October 2022 Wrap-Up

October was a complete disaster on the blog. Even though I posted my usual two posts per week, I really felt like I was on some sort of hiatus, doing the bare minimum. Somehow, I just didn’t find the time to read anything until the very end of the month (currently, I’m knee-deep into Babel and The Atlas Paradox and loving it!). So, here’s what I ended up finishing:

  • Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells (4 stars)
    This is the third installment in the Murderbot Diaries and while it wasn’t my favorite, the series is still excellent. I hope you won’t mind that I wait to review the books until I finish the series (up to the book it is out right now) and am able to do it in one go.
  • LVOE: Poems, Epigrams & Aphorisms by Atticus (4 stars)
    I first encountered poetry by Atticus while I was in Canada and I still enjoy it. It’s not always as deep as others, but it leaves me with a nice and warm feeling.

Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries, #3) LVOE: Poems, Epigrams & Aphorisms

As per usual, click on the covers to get re-directed to Goodreads, where you are always welcome to add me as a reading buddy! OR find me on Storygraph, where I have become more active this year. My own reviews you’re able to find by clicking on the titles in the list above, if there are posts for them.

I had built up quite a comfortable buffer for my reading challenges, which has gone entirely to waste these past two months. I’m still sort of on track with the number of books, but I highly doubt I will reach my (for me, quite ambitious) page count goal. Even with Babel and The Atlas Paradox, it’s a stretch.

Two bars showing my reading progression this year so far until the end of October 2022. I have managed to stay on track for the number of books (45) I want to read and am currently at 84%. I am behind 2556 pages on my page count goal of 15000 pages for the year, which leaves me at 67%.


In Other News

October was once again a very busy month. We had presidential elections in my country, loads of my friends and family members had their birthdays and name days (yes, we “celebrate” those too) and in general, I feel like there was just always something going on. I’ve thought about this just recently, but I can’t even recall the last time I was bored. It legit doesn’t happen to me anymore. Once again, I’m sticking to the format of dividing up the month into segments and telling you about them separately.

Writing My Fantasy Novel

I have made ZERO progress. I’m not even sure I opened the document during October, if I’m being completely honest. It’s not that I lost interest in it, I just feel like I’m more in a reading rather than writing mood at the moment. However, having said that, it is NaNoWriMo. I have no intention of rushing through the novel, but maybe it will help me just work on it on a daily basis? That would be nice. But we all know I have the worst track record with sticking to NaNoWriMo …

I Still Have the Same Favorite Poet

Last month, I heavily teased that I fell in love with the writing of a certain poet, who kept his work out of the public eye. Funny story, the person is actually a former boxer now actor and while his Instagram is still private, he has decided to share some of his work on TikTok. Now, I quite enjoyed having his words all to myself (this is an exaggeration, he did share it with several hundred people before as well), but if you are curious and want to check out Kieron Moore’s poetry for yourself, you can do so here.

I Played Foretales

One of my favorite voice actors I share a birthday with (serious shout out to the legend that is Travis Willingham) promoted the latest game he did voice work for and I immediately wanted to check it out. I don’t have a proper gaming set up, I only have my laptop, that’s not really made for a lot of processing work. Regardless, Foretales is a really cool story-driven RPG card game. I enjoy games where my decisions have an impact on the story and certain paths are blocked or opened, depending on what I did prior. I have to admit that I sometimes got stuck on really silly things and was frustrated when I had to redo chapters, but overall, it was a lot of fun. You can find more info on it on Steam here.

My Weightloss Journey Continues

Again, feel free to skip this portion of the wrap-up. I know it’s a difficult topic for many and I get it, put yourself first!

As I keep at my regular cardio workouts and still haven’t gone on a diet – on the contrary, I think I’m eating more now than ever before and I notice it in my budget – I continue to slowly but steadily loose weight. The most important thing to me is that what I do remains something that is sustainable. There’s no use in starving yourself or overworking, just to go back to “normal” and reversing all that progress. I feel like what I’m doing does push me to go out more and definitely exercise and move more than I did previously, but I found the joy in moving and therefore it’s not so much of a chore, but rather something I feel incomplete without.

I’ve upped my workout time and often end up doing 30 to 45 minutes a day, but sometimes, when I just don’t feel like it, I end up only doing something for 10 to 20 minutes and that’s still enough. So, I’ve lost another 3 kg/6.6 lbs since the last wrap-up, which makes me feel confident that I can reach my desired goal by my 30th birthday.

Here’s the latest workout video I’ve been coming back to, especially with Taylor Swift’s release of Midnights:

This Spooky Season offered great Spooky TV!

There were so many great seasonal shows this last month! I loved the latest adaptations of Vampire Academy and Interview with the Vampire. Two very different shows, but both offering me everything I wanted from them. However, there is another adaptation that I feel got completely lost in the sheer amount of content that is being released as of late – The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself! The show is based on the book Half Bad by Sally Green, which I’ve read eons ago and can’t remember in detail, but still recognized in the show. It was fantastically paced, had super interesting character dynamics and would have been a perfect Halloween watch. I don’t see a lot of people talking about it, but I really wish more would watch it. It has some seriously f- up stuff happen it, but I would love to see what they do with another season.


I’ll never know how to express my utter love for everyone who keeps visiting this corner of the interwebs, even when I barely post any new content. I genuinely adore you! Here are the most popular posts of October.

  1. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (Book Review)
    (originally posted in December 2020)
    No surprise there, right?
  2. Should YOU Read “The Atlas Six”? (What I learned from my reread!)
    (originally posted March 2022)
    This actually makes a lot of sense, if you think about it being the release month for the sequel. I’m glad people find this post helpful!
  3. Something Different: Duskwood (Game Review)
    (originally posted June 2020)
    No clue what sparked the resurgence of this post.
  4. Are Chris Evans and I compatible (readers)?
    (originally posted July 2021)
    Yeah, why not? He’s always interesting I suppose.
  5. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (Book Review)
    (originally posted October 2016)
    So, clearly I read this book way before it become a TikTok sensation and when I, myself, was still much younger. It’s the only Hoover book I’ve ever read and while I apparently enjoyed it back then, I’m not sure, I would still like it as much now? It’s wild to me that a post from 6 years ago is getting that much traffic.


This is only a fraction of all the great content that my fellow bloggers put out into the blogosphere in October. Still, I hope you’ll give them a visit and share the love!




I hope you had a wonderful spooky season and are now enjoying your November! Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Any particular reading plans or otherwise? Let’s chat!

16 thoughts on “October 2022 Wrap-Up

  1. Good luck with NaNoWriMo and working on the fantasy novel this month! I think it’s totally valid to have some time away from writing every once in a while. It’s hard work! And it isn’t always helpful to push through if you have less motivation and are more in the mood to do something else. A break can also help you come back with a fresh perspective!


  2. This was my first October as a homeowner, and I went all out! I have a small yard, so I was able to put out a decent yard display for my first time. Next year, I plan to go all out. I also made plenty of pumpkin dishes, including pumpkin wine that will be ready by next Halloween, had a friend over to watch a scary movie on Halloween night, and released two stories! It was a good month for me.
    November…tough to tell. I released an article and I have a great weekend planned, but today was just hell on so many fronts. Hopefully it’s an aberration and I can have a good day tomorrow.


    • That is so awesome that you can’t remember the last time you were bored, that is such a cool statement to be able to make!
      I have seen Atticus’ poetry on pinterest and when I was younger I saw it so much I thought his name was a synonym for anonymous 🙈, I used it in this context with my sister and her face said everything 😂 I liked many of the verses though!
      I hope you are enjoying Babel and The Atlas Paradox! 😍
      I really want to watch The Bastard Son and the Devil Himself, despite having never read the book. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!
      Congrats on the exercise regime, I love that you are prioritising keeping it sustainable with your life. That is the part I always struggle with.
      Best of luck with your daily writing! ❤️❤️ (and thank you so much for sharing my post 🥰)

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      • I’ve spent so much time by myself when I was younger and travelling and I also have a very vivid imagination, I just don’t get bored anymore? Sometimes several days will go by and even though I barely did anything, I’ve definitely not gotten bored, which doesn’t mean that I can’t find certain books, shows or movies boring … that still happens and mostly I will DNF or postpone those.
        That Atticus story is amazing! haha I love little misunderstandings like that.
        Reading Half Bad really isn’t necessary for The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself. I hope you watch it, I think we need the views for it to get another season, which I need desperately.
        Thank you so much for all the kind words. I hope you have a fantastic November!

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  3. The bastard son and the devil itself does look like a good adaptation (though I have to admit I wasn’t such a big fan of the book series)- I actually want to check it out! And I didn’t know about the new vampire academy adaptation as well- that sounds good!

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    • I only read the first Half Bad book, which I wasn’t that into either or I probably would have continued further haha but I adored the show. I really can’t speak on whether it’s a faithful adaptation anyway. It was just cool to watch!


  4. I’m curious to hear your thoughts about Babel once you’re done with it overall!
    It seems like October has been really busy for you socially, it’s great, no time to get bored is always good 🙂
    I hope that NaNoWriMo month will help you into getting back a little bit into your writing. Who knows, even if it’s just a couple of words here and there, at least it’s progress. I believe in you and can’t wait to see where you will go with this story!! ❤
    So glad you’re doing well with your work-out journey so far and that you’re seeing the progress you want to see, too, as well. I love these videos you share, I’m bookmarking them every time ahah even if I am the absolute worst at keeping up with my own work-outs.
    Thank you so so much for sharing my birthday post!! ❤

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    • I paused Babel for The Atlas Paradox (obviously haha), but I will definitely review it and message you about it as well!
      It’s not just October, to be honest. I honestly can’t remember being bored with my own company. I still find certain books and movies etc. boring, but I never don’t know what to do to entertain myself?
      Thank you for always being so supportive and sorry for not coming to visit your blog more often these past months. I’ve been absolutely terrible at bloghopping.

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      • Can’t wait to hear what you think 🙂 and I get that, it’s always a good thing whenever you’re busy. At least it is for me, keeps my mind from thinking badly ahah. and please don’t worry about it, I haven’t been the best at it, at all, either! ❤

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