Wrap Up

Back to blogging: October 2021 Wrap Up!

In the past few months I’ve found a new job and had quite a bit of reader’s block but now my motivation has returned so I’m back to reading and blogging. I’m also back to doing challenges – the subgenres challenge and One Book, One Idea have been waiting for me to get a move on.

Books read in October:

The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller is one of my favorite reads this year, and I wrote a post about it. I also read Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler, as part of the subgenres challenge, that may not have been the best choice for my first book by this author. I will try some of her other work eventually.

Currently reading:

For the subgenres challenge – psychological thriller, I’m reading The Silence of the Lambs, and because I usually avoid scary books, I’m also reading a romantic one to help me out: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood. So far, The Silence of the Lambs isn’t that scary – but I’m glad I started The Love Hypothesis as well, I heard about it on twitter (lots of people were talking about ‘the Reylo book’) and it’s pretty fun rom-com.

After I finish The Silence of the Lambs, I might actually be brave enough to watch Hannibal. I’ve put it off for ages, I’m sure I’ll enjoy the story – but I can’t stand gore. Maybe it’s time to give it a shot.

One Book, One Idea updates:

I’m back to learning Spanish with the help of various free resources and it’s not going half bad. Most of my Spanish knowledge comes from telenovelas that I watched as a kid, it comes back to me as I go through the lessons. But whenever I start learning a language, I get an urge to also try learning a bunch of other languages and that’s really bad because I’ll end up knowing nothing. I need to stick to this one. And maybe Japanese.

My challenge for The Poppy War is to do balance training for one whole month. There’s a scene in the book where characters are training and I picked this because my balance is not good at all, so starting today I’ll spend some time every day doing balance exercises that I find on YouTube. Let’s see how much progress I can make in a month.

I’m also taking a photography course, inspired by The Bridges of Madison County where one of the characters is a photographer. I don’t know anything about photography and at first I wanted to take a course to learn how to take photographs, but that would take a bit more investment in both time and money, so instead I’m taking an amazing MOMA course on Coursera called Seeing Through Photographs.

It was really difficult to pick an activity from The Parable of the Sower, so I took the easy way out and decided to read a nonfiction book on religions, maybe something about how religions start. I usually stay away from this topic, so for me, this really is a challenge.

Watching:

I’m finally watching Marvelous Mrs. Maisel! The first episode wasn’t that great for me, except the ending, but it kept getting better. I have 2 episodes left and than I’m waiting for the fourth season, hopefully with more Lenny Bruce.

I also recently finished Oz, a show about prison life – it’s brutal but amazing. Also great for me because I love unhealthy ships (like Ryan and Gloria – it’s just so interesting to watch).

Only one more season of Ted Lasso left! This show has been like therapy for me, three seasons isn’t enough, but I’m happy a show like this even happened. Can’t wait to see where the characters go after that ending…

3 thoughts on “Back to blogging: October 2021 Wrap Up!”

  1. last week, i started doing spanish on duolingo to brush up on what I know and to better teach my kids during their spanish lessons. after the first few days of using it, I wanted to start a second language too.

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