Fall is my favorite season, I love it when the weather starts to be colder without being freezing and seeing the leaves turn red and orange always manages to make me happy. I’m an avid tea drinker all year-round (I can drink hot tea in the middle of a heat wave) but now I can finally drink all the spicy teas that I save for the colder months. Nothing is cozier than drinking black spicy tea under a warm blanket with a good book. In fact, the moment I’m done writing this post, it’s exactly what I’m going to do!
October has been a stressful month so I’m trying my best to be mindful of the small moments of joy fall can bring. I don’t think I’ve discussed this a lot on the blog but I suffer from anxiety. The new job has been a blast in a lot of ways but it’s also very demanding and stressful. One day in particular was pretty bad, I finished late and the following day I had my first panic attack in years. It was very scary but at the same time it was eye-opening. I realized I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself this year and I need to take a break and relax more. Even when I’m home, it’s hard for me to take a step back and take some time just for myself.
All this to say that blogging has been hard for me this year. Every time I think about the blog, it adds to the stress I’m feeling. I feel like every post I try to write is bad or boring, I feel guilty that I’m not posting consistently and it’s very frustrating. I’m sad I couldn’t post more during Spooktastic Reads because I had a lot of fun with the event last year and I love the community aspect of such events.
As many of you know, November month is SciFiMonth and I really want to join in one the fun but I don’t want it to be stressful for me. I have a dozen of posts in mind but I don’t think I’ll have the brain power to write them all. However, I’m going to try my best to take things slowly. Instead of trying to follow a strict schedule and feeling like a failure if I don’t keep up with, I’m going to relax and post when I’m able to. Even if it’s only a few posts, as long as I’m having fun, it’s good. I’m going to try and write “easier” posts like tags and shorter reviews because the prospect of writing a long review is a bit daunting to me at the moment.
Anyways, enough navel-gazing, here are the books I managed to read in October:
- A Master of Djinn by P. Djéli Clark – ★★★☆
- Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw – ★★★★
- The Silence of the Wilting Skin by Tlotlo Tsamaase – ★★★★☆
- Interzone #284 edited by Andy Cox – ★★★
- The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang -★★★★☆
I enjoyed all the books I read in October starting with A Master of Djinn by P. Djéli Clark which was a ton of fun. The pacing was a bit off but I love the characters and the world so much that I enjoyed it nonetheless. I hope Clark will write many adventures set in his magical Cairo! 😀
I already discussed Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw and The Silence of the Wilting Skin by Tlotlo Tsamaase in a Recent Spook Reads post so I’ll be quick. I enjoyed both novellas very much and they were perfect reads for October. I can’t wait to read more stories by both authors, they have the potential to become favorites of mine in the future!
Finally, The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang was exactly as amazing as everyone says it is. I’m always wary of very hyped works but this was very good. I don’t often binge book series but I’m very excited to read The Dragon Republic. Rin is such a fascinating character, I can’t figure out if she’s going to turn full evil in the coming books but I can’t wait to find out.
TV Shows & Movies
I finished the second season of The Man of the High Castle last week and I can’t decide if I like this show or not. Frankly, the first half of the season kind of sucked, the pacing was all over the place and two of the main characters (Juliana and Joe) were insufferable. However, I’m still fascinated by the world and I’m invested enough in some storylines to keep on watching. So yeah, I’m going to watch the third season, we’ll see next month if I end up regretting my decision or not!
Speaking of things I’m not regretting, I’m currently watching the second season of Hospital Playlist and I’m loving it. It’s the coziest k-drama ever. The characters are all good people trying their best to save lives. I’m watching it slowly because I don’t want to leave those characters behind.
I also watched the last James Bond movie, No Time to Die, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I’m not the biggest fan of Bond movies, I usually have fun watching them but they’re not usually memorable. However, I really liked No Time to Die and I found it surprisingly funny. The British humor was on point and I liked how it played with some spy movie tropes.
SciFiMonth Reading Plans
SciFiMonth is upon us which means it’s time for many of us to celebrate science fiction! As always, the event is hosted by the wonderful imyril from Onemore and Lisa from Dear Geek Place. If you’re new to SciFiMonth, you can find more information about the event here.
I have a ton of books on my radar for SciFiMonth so I’m tempted to put all of them on my TBR. However, I’ve realized last month that having a small TBR puts less pressure on myself so, I’m going to be reasonable for once! 😛
Here are the books I’m hoping to read during SciFiMonth:
Are you participating in SciFiMonth this year? 🚀