A Glance Back: October

Saturday, November 1, 2014

5 things that happened this month:
1. A lot of changes happened this month. For one, Addison decided to leave the blog. You can read more about that here if you want. Because this happened, the next couple months are definitely going to be a transition to keep up with posts and reviews especially, but I'm really excited where this blog is headed.

2. I spent nearly a week in DC visiting my uncle and his family, and can I just say that it was one of the best trips I've ever had just by myself. It was just me. I wasn't with my sisters or my mom. It was just me, and it was GREAT! I had a blast with my 10 year-old and baby cousins visiting Mount Vernon (George Washington's home and plantation) and Bluemont Vineyard. It was AMAZING!

3. I studied A LOT! Midterms hit this month with a vengeance and stressed me out so incredibly much, but luckily my trip to DC was the perfect de-stresser. 

4. Writing...writing...revision...and more writing. I feel like that was the theme of this month. I'm currently in the process of revising one of my novels, and just so you know, the revision process is hard and BRUTAL! But I'm really liking the changes I've made!

5. I got to meet Becca from Pivot Book Reviews! Okay, so let's talk about this wicked cool lady right quick. She is without a doubt one of the most awesome people I have ever met! I posed the idea of meeting up for coffee since I know very few book bloggers IRL, and so that's what we did. I was worried it might be awkward since we really only knew each other via our blogs, but it was so fun! We just clicked and our conversation even made her late to a book signing she was going to that evening! This chick knows and loves books, and that makes her super cool in my book!

2 books I enjoyed this month:

Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Amanda's New Obsessions:
1. The Age of Ultron Trailer: I mean seriously you guys! AMAZING! I think I've probably watched it 50 times now. My heart is going to hurt and shatter, I just know it. And I will be there in May on opening night, ready for my heart to be ripped open. And that Pinocchio song! Ugh I think I fell in love.

2. The Notebook Sisters: Okay, so maybe this isn't a new obsession, but I absolutely LOVE that blog and all of Cait's posts! She's so great and fantastic, and I just really want to be blogger best friends with that girl.
3. Ingrid Michaelson: Her version of Can't Help Falling in Love is just doing things to my soul.

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3 Things I'm looking forward to next month:
1. Thanksgiving!! I mean, I'm always looking forward to Thanksgiving no matter what time of the year it is, but I'm extra excited because I will be able to see my family and hang out with both of my sisters and my parents and grandparents, and oh I just love and miss my family.

2. Colder weather! I want to wear scarves and jackets already. This heat is just cramping my cute winter clothing style.

3. I can't wait to get caught up on more writing. I know that sounds funny, since I was writing practically all month, but the more I write, the more I'm excited to write!

October in a photo or two:

Both are taken at the Bluemont Vineyard in Virginia. In the second picture, I'm on the left with my aunt and my adorably sweet baby cousin.

Amanda's Favorite Quotes of the Month:

The world exists and the writer speaks: that is literature.
-Roland Barthes, taken from "What is Criticism" -and my Lit Theory class

Na razrusha'ya. I am not ruined. E'ya razrushost. I am ruination.
-Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising

Beauty was your armor. Fragile stuff, all show. But what's inside you? That is steel. It's brave and unbreakable. And it doesn't need fixing.
-Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising

What about you? How was your October? What fun things did you do?


  1. OH MY GOSH. LET ME HUG YOU AMANDA. HOW ARE YOU SO INSANELY FABULOUS? *tackle hugs in a shower of cake crumbs* WE SHALL BE FRIENDS FOREVER. (And I feel insanely guilty and somewhat absent minded, but I totally thought I'd followed you but I haaaadn't and I should glare at myself [I did] and I fixed that straight away so hopefully I shall never miss a post from you again!) HUZZAH.
    Okay, I'll calm down slightly.
    Aaaanyway. Black Ice...ohh. I'm nervous about that one. I was supposedly getting a review-copy but it never came, and I'm not too sad because I've heard such mixed things. But you liked it and now that just makes me super curious. XD
    I get excited to write too! I get more exctied too write than the actual writing process. -_- That I tend to find tedious and exhausting. There's this quote, (I can't remember by who) that said "I hate writing, I love having written" and that is kind of me. I'm as not such a fan of the process as the after affect. Lol! Okay. RAMBLING AGAIN. I'll be quiet. x)
    Here's to an awesome and fabulous (and writerly) November!

    1. Awe, you are so sweet!! It happens though... blogging can sometimes make us absent minded.

      Black Ice... yeah. Great book! A little predictable at times (not all the time though. There were some twists I didn't see coming). I was very hesitant to start it because I did not like Hush, Hush at all, but everyone was raving about it. But I really enjoyed it. I think you have to take it for what it is though and not expect to be blown out of the water. If you go in with average expectations, I think you will find that you quite enjoy it.

      Oh the writing.... Are you doing NaNoWriMo? I'm not, but I feel like I might as well be with all the writing and revision I'm doing lately. It's exhausting yet completely and totally worth it!

      Yay for being blogger friends now! :)

  2. AMANDA! I'm so sorry I forgot to comment on this...ugh, you know me and the crazy things that have been going on..but seriously I read this during a horrible day of hell week and it brought tears to my eyes! You are the sweetest! Seriously every word you wrote about our meet-up was exactly the way I felt, except about YOU! WE HAVE TO MEET UP SOOOOOOOON! Because I miss you like crazy & We have so freaking much to talk about book-wise! XOXOXO!

    1. Girl! Please don't be sorry. You have been going through a hell MONTH! I totally get it lol! I'm glad this post made you smile! i always like hearing that something I post or write brightens somebody's day! Yes, we will meet up soon! I know you're still coming down from all the craziness, but shoot me a text whenever your free, even if it's a late night and you just need to grab IHOP at 11pm and chill! I'm up till all hours it seems either writing, reading, or working on the blog! And we do! Oh god! We have SOOOOOO much to talk about book-wise! I'm almost bursting at the seams here!!!!


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