Friday, November 5, 2021

Month in Review: October 2021

Well, it seems I have finally overcome my reading slump and had a truly fantastic month of reading! I honestly think it was giving myself permission to read all the spooky/horror/etc. books I wanted–and apparently that I was desiring the most!–that helped me speed through them (that, and horror/thrillers have a lot of short books and/or books that are hard to put down!). Whatever the reason, it felt great to get so excited about reading again and just read some great (and not so great) books. Some highlights from my October reading were: Taaqtumi, The Twisted Ones (which is a new favorite for sure; I still loved The Hollow Places more, but I think T. Kingfisher is an author I need to read everything from), The Quicksilver Court, Home Before Dark, and of course the latest Sandman Act II from Audible! I can't recommend the latter audiobook enough, it has the highest production quality of an audiobook that I've ever read, and it's just so good. 

In personal news, not a lot to report! Which I guess is a good thing? We are finally getting settled in our new place and I think any major things we needed to get done (new curtains, closing gaps in windows/doors because we are tired of critters, etc.) are done, and now it's just adding things at a casual pace. I am so bummed that October is over, though, because I always love our Halloween decorations in and outside of the house, haha, and it will be so bare without them. We celebrated my husband's birthday a couple weeks ago, which was fun, and a week later he had a dental surgery, which was not fun for him. I am still doing transcription and grading admissions tests for the time being, which has been pretty busy, but I'm also still looking for and applying to jobs, though it hasn't been looking too promising. We'll get there eventually–hopefully!

How was your month? Have you read any new favorites books, or anything that just didn't work for you? Let me know in the comments how things are, I love hearing from you all!

# books read: 18

Taaqtumi: An Anthology of Arctic Horror StoriesThe Twisted OnesEmpire of the Vampire (Empire of the Vampire, #1)Horseman: A Tale of Sleepy Hollow
Taaqtumi: An Anthology of Arctic Horror Stories by Aviaq Johnston, et al. 
Source: Owned (Gift) | Format: Paperback

The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher 
Source: Library | Format: Paperback

Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff 
Source: Owned | Format: Hardcover

Horseman: A Tale of Sleepy Hollow by Christina Henry 
Source: NetGalley | Format: eARC

The Quicksilver Court (Rooks and Ruin, #2)Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last SpokeNothing But Blackened TeethBone China

The Quicksilver Court (Rooks and Ruin #2) by Melissa Caruso 
Source: Publisher | Format: Paperback

Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Eric LaRocca 
Source: Owned | Format: Paperback

Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw 
Source: NetGalley | Format: eARC

Bone China/The House of Whispers by Laura Purcell 
Source: Library | Format: Hardcover

The Turn of the ScrewFlowers for the SeaThe VisitorsThe Death of Jane Lawrence
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James 
Source: Owned | Format: Paperback

Flowers for the Sea by Zin E. Rocklyn 
Source: NetGalley | Format: Audiobook

The Visitors by Catherine Burns 
Source: Library Sale | Format: Hardcover

The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling 
Source: NetGalley | Format: eARC

The Sandman: Act II (Sandman Audible Original, #2)LitaniHome Before DarkThese Silent Woods
The Sandman: Act II by Neil Gaiman, adapted by Dirk Maggs 
Source: Audible | Format: Audiobook

Litani by Jess Lourey 
Source: Publisher | Format: Paperback

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager 
Source: Library | Format: Hardcover

These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant 
Source: Publisher | Format: Paperback

Peter DarlingThe Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales of Terror
Peter Darling by Austin Chant 
Source: Owned | Format: Paperback

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Source: Owned | Format: Paperback

None! (that I remember, anyway)

(other than reviews)

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  1. Hooray for a great reading month! Hope that continues into November. Good luck on the job search!

  2. Wow 18 books! Congrats­čśü I'm so curious about the Eric LaRocca book because you didn't put a rating. I bought a copy but haven't read it yet and now I'm worried, lol.

    1. I honestly just had no idea what to rate it, that's why there's no rating, haha! It was totally worth the read, just very weird and a few disturbing things (as expected). But I do think I liked it? :) I definitely want to read more Eric LaRocca!