October 2014 Wrap-Up

Posted November 1, 2014 by Stormy in Books / 4 Comments

In My LifeOh, October. I’m sad to say goodbye to my favorite Fall month! October was less productive than I’d hoped. I’m still job searching, unfortunately, even though I did get to send out way more applications in October than I did in September so hopefully I’ll hear back from potentials this month. Even though I say the month was less productive than I hope, the truth is, I was quite productive–just maybe not up to my goal. I read more than I had in August or September, I wrote a lot, I felt much more emotionally healthy than I had since July, and I had a few fun experiences with friends. All in all, October was a good month. Nothing spectacular, but LOADS better than the previous two months. They’re not even comparable.


I watched

I’ve been keeping up with the new season of Supernatural! I already like it loads better than season 9(which I really disliked at first, though I need to give it another watch to really decide my opinion since I barely remember most of the plot/episodes). It’s the first time I’ve been excited about the show in awhile, though.

I’ve also starting re-watching season 1 of Sleepy Hollow on DVD. I saw most of season 1 when it aired, but I missed a few episodes here and there, and I didn’t remember too much about it. I’m only 5 episodes into my re-watch, but man, I’m remembering why the show instantly hooked me in the first place. I was astounded by the quality of the pilot on my re-watch. Pilots are always a little tricky, but I was surprised by how smooth this show got off the ground. I’m looking forward to catching up and watching season 2!

I also watched the pilot of How to Get Away with Murder, because the commercials were so good. The pilot wasn’t as great as I was expecting and so I’m a little torn if I want to keep watching. If you’ve been watching this show, does it get a little less rocky? The pilot wasn’t bad, just not great, and I’m not sure the show will ever hook me.



I listened

I’ve been much more invested in music than I have been these past two months, which is another indicator that my mental health is starting to swing back to normal. Feeling better emotionally=more music, more books for me.

I’m pretty sure I’ve shared this in a past monthly wrap-up, but Copeland has a new album coming out in November so I’ve been listening to the single, “Ordinary,” quite a bit this month, for obvious reasons.

I know I’m like a year late on this, but I’ve recently discovered Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” and so it’s also been getting a lot of play.

I’ve also been listening a lot to Death Cab for Cutie’s “Some Boys”. It’s a great writing song for some of my works-in-progress.

I’ve been listening to KONGOS for awhile but “Come with Me Now” has gotten extra play-time this month.

And finally, even though I’ve been listening to Greg Laswell for a few months(and a bit obsessed with “Comes and Goes(in Waves)” I’ve branched out to becoming obsessed with some of his other songs. Namely, “And Then You”.

I read

I’ve been reading less these past few months, but I definitely read more in October than I did in August or September. More importantly–I read much better books. Nothing less than 3 stars, which is pretty rare!

5 star Reads:

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

4 star Reads:

Look at the Birdie by Kurt Vonnegut
Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters
Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky

3 Star Reads:

Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Chasing Before by Lenore Appelhans

2 star Reads:


1 star & DNF Reads:

Sweethearts by Sarah Zarr(DNF)

blogging life

My Favorite Review:

I’m quite happy with my review for Even in Paradise.

Most Popular Review:

My review of This is Not a Test.



Favorite Book

I LOVED both my 5-star books this month, of course, but my favorite hands-down is I’ll Give You the Sun.It was an instant favorite.

I'll Give you the Sun

Favorite Quote


From I’ll Give You the Sun(no surprise there):

Quick, make a wish.
Take a (second or third or fourth) chance.
Remake the world.

fav pictures

My favorite days this month are when it felt nice outside & I actually got to read on my patio without it being scorching hot. Nice, quiet afternoons.


Hmm. I had a good October, but it was a pretty quiet one. I did get to visit my family at the beginning of the month, even though my reasons for visiting were practical. It was still nice, however.



4 responses to “October 2014 Wrap-Up

  1. I’m glad October was better and hope you find a job soon! It’s nice that you have so much time to write too. Have I asked how you’re liking the new apartment all to yourself? I should have asked. :/

    I haven’t listened to much Greg Laswell but that song is so calm and pretty! I’ll have to check out some of his stuff!

    • Stormy

      I think you have asked that, but I don’t mind! I love it. I’ve never really had a bad roommate experience(one I didn’t really “mesh” with, but nothing that was a big deal) but having my own space just makes my introvert heart a-flutter.

      Greg Laswell’s work is great–definitely recommend! “Comes and Goes” is probably his best.

  2. Wishing you better luck in the job hunt!
    I watched the first 3 episodes of How To Get Away With Murder but got bored after that. It looked way better in commercials than it actually turned out to be.
    Happy November reading!

    • Stormy

      Thank you! I’m trying to remain optimistic.
      Yeah, that’s how I feel about HtGAwM too. Not nearly as good as it looked.

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