October Wrap-Up and November Goals

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finally finished Children of Blood and Bone, yaaaas!

October was a better month for reading compared to the last couple of months. While I didn’t get to completely stick to the TBR I had set myself for the month, I did manage to read five and a half books. A half because I was pretty much two thirds through another by the end of the month but only finished it yesterday. Don’t look at me like that, it counts!

children of blood and bone, tomi adeyemi, book

I can’t tell you how happy I was to finish this book at last. I am in love with the world Tomi Adeyemi has created. I’m so annoyed at myself for having taken so long to read it. I’m absolutely buzzing for the sequel! You can read my full review here.

The other books I read in October were:

the girl on the train, paula hawkins

and then you were gone, r j jacobs

You can read the review for And The You Were Gone here.

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And, finally, my half book was:

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The Grisha trilogy is my newfound favourite book series! The review for Shadow and Bone will be up later this week. Spoiler: I loved it! I’m on the last book of the series and can’t get enough. I can’t wait to start Six of Crows!

My TBR for this month is going to be finishing the Grisha trilogy, reading Six of Crows, and finally getting to one of my most anticipated reads The Cruel Prince. I’m on a book buying ban *sob* because of Christmas. It’s a toss-up between buying Christmas presents for my family and friends or funding my reading addiction. I mean, do they really need presents? I’m sure my family and friends will understand… right? But, on the chance that they really do want gifts, then I’m going to dedicate the next two months to reading as many ARCs as I can to boost my rating on NetGalley and hopefully discover some brand new authors.


I also gave myself some other goals for October and I think I got on pretty well.

  • To publish a post at least twice a week – I think I’ve done pretty well with this and have managed to post at least twice a week since the start of October. I’m going to try and keep to this schedule for November.
  • To read at least one book a week – Considering I read five (and a half) books in October, I think I’ve done this!
  • To pass both exams with distinctions – I only took one exam in October (the other was rescheduled for this month) and we haven’t had our results for that exam yet but I’m hoping we will next week. I feel like I did pretty well so hopefully my results will reflect that.
  • To have written my personal statement for university – This is the only goal I haven’t completed. I’m having such a hard time trying to sell myself to the admitting officers for my top uni choices that I’ve only written a sentence. If anyone has any tips then feel free to hit me up!
  • And start posting on Instagram again – Well, I did start posting again. I think I posted three times. Better than nothing, right? I’m considering deleting it all and starting again, but I’m not sure.

Overall, I think October was a pretty good month!


I’m not going to give myself many goals for November. I have three exams, two presentations, and an office move for work going on over the next two months so my focus is going to be on college work. I’m hoping to keep to my schedule of posting twice a week (three times if I can manage it) and read as much as I can. I’m also attempting NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, for anyone unfamiliar with it) this month (whyyyy do I do this to myself?) and I have an idea I’m absolutely buzzing over the idea I have. I’m not expecting to do all 50,000 words for it, but I’m going to give it a good shot.

What did you read in October and what are you planning to read in November? Do you have any goals for November? Are any of you doing NaNoWriMo this month? I’d love to know!

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  1. Ooooh I’d love to see your thoughts on The Girl on The Train! I just read it for the first time myself recently too, and I was pretty conflicted about it. Great work on meeting (most of) your goals for October – it sounds like your plate is going to be super-full for November, too! But the great news is that, even when you don’t hit every mark and tick every box, you still achieve a LOT (it’s the ol’ shoot-for-the-moon-land-among-the-stars thing). Keep it up 😉

    1. I’m really conflicted about it as well. I’m hoping to write a review for it tomorrow to post in the week.
      Thank you! It really is going to be and I’ve now just agreed to do a buddy read haha, I don’t like to do things in halves 😂
      Yes, you’re definitely right! I’m really loving setting goals at the moment because I feel so much more productive even if I don’t do everything, it’s still more productive than I would have been if I hadn’t set a goal.
      Thank you for your lovely comment 💗

  2. For the university thing: find a teacher who will proof read it and I mean not just grammar but how it sounds overall! That’s how I got mine done and it helped immensely.

    1. That’s a really good tip, thank you! I guess I’m a little afraid to show it to anyone because I don’t want them to think it’s terrible and that I’ll never get into uni with it, but I think I need to put my big girl pants on and do it otherwise I’ll reach that deadline and it’ll end up being terrible! I’m lucky to have some really great tutors so hopefully they’ll be willing to read it and give pointers. Thank you!

  3. Whoa Kelly, thats one hella busy month you’ve got coming up. It’s been a long time since I wrote my personal statement for uni but I will say this- Remember, its only you and them reading it. They don’t know you, there’s no room for modesty, blow your own trumpet as loud as you can! Good luck, and with Na No Wri Mo too x

    1. That’s really good advice, thank you! I’m kinda scared that I’ll put this stuff down on my personal statement and they’ll be super impressed (hopefully) and then when they see me, it won’t be what they expected, which I know is probably very irrational. I’m going to make a list and hopefully find some interesting things to put down that’ll make them want me.
      Thank you so much!

  4. I’ve also just finished And Then You Were Gone! Sounds like you read some great books in October and hope the reading and writing in November also go well for you!

    1. Ooh, I’d love to know what you thought about it. There definitely were some great books in October and there’s even more great books this month as well, I’m pretty excited about it. Thank you!

  5. Good luck with your goals for this month! I hope you achieve them all! I recently posted a monthly goals post and have a few one of them being to have all my Christmas shopping finished by the end of November.

    1. Thank you! That’s definitely a good goal to have for November. I should really get on top of that myself, haha!

    1. It’s the best I’ve done in the last few months but terrible compared to other book bloggers… oops. Haha! Thank you, lovely.

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