(c) Elegance and Enchantment

Hello, November

November means semestral break’s over *pouty face* so I’m a little bummed. I guess I can look at it as a step closer to christmas vacation though.. #stayingpositive! Anyway, November’s bound to be exciting because I’m joining NaNoWriMo! I know, I’m shocked too. I’m not much of an aspiring writer but I thought it’d be cool to try and write a novel for once (not that I haven’t already tried in the past). Anyway, I’m infinitycookies and my WIP is a YA contemporary romance I’ve temporarily named Overboard. (I’ve yet to find myself a writing buddy so if you’re a fellow WriMo, please leave a comment with your name so I can add you!)

As for this month’s reading prospects, I only have one that I’m super thrilled for:

Most awaited release of the month

Out 11/04/2014!!!!!!!! (Order a copy, if you haven’t!)

After so many delays in the release of Retribution, it’s finally coming ahhh! Now that release date is so near I’m freaking out because I’ve yet to read Evolution. (I put it on hold since I told myself I’ll only read it once the last book is out.) It’s been a two-year wait so I seriously hope the finale will be worth all the torture!

Upcoming events

Book Signing Tour – Marie Lu

Woohoo, another amazing author is coming to the Philippines! I’ve yet to read anything by Marie Lu (don’t worry- her books are on my TBR pile this month!) but I’m very psyched to meet her. November is looking to be a good month. :)

Goodbye, October

October was a great reading month but a terrible blogging month. I say terrible because I was finally on break from school and I wasn’t able to utilise that time to blog. Despite that, the month was lazy fun and relaxing (or at least the latter part of it was, after I was done with my finals). I mostly spent my days in front of my computer, watching Kdrama and anime. It’s soothing for the soul except for when it was wrenching my heart out and giving me all the feels. I also spent some days toiling over design mock-ups and some days just having a good old time with family. The one highlight of the month was NBS’s latest bookish event:

  

with Claudia Gray and Madeleine Roux!

Books read

october 2014 reads

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
Greek Gods by Rick Riordan
Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke
Ode To The Queen by Kyleigh Castronaro
Wildflower by Alecia Whitaker
All’s Fair in Blog and War by Chrissie Peria
Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
Fall Like Rain by Ana Tejano
Tigerlily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Not In The Script by Amy Finnegan
Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony
MARY: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan

Total books read for October 2014: 14 books
Reading Challenge progress update: 125/150 books

Blog Posts

I recapped Jen E. Smith and Lissa Price’s book signing tour in Manila.
I reviewed Ignite by Lily Paradis.
I shared a sponsored post for Nordstrom.
I shared Amy Finnegan’s story soundtrack for Not In The Script.
I reviewed Whatever Life Throws At You by Julie Cross.
I asked about your week and told you about mine.
I reviewed one of my favourite reads of the month, Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke.
I shared a really awesome book haul.

Quote of the month

“Like it or not, when things get scary, we’ve gotta be willing to at least try and make our own magic. I don’t want to be a waiting-and-wanting girl. I want to be a believing-and-doing girl.”
– Damsel Distressed, Kelsey Macke

How was October for you? What are you looking forward to this November? Tell me about it!

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22 thoughts on “Hello, Goodbye: October 2014 Recap

  1. Omggg I’m so jealous of you seeing Marie Lu (although I haven’t read any of her books yet either)(I intend to though)(I intend to so so much). And heeey I’m also jealous that it has been a good reading month for you ’cause all I could read were the books for university and those didn’t impress me one bit. Ahhh hope November’s as good for you as October was ;)

    Posted on November 2, 2014 at 1:40 pm
    1. Hee, I can’t wait to meet her! <3 I hope uni's been treating you well, Sandra! I bet it's keeping you busy but I hope you'll be able to find time to relax and read a good book. Have a great month too! :D

      Posted on November 2, 2014 at 11:08 pm
  2. OMG! You get to meet Marie Lu! So jelly! I’m literally reading Champion by her right now and I’m reading super slow because I refuse to believe that this is the end! It’s so good! You need to read it and get all the feels!

    Posted on November 2, 2014 at 4:31 pm
    1. I can’t wait to start reading the Legend trilogy! I’ve heard so many good things about it- I’m glad to hear it’s full of feels haha. ;)

      Posted on November 2, 2014 at 11:09 pm
  3. You read 14 books this month? Wow! I can never do that.

    I read Pery Jackson’s Greek Gods and The Blood of Olympus, too. And I’m still having Percy withdrawal.

    I’m thinking of coming to Marie Lu’s signing. I hope I get to meet you, too. :)

    Posted on November 2, 2014 at 8:12 pm
    1. I could usually read more with the free time I had but I was busy being a bum haha. PERCY WITHDRAWAL YES. I can’t wait to read Greek Heroes! :D Hope to meet you at Marie Lu’s signing too!

      Posted on November 2, 2014 at 11:36 pm
  4. I’m soo looking forward to Christmas break, too! Just one more month and couple days left… October was a very terrible month for me (reading & blogging wise). I’ve been on an on/off blogging + reading slump ever since school started which was back in August. Hopefully this winter break I can get back into reading.

    Posted on November 2, 2014 at 8:24 pm
    1. Aww, I hope your blogging/reading slump gets cured soon, lovely! <3

      Posted on November 3, 2014 at 12:01 am
  5. Aww, I wish I could join NaNoWriMo as well! I’m an aspiring writer myself and I used to have all these drafts saved in my computer back then! Maybe next year would be a good year for me to try out. I also have a TON of reading to do since I pretty much slacked off this semestral break. ;)

    Posted on November 2, 2014 at 10:53 pm
    1. I’m already doing terrible with NaNo haha. Need to find some time to write write write! Good luck catching up on your reading- you can do it!

      Posted on November 3, 2014 at 12:15 am
  6. YAAAY! You joined NaNoWriMo, Hazel! Good luck with it. I wanted to join too but my second semester schedule is sick. I can only read books and do some review on my free time! Anyway, I cannot believe you. You read 14 books in a month and I have only read like what? 1 o 2? Haha. I’m such a slow slash loser reader.

    Posted on November 3, 2014 at 3:28 am
    1. Thanks, Yani! Good luck with your second semester. I only have a few units this sem so I’m hoping to have enough free time to read, blog, write. I’m a pretty fast reader when I’m in the mood so that helps me get a good number of books read in a month. :)

      Posted on November 3, 2014 at 6:15 am
  7. Yeah, welcome to NaNo craziness.I’m doing it too, I have a feeling my head will be spinning soon! My name is amengelhart, let’s be buddies! How has the first couple days been for you so far?

    Posted on November 3, 2014 at 8:12 am
    1. I’ve added you as a buddy, Anne! :D I’m quite behind already (totally embarrassing since it’s only been a few days) but I’m getting more in touch with how I want my story to go. I just need to write it out. :)

      Posted on November 3, 2014 at 12:08 pm
  8. Eeeep! Marie Lu! I only read The Young Elites last month and see how excited I am for you? I have yet to read her Legend series.

    Hope you have an amazing November!

    Posted on November 3, 2014 at 11:52 am
  9. Yes, yes, yes, I am also excitedly awaiting Retribution, although because I spent so much money sending out my Blogoversary prizes, and I have another from my birthday giveaway to send this week, I will sadly be waiting for the library to get it. It will give me time to re-read the first two books, though. I was supposed to be participating in a read-along re-read, but I have too many review books right now. I hope you get to read Retribution quicker than I do.

    Posted on November 3, 2014 at 10:54 pm
    1. I just got my copy yesterday! I’m so excited for it but still need to read Evolution. I hope you’ll be able to read Retribution soon too. :D

      Posted on November 5, 2014 at 4:02 am
  10. Graet recap! I’m glad you enjoyed a laid-back break, even if you didn’t get in as much blogging as you’d hoped. Hey, at least you got in a whole bunch of reading! And how fun about the book events, I hope you enjoy Marie Lu’s signing. I’ve got some of her books on my to-read list as well, particularly LEGEND, which I’ve heard a lot of good things about. Here’s to November–and good luck with your NaNoWriMo novel!!

    Posted on November 4, 2014 at 4:40 pm
  11. That quote is so sweet! I’ve been thinking of adding a quote feature to my monthly recaps but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to narrow my favourites down to just one a month haha.

    even I’M excited that the retribution is finally out because it means that I can actually start the series – finally.

    Posted on November 4, 2014 at 6:59 pm
    1. You should do it! I usually pick a quote from my favourite read of the month. :D As for the Mara Dyer series- I hope you enjoy it!

      Posted on November 5, 2014 at 8:54 am
  12. forgot to say – Good Luck with NaNoWriMo :)

    Posted on November 4, 2014 at 7:01 pm
    1. Thanks, lovely! xo

      Posted on November 5, 2014 at 8:54 am