October Wrap-Up 2017

Hello beautiful people!

Thanks again for all the feedback on these posts; these posts are definitely still a work in progress, so I’m glad to have people provide their own opinions!

Starting now, the section on the Book Club meetings will have their own blog post; it was just a little too much to read in one post. It was also suggested by some bloggers that the Book Club Talks may be better suited on their own. Thus, the Monthly Wrap Ups and the Book Club Talks will be published the same day, just separately.

Books I’ve Read and Reviews I Posted

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The wrong cover has been used for Akatsuki no Yona.

Rituals (Cainsville, Book Five) by Kelley Armstrong

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

The Chronister Cliff (Chronister, Book One) by Simone van der Steeg

Books I’ve Purchased

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Books I’ve Received

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Book Club Theme and Pick

The theme for October 2017 was Horror, Supernatural and Creepy books. For this month, I chose to read Neil Gaiman’s Coraline. This children’s novel fits all the criteria for this month, with the added bonus that it’s a children’s novel…which we all know by now that I absolutely love!

For my review, please click here!

For the Book Club Talk post to see what the other members read, please click here! (Link coming soon)

Goodreads Reading Challenge Update

Like I said last month, I adjusted my Reading Challenge Goal from 52 to 50 books. It might not seem like much, but the difference definitely helps when I’m already behind and busy with other mundane things. HOPEFULLY, I’ll get back on track by the end of November!

Bookmark Your Thoughts Blog Updates

THE NEW FALL THEME HAS ARRIVED! I’m absolutely thrilled about the Fall look for this blog. The owner of the Etsy shop called Whimsical Logo Shop is absolutely amazing; if anyone is looking for updates to their own blogs, I highly recommend reaching out to her. If you want to see all the image updates, you can see my post here!

So…I finally purchased my first two OwlCrates! I bought the “Wanderlust” July 2017 edition from the summer, which contained The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie King. The October 2017 edition contained Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore…and it’s super pretty! The amount of book bloggers that post about these is absolutely ridiculous…in a good way, of course. I was GOING to do an unboxing category section under my Bookish Things header for when I order OwlCrates or other book boxes, but I don’t know if people are actually interested in that? Let me know what you think.

Lastly, I DO plan to eventually get back to the “Let’s Talk Banned Book” posts. There are a few I’ve almost finished, with just a few tweaks to make. I probably won’t start posting those again until the new year. I’m extremely passionate about this topic, so I like to put a large amount of research into the posts. The topics can also be rather sensitive, so I try to be careful that I don’t offend anyone. Sorry folks!

Hopefully, this layout is MUCH better than the September 2017 post. I do think having a separate section for book club chats makes this look a lot cleaner and easier to follow. How were your October reads?

Happy Reading!

18 thoughts on “October Wrap-Up 2017

    1. Thank you! I accidentally published the post when I hadn’t actually finished editing it yet…woops! It’s been a hectic weekend (in a good way ha-ha)! Hopefully I’ll be caught up on my Goodreads Reading Challenge soon!

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  1. Ahhhh I love the Owlcrate special editions of The Gentleman’s Guide and Wild Beauty so much! I’ve read and adored Gentleman’s and I hope you will too! AND I CAN’T WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON WILD BEAUTY—I’d purchase it for the cover alone but I’ve also heard fantastic things about the story! And good luck with reaching your Goodreads challenge goal! I’ve recently reached my goal of reading 80 books this year which I’m super proud of 🙂

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    1. Hey Jackie!! I adore “The Gentlman’s Guide…” so far! It’s a really fascinating read! It was definitely more fun unboxing the October one though since I didn’t know what I was getting! The cover is beautiful! These two books moved up on my TBR list haha! And thank you. Gosh that’s amazing!! I am super envious! I think I’ll raise it to 55 next year in the hopes I’ll exceed. We shall see. Give me some of your reading powers please!! Also, it’s nice to hear from you! I hope all is well!!

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      1. Oh yay that’s great to hear! And raising it to 55 sounds good! I hope you’ll be able to reach it next year 🙂 Ah, I know, I’ve been MIA lately when it came to visiting other blogs because life’s just been too busy! I’m still working on balancing school and blogging after coming back from hiatus… hope you’re well too ❤

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      2. I hope so too. And I hear you…i just started getting back into visiting other blogs because like got in the way…I just had to update my review policy to NOT taking books to review right now since I’m super behind…Im glad you are back to the blogging realm! And thanks ❤❤


    2. BTW…I finished “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue” and reviewed it…I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! I originally gave it a 4 cups of tea rating…then changed my mind when I saw myself re-reading it ha-ha! It’s just a wonderful book! So far, “Wild Beauty” is good but REALLY weird. I think it’s going to have to be a day read for me; it’s too confusing to stop randomly then start up again a day later.

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      1. YAYYYYYYY I’m so happy to hear this!!!!!! I originally planned to give TGGTVAV like 4.5 stars but I fell in love with the characters and I couldn’t NOT give it 5 full stars 😂 ooh that’s interesting! I’ll have to pick it up myself and see what that’s all about then!

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      2. Me too! I originally put this book at a 4 star but then couldn’t stop thinking about this book…so I put it to a 5 star ha-ha! I do think you’ll enjoy “Wild Beauty”, especially if you like poetically sounding and descriptive novels! ❤

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