Monthly Wrap-Up: October 2014

Posted November 1, 2014 by Debby in Uncategorized

October 2014: the month of ch-ch-ch-changes, changes!

It feels like October was WAY longer than 31 days, because SO much happened, both online and in real life, as you will see in this post. There were great moments and really low points, and I think I speak for almost all of the book blogging community when I say that I’m exhausted. As such, my reading slowed down, but eh. Ultimately, it was still a good month. …Sort of.


October Reads

Books Read:

Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
The Fire Artist by Daisy Whitney
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King
Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch
Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead (audio)
Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (reread)
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

Book(s) of the Month:

Isla and the Happily Ever After The Mime Order
October Stats
Total books read: 11
Total pages read: 4,376
Average rating: 3.27
2 2014 debut authors read
3/11 (27%) standalones, 8/11 (73%) series
8/11 (73%) paper, 2/11 (18%) pixels, 1/11 (9%) audio
2014 Stats
Total books read: 108
Total pages read: 40,135
Average rating: 3.41
20 2014 debut authors read
37% standalones, 63% series
69% paper, 24% pixels, 6% audio

October Reviews

October Posts

On the Big Screen

I didn’t really watch any movies this month. I had way less time, and with the new TV season, I’ve been kind of occupied with that. I’m LOVING Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which is consistently amazing. Nashville is also awesome and addictive, and seriously I cannot stop watching it. Every episode feels too short. I am still enjoying The Blacklist, though I do feel it’s a bit weaker than last season (the most recent episode though, srsly). The Big Bang Theory is more of the same, but I need sitcoms in my life. Don’t know why I’m still watching Faking It, because it’s boring me, and I’ve put Downton Abbey and Doctor Who on hold for a while. The former because I have no idea what was going on in that show. I need a refresher. And the latter because I so so so badly UNSHIP Clara and stupid Mr. Pink and their instalove. And not just that, the stories were boring me too.


I’m still thinking Madam Secretary is my favorite new series so far, and my curiosity is growing with each episode. I was enjoying Manhattan Love Story, but that was canceled. Likewise with A to Z, though that’ll at least get to air the rest of its season. I’m hoping Selfie won’t get canceled, because I need my sitcoms and also Karen Gillan and also I ship it.

And for my current (slow) binge series, I’m watching Eureka, because my dad recommended it as having an awesome father-daughter relationship. It’s really entertaining, and Jack Carter and his daughter are awesome, but I can’t find the time to fit in more binging. Hopefully soon. *sigh*

Through My Speakers

Centuries by Fall Out Boy

In Real Life

  • I had my official grad school graduation ceremony! By this time it feels like a LIFETIME ago, but okay. The ceremony was all right, but the most exciting part was that my dad flew over from the states, and I got to spend a couple days with him. We went to Kinderdijk, to see the windmills, and spent time with my grandma and grandpa, and it was just a lovely break from unemployed life. It inspired me to finally write my post about father-daughter relationships, and I’m somewhat sadistically pleased to announce that my dad read it with tears in his eyes. ♥
  • The next week I FOUND A JOB. Suddenly it was already back to work, since they wanted me to start ASAP. So. I’m back to the daily grind, traveling from Rotterdam to Amsterdam, and having exactly zero energy in the evenings. But I like it there so far, and I already felt right at home when I got there and there was a poster of Harvey Specter hanging at my team’s desks. Most excellent.
  • I also spent another weekend at my aunt and uncle’s – a belated graduation celebration. It came at the exact right time though, right after the Kathleen Hale drama exploded, and it was so nice to get away from all of that.
  • The blogosphere was not a very happy place this month. I’m still pretty bummed out about blogging and I dunno what to do about it. My lowest point was when an author criticized me for wanting to cut back on Harper books after their non-response, since that would be “punishing” all authors. Authors, you’re entitled to exactly nothing from me. And to think I fucking read her book ffs *flips desk*
  • I got to vote in the US mid-term elections! So. Yeah. I thought that was awesome, even though I’m a Democrat from Texas, so =/ Nonetheless, I’m letting my voice be heard, and I hope all of my American readers will do the same next week!
  • Book club happened yesterday. I was tipsy/drunk and loud. I should be sorry. I’m kind of not. I had fun 😛 But I’m seriously obnoxious omg. Someone keep me away from the wine.
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That’s it for me. How was your month?

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4 responses to “Monthly Wrap-Up: October 2014

  1. I SHIP KAREN & JOHN (can’t remember their names on the show) SO BADLY! I found the first episode really bad but now I’m like addicted to this series and they can’t cancel it or I’ll be really, really sad ): ): ): Anyway, it’s just nice to know someone that is also watching and enjoying it!