October 2020 Wrap Up

It took me the first week or so of October to get my reading groove on. Even as a a mostly remote graduate student, October is the craziest month of the fall semester and things got busier in my work life as well. I decided to mostly return back to contemporary romance reads and that was the best decision I could’ve made because all I wanted to do was READ during whatever free time I had. I also found myself in a bit of a TV rut this month, which I actually didn’t mind too much because I was so happy to be reading. There are a few upcoming TV shows and movies I can’t wait to check out over the next few weeks. 

Bookish and the Beast (Once Upon a Con #3) by Ashley Poston | 3.5/5

I did enjoy Bookish and the Beast, but I can already tell it’s going to unfortunately be a not-so memorable read. I can’t tell if I read Bookish and the Beast at the wrong time or it just wasn’t the right book for me, but I just wasn’t too into it. 

Those Who Prey by Jennifer Moffett (ARC) | 3.5/5

I do enjoy a good thriller or two in November and October, which led me to Jennifer Moffett’s upcoming Those Who Prey. This was another it was a nice read to decompress with after a long day of being on screens, but the story ended up being a little overwhelming. 

Well Played (Well Met #2) by Jen DeLuca | 5/5 

Well Played was the book that turned my October reading around because I LOVED this Well Met sequel so much. 

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager | 4/5 

I feel like I was one of the few in my book blogging circle that hadn’t read a Riley Sager book before, and in the spirit of thriller reading season for the fall, I picked up Lock Every Door and enjoyed it!

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea & Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey (ARC) | 5/5 

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea & Tomorrow is one of my favorite YA books of 2020! This book was just so cozy and filled with friendship, feels, and so many delicious-sounding pastries. 

Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein | 5/5 

Hannah Orenstein’s Head Over Heels was definitely my favorite contemporary romance read of October and is for sure among my 2020 favorite books. The setting and plot was so well-executed, along with the romance and self-growth. 

Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory | 5/5 

Party of Two convinced me to go back to the beginning of The Wedding Date companion series because I loved it so, so much! I’m starting to understand that this is a common theme with Jasmine Guillory’s books, but I love how her main characters are so empowering and led by career-driven women. In this book, Olivia is a lawyer who has just started her own law firm with her best friend. 

Destination Wedding by Diksha Basu | 4/5 

Everyone knows that I am extremely wary of using the Crazy Rich Asians comparison, but Destination Wedding is the book that deserves the comparison most while also so-well executing it’s comedy and setting, taking place over a week long wedding in India. 

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory | 3.5/5 

I definitely see why there is so much hype surrounding Jasmine Guillory’s debut, The Wedding Date. I did enjoy reading it, but I can tell that her writing has gotten stronger since after reading Party of Two.

I feel like I started and stopped watching a few TV shows this month, so I’m only going to talk about the shows that actually kept and caught my attention. Because it’s the most autumnal show out there, I did find myself rewatching some Gilmore Girls episodes. 

The Bachelorette S16 (ABC) – It’s safe to say that my friends and I blow up each other’s phones every Tuesday night in our Bachelor group chat because of Clare Crawley. I have A TON of thoughts about this season so far – let me know in the comments if you’d be interested in a blog post where I share my Bachelorette thoughts!- , but it’s safe to say that I am so ready for Tayshia to come in within the next two weeks. I’ve also have been enjoying listening to podcast recaps from Bachelor Party and Here to Make Friends – they recently had authors Jessica Goodman and Kate Stayman-London as guest hosts! 

Emily in Paris (Netflix) – I shared my Emily in Paris thoughts in a weekend reading and watching post, but in short, I was OBSESSED with this show while watching, but realized it missed the mark after I finished it. However, at the end of the day, I do think it’s such a great weekend binge watch – you just have to suspend some of your belief and get taken away by the French pastries. 

16 and Recovering (MTV) – 16 and Recovering was definitely the best show I watched in October, following a high school in Massachusetts specifically for teenagers struggling with drug addiction. To say the least, the teachers and staff are absolutely amazing, and I loved following the students’ journeys. 

Deaf U (Netflix) – Deaf U follows students at Gallaudet University, the only college in the United States for students who are hard of hearing or deaf. I really liked that the show didn’t just focus on what it was like for these individuals to be deaf, but more so focused on their everyday life and social routines.

Love in the Time of Corona (Freeform/Hulu) – I told myself I wouldn’t watch Love in the Time of Corona … but I was super desperate to just zone out and watch TV one night this week. It was recommended by Ashely on Girls Gotta Eat back in August, and because I’ve been in a mini Netflix rut, I decided to put it on. While it was serious to an extent, considering how this scripted was about the pandemic and also discussed the race and social justice issues we’ve seen in the US this year, it was a weird kind of fluff that I enjoyed? 

Continued Watching: The West Wing S2 & S3 (NBC/Netflix), Below Deck Mediterranean S5 (Bravo) 

Book Reviews

HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE: Head Over Heels Review

A SEQUEL I LOVED: Well Played Review

2 LOVEABLE ROMANCES & A LITERARY READ: Romance & Adult Fiction Mini Reviews

FEMINISM, HISTORICAL FICTION, & POLITICS: October YA Mini Reviews

More Bookish & Fangirl Fun

Hallotober Tag

Getting Rid of Books on my Goodreads TBR #1

Top Five Wednesday: Books That Took Me the Longest to Finish

Fangirl News Round Up #5: Reveals, Reveals, Reveals

Fangirl News Round Up #6: Book Announcements, Cover Reveals, & Novellas

Fall Book Recs Based on My 2019 Reads

Recent TBR Additions: October 2020

What I’m Reading & Watching This Weekend

What did you read & watch in October? Anything that I mentioned? Do you have any book or TV recommendations for me? Share in the comments!

7 thoughts on “October 2020 Wrap Up

  1. I really want to read Head Over Heels! I’ve heard amazing things about it and it sounds great ☺️ Also The Bachelorette is a mess right now 😂 I’m very annoyed by Clare and everything that’s going on, but at the same time I think it’s super entertaining. I would love to know what you think of this season so far 😄

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    • I hope you enjoy ahead Over Heels! I am definitely not the biggest Clare fan, but as usual, production has made some interesting editing decisions to say the least and I’m so confused about what light they’re trying to put her in (as the good guy or bad guy). And I’m definitely disappointed with how they handled the Zach and Clare kissing moment – missed opportunity again to talk about consent. Maybe I’ll write a full blog post after next weeks episode before Tayshia fully comes in!

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