The past months seem to have gone by in a blur. October did not. I suspect this has something to do with 31 days, aka the brilliant masochist impulse decision to blog every single day for a month. Now, for the record, let me just state: I am glad I am doing 31 days. I have no regrets. But, also, MUURGGGHHH.
And on that note…let’s talk about what I loved in October.
- Allegiant, Veronica Roth. So I’m a huge fan of the Divergent series and when the final book of the trilogy came out, obviously I immediately bought it on Kindle and ignored my responsibilities for two days while I read it. And, wow. There were twists that I did NOT see coming, but I love it. I think it’s a perfect conclusion to the story, and Roth made some gusty choices, and I respect any author who does that. (Also, I immediately decided to re-read the whole trilogy, so I read Divergent this month, too. Also in two days.)
- The Elite, Kiera Cass. I mentioned last month that I enjoyed The Selection and hoped that she was going a little deeper with the second book and was not disappointed. I read The Elite in a day. A DAY. It’s been forever since that happened. I need the third book now, pleaseandthankyou.
- The Power of Six and The Rise of Nine, Pittacus Lore. Still working my way through the Lorien Legacies series, and still enjoying it very much.
- The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown. It took me a few months to get all the way through this, but it’s amazing. Such a wise book filled with truth. I want to live wholehearted.
- in progress: Emma (Jane Austen), Grace for the Good Girl and A Million Little Ways (Emily Freeman), The Book Thief (Marcus Zusak), 19 Varieties of Gazelle (poetry by Naomi Shihab Nye). Yes. I read multiple books at once. It’s a problem.
- (also I’m trying to get myself to actually use Goodreads sooo you can find me here!)
- on what it means to be called, by Hilary Sherratt, and let’s just say I needed this. a lot.
- every single word Hannah Brencher writes, basically ever, but especially this: I’m not gonna tell you you’re beautiful.
- Melissa Boles‘ letter to her younger self.
- this post from Kelly Chadwick on offering out of our weakness.
my october jams are right here.
mostly, though: Sara Bareilles. all the Sara Bareilles. I’m obsessed with The Blessed Unrest, obviously, and her live album is great.
- finally caught up on Elementary and this has easily become one of my favorite shows. Also, I want to steal all of Joan Watson’s adorable booties.
- Dance Academy ended. For good. It was good. I cried.
- Parks and Rec is back!
- Once Upon A Time. just. yes.
- I’m totally hooked on The Voice. Oops. It’s great, and I’m completely and absolutely NOT gifted with the ability to sing, so I’m basically constantly in awe of anyone who can.
- EMMA APPROVED. IS A THING. If anyone watched the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, you probably already know about Emma Approved. If you don’t, it’s fantastic. The cast is fantastic, I both adore and want to strangle Emma (as it should be), and Knightley is cute. No shame. I was hesitant at first, and there’s some weirdness going on with who the audience is, but it’s mostly won me over.
- and when it comes to classic-novels-turned-vlogs, Adventures of Jane Eyre is just too good.
- I improvised some pumpkin chai cookies. Because, you know, all the pumpkin.
- Also, I took Joy the Baker’s chocolate cookie recipe and fiddled to make some chocolate-almond-coconut cookies that were DELISH. HELLO. I also adapted this into some ginger cardamom shortbread cookies and they were good, but no spectacular. I’m pretty sure shortbread can smell fear.
- Apple almond cinnamon scones, based on a simple sour cream scone recipe. Yum. Yum. Yum. (Can you tell we have a thing for baked goods?)
- annd when it comes to real food….this green chile chicken & lime soup is fantastic.
- the few perfectly-fall days we’ve had. crisp air, blue skies, crunchy leaves. i’m in love.
- me + my hammock + the park have been having a lot of quality time.
- 31 days. yes, yes, we were about twelve days in when I started wanting to pull my hair out but it’s been a lot of fun and such a good experience to challenge myself to write every day. although, it basically turned into 31 days of poetry pretty soon on. and a little fiction. apparently that’s something I do now.
- sweet harvest pumpkin tea. get on it.
- wearing sweatpants. getting cozy.
- the adventure that is growing out a buzz cut. my hair has a mind of it’s own, I swear, so this has been interesting. but fun.
As usual, I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer to share what I’ve been into in October. what’s on your love list for this month?