Monthly Wrap-Up – OCTOBER

And just like that October is over! I can’t believe we are in November now, and I am so excited that we are creeping closer and closer to December and Christmas!

October was a pretty busy month for me! The Mayday Parade gig, meeting Tom Felton, John Barrowman. and Holland Roden at Armageddon Expo, running in the Auckland Marathon, Halloween! So many amazing (and exhausting) experiences! Not to mention I have also been participating in the House Cup Reading Challenge! The downside of all my time being taken up by so many fun activities was definitely the lack of blogging time! We do plan to have a much quieter November so hopefully you’ll see a lot more of me around here 🙂

Taking on the House Cup Reading Challenge really made me up my reading game in October (You can read about it HERE). My total for this month was 8 books! I am actually so happy with the amount I managed to read, specially with so many other things going on lately. I am still a little being the schedule I set up for this challenge though, so hopefully I can really power through for the last 12 days!

Books read in October: 
Godblind – Anna Stephens
The View from Saturday – E.L. Konigsburg
Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between – Jennifer E. Smith
Drowned – Nichola Reilly
Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton
Of Poseidon – Anna Banks
Sinner – Maggie Stiefvater
Teardrop – Lauren Kate



My favourite read of the month was definitely Godblind! Not only is it my favourite read of the month… but the whole year! I loved it so so much and I am definitely working on a review for you all! Some other titles I really loved this month were Rebel of the Sands, Of Poseidon, and Sinner.

With such an amazing dent made in my TBR, it only makes sense that I would buy more books to erase that progress right?


I purchased a total of 14 books, and I was sent 2 from the wonderful people at Harper Collins to review for you lovelies! That is a total of 16 books, but I have already read 2 of them! Still a bit of a step backwards on the TBR progress though, haha!


New books in October:
Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamiton
The Serpent King – Jeff Zentner
The Love That Split The World – Emily Henry
Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here – Anna Breslaw
Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
The Glittering Court – Richelle Mead
The Dazzling Heights – Katharine McGee
Turtles All The Way Down – John Green
All The Crooked Saints – Maggie Stiefvater
All The Major Constellations – Pratima Cranse
The Forbidden Wish – Jessica Khoury
For the Record – Charlotte Huang
The Trouble with Destiny – Lauren Morrill
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart – Holly Ringland (ARC)
The Smell of Other People’s Houses – Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Oh my goodness, so many new books! So obviously I have already read Rebel of the Sands (SO GOOD!), and I had also already read The Love That Split The World (which you can read my review of HERE). But the rest of them are all waiting for me to pick them up. I’d say it is no surprise that the two I am most looking forward to are Turtles All The Way Down and All The Crooked Saints… I know they are cliche choices but I just don’t care, I adore Green and Stiefvater!

Have you read any of these titles? What would you suggest I read first? 


October is always an exciting month for us in the television department. So many of our favourites come back with their new seasons throughout October and we are always super happy to see them return. The ones we were most excited about this month were… Supernatural, Riverdale and The Shannara Chronicles. Another very very exciting October release is Stranger Things! However we are waiting for an opportune moment where we will be able to marathon the whole lot, because once we start we know we won’t want to stop!

We have also been catching up on The Flash and Arrow as we were waaaaay behind! Hopefully we will be all caught up with those very soon and then we can move on to catching up with The Walking Dead, Supergirl and Gotham (I am ashamed with how far behind we are on all these great shows).


I only managed to make it to the cinema once this month, with everything else that was going on. My  Mum to see Battle of the Sexes. I definitely enjoyed the film, but it wasn’t the best I’d seen this year. Emma Stone and Steve Carell were great, which was no surprise. There were some parts I found a little boring and drawn out, but overall it was definitely worth the watch.


A very quiet month on the blog, which was to be expected with all the crazy plans I had. I still managed to get a few posts up, so here they all are…

And here are a few posts by other bloggers that I have really loved this month!


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month here in New Zealand. As part of raising funds and awareness our local Supermarket were selling these beautiful pink Lilies and a portion of each bunch sold would go to Cancer Research. How could I say no to such beautiful blooms for such an amazing cause?

The Lily is native all over the world, and holds many meanings to so many different cultures. The standard meaning of the Lily is royalty, rebirth, and purity. However, just like most flowers different colours also hold different meanings. The pink Lilies in this photo are known as Stargazer Lilies, and are one of the most popular flowers for bouquets all over the world! The Stargazer Lily means Ambition and Encouragement, so makes a lovely gift for a loved one, or great to have in your home to keep you inspired.


So that was October! How was your month?
What did you read? Did you dress up for Halloween?



  1. Esther @ Queen of Fantasy

    November 2, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Oh my goodness you read so many books???? And that haul tho <3 I hope you read Illuminae soon, I LOVED it so I hope you do too!! And thank you so much for featuring my post!!! 😀

    1. Toni-Emma @ Book & Bloom

      November 3, 2017 at 10:44 am

      Definitely the most books I’ve read in a single month ever! I will definitely be joining more reading challenges in the future 🙂

      I am very excited for Illuminae, it’s only 3 books away on my TBR right now! I have heard so many wonderful things about it, so hopefully I really enjoy it.

      And no problem! I really enjoy your posts! Thanks for stopping by and commenting 🙂

  2. Marie

    November 3, 2017 at 7:01 am

    You met Tom Felton this month?! That’s SO cool!
    Also, yay for cliché choices, I love Green and Stiefvater as well. I am reading Turtles and it’s really good so far, I hope you’ll get to read it soon!
    Thank you so, so much for sharing my post, I’m so glad you enjoyed it so much. <3 I hope you'll have an amazing November! xx

    1. Toni-Emma @ Book & Bloom

      November 3, 2017 at 10:46 am

      Yes I did! He is such a sweetheart! It was definitely something to tick off my bucketlist 🙂

      Oooh I am so excited to read Turtles, hopefully I will be getting to it very very soon! I usually read my most anticipated new releases as soon as I get them in my hands, but this time they have had to wait!

      No problem at all. I really enjoy your blog, and it was definitely one of my favourite posts I read in October 🙂

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