October Wrap-Up

Queen of ShadowsWhat is this, the Year of Slumps? After my super-long one back in the spring/early summer, I had a great reading month and then slowly devolved into another slump. It took me a full month to read Siege and Storm, even though I utterly adored Shadow and Bone and Ruin and Rising after it (now I’m on Six of Crows!). I don’t know if it’s other stress in my personal life, putting pressure on myself to blog/write more consistently, or simply facing my growing TBR from reading other blogs; whatever it is, something’s making me less enthusiastic about books lately, so I’ve been trying to pinpoint what it is.

Even though I’m not always around here, though, I do post regularly over at Coven Book Club. This month I recommended Theresa Breslin’s Spy for the Queen of Scots, Elsie Chapman’s Dualed, Maria V. Snyder’s Study series, and a trio of my favourite prequels. I also discussed Sarah J. Maas’s Queen of Shadows with Allison and Alyssa.

I’m writing this from my rental cottage on the Isle of Skye (if you’re following me on Instagram, you’ve probably already noticed because of my gratuitous scenery shots. I do occasionally post bookish photos there, too). We’re only here for the weekend, but it is beautiful. I always feel so inspired to write big, sweeping Tolkien-esque fantasy – with the attendant scenery porn – when I’m in the Highlands. And I love October; it feels like the entire world is gearing up and settling in for my favourite season.

DualedAnyway, this month I read eight books: Siege and StormRuin and RisingMagic StudyFire StudyThe Martian, DualedDivided, and Spy for the Queen of Scots. As you can see from that list, I also managed to adhere to my goals for reading more widely and diversely, something I didn’t manage in September (when the only two books I read were Queen of Shadows and Meg Cabot’s Royal Wedding). I didn’t even have to try that hard to make sure I was meeting them; I think I picked up The Martian because my fiancé wanted to see the movie, then went ‘Hey, that counts as my wider read!’ When I’m in a slump then there’s no point in pressuring myself to read specific books, so I think these goals are broadly achievable long-term (as long as I can get this slump problem sorted!).

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3 thoughts on “October Wrap-Up

  1. It’s been so long since I’ve read Princess Diaries, I honestly don’t really know if I’ll remember much if I started Royal Wedding now. XD I’ve been in a pretty awful reading slump, too. I only read 3 books last month. And consequently I haven’t had much material to blog about, book review wise that is. That’s right, I did see your Instagram post with SoC! I really need to pick it up still. I am going to Yallfest this year so I’m hoping to meet Leigh Bardugo! And funny you mentioned a book about Mary Queen of Scots (though I’m not entirely surprised, haha), I recently started watching Reign. I’ve heard it’s a terrible representation of actual history, but I love it for the scandalous romances. It’s my most recent guilty pleasure, I guess. 😛

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    1. Hahaha, I haven’t read the Princess Diaries since high school? Midway through uni? It’s 5-6 years since I read any of the books, at least. Anyway, I didn’t find that it affected my enjoyment of Royal Wedding any; the book takes place 7+ years after the conclusion of the original series, so there’s a lot of catching up to do anyway.

      Ooh, lucky you! Have fun at Yallfest 🙂

      Heh, I’ve heard Reign is good, in a ‘historical fanfiction’-type way, but sometimes that’s better than stories that try too hard to be realistic, because everybody knows it’s just made up.

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      1. Thanks, Nicola! I’m pretty excited, hopefully it won’t be too chilly. 🙂 And oh gosh, well I’m so glad to hear RW was still great despite the long gap. I’m really excited to read that one now. (I love the cover for that one the most compared to the other PD books, haha.) And yes, Reign is very good in a guilty pleasure type of way, it focuses on the romance more than the politics or history. ;P

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