Happy Halloween! I hope everyone’s had a great month! I’ve been loving the weather, but I’m getting sick of the pumpkin spice explosion everywhere I look. I think we’ve jumped the shark on this particular trend, you guys. I’ve seen pumpkin spice English muffins, popcorn, cereal, pumpkin butter, and pumpkin yogurt-covered pretzels. I love a nice pumpkin spice coffee or scented candle, but this stuff… kind of takes it too far.
This month has been both interesting and insanely boring. I’ve been unemployed for a full month now, and while I’m enjoying the time off, I don’t feel very enthusiastic about my employment prospects. There just aren’t many jobs in Buffalo — at least in the careers and industries I am interested in. I really don’t know what I want to do next, and I hate this lack of direction.
On the plus side, I’ve been using my free time to get a lot of reading done. I’ve really been enjoying free-range reading! It feels really good to take off the pressure of release dates. AND I was able to participate in Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon for the first time, since I no longer have to work every weekend!
I’ve also done some DIY projects that I’m excited about! I took up cross stitching, and so far I have made a bookmark and started working on a “Nolite te bastardes carborundorum” piece that I designed. I also made a tassel garland (instructions from Pizzazzerie)! It’s shiny and it makes my living room look super fancy. We don’t have a ton of money to spend on decorating and furnishing our apartment, so I like doing such easy, inexpensive projects that add life to our space.
Lastly, I made myself a bullet journal. It’s a great system for organizing a calendar and daily to-do lists, and I’m in love with it. Seriously, is there anything better than crossing something off a to-do list? I’m not going to lie, I sometimes write things in AFTER I have done them, just so I can put another check mark down for the day.
- The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
- Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” by Lena Dunham
- Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer (re-read)
- Anything That Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a New American Food Culture by Dana Goodyear
- Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution by Laurie Penny
- Reunion by Hannah Pittard
- Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
- Emerald City: And Other Stories by Jennifer Egan
This month: 2,474
This year: 22,968
I’m really excited to participate in Non-Fiction November for the first time! I have a ton of awesome non-fiction on my shelf, and I’m excited to dive into some of them. Check out the stack of books I’m hoping to read!
Reading plans aside, I’m looking forward to the annual trip to Richmond, VA to spend Thanksgiving with the boyfriend’s family. You can bet I’m going to stock up on some great audiobooks for the drive. I’m thinking we’ll need memoirs by Nick Offerman and Jim Gaffigan. I’m also looking forward to hanging out with River City Reading while I’m in the River City!
What did you read in October? Any plans for November?