Monthly wrap-up – October 2019

Hi friends!  ☀️ Happy November!

in real life

I wish  I could fill this part with fun and happy and entertaining things, but my seasonal depression took over and well that’s it, I guess. Another 4 to 5 months of fall and winter… yaaaay.

October was my birthday month and I was so so happy and so grateful to have you all around and just so thankful for all the warmth and birthday wishes of the community. You’re all wonderful and thank you for the love, that meant a whole damn lot to me.

Hopefully next month I’ll have happier and fun things to share!


on books

It’s been an okay month, reading-wise. I haven’t found any outstanding new reads, except from Scars Like Wings which really surprised me, but I haven’t hated any of my reads as well so, YAY!

📖 Books I read

WELL MET ☂️ A fun and entertaining adult rom-com, a nice change from my usual reads, even if I had some issues with it.  📖 read my full review

SCARS LIKE WINGS ☂️  What a FANTASTIC surprise, I adored this one so very much??? All the emotions and ahh, definitely a debut I’d recommend. 📖 read my full review

THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO ☂️ I had a lot of fun with that one, it was unique and highly entertaining overall.


DANGEROUS ALLIANCE ☂️ Such a lovely read, a historical romance set in England with some mystery and some schemes, really a book to look forward to!

THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE ☂️ Why aren’t you reading this book?? Such a brilliant read, I loved the originality of it, the main character, the family, the friendships, the swoon. A GREAT READ.

RENEGADES ☂️ Marissa Meyer always amazes me with her talent for world-building, really. Another really entertaining read overall!

  • Goodreads Challenge: 65/60 books 🔥So apparently I just won my reaching challenge this October, yay! Last year, I read 73 books and I wonder if I can fit 10 more books this year to surpass that…. I might try.
  • Year of The Asian Reading Challenge: 9/10 books ! ALMOST THERE!

📖 Currently reading


Sooo I have been working on a contemporary WIP for the past few months and, early October, I managed to finish that first draft, yay!

It’s a mess, it’s way too short, it needs way more development and it has a mountain of issues that makes me want to curl up in a corner and cry, but I wrote another book and I guess that’s good??

My goal for this upcoming month, November and NaNoWriMo month, was to finally get back to my contemporary/mystery WIP that has been waiting since April to get a look at again and to get edited. I thought I’d get a head start this October, since I managed to finish my previous work earlier than I thought, but…

Well, I actually curled up in a corner and cried and didn’t manage to do a damn thing because I am paralyzed.

As November and NaNoWriMo started up two days ago, I opened my Word document again and tried to make a revisions outline for this mess and…. well as I’m writing this, my outline is done. It’s messy and there is so much work but… I did something I guess.

Stay tuned for upcoming writing crises.

  • Words written: 7685 (contemporary WIP) + 4500 (revision outline).

Oh so okay. I actually wrote over 7k in the first six days of October and then I did nothing for an entire month (???!!). Well done, Marie, really well done, wow. I LOVE FIRST DRAFTING AND HATE EDITING OKAY.

on the blog

It’s been an okay month overall on the blog as well. I’m really proud of my sister for writing her very first review on the blog (!!!!) and I hope that she would like to write more of them, because I personally think in my very biaised way that she writes great reviews and has loads of incredible things to say, too.

It was nice to get a little more personal on the blog for my birthday, too, even if I’m not too used to it and probably won’t do that for another gazillion years.

📖 Book reviews

Click on the book covers to be redirected to my reviews.

💻 Book blogging

📚 Book discussions & tags


💬 Author Interviews

💕 Personal posts

✏️ Writing


I finally have two author interviews to share again this November, yay! Very, very excited about the both of them.

This November (end of the month!) will be my 5th blogoversary and I’m kind of astonished that I’ve been here for so long. I’m currently brainstorming for ideas to celebrate this… Q&A, special blog post about blogging… if there is ANYTHING you’d like me to do for this special day, a Q&A, some blogging advice from the old dinosaur that I am, anything special, please let me know in comments!

I’ve been really slow at blog hopping and even slower at bookmarking the blog posts I enjoyed and for that, I’m deeply sorry. I haven’t had the best month and I’ve been focused on my writing (and my writing breakdowns, ha. ha. ha.), so I just kind of forgot. I’ll do better. Here are some posts I really enjoyed reading this month!

📚 Books & Reading

💻 Book Blogging

📝 Writing, Lifestyle & Other Posts I Loved

Is there a blog post you are particularily proud of this month? Feel free to send it along with your comment!

How was your October? Did you have a great month? Anything exciting happening or anything you’re looking forward to? Share something positive that happened to you this October?

What were your favorite books this month? Did you discover new favorites? Where are you at in your reading challenges? Tell me everything in comments!





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89 thoughts on “Monthly wrap-up – October 2019

  1. I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve had a copy of the secret of a heart note for over 2 years now and still haven’t read a single page of it, but I’m happy to hear that you love it so much.
    Good luck with NaNoWriMo. I’m sure you’ll work your way through that writer’s crisis and be proud of the fact that you’ve finished another piece!
    Hope you have a fab November!

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    1. Aaaah Lois, I hope you’ll get a chance to read it soon, it is a wonderful read ❤
      Thank you so much for your support, it means a lot ❤ I hope you'll have a lovely month ❤


  2. Thank you for the shout-out, Marie! I can totally understand how this time of year can get you down. We just changed our clocks back, which means it will be dark even when I leave work! It makes me feel like going straight to bed. Good luck with your writing this month!

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  3. AHHHH your blogoversary is coming up!! I’m so excited for you!!

    Omg I feel you about revision – I’m so scared of it because I don’t know what to do!! It feels like ripping apart your story and trying to scrap together what’s left haha (me currently procrastinating on editing my WIP)

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    1. Thank you so much! Unfortunately not going to happen haha, it’s just not my season, but thank you so much for your sweet words, I appreciate it so much ❤


  4. Birthday months are always fun, and your reading month seemed great as well. Well Met, Genie Lo, and Scars Like Wings were all great for me as well. Thanks for sharing my post. I appreciate it. XOXO

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  5. Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear that you haven’t been feeling well 😔 I’m hoping that there might be some better days to come 💕 I’m happy to see that you liked Renegades though, as I love that book so much, I’m soo attached to the characters and cannot wait for book 3 to come out soon 🥰 Also best of luck with NaNo again, you can do it! 🙂

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  6. I am sorry about your seasonal disorder, it really sucks. I have also been low energy, but I suspect it has a different origin than yours. I wish I could magically help you with it, but I don’t know how.
    And what do you mean “you guess” it’s cool that you wrote another book!?!?! THAT IS SO AMAZING and I am immensely proud of you. I am sure editing won’t be easy, as it never is, but you can do it and I know it’s a story close to your heart and I just hope you’ll share it with us one day.
    I can’t believe your blogiversary is coming up soon too! 😀 The 5th one is a special one 😉 I never really had any fun ideas for my own anniversaries, but if I can think of anything, I will let you know!

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    1. Thank you, Kat, just you being here already means so so much ❤ ❤
      😭😭😭 I hope so, taking it slow but hopefully I can make this work. I'd love to share it someday even if for now it's a faraway dream ahah ❤
      I know I can't believe it either, I feel so old haha. Thank you so much for being here ❤

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  7. Ah thanks for including me in this post! Renegades is on my TBR and I really need to pick it up soon. It looks like you had a great reading month! Best of luck with reading and writing in November 🙂


  8. I am intrigued by Dangerous Alliance!! I just looked it up on Goodreads, and o.m.g. I neeeed it. Ugh, good luck with your editing for NaNoWriMo this year! I decided to do it at the very last minute, and yess s/o to Cait for a having the best tips on working through it. Not gonna lie, I have the very vaguest idea everrr, and I’m already behind because I’m out of town with my family this weekend :’), but WE ARE ROLLING WITH IT.

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    1. ahhh I hope you’ll be able to get a copy of Dangerous Alliance as soon as it releases, it was such a great read, I had so much fun with it 😀
      Thank you so much! I hope you’ll have a great time writing, you can do this! 😀

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  9. my october was very intense and filled with university! I want to do more writing but I’m still figuring out how to keep making writing and blogging space. hopefully the summer will help though, it’s been nice that it’s getting sunnier. one particular highlight was getting into a rhythm with my boyfriend where we read out loud to each other, we’re reading the book thief at the moment which is fun!

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    1. ahh Shanti, I hope that you’ll find a good rhythm for you to get back to writing if you want to get back to it, you can do this ❤
      Ohhhhh that's so, so great, relationship goals right here haha ❤
      Sending you all the love, hope you've been well ❤


  10. I’m sorry to hear about your seasonal depression but I’m sending you all my best thoughts 💕💕
    Congratulations on achieving your goodreads goal, it is always a wonderful feeling 😂 I’m glad you enjoyed lots of these books and I’ve been wanting to read Renegades!!
    And your are currently reading Maybe in Another Life, I have been wanted to read more Taylor Jenkins Reid so I hope you enjoy this one!! 😊
    Good luck with all your writing goals, you have totally got this 💛
    I absolutely hate editing too!! (The struggle is real)
    Yay on your upcoming blogiverary that is so exciting!!! 🎉🎉 I mean I always like blogging advice posts but honestly I would be excited for any post that you do!! 😊
    Have a great November Marie!! 💛

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    1. Thank you so much Sophie, this means so much ❤ ❤
      I hope you'll read more of Taylor Reid Jenkins' books eventually! Evelyn Hugo is my favorite, but I loved Daisy Jones and Maybe In Another Life was a great one as well 😀
      Thank you so, so much, Sophie, I hope you'll have a lovely November ❤

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  11. First of all, YOU CRUSHED THAT WRITING GOAL??? You did amazing and I can’t wait to? Possibly?? Read and love one of your books one day??? I hope NanoWriMo and the mystery WIP go just as well!! Also, a huge congrats on winning your Goodreads challenge, and I’m beyond excited to read the upcoming author interviews, it’s always so much fun to see their own perspectives as Actual Published People and I love everything YOU write so I can’t wait!!

    And last but not least, thank you so much for mentioning my little post, as sucky as anxiety is in itself I am glad that you resonated with my words, and I’m especially grateful for the very sweet comments you left, they really made me feel seen and like I’m not alone in the StruggleTM 😭

    Here’s to your November being even better 💜

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    1. Claudia ahhh I’m going to cry 😭 you’re too sweet thank you so much, you reading my stories would be the dream, hopefully someday? 😭 thank you so much ah ❤ ❤

      And of course, you're so welcome, I adored your post and resonated with it so, so much as well. You're not alone, never! ❤
      I hope you'll have a lovely November ❤


  12. I’m sorry seasonal depression has hit. I have it kind of hit or miss this time of the year. It tends to be worse on the actual holidays. I know it’s rough though, and I hope Fall/Winter isn’t too bad for you!

    Great job on finishing your Contemp draft. I’m kind of unofficially hoping to do NaNo this month. I just want to get into the groove of writing again and see where I can get by the end of the month. We’ll see.


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  13. ooh, I’ll be very interested to hear your thoughts on Maybe In Another Life. I’ve been interested in that one since discovering TJR this year. I hope you like it!

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  14. I’m so glad to hear that you got so much done in october! That’s so great! Do you ever share what you end up writing for your book? I haven’t done too well in terms of my personal life, but in regards to what i’ve been reading and doing, it’s been going quite well! Great post, hope you have an amazing November xxx

    Melina |

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    1. Ahh thank you Melina! ❤ I don't share a whole lot about my writing and stories, because I'm a little nervous about it haha, maybe in a far away dream they will become books haha 🙂 thank you so much, I hope November has been lovely to you so far ❤

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  15. Happy belated brithday! And so close to the blogoversary! That’s awesome! We don’t usually share a lot of books in common, but Well Met is actually one I’d been eyeing, as well as your current read! I already opened the link to your review of Well Met as of writing this 🙂

    In October my mom got a little mad at me because I’d been neglecting my own story. I got sad and defensive, but then I had to admit I needed that reminder. I see it as something positive because she knows I really want to publish something, so she was like JUST DO IT. I think I really needed that. I don’t think I’m going full on Nano, but I want to take advantage of the nano spirit to reconnect with my project ♥

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    1. Thank you so much Pam!! ❤ I hope you'll give Well Met a try, it was a fun romance for sure 🙂

      I think sometimes we all need this little reminder, it's so easy to lose focus and faith in it all, too and we need someone to remind us of how much this matters to us, too. You're doing amazing, Pam and I hope you'll reconnect with your project this month ❤


  16. You’re stronger than you think! You can do this 💪🏼
    By the way, a huge congratulation for your first draft, it’s amazing! Are you sure you don’t have superpowers? All your work amaze me 😍
    Thank you Marie for recommending my blog post ❤

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    1. Ahh I’m going to cry 😭 thank you so, so much, this means so much 😭 yet I never feel like I’m doing enough haha. you’re too sweet thank you ❤ and of course, your posts are all wonderful ❤

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  17. I am so sorry that October was a rough month for you, and I really hope your seasonal depression wanes a bit through the rest of fall and winter because you deserve nothing but the best things in life.

    Congrats on finishing your contemporary WIP! That’s such a huge accomplishment, and don’t worry about it “being a mess,” that’s what revisions are for. I am proud of you!

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  18. I hope you had a lovely birthday. Ah, seasonal depression 😦 Hope you’re doing okay ❤ You read some great books from the sound of things! I loved Stacey Lee's debut novel and really want to read The Secret Heart of the Note too. And I need to read Renegades because I love all of Marissa Meyer's books that I have read so far. 😀

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  19. Hello Marie!
    Congratulations on finishing your novel!!! That’s an awesome accomplishment!!! Let me know if and when you are looking for beta-readers. I would be glad to read your story!!
    Yes editing is tough! I still don’t know how I feel about editing. Although I like the feeling of tidying things up and producing a more polished story, editing sometimes feels endless haha. :’)
    I am sad to hear that you’ve had a rough month emotionally, however, I hope that November will be better for you.
    That’s exciting that your blogiversary is coming up. I would like both blogging advice and a Q&A!! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Sophie, that means a lot and I’ll make sure to remember that, you’re the best! ❤ ❤
      and thank you for sharing your thoughts about my blogoversary, duly noted 😀 I hope you're having a lovely November ❤

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  20. this wrap-up was sooo good ❤️❤️❤️i always love your blog posts so much Marie, they’re amazing and they never fail to make me smile. I hope that so far, November was an amazing month for you ❤️ ALSO I’M SO PROUD OF YOU FOR WRITING ANOTHER BOOK

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  21. Marie, I always look forward to your wrap-ups! Winter is brutal, and I’m sorry it’s making you feel down. Hopefully, the four-five months (that’s so much winter!!) will go by fast! And congrats on passing your reading goal! I love that you can finish so many books while uploading such quality content ❤️😭. Good luck on Nanowrimo and I’m looking forward to your 5th anniversary post 🎊!

    Also, thank you so much for including my post in your wrap-up. It really means a lot to me that you enjoyed it and want to share it with others 💓.

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    1. Oh this makes me so, so very happy to hear, thank you so much, Belle ❤ ❤ Let's hope winter goes by really really quickly haha 🙂
      You're so welcome, I really loved your post! I hope you're having a lovely month ❤

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  22. GIRL, YOU GOT THIS. ❤ I'm so sorry I've missed so many of your posts lately ahahh but seasonal depression for me too YUP YUP. But I'm back now 😉 You got a great month so far, and I do hope your sister will write more reviews ! I just read hers and it sounds amazing.

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  23. I’m so pleased to hear you enjoyed The Secret of a Heart Note! I’ll have to bump it up my TBR 🙂

    And I’m sorry to hear you’re struggling; winter can be so rough. But know that you’ve got through it before and you will do so again. You’re a strong woman! And this will pass ❤

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  24. marie, i’m sad to hear you haven’t been feeling the best mental health wise, but i hope you still had a good time celebrating your birthday! mine this year was pretty bad as i was sick, but hopefully you had a much better time than i did!
    also, completing your goodreads challenge is so exciting!!!!!! congrats!!! i’m aiming to fit 10 more books this year as well, which i’m pretty sure i won’t be able to do so, but you know, let’s try, lol. november will be super busy but i already finished two books, so maybe it won’t be as crazy as i think it is!
    and finishing up a book it’s MORE THAN GOOD. that’s so awesome! i’ve had tons of ideas for books lately that i’ll never write, so i always think it’s fascinating when people tell me that they’ve actually went through with this plot idea/pinterest board they had, hahah. it’s not something i think i’ll ever be able to do!
    as for the q&a: most pleasant bookish surprises you’ve had this year? and if you still have any blogging/bookish related goals you’d like to accomplish.
    i’m wishing you luck on your nanowrimo progress and a great november overall!

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    1. thank you so, so much, Lais, it means a lot, thank you ❤ ❤
      aaah that's great, it seems like you're right on track to read and aim for that goal, I hope you manage to do so! 😀
      you never know, you just might be able to someday, if an idea just sticks to you 🙂
      thank you so much for the questions, Lais! I'll write them down and if I get more questions I might do a Q&A, if I don't I'll answer to you no matter what 🙂
      Thank you so much ❤ ❤

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