October Wrap-Up

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Hey y’all and happy Veteran’s Day! So, I know we’re already well over a week into November but I honestly forgot to make this last week. I’ve definitely been slacking when it comes to blogging and I’m going to try to be better at that... but finals are in a couple weeks so no promises.

Reading Stats

I read 4 books in October, totaling 1,318 pages. Yes, much less than usual but I had midterms and the general stress of being an English major so I’d honestly call this a win.

Here’s the part you really came for. Oh, how I love these beautiful graphs from The StoryGraph. They recently changed the style up a bit and they’re even prettier now.


The StoryGraph Moods Breakdown October 2020 ~ Rae's Reads and Reviews

As you can see, most of my reads fell into the emotional category. I generally read for escapism and I love books that pull at my heart strings and make me feel something. This is a surprise to no one.


The StoryGraph Pace Breakdown October 2020 ~ Rae's Reads and Reviews

I actually ended up reading two slow paced books this month, which is definitely unlike me. I usually read more fast paced books. One was On Beauty by Zadie Smith, which I read for school. The other was We Are Okay by Nina LaCour.

Page Number

The StoryGraph Page Number Breakdown October 2020 ~ Rae's Reads and Reviews

No books over 500 pages, yet again. I tend to enjoy shorter books, especially since I mostly read contemporary.


The StoryGraph Fiction/Nonfiction Breakdown October 2020 ~ Rae's Reads and Reviews

Another month of solely reading fiction. This pie chart will be looking a little different in the November wrap-up.


The StoryGraph Genre Breakdown October 2020 ~ Rae's Reads and Reviews

Three out of my four reads for October were contemporary. I dipped a little into fantasy but it was a Middle Grade story that fell more under the blanket of speculative fiction. It was fun.

Star Ratings

The StoryGraph Star Ratings Breakdown October 2020 ~ Rae's Reads and Reviews

An average rating of 4.17 for the month. I didn’t rate On Beauty because I usually don’t rate books I read for school.

What’s Poppin’

I put out 18 blog posts in October. I’m really happy with that number, especially since I was able to still keep up with book tours and post despite school eating up a lot of my time.

Here are the top 4 viewed posts from October:

My interview with Sandra L. Richards was a really fun one. Her answers were so great and I really enjoyed reading Rice and Rocks. I gave my copy to my youngest cousin and she seemed to enjoy the story, too.

I’m so happy I got to be part of the book tour for The Long Way Down: Graphic Novel. Jason Reynolds is one of my favorite authors so being part of this tour was truly an honor. As part of it, I released an original Long Way Down book tag that you’re welcome to try out.

My post on The Loud House Winter Special ended up doing surprisingly well. I’m guessing it was a combination of parents looking up reviews for a possible stocking stuffer and general Loud House fans searching for the next addition to their collection.

My September Wrap-up also did pretty well so if you want to see how I differed in stats this month, definitely check that out.

Here are my personal faves:

Lamar Giles’ marketing team actually reached out to me to help promote his latest novel, The Last Mirror on the Left. This interview is one of my favorites thus far because his answers also inspire me as a writer.

Due to a myriad of factors on top of all that, I finally decided to read Not So Pure and Simple. It took me forever to get the full review out because I had so much to say. I need more people to read this book so I can talk to y’all about it.

While waiting for Charming as a Verb to come out, I read The Field Guide to the North American Teenager and had even more to say. So many feelings y’all, so many feelings.

And I also posted a diverse and family friendly watchlist. It’s been a little while since I last posted one and I had so many more TV shows to talk about.

Golden Girls Thank You GIF by TV Land

And that’s how October went. Thank you for listening to my rambles.

How was October for you?

What are you looking forward to in November?

Are you doing Nonfiction November or any other reading challenges?

Let me know in the comments below, let’s chat!

7 thoughts on “October Wrap-Up

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    • I can definitely relate to that. School eats into most of my reading time and when I’m done with my schoolwork I’m usually too tired to pick up a book


  4. Enjoyed the post. My October was good but stressful. I was running the Black SFFathon, and I’m happy with the amount of participation we got, but it was more emotionally draining than I thought it would be. Have an ARC review I need to post this month, but other than that, I’ll be a potato bookwise.

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    • Running a readathon is a whole lot of work, I’m so happy you were able to have a good number of participants 😀 It’s important to take that time after to relax and engage in self care but I’m sure you’ve already got a knitting plan for that 🙂


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