This was the month when I really decided to pull myself together and get the Golden Trio Reading Challenge done. Not only is it really uncomfortable to be doing a Harry Potter related challenge but I am very behind on my Turtle Recall challenge and need to clear the way for a two month long Discworld binge. As you can see, I managed to pull it off and, despite two DNFs, this was a very successful reading month with thirteen books.
It was also a successful Scribophile month as I managed to finally post the whole of my novel on the site. Not only that but I also managed to knock out a short story in a week to participate in a Halloween-themed competition. It provided a good warm up for Nanowrimo as well. Speaking of which, I decided to do something a little different. Rather than yet another redraft of my first novel, I’ve decided to embark on a completely new project. New world, new genre, new characters, new everything. I’ve also decided to do a lot more planning than I usually do. I’ve taken the advice given in Save the Cat! to heart and devoted my corkboard to colour-coded story-beat cards and bundles of world building notes. Let’s hope it’s all worth it!
- Words of Radiance, Book 1 by Brandon Sanderson
- Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
- The Foundling by Stacey Halls 🎧⭐️⭐️⭐️
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 📖⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Save The Cat! Writes A Novel: The Last Book on Novel Writing You’ll Ever Need by Jessica Brody 📖⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi 📖⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Villette by Charlotte Bronte (DNFed at 50%) 🎧⭐️⭐️
- Seafire by Natalie C. Parker 📖⭐️⭐️⭐️
- The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix 🎧⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Beyond the Black Door by A. M. Strickland 📖⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith 🎧⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Crown of Feathers (DNFed at 28%) 📖⭐️⭐️
- Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo 📖⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte 🎧⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo 📖⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Podcasts (for the first time in ages!)
- We Will Get Past This hosted by Sandi Toksvig – I love Sandi Toksvig and all the interesting historic tidbits she has to offer. It ended a while ago but, since history looks to repeat itself (within the same year, no less), it’s good to go back to that spring optimism.
- The Fictional Family Book Tag (Take 2)
- The Folklore Book Tag
- The Behind the Book Blogger Tag
- The Pumpkin Spice Latte Tag
- Mary Shelley: The Short Stories – I’ve already read Frankenstein and The Last Man and her other novels don’t really appeal to me so I’m going for the short stories instead for the Classic Women Reading Challenge
- The Gentleman’s Guide To Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee – my next GirlXOXO Monthly Motifs and another short read. Can’t wait to check with the hot mess that is Henry Montague
- Words of Radiance, Book 2 by Brandon Sanderson – need to get this done now so I’m not rushing in December
- The Beatles Book Tag (tagged by The Orangutan Librarian)
- The Beauty And The Beast Book Tag (tagged by Whispering Stories)
- The Liebster Award (tagged by Sweaters and Raindrops)
- How Well Do You Know Your Books Challenge
I hope to see you again very soon.