First and foremost….
I don’t know about you, but this is one of my favourite holidays! Unluckily, I woke up sick this morning, but I don’t think that I will let that stop me from getting dressed up and going to a haunted house hosted by my mother-in-law’s neighbours! I’m not sure what I’ll dress up as (gasp…I know, the last-minute-ness, and I swear I never let this happen! But I was away from Oct 2nd until the 27th and I just didn’t have time to figure something out)…but I think I’ll go with some skeleton face paint!
And thus, Fall is slowly coming to an end. and Winter is fast approaching (especially here in Canada). But, not quite yet! There are still a number of Autumn days to enjoy before the biting cold arrives! I am sad to say goodbye to October, but I easily enjoy bundling up with a good book and a hot drink and watching the snow fall, just as much as I enjoyed watching the leaves fall.
Besides, if you’ve been following me for a while, you will know that I am a major fan of DRINKS! And no, I don’t mean alcoholic drinks (although, I also enjoy those on occasion), but rather hot drinkies! This means coffee (in a variety of ways), and tea! There are so many good flavours, and I do especially enjoy the winter-themed varieties.
The Starbucks peppermint mocha is calling my name, as is their gingerbread mocha, and some of the others. While I also love the PSL, I find that I’ve had enough of those to last me until next year. Maybe. We’ll see.
But anyway, I particularly like to enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee with a good book! And if the book I’m reading isn’t any good, at least I have the comfort of said drink to help me get through it, haha. Are any of you like this too?
This year’s October has been quite a memorable one. While I was unable to attend the famed Oktoberfest here in town (our is the 2nd largest Oktoberfest celebration in the WORLD), I was able to travel to my home country, Romania. There I was able to spend some good quality time with both sets of grandparents, as well as see a good bit of my motherland. While in Bucharest, I was able to see the old downtown, which is filled with old buildings and an immense amount of history (and I love BOTH of those things)! And in order to get to my other grandparents, who still live in the town/village where I was born, I had to undergo a 5 hour bus journey across the country.
Yes, I was alone, and 5 hours is a long time, but the view was spectacular for the most part, and when it wasn’t…I luckily had numerous books in my Kobo to keep me company. The village where I was born holds a special place in my heart, and this visit was all the more exciting because I was able to visit the fortress which overlooks the village! I was born there, but I had never been able to see it because it was a dangerous ruin at one point, and then it was being renovated for some years.
I could keep going in and on about my trip, as well as keep showing you pictures, but maybe I should get to the book portion of this wrap-up, haha. If you would like to see more pictures, feel free to visit my bookish Instagram, or my personal one!
(Also, I wanted to mention that I received my Master’s Degree on Friday, as well! The ceremony was short and sweet, and I was happy to see some of my school buddies again!)
The book reviews and other blog posts which I’ve posted in the month of October!
OCTOBER BOOK REVIEWS…
Note: As you can tell, because of my trip, (and also because I read a lot of books this month), I kind of slacked on writing blog posts other than reviews. I plan on making up for that for the rest of the year though!
And here is what you can expect from November!
BOOKS WHICH I PLAN TO READ AND REVIEW…
Only two of my November reads have been sent to me by publishers, as I have decided to dedicate November and December of this year to my TBR shelves (with the exception of Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerhill because I couldn’t resist requesting that one)! Shadow and Bone, as well as the rest of the Grisha Series, and Six of Crows have been on my TBR list for some time, and I’m very happy to finally be getting to them!
For a more detailed schedule, including the ARCs which I will be reviewing next year, please check out my Review Policy page!