October 2018: Month in Review

What I’ve Been Up To:


Just like at the beginning of the year when I was actually writing, I’m finding it super difficult to keep this blog up, even at three posts a week, while also trying to write enough every day to not fall behind on NaNoWriMo. I honestly do not know how writers who blog regularly do it. Once I’ve gotten my words in, the last thing I want to do is write a blog post, which is why this post is going up in the middle of the month instead of the start. Whoops. Also, I may have half-assed this post.


At the beginning of October, I got to meet up with my group of librarian friends (minus one Heather 🙁 ) in the Adirondacks, and it was amazing, despite the fact that I was cold literally the whole time. Though actually now it feels like that here in the Atlanta area, and I feel massively betrayed by the weather.


Current obsessions: Crazy Rich Asians soundtrack and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend soundtracks. Should I be concerned?

Movies & TV:

I’ve been on a steady diet of the fluffiest show possible: The Great British Bake-Off. Bless every single contestant for being the sweetest cinnamon roll alive basically, and so delightfully British. Still not sure how I feel about the new hosts, but I do definitely still love the show.

Reviews Posted:

October was devoted almost entirely to Mary Balogh in terms of books I loved, and I regret nothing tbh. It’s kind of weird only reviewing books that I really enjoyed, because it can mean I end up reviewing all of a backlist series and not reviewing the 18 frontlist titles I also read.

Christina Books:

These are the books of my heart, and clearly my heart needs romance novels more than ever right now. Watching the political developments happen is stressful, and books that believe in the triumph of love and joy are great balm for the soul.

Excellent Reads:

Not quite favorites, at least not yet, but these books were great. They’ve got that little something extra to push them above the Liked category, whether that was investment in the characters, uniqueness, or excellent writing.


These books were fun! Likely, I thought they had something that made me less willing to overtly recommend them: pacing issues, potential rep issues, plot problems, lack of originality.

Not for Me:

Included in my month’s reading but not pictured here is Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell, which I read but will not be rating or mentioning aside from this. Regardless of whether or not I liked the book, the author’s behavior was certainly not for me. Aside from Wicked and the Wallflower, none of these books were bad, but they were decidedly not Christina books. About Wicked and the Wallflower, well, Thumper’s mom told me to be quiet.

One response to “October 2018: Month in Review”

  1. I’m not even trying to write a novel and I’m having a hard time posting anything.. lol No excuses. I added the first in that Mary Balogh series! I haven’t read anything by her and that one sounded best. 🙂
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