October in Review

October in Review

(Read: 6 / Reviewed: 5)

October! What a month it was.

This end-of-month-wrap-up is a day late, as yesterday was just too busy, what with finishing off the Halloween content. Every week through Monday to Friday, right up until the last day, I pushed myself to post something, whether it was a simple mini-review or guest post. I also didn’t plan the posts in advance, so sometimes it was so very last minute.

I’m drained. I’m on the edge of being burnt out, BUT it was a blast. I got to interact with lovely people, and gain experience in trying new things!

The entirety of the October content can be found here.

The winner of the giveaway has also been chosen (courtesy of random number generator), and has been notified! If you didn’t win, well, there will be more opportunities in the future!

What else is new?

I’ve decided to take a step away from Booklikes, and will probably delete my account. I just find Goodreads and this blog more than enough to maintain.

I plan on the majority of December and January to be “me-time”, meaning I’ll be focusing on reading my own books that have been building up. I’m no longer accepting books for review, and will be trying to get through as many as I can in November.



The Sea Was a Fair Master by Calvin Demmer – It was a great start to the Halloween season. Flash fiction didn’t appeal until Calvin fascinated me with how he was able to tell an entire story with so little pages. Seriously, there’s many delights to be had with this collection. You can read my full review here, as well as read my interview with Calvin here.

Breathe. Breathe. by Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi – Who would have thought I’d be reading poetry? Well, not me, because I admittedly tend to avoid it. I’m however so glad that I gave it a chance – it was a roller coaster of feelings! I’m also honoured to have worked closely with Erin on a few projects, as well. You can read my full review here.

Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked by Christa Carmen – More collections? Why, yes please. Christa completely captivated me with her beautiful writing. I got lost in more than one of the tales included, and it turned out to be perfect for the time of year. You can read my full review here, and can read Christa’s popular guest post here.

The Haunting of Hope House by Astrid Addams – A debut novel, and one that wasn’t my cup of tea. Whilst having potential, it struck me as unfinished work. I however wish Astrid all the best in her future writing endeavors! You can read my full review here.

House of Fallen Trees by Gina Ranalli – Being the very first official book of the Banshee Reads Book Club, we were all pretty excited to start this one. Too excited, probably. Most of us ladies had a lot of issues concerning this book, which I’ll no doubt detail in my upcoming review in November.

Doorbells at Dusk by Various – This anthology was an important aspect of October, because not only was it themed around Halloween, but I took it upon myself to post mini-reviews for each individual story. It was actually a lot more work than I thought, but I enjoyed it a lot! I thank Erin and Corpus Press for sending me the paperback! You can find the reviews here.



The Sea Was a Fair Master by Calvin Demmer

Breathe. Breathe. by Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi

Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked by Christa Carmen

The Haunting of Hope House by Astrid Addams

Thirteen Days by Sunset Beach by Ramsey Campbell



I hope everyone had a great Halloween. As for me, I need a little time to recharge my batteries! See you soon!

Cat xx

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