October Favourites!

october faves

October is now… Octover. (Hush. Let me quote stupid Tumblr posts in peace.) Still: November! The month of NaNoWriMo! And 2016 is in 2 months! This is so weird!

1. Hamilton *flings open window* I AM NOT THROWING AWAY MY SHOTTT So, everyone on Tumblr was talking about this musical. It sounds like it shouldn’t work — uh huh, a hip-hop opera about the founding fathers of America? I guess? — but IT TOTALLY DOES. It’s awesome. The lyrics, guys. (I think I just really like musicals about dead revolutionaries, full stop. History is always improved by overdramatic singing.)

2. Always Human by walkingnorth I hadn’t really been reading any good webcomics lately… UNTIL I FOUND THIS ONE! And it’s an adorable sci fi thing with girls falling in love and awesome art and asfdjkl did I mention how cute it is. Seriously. Go read it nooow. (I started reading it in summer? But then it got taken down so it could be featured in October. And now it’s updating again, yay!)

3. In Perfect Light by Benjamin Alire Saenz Yep, it’s the author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe… It turns out he has written a bunch of other, seriously awesome books. Like, wow. The best book I’ve read in ages. His writing style from Ari and Dante definitely shows through here too. I mean, I definitely enjoyed that, but I think I liked this one more. I have zero idea why people aren’t all over it because WOW CHARACTERS AND POETIC WRITING DAAAMN. *whispers* I loved it.

4. MCM Comic Con Yes. That is a pack of tea with the Doctor on the front. A HAUL POST IS COMING! But I wore my Penny Bunce cosplay and spent too much money and the world was in its rightful nerdy place. *nods*

5. The Big Lie by Julie Hearn It’s Britain, but if the Nazis had won WW2. Plus political disobedience, queer characters, and awesome writing. ‘Tis good.

6. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell AHAHAHA. No surprise here. My love affair with Watford is no secret. ❀ Carry On was a little different to what I expected — and not perfect, but I totally loved it. ALL MY SMALL MAGES, WHY DO YOU PINE SUCH. *shakes head* (Though, people: Carry On is not Cath’s fanfiction. It’s not designed to be in her style, or in the style of fic.)

7. Oceans by Lauren Aquilina Yep. Lauren’s new EP aah! Her style has definitely grown since her last EP, and I’m so in love with it. πŸ™‚ I also got a SIGNED CD. And a POSTER WITH MY NAME ON IT!! I’m totally cool! not omg Lauren SIGNED MY EP

Stuff from around the internet:

  • This month my top posts were Should We Judge Books By Their Authors?, I Am a Person Too and Poetry: Ashore.
  • It was asexual awareness week! I was hoping to write, like, an actual blog post rather than a few links but… I was pretty disorganised, and life got in the way. You should totally visit the site though, and here is cute comic drawn for last year’s ace awareness week which I think explains asexuality myths nicely. (Sorry, but A does not stand for Allies.)
  • It was the Les Mis 30th Anniversary! I didn’t get tickets to a show or anything, but. There you go. It was on the same day as the Carry On UK release, weirdly. Speaking of:
  • There were a lot of Rainbow Rowell interviews, because, well. CARRY ON WAS RELEASED ASDFJKL
  • There’s going to be a new Solitaire novellaaaa.
  • Evi @ Adventuring Through Pages shared her Raven Cycle character playlists.
  • Okay, I was really bad at reading blogs this months. I’m really sorry. And I’ll probably be bad at it next month too because NaNo. UGHHH.

In the diary:

  • I got a haircut! I don’t normally take selfies, but I thought this one was nice, so: here, my new short hair. πŸ™‚

  • Sooo I started attending a Japanese club at school with my friend. I mean, I’m progressing rather slowly because it’s just one lunchtime a week, but we’re trying to learn some out of school too. (And I might be going to Japan soon! I actually haven’t been back since I left when I was about six, so I am VERy EXCITED OMG.)
  • I went train-hopping, finally — I just ended up riding the Tube until I got to a nice station, and then sat down and did some writing. Okay, I know that sounds like the literal craziest thing ever but I’ve wanted to do that for ages.

If you didn’t see my moany and/or panicked tweets, I’m doing NaNoWriMo this month! Weirdly, this is my third year — even though it still feels so new. I’m hoping to get some decent writing done, but it does mean that I’m probably not going to be around the blogging community as much. I’ll (hopefully) see you guys on the other side, though, hehe. πŸ˜‰

How was your month? Did you do anything for Halloween? Is anyone else doing NaNoWriMo?

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17 thoughts on “October Favourites!

  1. So I just read Ari and Dante (IT WAS AN ACCIDENT, I SWEAR. I still have to do my exams *sigh*) and oh my gosh, the feels. I think I’m in love with that book. It’s a shame that I have to wait till January, when I’m freed from the exams, to read all the other books…
    And ahh, your new haircut is so cute! I’m thinking of getting a new haircut myself too–my hair has gotten way too long for my lazy nature to take care of–but I still haven’t decided how short I want it to be.
    And good luck with your Japanese and NaNoWriMo! Looks like we’re all having a bust November.

    • Aaah I love Ari & Dante. ❀ Oh, good luck in your exams! I hope they're not too stressful. (I am terrible at planning revision. I just end up cramming argh.)
      Thank you! If you want to get it cut short then maybe research some different lengths? My hair doesn't really grow beyond shoulder length, haha.
      Yeah, November's turning out to be really busy for me. πŸ˜› Thanks for commenting! πŸ™‚

  2. The Hamilton Soundtrack is amazing, is it not? I know what you mean when you say it doesn’t sound like it shouldn’t work but I can’t get it out of my head. Have you listened to the In The Heights soundtrack? The music is written by the same guy who wrote for Hamilton (plus he’s the star of both!)

    • It definitely is! I’m always catching myself humming parts — although mostly not in tune, but ah well.
      I’ve listened to a bit of it, but not as much as Hamilton. I could only find a bad quality recording in YouTube, but I really hope to listen to some more! (And it’s just started showing near me, so I kinda want to go!)
      I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW LIN MANUEL MIRANDA MANAGES TO DO EVERYTHING. Wow. *shakes head*

  3. I’m doing NaNo! I still need to do some plotting…so ACK. I really want to listen to the Hamilton soundtrack but at the same time I’m not a hip-hop fan so I don’t want to end up hating it? Urgh. AND OMG ALMOST HUMAN IS ADORABLE AAAAAH. I sooo want to read all of Saenze’s books, and Carry On, and The Big Lie sounds amazing… Yay for the Les Mis birthday, though!!! Your new haircut looks amazing as well.
    For Halloween, I was the TARDIS from Doctor Who, and got so much candy omg. My new neighborhood rocks in that sense xD Good luck with your Japanese learning and NaNo! And thank you for linking to my post, I’m glad you enjoyed the playlists!

    • Haha I’m replying to this ridiculously late, but: I HOPE IT’S GOING WELL. I tried to write a plan, but as of right now I am improvising every single time I sit down at the keyboard.
      I…don’t really listen to hip-hop either, tbh. I think I missed some of the references? But, like, it works really well for me in Hamilton, and there are more vocal-based parts too.
      YAYAY I’M GLAD YOU THINK SO!
      I reaally want to read some more, yeah. πŸ™‚ And thank you!
      Omg that sounds awesome! In my area, people tend to stick to more, like Halloween-y stuff, but SOME DAY I’M JUST GONNA GO ALL OUT. FANDOM YES. (Oooh, is that the costume you did a DIY post for while ago? Am I making this up? :P)
      Thanks, and you’re welcome — I really enjoyed them!

  4. Oh my gosh, your new hair is so cute (:
    Yes I’m doing NaNoWriMo. and I’m excited. Despite that I procrastinate so much and then freak out at the end of the month..
    Good luck to you in your writing. Hope you win (:

    • Thank you so much!
      I hope it’s going well for you — everything is a bit hectic for me, but I don’t seem to be able to work any other way. πŸ˜›
      Thanks again, and good luck to you as well!

  5. Okay, Always Human looks ADORABLE. I just had a little peek at it, and I am most likely going to continue with it. Which will be my first ever webcomic :O

    I really need to read more Benjamin Alire Saenz books because Ari & Dante was gorgeous ❀

    I NEED to read Carry On. Like, ASAP. Although i kind of think it's weird that it's not Cath's fanfic? Is it someone else's fanfic? Because Cath was writing Simon+Baz because they weren't canon? SO CONFUSING. But anyway, I still want to read it because of reasons.

    Your haircut looks awesome!

    And I would totally go train-hopping if our train stations weren't the mangiest things on earth. Because I think it sounds kind of awesome ^.^

    • If you do continue reading, I hope you like it! I don’t read nearly as many webcomics as I’d like, though occasionally I get super obsessed with one.
      Ari & Dante was so lovely — I really want to read more of Saenz’s books!

  6. Okay, so I JUST finished Always Human because asdl;k it looked ADORABLE. It lived up to my expectations but it was too short ;-; I want more now. Your new hair makes you look so cute, omg. WE HAVE THE SAME GLASSES THOUGH. yay. I need to read more of Benjamin Alire Saenz’s books because Ari and Dante is still my obsessive reread book because it’s just that good. So I need more of his books. I just hope I get more time to read nowadays. Ooh, and I need to hear Lauren’s new EP. SOON. *nods* And ack, I’m so sorry I haven’t stopped by in here for so long.

    • ADORABLE BUT SHORT. Yeah. There needs to be more, le sigh.
      Aah thank you! DO WE?? That’s so cool omg, glasses twins! (The free ones available at the optician, yas. *nods*)
      I really want to read more of his books! Ari & Dante was so fabulous aah.
      Aah no worries! It’s nice to see you again anyhow. πŸ™‚

  7. I travel for free during the weekdays so just getting on a random train has been on my mind as well haha πŸ˜› AND CARRY ON ANDFSBJDG I finally read it and it was so good ❀ I'm going to read that webcomic. It sounds fabulous πŸ˜€

      • Yesss! The benefit of being a student in The Netherlands πŸ˜€ They understand how expensive it is to travel to and from a different city everyday haha. Do you mean Carry On or that webcomic? I immediately read the latter after I commented on your post. It’s so cute!

      • WOW that’s so useful! *scratches head and looks back on comment* I think I was talking about Carry On? BUT YAY ALWAYS HUMAN. I have many feels for both of them. πŸ˜€

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