Hello friends! Another month has gone by and, if I’m being honest, October wasn’t any better than the previous ones. This month, we ask you to read about what is happening in Nigeria right now, to educate yourself on the #EndSARS campaign, and to support it in whatever way you are able to. You can start by visiting the following site or by simply looking up #EndSARS on twitter.
As always, we’ve brought you all the films, shows, books we consumed last month, as well as some life updates. Hope you’ll enjoy. 🧡
This month has been a rollercoaster of emotions – and I suspect this will continue into November – with my state’s restrictions finally being reduced after months of strict lockdown. It was incredibly emotional to experience two days in a row of no new COVID-19 cases. And it was ridiculous to see footage of massive queues outside Kmart at 11.59pm the day before reopening 🙃 I am so afraid we are going to experience a third wave and we’ll be back under lockdown in the blink of an eye.
We still have a lot of restrictions which honestly don’t make a lot of sense to me – particularly, the rules around home visits are driving me up the wall, because the logic just doesn’t seem to be there.
Before the restrictions were eased, I did have some good experiences with some friends cooking over video chat. We made chocolate cake one week, scones another and spinach and feta rolls another. Looking back, I wish I’d taken photos, but oh well, lol. I’m hoping things will start going a bit more back to normal in the coming weeks.
Similarly to September, I did few things in October, yet, the month flew by extremely fast. I was able to meet with some of my friends, although I’m still social distancing, so this mainly means walks / hikes. We have a massive amount of new COVID-19 cases each day and our godforsaken government does close to nothing, so I’m staying far away from crowded places. Thankfully, I can do that because of online classes, but boy, am I tired of university and we’re only halfway through the semester. I had a week-long break at the end of October, but even so, I feel so horribly drained. I can’t lie, I’m really angry at the way the majority of our professors are handling this semester.
What We Read
…And the slump continues. I finished a mere three books this month, but at least it’s an improvement from last month, and I enjoyed them all.
🍁 HARROW THE NINTH: I thought Gideon the Ninth was confusing, but this book blew it out of the water. Every time I thought I was following what was happening, some detail would be mentioned that threw me off again. And this was happening well beyond the halfway point. Still, I loved the anticipation and trying to piece everything together. I still don’t really like Harrow, but I can appreciate her character better now. 3.5 stars!
🍁 HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE: I was after something comforting, so I picked this up for a reread. I love the magic and I love the characters and I love the plot and I love the writing. There’s not much more I can say, lol. 5 stars, of course!
🍁 THE WEIGHT OF OUR SKY: This book was incredibly intense. I absolutely loved the main character and the experience of being in her mind was truly impactful. The ending didn’t work all that well for me – there was one thing that was quickly resolved and one thing that was not really resolved at all and I wish those two things had been switched (I’m not saying that the ending was bad or wrong, just that I didn’t personally like it) – but that didn’t bring it down too much. 4 stars!
So, October was a surprisingly good reading month and, dare I say, I think I’ve finally conquered the reading slump I’ve been in for the past few months. I read 17 books, and my average rating was 3.72 which, to be fair, could have been much, much better.. I’ll only share three books with you today, as everything else I read was a “spooky” book, and I’ve dedicated a whole post to them – watch out for that, as it is coming soon.
🍁 HOWARDS END: I read this for one of my classes, and I have to admit, I skimmed through the majority of the novel’s second half. 🙈 It’s not a particularly bad book, but I found myself losing interest around the halfway point, even though the start of the book was rather strong. Three stars.
🍁 IN THE DREAM HOUSE: I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, but I make exceptions for nonfiction that seems particularly good – as did In the Dream House. This book – written about the author’s abusive, same-sex relationship – is told in vignettes, and is one of the most emotional, beautifully written books I’ve ever read. Five stars.
🍁 THE MARTIAN: I wanted to love this book but alas, about 80% of it flew right over my head. I knew this would be a difficult read, but I expected the technological bits to be accompanied by the same amount – or even more – character-related things? IDK, I finished the book knowing that Mark is one jolly fellow.. but I feel like I learnt nothing else about him? Still, huge props to the author for all the research that went into this. Three stars.
What We Watched
🍁 I know Jane Eyre (2011) is a well-loved movie but it was much too slow moving for me. Plus the romance made me feel super uncomfortable! I did enjoy the scenery but that was not enough. 2/5.
🍁 Enola Holmes was a pretty fun movie, and I liked the overall vibes and feeling it gave me. I didn’t fall in love with it though, and there were a few moments I didn’t really like. 3/5.
🍁 I thought The First Wives Club (1996) had a really interesting concept, but the execution was sometimes lacking. I feel the messages of the film could have been handled better, and I wish there had been more focus on the final project of the club. Still, I did overall enjoy it! 3/5.
🍁 Braven was a pretty standard action movie with some absolutely ridiculous moments. It was alright, but nothing I’d care to watch again any time soon. 2.5/5.
🍁 After weeks of Vera hyping up this movie to me, I am pleased to say that The Old Guard lived up to my expectations! I truly enjoyed this one, especially because it made me feel connected to the characters and their relationships. I’m really hoping we get a sequel at some point! 4/5.
🍁 I also watched Rebecca (2020) with Vera, and it was better than I was expecting! I loved all the scenery, and I loved the way the house was decorated. Things were a little bit different to what I would have expected after having read the book earlier this year, but overall I don’t think it was bad. 3/5.
🍁 I stayed up until half past two to finish The Haunting of Bly Manor, and I have no regrets. While the start was a bit slow, I quickly became engrossed in the story and I loved the characters by the end. Oh, and Dani and Jamie? Their romance was so soft, I can’t. 🥺 Rating: 9/10
🍁 I watched the new Emma, which is embarrassing to admit as I have not yet read the book… and I’m not sure when – if ever – I’ll get to it. 😅 While it looked rather nice visually, I didn’t fell in love with it. Rating: 6/10
🍁 I had more luck with Enola Holmes, which wasn’t anything ground-breaking, but it was incredibly enjoyable and fun and the actors did such a terrific job. I now want a whole bunch of Enola Holmes films, please and thank you. Rating: 7/10
🍁 I watched Howards End (1992) for a class – actually, I watched multiple films for my classes, but I have no interest in talking about the rest 😅 – and while I didn’t love it (not a fan of the book either), it was kind of enjoyable, if overly long. Also, it was interesting to see Helena Bonham Carter and Emma Thompson at such a young age. Rating: 6/10
🍁 Ahh, we’ve finally arrived to one of the highlights of my month – Buzzfeed Unsolved: True Crime is back, and I’m loving it so much. I enjoy true crime in general, but Shane and Ryan’s banter and humor makes every case 1000x better.
🍁 Towards the end of the month, I rewatched The Old Guard with Sabrina, and I have to say, this film is still incredible, even on my third watch. It gives me such comfort, which is something I’ve been in need of recently. Also, I need a sequel for this! 10/10
🍁 Sabrina and I also watched the new Rebecca together, and while it wasn’t something I’d highly recommend, I did enjoy it, particularly how beautiful the set was. I haven’t seen Hitchcock’s version, but I want to as I heard that that one’s far superior. 6/10
Around the Blogosphere
🍁 Discussions, lists, etc.
- Angela @ Daydreaming Dragons asked if protagonists need to be likable.
- Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea gave some tips on how to get blog followers.
- Caro @ Bookcheshirecat celebrated her 3rd Blogiversary + shared her favorite resources and recommended spooky books for sacredy cats.
- Chana @ Paper Procrastinators rated sci-fi novels as a STEM student.
- Erin @ Rin Reads shared her favorite novels from the summer.
- Fleur @ Fleur Is Reading Again recommended TV shows and movies that won’t give you nightmares.
- Kate @ Your Tita Kate discussed how she reviews books.
- Malka @ Paper Procrastinators interviewed Rosie Danan, author of The Roommate.
- Roberta @ Offbeat YA announced that she and four other bloggers have started hosting Tell Me Something Tuesday, a weekly meme.
- Caro @ Bookcheshirecat reviewed The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker by Lauren James.
- Chai @ Books With Chaima reviewed The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart.
- Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads reviewed Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall.
- Roberta @ Offbeat YA reviewed Draw the Dark by Ilsa J. Bick and The Girl from The Well by Rin Chupeco.
Did you have an interesting October? Have you seen or read anything we saw and read this month? Are you looking forward to the end of the year? Let us know!