
I’ve been loving these Victoria Secret body mists. I’m kind of between perfumes right now – my go-to for years With Love by Hilary Duff was discontinued and my previous bulk order finally ran out *SOB*. While I was looking for an alternative I spotted these. They have a huge variety of fragrances and I currently have Secret Charm (floral) Mango Temptation (LITERALLY THE SMELL OF SUMMER) and Pure Seduction which I keep at the boyfriend’s (he says it reminds him of one of his childhood shampoos… not exactly what I was going for, but I’ll take it!)
Being mist sprays, the smell doesn’t last very long but whenever I use these I instantly feel fresher, they also work as great room sprays! They’re £12 per bottle from Superdrug but they’re 100ml, and although I’ve used them a LOT there’s still loads left in the bottles so I definitely feel they’re value for money!!
Sidenote: If you have any sweet/warm fragrance recs, let me know!
My favourite (and also my most popular post this month) was 5 YA Tropes that Make Me Feel Old – I was able to put together a lot of thoughts that had been whirring around my head (and rant a bit as well) which was satisfying!
- drizzle&hurricane hosts Shattering Stigmas, where a multitude of bloggers share their mental health stories and book recs! It was so wonderful to hear about everyone’s experiences and different perspectives. As someone with their own mental health story, it’s so comforting to know you’re not alone!
- Ioana at Dragon Waffles tells us how to write the perfect Halloween book in a totally #sassgoals way. I laughed and nodded my way through this entire post!
- Elizabeth offers us tea and discusses whether books can become problematic within the context of diversity and own voice authors. I really related to this post because sometimes I feel lost in the minefield that is diverse books. This blogger brings up some really interesting points and it was great to read about someone else who doesn’t have it all figured out yet but is trying their damn hardest and rocking it!
How was the month of October for you? What have you been reading, watching and discovering? Let me know in the comments!