🌷October Wrap-Up || book blogging has given me superspeed reading abilities?? || ft. GIF-y Love #1

Hello fellow bibliophiles! October is going to be over in less than 24 hours πŸš€, (I will now intentionally stop myself droning about how fast October went) but it has been an extremely fulfilling month for me!

I’ve conquered my end of year exams ✏️ (other students out there still facing it, you can do this! πŸ’ͺ), adjusted to the world of book blogging, interacted with so many new bloggers (love you guys πŸ’ž ) and read more πŸ“š than my measly amount in September.

Today, I bring to you my monthly wrap-up which I had so much fun writing and reflecting… especially with the new format I will be adopting. It wouldn’t only be about books read but also books hauled, quotes, blogging stuff and random life highlights! I have also linked a lot of blogs through this post for you guys to go check out!

Let’s begin, shall we? πŸ‘‡

1. Reading πŸ“š

This month was so productive in terms of reading… I read 9 books (on my 9th right now and will finish it today!)! I’m utterly shocked at myself because that is a new record… I think it was the two big series that I read that made me such a ferocious and fast reader haha. I will also be hitting my Goodreads goal of 70 books this year once I finish with the 9th book, something which I am so pleased about.

Cinder (Marissa Meyer) [The Lunar Chronicles #1]

Genre(s): Fantasy, YA || My Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Cinder, if you haven’t already guessed is a retelling of Cinderella And Marissa Meyer changes everything, morphing it into something Cinderella-like but not yet stunningly captivating. I mean, Cinder is a cyborg!

This was a re-read for me and at a very apt time… I was going through a lot of stress and thus immersing myself in one of my favourite books 😍, being wow-ed by the world building 🀩 and connecting once again to the characters πŸ₯°was just a great comfort.

We Were the Lucky Ones (Georgia Hunter)

Genre(s): Historical Fiction || My rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½ || My Review

We Were the Lucky Ones is a historical fiction set in WW2 with the typical plot line of “trying to survive”. What made it stand out from the rest was the deep, endearing theme of family πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§ that shone through this book. The family in here is just huge with each their own tribulations and burdens but how they treasure each other is so sweet. This was both a devastating 😭 and happy 😒 cry read!

Daisy Jones & The Six (Taylor Jenkins Reid)

Genre(s): Historical Fiction || My rating: β˜…β˜…β˜… || featured in 6 books about music that will resonate with you

I remember this being such a hyped up book! But I have mixed feelings πŸ€” about it. While the musical aspect on this book was captivating, the plot and the story was rather repetitive and predictable πŸ₯± with the same characters grumbling about the same things etc… so I became quite bored by the middle part. However, I think it did pretty well considering it was in an interview format… so 3 stars!

The Cruel Prince, The Wicked King & The Queen of Nothing (Holly Black) [Folk of the Air #1, 2, 3]

Genre(s): Fantasy, YA

TCP: β˜…β˜…Β½ || my review __ TWK: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… || my review __ TQON: β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½ || my review

As you can tell by the ratings, book 1 was a disaster 😀 but the other two books saved the gameπŸ…! This was my first series on fae and thus I was hooked by the world building 🌏. The plot in books 2 and 3 were impressive and the romance… *squeals*πŸ€ͺ. The only drawback would be the lack of emotional connection to any of the characters. But I still enjoyed the Folk of the Air series as a whole!

A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury, A Court of Wings and Ruin (Sarah J. Maas) [ACOTAR #1, 2, 3]

Genre(s): Fantasy, YA

ACOTAR: β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½ || ACOMAF: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… || ACOWAR: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Oh my goodness… ACOTAR, why did you enter my life so late? 🌹 I am absolutely smitten with this series, not only are the characters now dear to my heart πŸ’–, the world building has made Pythian come to life 🌱 and the plot is just pure goodness πŸ‘£. This series gave me THE FEELS, and allowed me to connect and witness the growth of so many characters. It was an incredible journey and I’m currently reading ACOWAR now, still super immersed… It seems like a new favourite is bulldozing it’s way through…😍

I am so thankful that I was gifted with book vouchers this month, it being my birthday and that an online bookstore was having books at more than 50% off. Thus I bought…

*drum roll please*

18 books. πŸ“— πŸ“˜ πŸ“™

However, I don’t want to bore you all with 18 books so I am just going to share my top 3, some of which are highly anticipated and recommended by you guys!

I will also be sharing book reviews of other bloggers that pushed me to get them.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (V.E. Schwab)

Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Fantasy

I think all book bloggers have come across this book. It is about a girl who makes a bargain such that she can live forever but won’t be remembered. It’s been described as an emotional story that will haunt you, plus it’s a mix of my two favourite genres! 🌠

Reviews of this book I loved:

alex @ the scribe owl || becca @ toastie books || belle @ this belle reads too || holly @ the caffeinated reader || tilly @ the biblioshelf

Skyhunter (Marie Lu)

Genre(s): Fantasy, YA

Because I loved Warcross so much, and was drawn to the morally grey-ness in The Young Elites, I just had to get this. (And that cover…*stars in eyes*)

Reviews of this book that I loved:

abby @ beyond the read || ashmita @ the fictional journal

A Man Called Ove (Fredrik Backman)

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

This sounds like such a sweet story , exploring the life of a curmudgeon… and I have heard loads about Fredrik Backman so I eagerly got this.

Reviews of this book that I loved:

brodie @ brodie’s bookshelf || mrs d @ the balanced bibliophile

You might want to skip this section if you have’t read A Court of Mist and Fury. Not big spoilers but be safe!

The Court of Dreams. The people who knew that there was a price and one worth paying, for that dream. The bastard-born warriors, the Illyrian hals breed, the monster trapped in a beautiful body, the dreamer born into a court of nightmares… And the Huntress with an artist’s soul.

A Court of Mist and Fury

Yes, ACOMAF as taken over my mind. I just loved the newfound family and this quote describes them perfectly of their imperfections and yet how much they care and work together to achieve a better world is so endearing… 😻

2. Blogging πŸ’» ⌨️ πŸ–±

As of now I have been blogging for a month and a half and it’s becoming to feel like home. I loved interacting with so many bloggers over the past month and finding out so many new blogs which are really inspirations for me and enjoyable to read.

(click on the images which will direct you there!)

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2b. BOOK MEMES/FEATURES I participated in that I would highly recommend πŸ”–

🌻 Just Some BiblioPhilic Things

JSBT is a weekly feature hosted by my friend, Riddhi over at Whispering Stories. A prompt will be given each week where bloggers can share to their heart’s content. I loved all the prompts and had so. much. fun. doing it!

🌻Top Ten Tuesday

TTT is a weekly feature where a prompt will be given and book bloggers can list their top ten! It is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

3. Random Life Highlight of October

my attempt at a notion home page

This month, I discovered the magical and wonderful thing ✨ on the Internet. It soothed my messy mind and somehow cultivated something decent out of my non-artsy-at-all soul. The wonder is notion, which is a organisation website/app I instantly fell in love with.

Huge shoutout and gratitude to Linda@dusts of magic for introducing me to this… I found her pages so pretty and her tips saved my clueless-about-all-things-tech self. Please do check out her post here!

4. GIF-y Love #1

GIF-y Love is a new feature created by my friends Nehal and Tiction over at Books and Words and Fictionally Crazy respectively! πŸ˜† Every Wednesday, they will publish a prompt and we have to respond with a gif. Sweet and simple, isn’t it? You can find out more about GIF-y Love here.

Sorry, Nehal and Tiction that I am so late but here is my response!

The Prompt for the Week: Idk πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

And that was my October… if you’ve read till here, thank you so much… here’s some virtual love for you: πŸ’—β€οΈ

How was YOUR month? Any good books? Have you read the books I hauled? What bookish memes/features do you participate in? What do you think of Cookie Monster’s confuddled face?

60 thoughts on “🌷October Wrap-Up || book blogging has given me superspeed reading abilities?? || ft. GIF-y Love #1”

  1. Love this wrap-up Cherelle (and I’m loving the blog glow-up too πŸ’œ)!!! I’m so happy to see you had a great October — and that book haul is impressive! I NEED to get my hands on Addie LaRue, I swear… as soon as that crazily exorbitant price on Amazon cools down a bit πŸ˜‚ And I am so excited for you to read Skyhunter!!! Thank you so much for mentioning my review here — I’m beyond honored 😭

    Ahhh so glad to see you’re enjoying ACOTAR! I’m extremely torn as to whether or not I want to venture into the realm of SJ Maas’s extensive oeuvre. I’ve heard amazing things about her books, but she’s also done some problematic things that hit a bit too close to home… I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts, maybe that’ll help me make up my mind!

    Anywho, I loved reading this post Cherelle 😍 I hope you have a beautiful November — and happy reading!! 😊

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    1. Oh my, thank you so much for the affirmation Abby. ❀️ Haha, indeed the amount of books I hauled would probably last me a whole year along with library books… πŸ˜‚

      Oh hopefully the price lowers does soon as I’m sure you are as eager as me to find out if the hype was worth it or not haha…

      Ahh my pleasure, your review of Skyhunter was so detailed and really urged me to go get a copy! πŸ˜†

      True, I do get what you mean, Sarah J. Maas’ books do cross some lines I was a bit uneasy with… some parts were a bit painful and uncomfortable to read… 😒 but overall I did love it… will definitely be sharing my thoughts soon. ☺️

      Thank you for your comment, it made my day yeah! πŸ₯° Happy November to you too. 🀩

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  2. Ohh. I really like how you did your wrap up. I’m currently waiting for my hold of Addie Larue to come in and I can’t wait to see what you think of it!
    I participate in the WWW Wednesday meme and I’ve made my own called Lost in Translation.
    Congrats on reading 9 books! I only read 2 and one was a graphic novel so here’s to November being better!

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    1. Thanks Eryn! πŸ’— Ahh it would probabkg be a while till I read Addie Larue with all my library books before it πŸ˜‚ so perhaps by then you would have devoured it! I’m excited to hear and compare my thoughts with yours after your hold comes. 🀩

      Ooh yes I have seen the WWW Wednesday meme a lot!! Definitely be trying it one day. ☺️
      Ah so cool… let me go check Lost in Translation out… πŸ‘

      It’s okay, read and enjoy at your own pace! Happy November! πŸ₯°

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  3. You have had a cool reading month πŸ˜€. Thank u so much for participating and no, your not late, the challenge is open the whole week fro anyone to participate. BTW, love that gif 😁😁.

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    1. It was my absolute pleasure! I was *shocked* at the prompt at first haha but I enjoyed narrowing the many gifs I found to just one. πŸ˜†

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    1. Thank you Riddhi! ❀️ Ah yes, same but opposite of you: I am dying to read Throne of Glass 😍 though I need to find some way to get all the books at once πŸ˜‚ and get through all the many books I hauled πŸ˜…. Cheers to an even better November to you too! ✨

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    1. Haha, I’m thrilled we both had terrific Octobers! πŸ– High five!
      Ahh same here, I’m just drawn to the found family trope because I love having the good support system and it’s so sweet! 😍 Yay that you’re reconsidering ACOTAR though do note that the trope comes in later in the series.

      Thanks for commenting Sarah. ❀️

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  4. I had a semi-awesome month! I think I injured myself, like, 18 times and might have dislocated two of my toes but we’re all good (I think). I’m buying a new book, so that’s awesome, I also found awesome new blogs to follow (again awesome) and the cover for one of my most anticipated books of 2021 got revealed. So I’m exited for that. I also have new books to read from the library… So I’m gonna be busy for about a week.
    Also congrats on getting into blogging! and I’m reading (9 I think?) Books this month! I have no idea how many I read… Let’s see… Winter… Renegades… I honestly don’t know and don’t wanna fill up the comment section. So imma stop with my rambling… πŸ˜…

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    1. Oh my goodness Sunny how did you injure yourself so many times?! I’m half admiration half shock… are you okay? 😒

      Ahhh yes the feeling of finally seeing book covers is so satisfactory, I can relate! 🀩 Especially since some covers reveal quite a bit about the book and make me start fangirling like it’s nobody’s business… πŸ˜‚

      Ooh that is a good reading month for you, I’m so glad… πŸ₯°. Did I see Winter from the Lunar Chronicles??!! 😍 How did you find it? (It’s one of my favs haha) πŸ’—

      Nono please don’t worry, long comments are very welcome… I love a good chat! Thanks for commenting Sunny! ❀️

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      1. Uhh… Let’s see…
        I tripped over a cat litter bag in the middle of the night.
        I dropped several things on myself.
        I burnt myself on a screw, and several other things.
        I forgot the rest… Yeah, I’m fine!

        Yeah! The title for the book doesn’t make much sense… But it’s making me start creating theories about what’s in the next book… XD

        Yep! I borrowed it from the library XD

        XD Okey dokey then! You’re welcome! Thank you for, uh, responding!

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  5. Ahh, you had such a nice month! I want to read all of those books you mentioned, lah! But these cruel exams, they’re keeping me away😭😭
    And, yes I agree with Nehal, you’re not late! And THANK YOU for participating!😍😍
    I absolutely loooooved your GIF, it was purely cluelessπŸ˜‚

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    1. Aww man, I just finished my exams and the survival + keeping away from books is still fresh in my mind so I FEEL YOU– ALL THE BEST!!πŸ₯°
      Haha, thank you so much! I’m glad that you agree Cookie Monster fits the prompt perfectly… 🀩

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      1. Ahh, people this is not fair! Riddhi, Tess and now even you! Everyone is getting done with exams😭 I wanna be there toooo!πŸ˜•
        Thank you! I needed it, tbh! All the best to you too, for anything you need it for!
        My pleasure, and yeah! It suits perfectly!πŸ€ͺ

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  6. thank you for linking my review here, cherelle ❀ i’m thinking of going back to wrap ups like this instead of my current format and this gave me so much inspiration and motivation to do it! wooohooo to conquering your goodreads goal too!

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  7. im so glad yore loving acot&r, and looks like october was a really productive month for you! i love your blog glow up, its gorgeous, and i cant believe you had time to write so many new posts, as well as do a redesign! eep – im trying to start using notion, but i just havent been able to find the time – your notion home page looks really pretty btw πŸ™‚ congratulations on finishing nine books – i didnt even count how many i read oops!

    i really need to buy a copy of addie larue!! its been on my tbr for wayyyy too long, and i really like the cover, and synopsis! i read a good girls guide to murder this month – and i think its been one of my favourite books of 2020! i loved reading your wrap-up, and heres to a good november ❀πŸ₯³

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    1. Ahhh yes, ACOTAR has taken over my life now and I am willingly submitting to it…πŸ˜‚ Thank you for the affirmation❀, it is thanks to Canva and online templates. Oh cool! I hope that you find time to as it seriously saved me a lot of time on planning my reading and blogging – do share with us your notion pages if you decide to try it out! 😊

      Ahhh same here, Addie Larue was hoarding the top spot of my tbr for ages. I’m so happy that you found a new favourite of 2020… You definitely have good taste in books so I am going to check out A Good Girls’ Guide to Murder… I really appreciate the recommendation! πŸ‘ Happy November, and thank you so so so much for your comment, it brought me a big smile. πŸ₯°

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  8. ahhh, lovely post as always cherelle! i’m so glad i could help you with my notion tips ❀️ and the redesign of your blog? it’s so cute and aesthetic i was in aww πŸ₯° yes, yes ACOTAR is the most amazing books I’ve ever read…. although there are ups and downs opinions about this series, i’m glad you and i love it!! reading the first book, i was #TeamTamlin but then reading the NEXT book, i holded up another sign name: #TeamRhysandπŸ’— they both got my heart but rhys is still the best to me πŸ™‚

    loved reading your october wrap up and i should do it soon as well!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. ❀ Yes, your notion tips were super helpful… I’m so grateful for that post of yours, starting notion really saved me headaches on planning! Aww man Linda you’re bringing me so many smiles today haha, I think I have itchy fingers who keep wanting to redesign everything haha… I’m so glad you like it! 😊

      Yes, I know right!! ACOMAF flipped the entire series around, I was caught off guard with the beginning portion of ACOMAF but I am so glad… Rhys is indeed *perfect*, I have no idea when I will stop fangirling over him. πŸ˜‚

      Looking forward to hearing about your month, thanks for dropping by! πŸ₯°

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  9. Thank you so much for liking and sharing my review of A Man Called Ove. It’s amazing story that I fell in love with, my favourite read this year

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    1. It was a good review, pleased to share it! Ah I’m so glad it was your favourite, I can’t wait to get into it and love the characters!

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    1. Haha thank you, it really feels like an accomplishment! πŸ₯³ I’m so glad to find a fellow ACOMAF fan ahhh yes oh yes the characters there were just epic with so much growth and yep, the court of dreams is so sweet with each character so unique and well developed!! πŸ₯° Thanks for dropping by! πŸ˜„

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    1. Thank you thank you! πŸ₯° It means a lot as I find online designing (or rather anything artπŸ˜…) impossible…

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  10. Nope- haven’t read any of them. However, did read books by V.E. Schawb- not in October. Read Shades of Magic in August, not October.

    Here was my list:

    1. His Dark Materials- started the month before, I think.
    2. Mayor of Casterbridge

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    1. Oooh nice…🀩 how was His Dark Materials? I’ve heard a fair bit about that series!

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  11. 18 books!! Hopefully with end of years over, you’ll be able to read them all πŸ˜ƒ Also, well done on your Goodreads goal!

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    1. I really hope so as well, though there is the threat of many unread but due soon library books lurking as well… πŸ˜‚Thank you Elizabeth!🀩

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  12. i’m happy you finished your exams! i don’t have any πŸ™‚ aw love you too ❀ i read a total of 16 (17?) books this month! less than average but i'm happy.

    i have a very strong dislike of sjm's books so i'm probably never going to read acotar πŸ™ˆ i want to start reading more diverse books. i looooved cemetery boys by aiden thomas. it was so so good!! one of my favorites of the year.

    great post! ❀️

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      1. Ah no worries, 11 is still a ton of books! I think 9 is the max I have went haha. Ohh, I see thank you for that perspective… I’m curious why you dislike SJM’s books? Ahh, thank you for recommending a favourite, it will definitely meet my other tbr buddies! All the best on your goal to read more diverse books. ❀

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  13. I love this!! You really have evolved your blog this past month. Every time I see a new update on here, I love it! β™₯ I also got the Invisible Life of Addie LaRue this month. I’m currently still reading it and I’m loving it so far!

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    1. Thank you May for the encouragement. ❀ Ooh, I’m really excited to hear your opinions about it and perhaps compare thoughts once I read it! πŸ₯°

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  14. Wow nine books is a lot! It’s also very impressive that you binged two whole series this month. I loved that you included other things like your life and your blog in your wrap up, I might steal that if you don’t mind!πŸ₯° amazing post

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    1. Haha, thank you! They were just so addictive and I cannot be left with cliffhangers for too long… πŸ˜‚ Please go ahead, it’s not stealing… I drew inspiration from many different wrap-ups as well. πŸ₯° Thanks for commenting!

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    1. YES I KNOW! I FEEL SO ACCOMPLISHED! Ahh thank you for pointing the typo out, really appreciate it. Glad that you agree on TCP. Thanks for commenting Ashmita!

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    1. Hi Jheel, thank you so much for dropping by to tell me! I’ll definitely go check it out. πŸ₯°

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