4 nerdy things I'm excited for in October

It's official. Spooky season is here. October is just days away and ignoring the fact that I'm behind on *all* of my September goals, I'm so excited because there are so many incredible and amazing things happening in October in the nerd world. These are just some of the many things I can’t wait for.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

The adult debut of YA powerhouse Leigh Barudgo is out on October 8. It's pulled in starred revies from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist and more. And on Bookstagram, accounts with ARCs can't put it down. If you've ot read the synopsis yet, check it out over on Goodreads. Ninth House is sure to be perfect for fans of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History.

Rise of Skywalker Funko Pop!

Marketing season for Star Wars Epsiode IX is finally kicking off at the start of October with “Triple Force Friday!” Starwars.com announced a ton of new merchandise is going on sale October 4th — including new Funko Pop! I’m not a big Funko collector, but their Star Wars collections have a special place in my soul. I can't wait to add the the new Rey and BB-8 pops to be shelves.

Disneyland Paris

I’m going to Disneyland Paris!!!!!!! It'll be my very first international Disney park and I am P-U-M-P-E-D about it. Nick and I are already planning our must ride list. At the very top? HyperSpace Mountain of course! If you’ve got any tips to share about how to have the best day ever while in Disneyland, drop them in the comments below! We need all the help we can get fort his trip.

The start of hand-knit season

It's been hot as hell in DC this summer. I think I read somewhere that we had more than 50 days with above 90º weather (that's 32.2º for the rest of the world). Capitol Weather Gang is promising the end of summer weather is near. I can't wait for it to be consistently in the 60ºs so I can start wearing my hand knit sweaters and hats again. First thing I’ll be wearing? My Harry Potter themed hats and scarves.

So, what’s got you jazzed for October? Halloween? New books? New movies? I want to know. Let’s talk in the comments section.

Why I struggled to read in July and why August is already better

Let's go ahead and address the elephant in the virtual room —I didn't read s*** in July. Of the four books I cracked open and attempted I disliked two, struggled to get into a third and LOVED the fourth. I'm going to chalk it up to a summer slump, being busy AF, and lack of inspiration.

With all that in mind, I’ve canned July's superlatives. But if you want to know more about the four books in question, follow me over on Goodreads. I keep notes and write tiny reviews as I’m reading and finishing books during the month.


August might not be any better as far as reading goes, but I’m not going to let that stop me from trying. I’m thankfully 20/30 books for 2019, so a little summer slump won’t derail my reading challenge.

Here is what I’ll be reading this month alongside my knitting and cross stitch projects:

  • “A Darker Shade of Magic” by V.E. Schwab — ADSOM is a holdover from July. I'm about 100 pages and really not getting into it. It may end up as my first DNF (did not finish) of the year.

  • “Bloom” by Kevin Panetta — I've been reading a lot of “to be continued” webtoons on my phone recently that are leaving me with all the feels. I picked up “Bloom” at the library to fill that sentimental, need a-happy-ending romance gap.

  • “Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi — I've been meaning to read this one for ages! I've heard great things from everyone that's read it and can we talk about those exclusive Maji clan editions from B&N?! Definitely can’t wait to start CBAB this month.

  • “Obsidio” by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff — I can’t get enough of the “Illuminae Files.” I secretly don't want it to end, but also I have to know how it ends. I fully expect to read this in a single sitting.

  • Tithe” by Holly Black —I LOVED this book in middle school. It’s been over a decade since I last read it, so technically still a reread. But Holly Black is going to be at the National Book Festival here in DC this month and I want to try to get it signed alongside my copy of “The Wicked King.”

  • “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell — Rainbow Rowell is also going to be at the National Book Festival this month. Since I’ve not read any of her work, want to squeeze this one in before hearing her speak.

What are you reading this month? Any of these? Something else? Let me know in the comments below.