October Wrap-Up

Oh, boy. If I thought abandoning my TBR in August was radical, I had another thing coming.

October was filled with lots of exciting adventures. I moved out of our apartment of three years. I managed to scrape what I hope will be a 4.0 for the school quarter. I worked a bunch, and I managed to have some fun in the middle of it all. Oh, and I went on a month-long hiatus, if you haven’t heard me say it already.

I didn’t post a single picture all month, and I didn’t do much better when it came to reading actual books. Thus, this wrap-up will be swift and short. However, I can’t understate how much I loved the books I did manage to get through.

What did you read this month? What were your favorites?

August Reading Wrap-Up:

Books Read: 4 / Pages Read: 2,001 / Average Rating: 5.0

Favorite Read: Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️; This was my first time rereading HP #5 in a decade. For whatever reason, The Order of the Phoenix was always my least favorite installment of the series, but I think I have to chalk that up to being young and impatient. This time around, I was enraptured by how the youthful and magical joy of the first few books started to turn dark and deathly serious as Voldemort advances on the wizarding world. This reread reminded me why I have always held Harry Potter near and obsessively dear to my heart.

Romantic Outlaws – Charlotte Gordon: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️; This was a book I read for my class, but I am so happy I was forced to get my hands on it. It is a biography of Mary Shelley’s and her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, and the mingling of their lives with other literary figures like William Godwin, Lord Byron and Percy Shelley, and the historical events of the 18th and 19th centuries. It was feminist and compassionate and expansive and captivating. It’s not always easy to love a 600-page historical biography, but Gordon’s take on their dramatic and tremendous lives was so perfectly easy to devour.

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️; Yet another read for my English class, this was actually my first time reading Frankenstein in its entirety. I was supposed to read it in an honors English class in 9th grade, but for whatever reason, it was the only school book I ever skimmed, and I never tried it again. Thankfully, it fell back into my lap, and reading it closely was so rewarding. I think this story is beloved for the wrong reasons, but maybe I’ll talk about that on a later post. Also, fun fact: Mary Shelley never earned a single royalty from publishing Frankenstein.

Goodbye, Paris – Antsey Harris: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️; When I finally had a moment in between homework and reading assignments, I read Goodbye, Paris in a single day. It was light, fluffy, and feel-good, but the story of a successful woman rediscovering her independence and strength was really impactful, and a great read for a pleasant afternoon.

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