October wrap-up [2022]

Happy November!

I hope you all had a lovely October. For me, the month felt like it went on forever – but that’s possibly because I had a lot going on. I got to take a break from work and visit one of my best friends, and I also got to read a lot! I read a total of 9 books, and reached my target of 100 books for this year!!



Thirteen Storeys by Jonathon Sims
Jonathon Sims was one of the main writers for my favourite podcast, The Magnus Archives, so I was so excited to pick up his debut novel. I thought his podcast writing skills translated really well into novel writing. There were a number of main characters with their own story in this anthology-like novel, and I love how in a short span of time we were able to really understand and know the characters. I thought it was such a cool modern take of the haunted house trope, and despite the somewhat cheesy ending, I really loved it.

The Weight of Blood by Tiffany D. Jackson
I was blown away by how much I enjoyed this novel. It was such a great horror novel; I felt uneasy the entire time, and the build up was fantastic. I really liked the mix of third-person POVs, podcast transcripts, and news articles; it really mixed it up and kept the story entertaining. [read my full review here]

These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall
I still have mixed feeling about this book. I thought that the premise was fun – I love a good haunted house novel – but the middle felt like it dragged on for too long. The last 1/3 was wonderful; it was much more fast-paced and spooky, and overall an enjoyable read.

sci-fi / fantasy

Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler
Here’s another book I have mixed feelings for. I still don’t know what to make of this book. I enjoyed the different take on vampires – them being a totally different species to humans – and our main character being a rare result of an experiment to combine human and vampire DNA. It explored themes of otherness and family, and the writing was very easy to read, but I struggled to connect with the characters. Plus, the plot veered off course from what I expected, and was not what I anticipated from a vampire novel.

The Atlas Paradox by Olivie Blake
I’ll keep this short because I will (hopefully?) write a review for this novel. I really loved this, even more than TA6. I thought it was a fantastic follow up. It was so great revisiting these characters and seeing them both grow and devolve as they continued on – the events from TA6 had really effected them, which really drove the novel forward. The magic system felt more complicated and hard to keep up with, so I’m excited to reread the novel in the future to see what I missed.

The Luminaires by Susan Dennard
I was lucky enough to get the ARC for this book, and I thought this was a fun start to a series! I liked the setting – the woods, the Hunt, the creatures lurking in the shadows. I felt some of the story was a little lacklustre, but it shows great promise and has me intrigued about how the rest of the series will go.

Legendborn by Tracey Deonn
This was a re-read in preparation for the sequel, Bloodmarked, and I’m so glad I reread it because I had forgotten so much of the ending. I really enjoyed the reread, and it’s funny how my opinions on some characters had changed (i.e Nick and Sel). I’m beyond excited to read the sequel when it’s released this month.


Medusa by Jessie Burton
Let’s talk about how beautiful the artwork in this book is. Isn’t it wonderful?

I thought the artwork really elevated the story. It was nice to get to read a story from Medusa’s POV, because she is clearly a victim from all the things the greek gods have done to her, and the novel really highlights that as well as her strength.


Women & Power by Mary Beard
My friend recommended this to me, and as I’m trying to read more nonfiction novels, I thought it would be great to check out. While quite short, Mary Beard does a great job in consolidating the misogyny that women face everyday, and putting it into words in such a short book.



So, the month didn’t start off great because I was unwell and wasn’t able to upload a post at the beginning of the month, so it kind of threw my schedule off. However, I’m glad I was still able to put up 3 posts last month.

The rest of the month went well! I got to hang out with my friends, got out of the city for a bit, and read more than I expected. I even reached my goodreads reading goal of 100!

2022 Reading Challenge

2022 Reading Challenge
Saima has completed their goal of reading 100 books in 2022!

Other than reading, I spent a lot of time listening to Taylor Swift’s new album, Midnights, and I think it’s amazing. My favourites, at the moment are The Great War, Maroon, You’re On Your Own Kid, and Karma.

Crochet update – I finished my biggest project, a cardigan! This is my 3rd attempt trying to make one, my other attempts turning out too terrible to even finish, and I’m glad I stuck with it because it turned out pretty well! I am without inspiration for my next project, so we’ll see where my mind takes me this month.

For November, I don’t really have many things planned. It’s my birthday month so I like to take things easy during this time. I think I’ll just spend this month relaxing when I can, and maybe spoiling myself with new books because well, you only turn 26 once right?


Thank you for reading!
Let me know what your November plans are!


30 thoughts on “October wrap-up [2022]

  1. Congrats on completing your reading goal – that’s awesome! I’m not sure if I’ll finish mine at this rate but we will see 😂 your cardigan came out so nice as well! I’m working on my first sweater now and it’s super intimidating but it seems like it’s going to feel so rewarding when it’s done!

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  2. i have been thinking of trying Olivia Blake for such a long time 😭 so, glad you enjoyed it. also, congrats on completing it. i am six books short of finishing my goal!!! such a lovely wrap!!

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  3. Congrats on reaching 100 books 🤩 I am so glad you enjoyed the atlas paradox, I’m excited to see what happens to the characters!
    Thirteen Storeys sounds like a good book! I enjoyed The Magnus Archives podcast too, it had great characters!
    Thank you so much for sharing my post ❤️ and I love the colours of your cardigan, soo pretty 😍

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  4. I’m glad you enjoyed Medusa! I didn’t know it had artwork, it looks absolutely stunning!
    Midnights is so amazing, Karma is also one of my favourites. And You’re On Your Own Kid has such an incredible bridge! It’s like Champagne Problems, super long and awesome. 😄

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  5. Your crocheting skills never cease to amaze me, Saima – that cardigan is stunning! 🤩 And I’m happy to hear you had such a good reading month!

    I’m really excited for Bloodmarked as well, so maybe I need to follow your example and reread Legendborn already 🤔 Other than that, I’ve only read Fledgling out of the books you mentioned but loved its unique spin on the vampire plot! I actually wrote a term paper on it for my African American Utopian Fiction course, so I still think of it quite fondly 😁

    Also, thanks so much for sharing my post; I’m glad you enjoyed it! 💙 Have a great November!

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    1. Thank you!!! 💛
      I would defo recommend rereading Legendborn if you have the time, there’s so much content in the book. I’ve yet to start the sequel yet but I’m really excited to. And that’s so cool you wrote a paper on African American utopian fiction, that sounds so interesting 😍

      Have a lovely November!! 💛

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  6. I love it for the both of us that we loved The Atlas Paradox!!! My post went up today, but I hope you’ll find the time to write your own review. I’d love to read your thoughts on it in more detail.

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  7. I try crochet when I was a kid but I couldn’t get how to do it. I need to teach myself to crochet again. I like cardigan. It looks nice and warm.
    Have a great November reading month.

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  8. Great wrap-up! I love reading everyone’s posts and seeing so many people listening to Midnights on repeat because SAME! 😂 Looks like you had a pretty great reading month and ALSO, THAT CARDIGAN!! Hello, if only I could be half as talented but you’re definitely making me want to try my hand at making one of my own, lol. I hope your November is amazing!


  9. Congrats on 100 books, so exciting!! and so amazed you’re able to read so much, the year isn’t over, I admire you SO much.
    I love that your favorite songs from Midnights are the same as mine, I’m just obsessed, especially with The Great War and Maroon. Such an excellent albumm!<3
    I hope you'll have a lovely month! 🙂

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  10. oh my gosh the cardigan is so cute!! and you’re in for a ride in bloodmarked, i can’t wait to hear your thoughts 💛

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