October Wrap Up: Reading, Watching, Listening and Life


You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

Following on from last month, this month’s reread is You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle. I thought this was such a unique enemies-to-lovers concept, and while both parties are extremely childish on many occasions, the banter and build up is perfection.

You’ll love this if: you’ve ever wanted to hit your spouse/partner with some sort of prank when they bug you.

So Not My Thing by Melanie Jacobson

I love reading books that come in a series, so I purchased the Love in New Orleans set to make my way through. So Not My Thing is the first in the set and focuses on Elle, the realtor with a horror-meme past and Mile, the superstar who made her a meme 12 years ago.

This book was sweet and fun and shows us that we aren’t who we were in high school. I also loved how this book explores New Orleans and now that I’ve started the second in the series, it also gives you a bit of location history.

You’ll love this if: you ever looked up a where are they now? for meme stars.


The New Hustle by Emma Isaacs

I’m going to count this as a listen for the month even though I didn’t technically make it all the way through the book. It was nice to throw some non-fiction into the romance mix that I’ve been consuming – especially since I will be rejoining the workforce in November. It’s interesting to hear some of Isaacs’ advice with post-pandemic work, even though some of it might have been common sense.


Saffron Barker

I was craving a little fun travel vlog type video, since I won’t be travelling at any point in the near future. I was especially craving a vlog featuring young people without kids so I could see what the youth are doing these days.

Enter Saffron Barker and her latest videos from Nashville which lead me down a rabbit hole of videos from the creator. Her light content is exactly what I needed after battling some sleepless nights.


As I mentioned earlier, I’m getting back to work. It’s bittersweet because it means that balancing things is going to be very tricky, but at the same time, I feel like I have something to focus on besides nappy changes and mashing up food. I’m going to be doing contract work that can be completed out of hours, so it (hopefully) won’t impact the time spent with my babies.

It will, however, slow down my writing and editing. But family comes first and while my writing isn’t paying bills, it can’t be the sole focus of my free time. Hopefully, with a bit of clever preparation and time management, I’ll still be able to finish a proper draft of my first novel by the end of the year.

Speaking of my novel; I’m up to editing the last few chapters and I’ve actually been enjoying myself. It’s kind of fun to read your book when you have forgotten what you wrote in the first place. It’s taken a back seat, but it’s still very much ongoing and I’m proud of myself for getting this far this year. As for all the other ideas that keep popping into my head, my Trello board is filling up quickly.


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