October Wrap-Up: Can You Guess? Lots of Homework & Very Little (and Belated) Blogging

monthly wrap up

(Let’s see, can I get this posted before November is almost over?? Update: I sorta did!?)

Dang it, I took another unexpected and unannounced hiatus. Sorry guys! Let’s see if we can get a couple regular posts in before the end of this semester, hmm?

Okay, to wrap-up October…ahhh, all these months of the semester are becoming blurs. I barely remember what I did this past week, let alone the last month. But I do know that I finished more books in October: a total of 6 as compared to the 4 I completed in September. And I completed my Goodreads goal, so that was cool! But other than that, it was homework…and more homework…and if not homework, stressing about homework…

Eek, let’s just dive into the books, shall we?


Books read in October! Not pictured: The Vine Witch.

1. The Vine Witch by Luanna G. Smith


Rating: 2.5 stars

I binge-read this book in a couple of days before a participating in a blog tour for it. At first, when I was originally tired after finishing the book and scrambling to write a review for it at 1:00am, I thought it was fairly decent, but looking back at it, I’m gonna have to lower my rating to (at most) a 2.5 stars. The book was not at all what I expected it to be and I wanted to see it fleshed out in so many more ways. You can read my original review here.

2. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Rating: 4.5 stars

Such an insightful look into “Hillbilly” (Appalachian white-working class) culture and social class, which J.D. Vance relays through historical facts, family history, and instances from his own personal life. This book was fascinating: both hilarious and saddening. Vance has a great ability to bring his family to life among the pages.

3. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Rating: 3.5 stars

It’s been a long time since I read a John Green book (I read The Fault in Our Stars about 6-7 years ago) I loved the prose, the focus on Aza’s mental illness, and the inside look into Aza’s thought process, but I really struggled with the plot?!? Probably because there wasn’t much of one.

4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Rating: 3.75 stars

This was my first time ever listening to an audiobook!
Good lord tho, this book was so looooong. But I’m surprised to say that I’m glad that I read it? Tartt’s excessively descriptive writing style is infuriating, yet beautiful and impressive.  I would gladly read a companion novel about one of the side characters and I’m definitely intrigued to try one of Tartt’s other novels.
If you love long novels, descriptive writing, and/or character-driven novels, I recommend giving this try, but if you don’t like any of those things, you’ll probably be bored out of your mind with this book.

5. The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang

Rating: 4.5 stars

Before picking up this memoir, I don’t think I had ever heard of the Hmong before. In this family memoir, Yang doesn’t ask for pity as she lays out the never-ending and brutal trials of the Hmong, a people without a country. Yang’s book weaves between cultural legends, family history, and personal experience, specifically her relationship with her paternal grandmother. I definitely recommend it, especially if you’re a memoir-reader.

6. Mile Morales: Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds

Rating: 4.25 stars

So many powerful books this month, and this book did not deviate from the trend. Jason Reynolds takes an in-depth look at both Miles Morales as a teen and a superhero, and I was ASTOUNDED! Everyone should read this it, especially if you love superhero stories and/or books like The Hate U Give.

November TBR:

  • Normal People– My bookclub’s final read of the semester! (Technically, I started this the other day, but shhhh, we’re gonna keep it on here).
  • The Poet X– My college’s diverse YA book club is reading this book this month, and I’m hoping I can find the time to join them!
  • The Queen of Nothing– If possible, y’all know I’m gonna try to drop everything to read this one when it releases.

Random Life Updates:

  • Fall break was at the beginning of the month and I got to go home and see my dog! (and do laundry–the only reasons I go home on break 😉 )
  • The following 3 weeks after fall break were hella crazy with all the projects due across all of my classes.
  • As I mentioned above, I listened to my first ever audiobook! It was The Goldfinch and guys, it was 32 HOURS LONG. I haven’t completely converted to audiobooks now, I will def give more of them a try in the future.
    • Also, please appreciate this actually (for once) pretty book pic I took:


  • My bookclub met a couple times to finish discussing The Goldfinch and then to begin discussing Howl’s Moving Castle!
  • I completed my Goodreads challenge! I’ve now surpassed my goal of 50 books.
  • I attended my first college writers event as an intern for the series! I got to meet, talk, and eat food with Heather Sellers and Mira Bartok!
  • Even though I didn’t technically wear my costume until the day after Halloween, I actually dressed up for Halloween this year! Because I’m a low-effort gal, I chose Jessica Jones, since all I need to do was buy a gray scarf!


  • My housemates and I marathoned the Hunger Games and Twilight movies, which was honestly great.
  • Again, there’s probably other things I did, but I’ve completely forgotten?!

How was your October? Are you also crazy busy now with the end of semester/year approaching? What have you guys been reading and doing lately? Again, please update me on all the happenings! 😆

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