Okay so let’s get through the mess that was October quickly and painlessly, okay? Okay.
Yeah, so do you remember when I said September was a bad month in my monthly wrap-up?
Well, October was worse.
It was supposed to be great. I was supposed to get through four weeks of work, before getting on a trip I was really, really, really excited for with the two loves of my life.
Halfway through October 1st, I fell very, very, very stupidly, spent over 6 hours in the emergency room and went back home with a broken foot.
My birthday wasn’t that great, either. I was supposed to get great news, hopefully, about my foot. I spent my morning at the hospital and as I am writing this, I’m wearing a cast around my right foot. I’m on sick leave from work until the end of NOVEMBER. I did not go to work all of October. I don’t know if you know this, but I’m the kind of person that has to do something. Being stuck home, feeling guilty about work (a work I don’t even really like???) and just spending my days trying to keep busy had not been great on my mental health at all. I can’t take that trip I was about to go on with the two loves of my life, I lost a whole lot of money, too, and I’m just… well, October has not been a good month at all.
Please note though that I love you all so much and appreciate all of your support and your sweet words on my birthday, I feel so grateful to have you all in my life you’re the sweetest community!! You’ve been such a bright light and I LOVE YOU ALL.
Anyway, I guess that was my ranting moment of the wrap-up, I rarely ever do this and probably won’t do it again. At least I’ve got some good things in the next parts of this wrap-up, so let’s be happy again shall we, and let’s move on to another great category!
*yes, this post will be sponsored by Chandler Bing. Sorry.
What’s good about having the month off work because of, well, see above and the whole right broken foot problem, is that I get to basically spend the day doing whatever I want and that includes, reading whenever I want, like, in the middle of the afternoon or something. So October has been a pretty awesome month, reading-wise, and I also read some NEW! FAVORITES!
I actually FINISHED MY goodreads challenge and I am SO happy about that, even if it wasn’t very challenging it feels GREAT. I also read great books this month so…. it’s all good?
Books I read
If there is one good thing I can take out of this shitty month, it’s… writing.
No, you’re not dreaming. I finished my WIP a year and a month ago and I started rewriting / editing / doing I have no idea what but I’m doing it, this month. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m getting there and hopefully I’m making things better than they were before? Maybe? I don’t know, but I’m moving on with this WIP and let’s hope I keep on going, right?
I might also be, kind of unofficially, doing a little bit of NaNoWriMo, or at least just trying to write a little bit every day. Key word here, trying.
This month, I had the greatest honor to be one of the co-hosts for the Shattering Stigmas event, therefore hosting some incredible guest posts from brilliant bloggers and writers on this blog. This event means so much and I hope that, if you haven’t done it just yet, you’ll go through some of the posts and show these great people some love.
Otherwise on the blogging side, things have been, well… the usual. A bit hectic and tiring with all of the organization for the Shattering Stigmas event, but it has been so rewarding, too. Looking forward to November, my blogoversary soon (!!!!!!!) and getting back on my usual schedule!
📖 Book reviews
💻 Book blogging
📚 Book discussions
I tried to make a little selection, but honestly there are too many bloggers. #oops
Books & Reading
- Vicky wrote an amazing blog post filled with awesome recs: Combat Biphobia with These Awesome Book Recs!
- Claire talks about What it Means to Be Seen: Why Crazy Rich Asians, Searching, TATBILB Matter
- The amazing Pam writes about How I started reading in english -and why I continue doing it
- Kathy shared an awesome post for MENTAL HEALTH DAY: How much care do you put in yourself?
- Swetlana talks about Annotating: The What, Why And How Of It
- The lovely Clara gives out her tips for coping with a bad day
- Mel talks about her struggles with long books and why she doesn’t like them
- The ever amazing May shares her tips on How to Read More in Less Time
- The Orang-Utan Librarian wrote a very interesting post about The Need for Darkness in Books
- Taasia shared an important post about The Manon Ethnicity Drama and Representation of Marginalized Communities in S.J Maas’ Books
- Vicky shares it all in her Transparency Post feat. Stats & (Too Much?) Honesty and I appreciated that SO much.
- Sim shares wonderful tips and recommendations about Blog Graphics
- Elizabeth has awesome tips as well for Starting a Book Blog
- Nandini shares great advice in her Book Blogging 101 post : How to Balance Blogging and Life
- Cait wrote an important blog post about How To Treat A Book Blogger In The Wild
- Annie helps us greatly in one of her latest blog posts about How To Reduce ARC-Related Stress.
- Kathy wrote a great post about peer pressure in the community and I could feel this, really.
Is there a blog post you are particularily proud of this month? Feel free to send it along with your comment!
How was October for you? I could use some positivity and fun and lovely vibes here, so…. tell me something positive that happened to you. Or just talk to me about books, really, that’ll do the trick, too.
What was your favorite book this month? Where are you in your reading challenge? Are you doing NaNoWriMo? Tell me everything in comments!