Hello, hello, how are you all doing?
So, in the blink of an eye, October has ended. No joke, as soon as it hit 1st November, I was hit with a wave of festive energy, so I don’t even feel sad that the month is over, haha!
But either way, October was a pretty long yet busy month. Some of it was fun- I took a trip to Canterbury for a couple of days. It was the first time I had done an overnight trip by myself, so it was a new experience for sure!
I also went to Westfield London in the middle of the month to see the exclusive Pokémon Center pop-up! No joke though, I waited almost 10 hours to get in to the store! I arrived at like 8:15ish, and I didn’t enter until just after 6pm. I have never queued so long for something in my life… and you know what? I don’t think I would ever do it again, haha! BUT, I did get my hands on some pop-up exclusive merch, and saw the limited edition Pikachu mascot~
October is also the month of Inktober, something that I have tried to do for the last couple of years. Inktober is where you typically do a drawing a day using traditional media for the whole month of October. I found this year super hard, I didn’t have a lot of inspiration compared to previous years. I was also really busy at work (and ill), and so I missed quite a few days in the end. But I posted all the pictures I did do on my Instagram, although a sneak peek is below:
But, real life aside, how was everyone’s October in the bookish community? Mine started of well, but definitely tailed off towards the end. I find it so hard juggling all my hobbies sometimes~
Oh well, as ever on this blog I like to do a monthly wrap-up of my bookish progress, so let’s just get stuck in to it… here is my bookish wrap-up of October 2019!
Books I Read
In my October TBR I stuck with my very relaxed vibe and didn’t actually have a set reading list. I said I may read Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki (and illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell), and maybe pick from my Kindle collection, but otherwise I kept things pretty open (mainly because I knew I was going to be so busy).
In the end this October I read:
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon~ Review TBC
I read this entire book on my trip to Canterbury, and this was so cute! ❤ I know this one got a lot of hype when it was first released, and I have to say it was well deserved~ When Dimple Met Rishi is such a fluffy and adorable story, with a dash of humour thrown in. Dimple wasn’t my favourite, but this was a super fun read all the same. Review to come!
I decided to read more ebooks this month, so I picked up Strength by Jane Washington and Jaymin Eve. It is book 4 in my guilty pleasure series- Curse of the Gods- although I have to admit the first book or two are my faves. These are really quick reads for me, but I’ve been so busy I just haven’t had the time to finish this one! Hopefully I’ll breeze through this in November so I can get stuck in to other things.
I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t read much more to be honest. I finished When Dimple Met Rishi really early in October so I was feeling optimistic that I would get through loads more books, but as ever life got in the way a bit. Here’s hoping I can catch up a bit in November!
October Blog Posts
I started off the month really well with some nice bookish posts, including being part of a Book Blitz held by Xpresso Book Tours (thank you!). Later in the month I was definitely less active as I was so busy, which is a shame. But I am glad I finished the final instalment of my Sapporo travels, so I can finally say I blogged about my awesome trip 🙂
October was a bit disappointing for me reading-wise, so I’d love for November to be more productive where possible!
That said, I still don’t have a lot of my books at my new flat, so I’m going to keep the list to a minimum, in the hope that I finally read more of my ebooks, haha! So, apart from finishing Strength by Jane Washington and Jaymin Eve, the other book I’d love to try is The Cold in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale. I recently bought a copy, so I’m excited to give it a go ❤
And there we go, that’s a wrap for this post! All in all October was very busy, but I just felt a bit lacking on the reading/blogging side (sorry!). I say this every month, but I feel like my mojo is slipping a bit on here. Let me know if you have any feedback or anything you’d like to see from me in the future! 🙂
How was your October? Did you meet any of your goals? What are you planning to read next? Let me know in the comments!