Rebecca book cover


Come catch up with me and take a look at what I read this past month as well as what’s coming up for next month’s goals and events.

 

October is one of my favorite months. This one has been pretty atypical for me. I’ve been busy with family stuff and some travel, which hasn’t left much time to enjoy the fall season and the spooky Halloween excitement in the air. It also means I didn’t get to all the reading I had hoped to tackle this month, but I did really enjoy everything I got to! Keep reading to hear more and see what’s coming up.

 

October 2017 TBR List:
  1. Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier
  2. Basic Witches, Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman (finish)
  3. Dracula, Bram Stoker
  4. selection of short stories, Edgar Allan Poe
  5. Macbeth, William Shakespeare
  6. The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
  7. From Hell, Alan Moore
  8. Outlander, Diana Gabaldon

 

Dracula book cover
Actual October 2017 Reads:
  1. Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (finished)
  2. Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier
  3. Basic Witches, Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman (finished)
  4. Dracula, Bram Stoker
  5. selection of short stories, Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Macbeth, William Shakespeare
  7. The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
Monthly Favorites

Dracula. I am so glad I decided to pick it up this year! What in the world took me so long? I loved it! Frankenstein is one of my favorite books EVER and many people compare the two books. I think I was just sort of hesitant due to those comparisons, thinking I might be disappointed. I sure was not! The two books are different, but I can see the similarities people draw. Of course, they are the two big horror classics and both deal with a “monster” of sorts. The atmosphere of Dracula was just everything I look for this time of year. I honestly can’t even wait to read it again! My one complaint was that, for me, the ending was slightly lackluster. I won’t say more in case any of my dear readers has also been dragging their feet on this book. It didn’t ruin the book for me by any means, but that’s why I’d give it 4 and not 5 stars. Have you read this masterpiece? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments below. No spoilers for others, please!

 

October Events

Guys, I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Have I told you this yet?! It was so incredible! This was my first ever trip to Universal Orlando and I honestly can’t even wait to go back. They’ve done such a magnificent job recreating everything. Each little detail is just perfection. I need to rent a flat above Diagon Alley and just move in. If only it weren’t so hot there…

 

Anna and Nick at Hogwarts

 

In other travel-related news, I just got home from Mexico yesterday. You may have seen some photos from my trip on my Instagram story. It was a time completely devoted to relaxing in the sunshine and reading as much as I could! I don’t often take the time to do something like this and never really plan vacations, so to have two such amazing ones all in the same month was much-needed and really something special. 🙂

 

Looking Ahead

NaNoWriMo takes place in November! That’s National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated. NaNo is a challenge to write a 50,000 word draft of a novel in 30 days. It sounds tough (and it is!), but the NaNo community is so supportive and it really is so fun, even if you don’t complete it. It’s just a great chance to be creative and get serious about putting some words on the page. Do you plan to participate this year? Sadly, I won’t be joining for 2017. I’ve got too many other projects that I’m working on (coming soon!), but I have in the past and encourage you to check it out! I’ll be cheering you all on from the sidelines. To sign up or find out more information, take a look at the NaNoWriMo website.

 

Also, American Thanksgiving is right around the corner! I can’t believe how quickly this time of year passes in the run up to Christmas. The holidays are great fun though so I do my best to stop and enjoy them whenever I can. Easier said than done, sometimes! Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? Is there anything special you do to mark the occasion?

 

November 2017 TBR List:
  1. The Year of Living Danishly, Helen Russell
  2. A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn
  3. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
  4. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  5. The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay
  6. The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin
  7. White Trash, Nancy Isenberg (finish)

 

Notice anything about my TBR for next month? If you spot a pattern, good for you! I’m going to be having a nonfiction November this year. Pretty self-explanatory, but that means I’ll only be reading nonfiction for a month. I really enjoy nonfiction so I’m quite looking forward to this! Do you read much nonfiction? Especially if it’s something to do with a topic that interests me, I’m all about it. I’ve also got five of my 30 by 30 books on my November list, so we’ll see how all that goes!

 

What books stood out in your reading in October? Did you get anything particularly spooky read?

 

As always, happy reading!

 

Anna

 

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