October Wrap-up // I actually had fun this month??

Don’t mind me. Just panicking about how we only have two months left in this decade.

Belated happy Halloween, everyone! My family and I haven’t celebrated Halloween in years (we’re not big on holidays and Halloween isn’t that popular here in the Philippines anyways), but I loved seeing everyone’s costumes on Twitter!

P.S. If any of you saw this post when I accidentally published it, I’m sorry. Take 2!

  • School sucks. But it sucked way more this month, if that’s even possible. My stress levels due to school were as usual in the first week of October, but since second quarter ends in October (in my school we have quarters instead of semesters), my teachers had to cram so many assessments and projects into the second week.
    • To make things better (read: worse), I had ping pong practice that entire week. I was getting home really late at night and had a billion things to do. My mental health reached a new low point during that time, and.. basically I hated my life.
  • Final exams, ughh. The end of second quarter brought about another round of final examinations. And, *laughs nervously* let’s not talk about it.
  • Intramurals practice started. At my school, we hold this big inter-batch sports event every December. Btw, batch= year level. They’re called intramurals, or intrams for short. I always play for the ping pong event, and our practices officially started this month! It’s made me more stressed, but at the same time it’s fun because me and my friend are teaching our teammate to be better at ping pong! Three of our teammates aren’t going to any of the practices though, and I’m salty.
    • Also, our batch’s colors are orange and white!! Which are the Foxes‘ colors! So yes! (It’s too bad that our batch animal isn’t a fox, because that was taken by another batch already.)
check out this thread I made on Twitter that I’m super proud of!
  • Twitter is fun. This month a tweet of mine went viral?! What!? Okay, not viral viral, but it got a huge amount of likes. Which was very shocking to me when I opened my notifications, because I had forgotten that I tweeted something the night before. Honestly, I thought only three people would like it and I’d laugh about it with them πŸ˜‚ Also, I’m petty because I pinned that tweet to my profile, and promoted my blog in the replies.. as you do when a tweet of yours blows up.
    • Overall, I’m having way more fun with Twitter. My follower count is growing steadily again, and I know that followers aren’t everything and all that, but it’s nice to know that my Twitter account isn’t just comprised of me screaming into the void. Tl;dr follow me on Twitter!
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  • I watched a few episodes of The Good Place! I watched, like, three episodes of the first season, and they were all really funny and inclusive. Not sure if I’ll be able to continue in the near future because I have zero time though. *sad face*
  • I love sembreak! Sembreak! Aka semester break! We love to see it! It started in the last week of October, and it ends tomorrow… But I never want it to end! All I’ve been doing is reading and blogging, and I can’t remember the last time I felt this relaxed.

I only read six books in October, but seeing as I read three of those books in the last week of the month during sembreak, I consider it a win.

All covers link to Goodreads.

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It took me months to finish this because a thick high fantasy book and me having school do not mesh well, but I’m so glad that I finally did! I was most definitely not disappointed by it, and I liked it just as much as I did the first book. Review here.

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I’m sure you’ve already “heard” me talk about this—just please read it already. Review here.

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This book’s plot is pretty much nonexistent, but I gave it 5 stars anyway because I love the characters so much. Review to come.

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I started the AFTG trilogy (are ya’ll proud of me?), but I agree with everyone else that the first book is just a prologue. Review to come.

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This would’ve gotten away with 2 or 3 stars if the main romance wasn’t so cringey and borderline abusive. Review to come.

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I was gonna give this 3 stars because it still felt like a prologue. But then I closed the book and realized how attached I’d become to Neil Josten and the Foxes. Review to come.

Also, as of writing this, I’ve finished The King’s Men, and I’M SCREAMING. 

  • Will Caitlin ever stop redesigning her blog? The saga continues. After a redesign, there always comes a point wherein I stare at my blog and realize that the way it looks doesn’t inspire me anymore. But.. I think this design will stick? I’m afraid that saying that will jinx it, but this is the happiest I’ve ever been with how my blog looks.
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  • Because of school and final examinations, I had to take an unplanned hiatus from blogging. I thought that I could pre-write some posts, but I didn’t. Welp. Well, what matters now is that I’m back.
  • I’ve tried to make up for the lack of posts by posting a lot during sembreak. But, the dreaded feeling of insecurity is coming for me again. Just the same old thoughts like, “Has everybody forgotten about me?”, “Are my posts even that good?”, and “Am I just an irrelevant blogger?”. I’ve been spending so much time on blog hopping, post drafting, and replying to comments this past week, but I just feel like I’m not doing enough.

Favorite Posts from the Blog

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When the idea for this discussion came to me, I was so excited because it seemed like such an interesting topic to dissect. I think everyone enjoyed discussing the reasons as to why reading for pleasure may be considered unpopular as well, and I’m very happy!

I gave some spooky recommendations for the Halloween season! I love giving recommendations, and I should really do more of them on this blog. Maybe once I read more 5-star books πŸ™ˆ

I finally got around to doing the Pancake Book Tag!! Also, I discuss the Shadow and Bone casting a little bit in this post.


what do you think of my new blog design? how was your halloween? did you dress up on the 31st? have you read any of the books i talked about? what were some interesting things that happened to you in october?

42 thoughts on “October Wrap-up // I actually had fun this month??

  1. Love your new design, it’s so PRETTY *insert 1000 heart eyes*

    I need to get off my butt and actually finish The Foxhole Court. I tried this month but I’m never in the right mood. So I sit at like 25% every time and the cycle continues πŸ˜‚

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  2. Lol I used to change my theme a lot in my initial days of blogging and I never liked anything… in the end I just got lazy and finalized one, never trying to change it again πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ But yours is gorgeous but obviously you should change if that’s what you feel like πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    I haven’t read The Fever King yet but it’s on my tbr… but I’m attending a book festival Today where the author is on a panel and I’m so excited to hear their thoughts 😍😍😍

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    1. Haha, I did that too! You should’ve seen my themes before—they were so ugly. But I think I’m physically incapable of not being satisfied with how my blog looks. Thank you so much!!!

      OMG YOU GOT TO MEET VICTORIA LEE?! Please tell me more about it!! I follow them on Twitter, and I *love* their personality so much. I feel like getting to hear them talk would be amazing!

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      1. Ohh Victoria was just amazing…. they are so funny and energetic and so enthusiastic while talking about books… I couldn’t personally get to have a chat with them, but they were on two panels and both were just so much fun 😊😊😊

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  3. I’m sad to hear that school has been so stressful but it’s great that your break was so good and carefree πŸ’• University started for me at the end of October and it has been stressful as well, as I’ll be working on my Bachelor thesis soon, so I’m screaming a bit inside 😱 I finally for to read book 4 in the Trials of Apollo Series though and that was amazing πŸ₯°

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  4. I’m so glad you are enjoying your break, especially when school isn’t going so well. I hope things improve there, Caitlin.
    Twitter is great – it took a long time for any of my tweets to get properly noticed. Now most of them get lots of likes and that always surprises me! Those blogging insecurities you listed still affect me sometimes, too.
    Have a great November!

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    1. Thank you so so much, Stephen! So far, school is okay, but it’s just the first week, so I can’t really make any judgments yet ❀
      Ahh, that's amazing! I should really follow you on there! I'm so bad at following people I know on Twitter :") Ah, I'm sad that we share these insecurities. But as an avid reader of your blog, you definitely don't have to worry about those!
      Thank you! So far I'm having one:)

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  5. Your new design is so pretty! I love the flower/watercolor aesthetic.

    I hate that this latest semester of school was so rough but I’m glad your break helped boost your mental health! If only school breaks could last twice as long. I’m crossing my fingers and sending good vibes that this next semester is way better and less stressful than the last one.

    Reading six books in a month is still really good? Especially when you have so much school stuff going on! I’m sorry that A Thousand Fires didn’t work out for you either but I’m also secretly glad I’m not the only one that found the romance not okay? I’m really looking forward to reading your full review on it.

    Also, your feelings regarding blogging are 100% valid. I will always be here though to tell you that we haven’t forgotten about you, your posts are GREAT, and you are definitely not irrelevant. I only have a handful of blogs that I check on the daily and yours is one of them! And it isn’t just because you read and comment on some of my posts – I genuinely enjoy your content!

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    1. Thank you so so much!

      Thanks! That means so much 😭 So far, school is okay, but it’s just been the first week back, so I can’t make any judgements yet!

      Ah, thank you! I always feel guilty about not reading that much, but I always have to remember that what’s few to me may be a lot to some others. I’m super privileged to even be able to read books ❀ Yeah, I thought that I was gonna give it 3 stars, but I hated what was done with the romance. I don’t know if you follow Charlotte on Twitter (@darashirazi), but she did a whole thread on the book where she highlighted all the quotes that showed Jax as an abusive love interest. I’m extra mad because none of it was subverted—there was such a good opportunity to do it! I’m looking forward to writing it as well! I just can’t seem to find the time 😦

      This is about my fifth time saying this, but thank you so much, Mari ❀ ❀ You have no idea how much that means to me. I admire you so much for being able to post every single day (and I'm always really sad that I can't find the time to comment on all your posts), but I've always found your dedication so inspiring. I'm so glad that you're getting the growth you deserve and I hope you don't get too stressed!

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      1. I don’t follow Charlotte but I’m about to go do that right now! Thank you for pointing me in her direction. I saw so many prominent people promoting A Thousand Fires on release day and it sucked. Like you said, the abusive relationship was just so obvious and to not see anybody talking about it was disheartening.

        Of course ❀ You deserve all the love and encouragement! And please, don't stress about having to read and comment on every single one of my posts. I enjoy posting every day but I know that also makes it hard for people to keep up with all of my content. You're doing great ❀

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  6. I really hope things calm down with your studies soon, it sounds incredibly hectic. And I really need to see what The Good Place is like sometime. I still need to sort my Twitter page out but keep putting it off. I think I’m worried I’ll just obsessively look up authors rather than read when I set my page up πŸ˜… and your posts are always wonderful (: I’m sure everybody can understand your page having busier and quieter times – it happens to everyone. I’m sure no one will forget about you though and I’m always interested to see what you have to say 😊

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    1. Thank you so much, Charlotte! I’m working on my extremely bad habit on procrastination, so we’ll see how it goes! I hope we both get to watch The Good Place! I really really want to continue it soon. Also, book Twitter is kinda a toxic and drama-filled space, but it’s a pretty good way to get an audience for your blog! I don’t think it’s such a bad thing that you still haven’t sorted it. Oh, and that’s a very valid fear. You have no idea how much time in a day I spend just mindlessly scrolling through Twitter instead of reading.
      Thank you!! That’s exactly how I’d describe it! I feel like my followers get whiplash from my little bursts from activity, and my subsequent disappearances. But what you said is truly so reassuring ❀

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      1. I think that’s a habit that a lot of people have. And yes hopefully we’ll both get to watch it (:
        Oh I didn’t realize that it could be that way. I probably will try to sort it out soonish though. And I can imagine. I’ve got distracted looking authors up on it in the past without even having a page myself. Plus I constantly used to lose tracking of time on Bookstagram looking at everybody else’s posts πŸ˜…
        I’m sure everybody understands (: and I find it fairly easy to keep up as I get email alerts whenever you post anyway. I kind of feel the same atm though. I’m trying to post two months worth of features in one month where I couldnt post last month and catch up on tags and I’m trying to balance fitting them all in without flooding my page.

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  7. *joins you in panicking about how we only have 2 months left*
    I’m so sorry school is being so stressful and horrible!! I’m sending you all the positive thoughts!! πŸ’•πŸ’• I’m so glad you had a great sembreak though!! 😊
    I’m so glad you are loving Twitter and congratulations on the viral tweet (yay you did it)!! 😊
    The good place is fun, I watched some episodes and enjoyed them!! πŸ˜‚
    I’m so excited to read The Fever King but I love character that are the focus so I’m excited!! 😍
    I’m glad you are read the All For The Game series, it definitely has flaws but I did find myself falling in love with the story. I think it is best with all 3 books together instead of single books 😊 do you have a favourite character???
    Again your blog looks incredible!! πŸ’š
    Aw.. I totally understand the insecurities of blogging and it is hard to deal with but you are doing enough and you need to give yourself credit because you are doing amazing!! πŸ’•
    I hope you have a great November!! πŸ’›

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    1. Ugh, yes!! I’m not ready for this decade to end! But also.. kinda excited not gonna lie. Still panicking though!
      Thanks! School has been okay so far, but I think it’s too early to make judgements πŸ™‚
      I keep seeing pictures from its incorrect quotes account on Twitter, and they’re SO FUNNY. I really need to continue soon, but I have *no time* :(( Haha, I don’t think going viral on Twitter is a very big thing to celebrate, but I’m so proud of myself nonetheless, and I’m glad you are too <33.
      Yes, read The Fever King! It's definitely not for everyone, but it's just so raw, and emotional. Also, you're guaranteed to adopt Dara Shirazi after you read it, so yeah.. I hope you pick it up soon!
      Yes!! It's such a flawed story, but at the same time, that found family trope is *chef's kiss*. I've actually been working on my series review for so long now. I have so many thoughts on it, and I can't seem to compile them all—Help!! OMG MY FAVE FOX IS KEVIN DAY. I want to punch him, but in a friendly way you know? I love how he overcame his trauma, and also the fact that he just gets piss drunk on vodka whenever Neil drags the Ravens πŸ˜‚
      Thanks so much, Sophie! πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• I hope you have a great November!

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  8. I had been given the opportunity to read A Thousand Fires, and I almost went for it…but good thing that I didn’t because that sounds frightening. Sorry that it ended up so cringey, and borderline abusive is not anything to mess with. And The Good Place is amazing!! It continues being amazing, so hopefully during one of the breaks, you can binge some more (because it’s so so so easy to binge). Glad you had fun this month, and good luck with the school craziness!! Great post! πŸ™‚

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    1. It’s a very good thing that you didn’t, because the amount of red flags I (internally) raised while reading it was… oh boy.
      Yeah, it seems like one of those shows that doesn’t flop after the first two seasons or something and continues to be amazing! Also I heard that the show is ending soon, and I love how the creators aren’t milking the show like a lot of other ones do. I also really hope that I can continue because the series seems so good! Thank youuuu

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  9. I just started rewatching The Good Place (and am already on season 3, how did that happen?!)! I hope you’ll get some time to continue, because I love that serie πŸ™‚

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  10. “School Sucks” BIG MOOD!! I’m honestly rooting for you amongst all the final exams and classes, and I hope that you have time to rest in between ❀ The Good Place was honestly a show that grew on me a lot, and I ended up watching all 3 Seasons of it πŸ˜‚

    Okay, I'm really glad that you gave The Fever King 5 stars because I have been needing to read it, but I keep putting it off!! but ??? no plot?? *waits for your review*

    I hope you have a fantastic November, and I'm excited for your continuous rebranding adventure because I LOVE how it's turning out! Happy Reading!! πŸ™‚

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    1. THANK YOUUUUU! I’m rooting for you as well! You got this, Tiffany ❀❀ I hope I can continue TGP soon:((

      OK, the plot is basically the characters. Like, you have an inkling of what’s gonna happen, but what makes the plot interesting is all the emotions the characters are experiencing. All of their emotions are so raw, and it’s impossible to not adopt Dara Shirazi after you read TFK, so I’m very excited to see you thoughts if you ever read it!!

      Thank you!!! Wishing you an amazing November as well. Tiffany πŸ’•

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  11. omg sounds like a stressful month!! glad it turned out fun anyway (and also impressed tbh b/c yes school sucks)

    also the good place is very extremely good and you should keep watching it when you can. it will change your whole life. (maybe not but still it’s a great show)

    wishing you a great november!!!

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  12. I’m sorry to hear that school has been stressful lately, I’m sending you all the positive vibes and hugs if taken, you’re doing great and I’m here for you ❀ ❀
    I'm happy you've been enjoying twitter and getting viral all over the place ahah it's amazing. It's so wonderful of you to highlight underrated, incredible book bloggers, too. ❀
    I love the good place ahhh so happy you're watching it ❀
    I hope you'll have a great month ❀

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    1. Aww, thank you so much, Marie πŸ˜­πŸ’–
      Thanks! It was definitely unexpected, and kinda a stupid thing to highlight, but it was pretty memorable. also I was gonna do a blog post on those bloggers, but I realized that a thread worked out more beautifully!
      I hope I can continue it soon!
      I hope you do too <33

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  13. Oh yes, I love the redesign for sure!! I’m glad you had a, well, half good and half bad month…lol. I’m glad your twitter post went viral, and that you’re enjoying being on twitter!! And no, definitely nobody’s forgetting you, your posts are awesome, and you aren’t an irrelevant blogger at all. I absolutely loved our discussion about Edan and Maia, and I know how stressful school can be, so I’m wishing you the best of luck πŸ’– Take your time and I hope November is better for you ❀

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    1. Thank you so much, Rukky! Half good and half bad is such a great way to describe it lol. Thank you!! That means so much to me 😭😭
      I really enjoyed it too! It feels great to discuss your opinions about a book with somebody! I wish you the best of luck with school as well, and I hope November is a good month for you ❀

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  14. Oo amazing wrap-up! Sorry school is so stressful though, I hope it calms down soon 😦

    I absolutely love “The Good Place”! I hope you get to watch more episodes soon πŸ™‚ I really need to read The Foxhole Court soon, it’s so hyped!

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    1. Thank you so much, Amy! ❀ It has calmed down a little, and I'm feeling much better πŸ™‚

      I really hope so too! I know I'll love it! Ahh, it definitely has its fair share of flaws and content warnings, so it's not for everyone, but I hope it is for you!

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  15. I think your new blog design is really neat – it’s minimalist and elegant in the best way possible, imo. I’m so glad you’re enjoying The Good Place – it’s a super-fun and relaxing show, so I hope you’ll have the chance to continue it among all the stress of school. I feel like a “bad reader” for not having read The Foxhole Court, haha, it’s SO HYPED! Hope you’re having a good month despite school having started again. 😦

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  16. and caitlin has changed her layout again! it looks adorable. i’m weak for a big font. (my eye-sight gets worse and worse everyday and i refuse to wear glasses, so whenever a layout has a big font i’m a fan).
    i’m sorry you had such a stressful october, but hopefully intramurals will make school a little bit more bearable. we had something similar at my school, but i didn’t compete at anything, since i suck at sports. still, it was a great opportunity to hang out with friends from other classes and just people i wouldn’t talk to regularly.
    AND THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH for mentioning me in that thread of underrated bloggers! you really are the kindest, nicest soul ever! πŸ’›
    i’m glad you still had time to read so much and, ofc, that you had a better experience with the foxhole court than i did. i only read the first book and really didn’t like it, but maybe i’ll push through and continue on with the series? everyone says it gets better and that stuff *actually* happen in the following books, so i may give it another shot.
    i hope you have an amazing november! wishing you all the luck on school! 😊

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    1. Stop attacking me, haha! I swear, I’ll probably go down in blogging history as the blogger who changed their blog design the most! Same!! I have no patience for small font, tbh. My eyesight is bad as it is, and I don’t want to have to squint just to read things??
      So far, school is more bearable, and I’m really happy about it! Ahh, it’s so cool that you had it at your school! That’s very true—its’s such a great way for our batches to bond. It does create some petty drama, but it’s fun nonetheless!
      YOU DESERVE IT!! I don’t get why you’re so underrated 😦
      I totally understand why it’s not for everyone. I’m actually working on a series review where I’ll outline all of the series’ flaws, but it’s taking me forever to write. I think that if you didn’t like the first book, you shouldn’t push through? Because the themes continue throughout the series. The found family trope in aftg is to die for though, and I think that that’s why it’s so popular. (Beware of some ace-exclusive language if you do continue with the series!)
      Thank you!! Likewise ❀ ❀

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