October Wrap Up: Books, Writing, Life + More

Long time no see, blogosphere. I missed you. You probably didn’t even notice I was gone, but that’s okay, no hard feelings. I posted a grand total of one blog post in October (oh wait, actually no, it was September) and then it was silence from me. I’ve been very busy, but I did do a bit of reading, so I have an October wrap up for you!

Books I Read in October

I had a fairly good reading month this month, especially considering how hectic it was, and I completed five books. 

And Then There Were None

Agatha Christie 

My second foray into Agatha Christie’s works brought me to And Then There Were None an intriguing tale of ten deaths on a secluded island. Unfortunately I already knew the ending going into the story, but that didn’t detract from the tale for me, and I throughouly enjoyed it.

I gave the book 5 out of 5 stars.

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Agatha Christie 

Christie’s first novel, and the debut of one of her two most well-known detectives, Hercule Poirot was my second read of October. I know I mentioned that I wanted to read her works in chronological order, but I didn’t see the harm in reading And Then There Were None before The Mysterious Affair at Styles because the former doesn’t feature Poirot or Marple. Although I didn’t enjoy The Mysterious Affair at Styles quite as much as And Then There Were None I still found it a thoroughly enjoyable read.

I gave the book 4 out of five stars.

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The Complete Sherlock Holmes vol. 1

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I love my clothbound knickerbocker copies of The Complete Sherlock Holmes, but I’ll readily admit I’d never actually read these particular editions before, having read my Penguin Classics edition and my Barnes and Noble classics editions of Sherlock Holmes instead. I’m glad I settled down and read my Knickerbockers this time around though, because they have some of the softest pages I’ve come across. They’re quite sturdy, so they can be hard to hold open at times, but my sister surprised me with a Page Anchor (pictured above) right when I started reading Volume One and it improved my reading experience tenfold.

I’ve loved Sherlock Holmes stories since I was nine years old and nothing has changed. It was so cozy curling up in bed and reading these mystery stories, I’m glad I have three more volumes to get through.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars (for a breakdown of my star ratings for the full-length novels and story collection in volume 1, check out my goodreads).

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Kingdom of Ash

Sarah J Maas

Though Kingdom of Ash wasn’t my most anticipated read of 2018, I still pre-ordered and eagerly awaited the release of the epic finale to Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass series. I’ll not spend much time writing about this one as it is still a fairly recent release and I don’t want to face the wrath of a spoiled Maas fans, but I did enjoy the conclusion immensley.

I gave the book 4 out of 5 stars.

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How to Hygge

Signe Johansen

Ever since reading Meik Wiking’s The Little Book of Hygge a year ago, I’ve been in love with the idea of Hygge. I try not to read too many books to tarnish my sweet feelings toward the concept, but when I saw How to Hygge at my local library I had to pick it up. Though it wasn’t quite as heartwarming as The Little Book of Hygge, I did appreciate the amount of hyggelig recipes, and I can’t wait to try a few out (I’m looking at you Roast Cauliflower, Spinach & Blue Cheese Salad with Cherries and Walnuts).

I gave the book 3 – 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Books I Didn’t Manage to Finish


Mary Shelley

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll probably know I struggled to get into Frankenstein. I really really tried, but wow, I’m finding it boring. I’m determined to finish it, but I don’t know when… maybe before I’m 80. No promises.

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Bram Stoker

I don’t know why I stopped reading Dracula, because I was actually enjoying it immensely. I think I thought my eReader was flat and I couldn’t find the charger for it (I only realised last night that it wasn’t flat at all).

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What I’m Currently Reading

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

J. R. R. Tolkien

If you’ve been reading my blog, or following my Instagram for a while, you may remember that I read The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring earlier this year and surprised myself by how much I enjoyed it. I’ve been wanting to continue the trilogy for a while, but waiting until I could find a copy at my local library. I did happen upon a copy a could weeks ago and began devouring it as soon as possible. I’m nearly halfway through, and super excited to see what happens next.

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Writing Update

I finished my major edits on WIP:S!!!!


You can find a thread of my tweets, and appropriate GIFs here on Twitter. I’m giving it a short break and sending it off to beta readers, before going over and changing some minor things. 

At an obscene hour last night, I also began working on a project (let’s call is WIP:TSG) that’s been stuck in my head for about a year now, and although it’s not my NaNoWriMo Project (because Nano stressed me out and I’m not doing it), I’ll definitely be working on it in my spare time (i.e. at 2am when I can’t sleep).  

Life Update

I’m in the middle of moving counties – again – and shutting Potions Candle Co. for a little while. I’ll be starting a Kickstarter to open it back up again, I explained it a little more on my instagram post, so I’ll post an excerpt here.

…  I was wondering what you guys would think about doing a Kickstarter to help Potions get back to Australia? (I feel so awkward typing this akhdjhf🙈😂) I’ve begun to plot some exclusive, customised candles as rewards for pledges and the like, all in different sizes and quantities (if candle boxes tickle your fancy), and at heavily discounted prices – we’re talking anywhere from 30% – 50% off the regular price…

I have absolutely no idea when this will happen because I’m not certain when I’ll be moving, but once Potions sells out all the stock, I’ll be releasing my new website, and I’ll keep you updated!

So that’s about it! Hope you had a great October!

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