October Wrap-Up

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My Goings On in October:

  • My youngest turned 11! Kind of scary – my kids aren’t little anymore!
  • I attended the YA Literature Conference (and the Fandom Frenzy day) at Anderson’s Bookshop. SO much fun!!
  • Gymnastics competition season is starting up again. My daughter had her first mock meet last weekend!
  • I finished editing Alyssa’s Redemption by Karly Morgan and started a first edit of Defy by Allie Juliette Mousseau!
  • I binge watched more of The Walking Dead on Netflix. Just started Season 5 this week! Great Halloween viewing!
  • I was featured over at Tripping Over Books, where I talked about the aforementioned TV obsession (and zombies in general!)

Most Popular Posts:

Still a little bit slow around here since I’ve been so busy, but things are definitely starting to pick up. Here were my most popular posts in October:

September Wrap-Up and Giveaway – Ironically, last month’s wrap-up post (which was put up on October 1st) was my most visited post this month! Hopefully it’s because everyone wanted a chance to win Truest (which you should all read and I’m very eager to spread the word about).

YA Fandom Frenzy Recap and Giveaway – There’s actually a few more days to enter to win a copy of Firewalker by Josephine Angelini, so hop over there if you haven’t yet!

Your Blogging Style – Can You Change It? Should You Even Try? Let’s Discuss

Other Features & Discussions:

Hot Button Topic: Cheating – Let’s Discuss
Top Five Reasons I Need to Start Quitting
Bookish Backdrops – An Ember in the Ashes
Anderson’s Bookshop YA Lit Conference Recap – Keynotes by Gary D. Schmidt, Marie Lu, David Baldacci, James Dashner, Ally Carter and David Levithan
Anderson’s Bookshop YA Lit Conference Recap: The Panels
Top Ten Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me

 My Favorite October Discussions/Features on Other Blogs:

  • Mishma over at Chasing Faerytales has some great advice on Creating an Online Presence. I need to get better about this. I’m kind of on-again off-again when it comes to Twitter and other social media.
  • Shannon at It Starts at Midnight talks about the ethics of selling (and trading) ARCs in her post: The Fine Line – From Marketing to Memorabilia.
  • Julia over at A Perfection Called Books talks about how other people’s ratings affect you.
  • Lory over at Emerald City Book Review is hosting a Witch Week event for Halloween – this year’s theme is  books inspired by fairy tales, folklore, legend, and myth, so feel free to read something related and join in!

 My 2015 Reading Progress:

Here’s my reading for 2015 so far. As I’ve mentioned before, the books that are unrated are books I’ve edited (or proofread) this year, so I don’t rate them.

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October 2015 Reviews

This month wasn’t quite as amazing as last month for reading, but there were definitely a few gems!

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  • Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus | Review | Rating: 3/5
  • The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow| Review | Rating: 4/5
  • It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt| Review | Rating: 3.5/5
  • The White Rose by Amy Ewing | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | Review | Rating: 5/5
  • The Taken by Inbali Iserles | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • Return Once More by Trisha Leigh | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
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  • Gabriel by Nikki Kelly | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
  • What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • Stepping Stones by Kacey Vanderkarr | Review | Rating: 2/5

My Favorite October Read:

This month’s favorite was easy! This book was so incredibly innovative – I loved it!!

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Wrap-Up Round-Up!

Don’t forget to link your October wrap-up posts up to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up! And watch for the giveaway, which will be posted over at Based on a True Story on October 8th!

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