That’s a wrap! // October

Hey everyone! How are you today? Another month has gone by, so it’s time for a wrap-up! October was a busy month with lots of schoolwork. Just like last year, I was in a bit of a reading slump. However, I still read a few things, so I’m not disappointed.


I read a total of 3 books this month, which isn’t a lot for my standards. To be fair, I also read around 250 pages of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, I got halfway through They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera and I also DNF’d two books, another 200 pages. So I did read quite a few pages!

9780349142852-350x550The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith


I started the month in a bad way. I wouldn’t recommend this book at all. I didn’t connect with the characters as they were rather one-dimensional. I was excited to read about a strong, smart, proud, fat, black women solving crimes, but was disappointed with her character. The ending ruined it even more for me. As for the plot, there wasn’t much purpose to it. It was just a collection of loose segments. I wasn’t rooting for the characters as I didn’t have enough time to care. There were whole chapters that could’ve been left out. The author was just showing off his knowledge. (e.g. chapter 10 Mma Ramotswe thinks about the land while driving her tiny white van to Francistown ) It was also very clear this wasn’t Own Voices. You could feel that this was written by a white man. Overall, I didn’t enjoy the novel and I’d give it 1.5 out of 5 stars.

35018774Not Your Villain by C. B. Lee

GoodreadsReview Not Your Sidekick

What an amazing sequel this was! I highly enjoyed the continuation of the adventurous plot. I loved getting to know even more of the world. I liked Bells as a main character and I completely shipped him with Emma. It was great how both of these characters from the first book got even more developed. It was also really fun to see Jess and Abby again. To top it off, I loved the new character, Christine! Overall I would most highly recommend this series. It’s super fun and adventurous. It focuses on friendships, but has its romantic moments too. The world is really interesting and there are superpowers! Last but not least, it’s super diverse 🙂 A very well deserved 4 out of 5 stars!

28003097Georgia Peaches and other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown


Last but not least, I highly enjoyed reading this novel! It was so heartwarming and cute and it made me really happy. I loved the characters and the small town vibe. I completely shipped Jo and Mary Carlson. The exploration of faith and sexuality was fantastic. It reminded me of Autoboyography by Christina Lauren at times, but was better in my opinion. The plot was great and kept me entertained. If I had to give one negative, it would be the writing style. There were some things I didn’t like. However, these ‘problems‘ were very minor. Overall, I would most highly recommend this! It’ll be on this year’s favourite list! I ended up giving it 4.5 to 5 out of 5 stars!

on the blog

I did have a good blogging month. Here’s an overview of everything I posted:


Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee // adventurous, romantic and oh so fun!


Not Your Sidekick aesthetic // Jess Tran

Bullet Journal

November Bullet Journal Set-Up!

Tags and memes

Down The TBR Hole #12

Recommended Reads

My favourite LGBTQ+ fiction // recommended reads!

A plastic-free journey

A plastic-free journey // toothbrushes!


And That’s a Wrap: September!


Guess the book! // Let’s play a game together

Trick or Treat // the bookish edition!

You can help me improve this blog

Getting sorted into my Hogwarts house!


My favourite LGBTQ+ fiction // recommended reads!

Trick or Treat // the bookish edition!

Guess the book! // Let’s play a game together

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Do you have a favourite post of mine from October? Let’s chat!

I hope you enjoyed this post. Thanks for reading! See you next time!


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