Wednesday, November 1, 2017

[Wrap-Up] October 2017

[Wrap-Up] October 2017

Phew, what a month! I had a bit of a health scare, but things are finally turning around. We're still not totally sure what was going on... but it felt like I was about to have an asthma attack constantly. At the worst, I was getting winded after taking only a few steps. I had lots of blood work done and even had a chest x-ray, before winding up on a pill regiment. The pills were incredibly rough; they made me so sick so I was so happy to finish them!

So through all of that, I didn't get to all of my spooky reads, but I still did quite a bit of reading!

My Reading Breakdown for October:

Monthly Musings:
  • Watching
    • Kubo and the Two Strings
      • This movie is ADORABLE. The colors are stunning and the facial expressions are perfect. I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of this movie before! Shout-out to Amber for watching it with me! 
    • Dragon Ball Z
      • We’ve finally hit season 7 and I am LOVING it! Goten is my favorite!
    • La La Land
      • Nope. Not for me. We only made it to the scene at the observatory before calling it. 
    • The Nightmare Before Christmas
      • One of my Halloween must-watch movies, of course!
    • Coraline
      • Another of my Halloween must-watch movies
    • It (1990)
      • I can't believe I hadn't seen this before! I really enjoyed it, but it's not one that I need to have for my DVD shelf. 
    • It (2017)
      • I was SO excited for this one, but unfortunately, it just wasn't for me. I didn't jump at the jump scares. I didn't laugh at most of the jokes. Truthfully, I only really liked two scenes; the opening scene where Georgie is killed, and the flooded basement scene with the two boys. I thought that Jackson Robert Scott was PERFECT as Georgie. He was definitely my favorite character and I cannot wait to see where his career brings him. 

  • Playing: Nothing this month.
  • Drinking:
    • Honest Tea! I'm still so hooked on these teas!
  • Listening to:
    • My Favorite Murder (Podcast)- I'm finally all caught up on this one! :)
    • Recommended (Podcast)- A new podcast from Book Riot. I’m enjoying it so far, but it’s not my favorite bookish podcast... 
    • Nerdist (Podcast)- This is a podcast that I listen to on and off, depending on the guest. This month, Whitney Cummings was on the show, and it is a must-listen for all! Check it out here.
    • Top 5 Of Death (Podcast)- This is one I listen to every week! This month they had some great Halloween related content, and I highly recommend checking it out; Guilty Pleasure Horror Movies, Worst Halloween Candy, Jack-O-Lantern Ideas, Halloween Costume Ideas for 2017, and Horror Icon Draft.
  • In the bookish community: 
    • Greg & Esther participated in the Blogger Recognition Award that nominated them for :) Click their names to check out their posts.
    • I won an awesome giveaway from Jessica at A Great Read!
  • Looking forward to: 
    • My third book club meet-up where we will be discussing a book that has been on my TBR for quite a while, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

In Case You Missed It:

Thanks for reading!
How was your month? Have any special plans for November? I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below!


  1. YAY! No 1 Star or DNFed Books!

    I’m happy you loved Kubo! It’s such an amazing movie! Laika always makes amazing movies! :)

  2. I'm just starting to listen to a podcast or two. Found one call Freezer reads or something where they tackle a thriller/horror/mystery subject. If you are interested, let me know and I'll look up all the specifics (been in training all day and my brain is fried right now). Glad you enjoyed Wytches so much. I think they are doing a second volume. Sorry you didn't like IT. We watched The Dark Tower last night and I didn't care much for it and was wanting to like it even thought I saw lots of mixed reviews. Great month reading and hope you are feeling better.

    1. OH! That podcast sounds incredible! I'd love to hear more! :) And oooh! I can't wait for volume two of Wytches!

      Ugh, it's such a bummer when movies let you down :(

    2. Here's the podcast I was talking about:

      I don't know what you usually listen to so I provided all three :)

    3. Oh wonderful!!! I'll check it out right now. Thank you!

  3. Looks like you had a great reading month! I don't think I'll be watching either version of It, I'm a baby when it comes to scary things!

  4. Glad you're feeling better! I recently found out I have INSANELY low iron and have to take iron pills. Makes me SO sick, but I'm told I will eventually feel better and that IV iron infusions are no fun. :/

    1. Oh no!! I've been low on iron before, that is never fun to deal with! I hope you feel better soon!!! <3

  5. Oh no, I hope you are feeling better. Wytches looks super intriguing. I might have to add that to next Ocotber's TBR. I hope you have a wonderful November!

    1. Thank you! I am feeling much better!! :) And definitely! I think you'd really enjoy it!

  6. Sorry about that health scare! Shame :( Glad you're feeling better, though.

    SO sad you didn't love LA LA Land!!! I adored it, but it's definitely not for everyone.

    Have a lovely November, Erica :) ❤

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

    1. Phew yeah... It was quite scary! I went on a run for the first time yesterday, and things are still bit strange...

      Have great November as well! :)

  7. Yes, Kubo is amazing and I'm glad to hear that to you liked it so much! :)

  8. Great wrap up! I loved the old 'IT' and I'm yet to see the new one, but I'm intrigued. Must watch it soon. I'm interested to see how it (no pun intended lol) differs...

    1. hahahaha! I hope you enjoy the new one! I may have to try re-watching when it comes to DVD. I think I may have let the irritating group of people sitting in front of me ruin the experience.

  9. So sorry you've had a health scare, Erica; hope you're continuing to feel better. Happy (rest of) November! :)

    1. Oh my gosh, yeah. It was quite scary! Thankfully, I'm feeling better everyday! :) The only worrisome bit is that we still have no idea what the deal was.