This is my October wrap up. It’s late because I haven’t been in the mood to blog lately.
Let’s Rewind is a monthly wrap up but instead of talking about only books, I include all types of other stuff, like articles… bookish news… commercials… random-ass links… movies… art… podcasts… cartoons… and whatever else happened to me in the month. You know, the usual stuff that people talk about in monthly wrap ups. So read on to see what I did and read this month. You might stumble upon something that interests you.
Maaan… I don’t even remember what went down in October. All that’s on my mind right now is that Trump is out of a job and is acting like an ass about it. I wish he could be kicked out ASAP instead of having to wait until January next year. This dude is so odd and incompetent as a president.
October… umm… it was fun. I visited a pumpkin patch and corn maze, which I’d never done before, and it was cool. I met up with friends for food, drinks, and to talk books, and I attended some online author events, which were a lot of fun. One was with P. Djèlí Clark in conversation with Victor LaValle, which was awesome! I got so many book recommendations from them. Another was with Stephen King, Emma Donoghue, and Lauren Beukes, which was also interesting.
I mean, October was a good month. I enjoyed it so much that I was thrown into a blogging slump by the end of it. I just don’t remember much of it because the elections crowded out everything.
I’m just happy for Biden-Harris right now.
But one thing that upset me in October was the WordPress block editor. It actually didn’t bother me much. I can see how it can be useful and help to pump up my posts. I also like that I have the option to either choose the block editor or stick with the classic one. But ever since my account got the block editor access, my blog posts haven’t looked right on mobile devices, mostly phones. If I post a collection of photos together (like book covers) they get all jumbled on the phones and overlay the words. It just looks horrible and, as the creator, is exasperating to see because I don’t know if my complaints about it will be effective.
I only finished four books in October, which, considering how I was feeling mid-month and at its end, is quite considerable. The first one I completed was Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey. It’s a fantasy novel set in a land whose people are descended from angels. The land’s society also greatly reveres and revels in sexual pleasures. The story is about a girl who uses her spy training to help save her kingdom. I read this as part of a group read and really enjoyed the experience and the book.
Next, I completed an audio reread of Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb, narr. by Anne Flosnik. It’s the first book in the Rain Wild Chronicles and is about the people of the Rain Wilds helping the newly hatched dragons find a more suitable place to live. This set of books is part of the larger Realm of the Elderlings series and is the third set of books in it. I think I have more appreciation for the story and more patience with some of the main characters on this read, but I still hate Hest and don’t like Sedric.
A friend convinced me to read Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, so I did and am glad I did so. I really enjoyed the book. It’s a paranormal, historical fiction novel with a strong gothic feel to it about a young woman visiting her cousin, who seems to be secluded by her husband and unable to receive proper care. It was a compelling read that became even more so as the story progressed. I’d like to try more of Moreno-Garcia’s work.
I wrapped up October with Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett. It’s the third novel in the Witches subseries of the Discworld books. This novel sees Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat travelling to “foreign parts” to prevent a girl from marrying a prince. I really enjoyed this story. I had so much fun reading it that it placed me in a strong reading mood that led me to binge on a couple comics early in November.
I hardly read longform articles since Covid started and Trump started to really show his ass. I just check a bit of news and keep it moving, but here are two interesting things I stumbled upon:
— An interview with Seanan McGuire (Mira Grant) back in 2012 about her zombie book series Newsflesh, which is about how a genetically engineered strain of a filovirus combined with a genetically engineered coronavirus to create a zombie virus. The first book is Feed, which I read earlier this year.
“No one respects quarantine anymore! Nobody comprehends quarantine, and absolutely nobody comprehends the fact that sometimes your “rights” and “liberties” do not have any place in this conversation.”
— Just as the title says. When I started following Adichie on social media, it was because of her sense of style. Then friends started to recommend her books to me, so I bought a couple but have yet to read them, smh.
AROUND THE BLOG-O-VERSE
Does Book Twitter Actually Reflect the Reading Community? (theorangutanlibrarian.wordpress.com)
— The Orangutan Librarian discusses the effect of book twitter and whose opinions are reflected there.
What Makes a Good Horror Story (to Me) (waytoofantasy.com)
— Lisa talks about what she likes in horror stories.
STUFF I PUBBED
— Comic book about a bad-ass Santa Claus — a perfect read for the Christmas season, lol!
— My bookshelf tour continues.
— I spent the days leading up to Halloween hosting a book tag week. This was one of the many tags I posted.
(I used the Tiled Columns setting for these photos. I bet they’ll look all fucked up on the phone because that’s been happening ever since the block editor took over my account 😩.)
— Rewatching this was fun. My plan was to watch a bunch of horror shows in October. That did not happen.
— I was curious about this because of the previews. It was not at all what I expected it to be. I mean, the show was okay. I was entertained but not blown away.
— I was looking for a zombie show and found this. I wasn’t feeling it, so I stopped watching midway through. It starts out interesting though.
— It has become my go-to TV show when I don’t know what to watch. Plus, I’m just in the mood to rewatch it. I love the show.
A bunch of Dave Chappelle’s Stand Up Comedy
— I’m not a big fan of comedy and hardly watch stand ups, so OBVIOUSLY I was in a weird-ass mood mid-October to its end because all I watched was Dave Chappelle, lol! I needed to do that. It got me out of a funky mood and got me interested in reading and writing again. It just helped to lighten up life a bit… kinda. Anyway, I can’t believe it took me so long to get interested in Chappelle’s work. I wasn’t one of those who watched his show when he was big. I’d only seen a few episodes of the Chappelle show and wasn’t interested, but NOW?! Now I’m interested and hooked. So far, I’ve only sampled his stand ups, but I’m a fan. Love his style. Love that it’s insightful with some hard truths that he eases with laughter.