Oh, 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’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’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’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)
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.
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.
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.
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.