October has been a bit of a blur for me. Although, I’m still unsure whether that’s a positive or negative thing, I’ve managed to achieve a few things blog wise that I’d hoped to. I’m not going to set myself any goals for November, planning to simply blog whenever I have the time and energy and dedicate more time to self-care rather than anything else. Anyways, here’s what I got up to during spooky month!
Outside the world of blogging…
I feel as if I’ve had time pass with very little achievements this month, but as it gets more towards the end of the year I’m hoping to get the chance to get involved in a few more exciting things. This month I’ve:
- I went to see Mischief Theatre’s The Comedy About A Bank Robbery. Since moving to London for university, my sister and I have had a few spontaneous theatre trips when we meet up, and as fans of The Play That Goes Wrong, we couldn’t miss this one before it finished. Although, I didn’t find it as entertaining as the other, it was still a brilliantly written play.
- Met Gail Honeyman! My university held a talk with Gail Honeyman about her book Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and I was lucky enough to grab a free ticket to attend. It was such an insightful event, and she was lovely to speak to.
- Met Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera! Waterstones Piccadilly held an event for the release of What If It’s Us? and I grabbed a ticket the moment I saw the advertisement. Plus, it was presented by Simon James Green, so there was no chance I was going to miss it. They were so welcoming to speak to and Adam even wished me luck with my own writing, which was incredibly sweet.
My October Reading Goals
So, this month I was hoping to read four books, three of which being for my studies while the other was a choice of my own. I managed to read most of what my degree has asked of me, but I’ve unfortunately had to sway away from my reading list a little.
- The Outsider | Albert Camus (2/5)
- Blasted | Sarah Kane (2/5)
- They Both Die at the End | Adam Silvera (5/5)
Total Pages Read: 655
Current Goodreads Progress: 49/50 (98%) 7 ahead of schedule
Male Authors: 2
Female Authors: 1
Genres Read: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Fiction, Plays, Drama, Theatre, War, Literature, 20th Century, European Literature, British Literature, Academic, School, Classics, Philosophy, Cultural, France
Triggers Found: Murder, Violence, Death, Racism, Homophobia, Blood/Gore, Cannibalism, Suicide, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Rape, Sexual Content, Sexual Assault, Mourning, Suicidal Thoughts, Anxiety, Depression, Paranoia, Trauma, Anger
Favourite Reads of the Month:
Top Five Tuesday
Although, I’ve spent many Tuesday’s forgetting what day it was until receiving multiple notifications of other bloggers posts, I’ve finally managed to create one of my own. One of my most important lectures falls on a Tuesday, so it’s pretty difficult to balance that and the blog… that’s the excuse I’m going with anyway.
Character of the Month
As October is officially branded spooky season, I couldn’t not dedicate it to one of my favourite horror characters. Although, she’s not from a novel or within the YA genre, she’s an incredibly important one for me and I’ve been saving her for this month for so long!
I’ve finally managed to update this section of the blog! It’s been so long since I’ve had the chance to attend any book events, but I’ve been lucky enough to attend two this month. They’re some of my favourite posts I’ve written, using more accurate quotations from the talk and making notes as I go along during the events, which I believe has worked out much better than previously.
- Event: The KU Big Read – An Audience with Gail Honeyman
- Event: In Conversation with Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera