Salut, bibliophiles! October has been an incredibly eventful month in both the book blogosphere and day-to-day life. As you read this, I am preparing for the end of cross country season, beginning of the second marking period, and the inevitable cold weather. Thoughts of future reads and bookish discussion ideas cross my mind. I have also officially become obsessed with the word 'palpable'.
On a different note, I've noticed that the YA book community is slowly readjusting to focus on 2016 debuts, which will be out much sooner than it seems. Meaning that, after a lack of Goodreads activity, it's time to head back, review, and update the infinitely-growing TBR (to-be-read) list.
Happy Halloween, bookworms!
The Halloween at Hogwarts gif is especially fitting, since the Hogwarts School of Blogcraft and Booksitry launched this month! My teammates and I, #TeamRed, created this feature to discuss various memorable books and blogging tips- through themed classes! Last week's class was Transfiguration, and up soon will be Potions! I am incredibly excited to be a part of the faculty! Some other October blog highlights include:
- Acquiring a copy of Rick Riordan's newest release, The Sword of Summer, and discovering that the chapter names are just as hilariously named as in the Percy Jackson series. (My sister could not help pointing out that the 13th chapter was titled "Phil the Potato Meets His Doom".)
- I also nabbed Vengeance Road and The Martian this month, which I am excited to read.
- I guest reviewed Code Name Verity over at Of Spectacles and Books (Thanks Amanda!)
- I participated in quite a few Twitter chats! Some I remember are #ASQWW to support 2016 debut Truthwitch and #BHPChat to showcase book bloggers.
- On the note of Twitter, I was thrilled to see many bloggers 'Halloween-ify' their profile names. Inspired, I changed my own to "Clairvoyant" for the month. November 1st, my profile name will be normalized.
- It's Halloween, and I couldn't help myself- I had to do an inspired post. Viola! Here are three bone-chilling books I'd recommend.
Change is Bliss
Change can be a positive thing. It keeps us on our toes and more open-minded.
Currently, I am in the midst of considering a slight change on the blog. Before anyone worries, no, I am not experimenting with my blog design again (for now). And no, I am not quitting book blogging, leaving for hiatus, etc. etc., as many fear.
I am changing gears a bit, focusing on bookish discussions that will inspire and invigorate further discussion equally or even more than average reviews. As longer readers of Cover to Cover will recognize, I've also (yes, again) switched up my recap format. I also *may* be planning a blogger-featuring post for New Years, something I have never done before.
Calling All the Readers
Surprise, surprise! Believe it or not, tomorrow kicks off November. I feel like I say this every month, but it's hard to comprehend that another month is on us already. At this rate, 2016 releases may as well be debuting tomorrow!
Although it sure doesn't feel like it, #BannedBooksWeek to highlight frequently challenged stories was just a few weeks ago. Towards the beginning of the month, I recommended four of my favorite novels that happened to be challenged and banned.
Here are some of my favorite (bookish) tweets of the month:
This year I had the most perfect costume idea: a reader! I've practiced holding books & mastered my "Can't you see I'm reading?" look.— Jennifer Y. (@2many2read) October 28, 2015
my reflection in the mirror of erised is holding this book😭 https://t.co/wGbyethdsO— the baenshee (@readatmidnight) October 15, 2015
"Oh yeah, I started my review of *insert book here*" *opens post the next day* Uhm yeah I only titled the post thats it ahem wow— Kaitlin (@NextPagePlease_) October 14, 2015
I gently corrected a customer who said most of the teen books were "girl books" for once and will try to keep doing it #StoriesForAll— lauren (@laurizzie) October 12, 2015
// all these magical illustrations are my making my heart soaaar 😍 A FEW THINGS TO NOTE: 1… http://t.co/4bnmNyOwgS pic.twitter.com/CAaMwV1CAJ— alexanDRACULA (@twirlingpages) October 8, 2015
The only choice for Speaker in these difficult times is Rufus Scrimgeour.— Peter Sagal (@petersagal) October 8, 2015
THANK YOU RICK FOR GIVING ME A SERIES ABOUT APOLLO AND CAMP HALF BLOOD *freaks out* https://t.co/2slZt4MU8f— Candy Corn Claudia (@penmarkings) October 10, 2015