October Wrap-Up & November TBR | Where I explain my unannounced disappearance and try to recall how on earth I made through the past week.

Greetings readers!

It has been quite a while hasn’t it? My last post was from Halloween and that was over a week ago! By now the Christmas/Holiday season is starting to establish itself (and I couldn’t be more excited) which means I’m about to head into Hell before finding the joy of Christmas.

It’s the end of the term and that means exam season. And like all wonderful university profs, they like to pile all their assignments within the few weeks before exam sessions start so naturally I have been drowning in papers and quizzes and tests. Technically, I should be writing something far more academic right now, but I honestly need to take a breather.

exams GIF

This past week has been Hell. I’ve had papers due and two tests (neither of which I allocated enough time to study for). AND I still have more papers and tests coming next week so I really am gonna need to get my focus on.

ANYWAYS you’re not here to simply hear me whine and cry about my education, your here for books! So let’s get on with it and get bookish (not school bookish though, not yet).

October was pretty fabulous! I have learned to optimize my time spent on commutes to and from uni to read. I can read approx. 30-40 pages of a book on one ride which means I’m reading about 60-80 pages a day, five days a week, four weeks and a half per month, eight months of school per year, six yea—ENOUGH MATH RENDZ, GOSH.

I can finish about 4 books per month, 5 if they are short, but that’s where I will stop with the numbers. You get the point.


What Rendz Read

The Witching Hours: Vampire Knife by Jack Henseleit (Halloween Town)
Very  spooky, very creepy, I loved it! My Mini Review

Lulu the Broadway Mouse by Jenna Gavigan (Dr. Frankenstein)
This book was fiercely fabulous! Loved it! My Mini Review

Spooktober Mini Reviews

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth (Mayor of Halloween Town)
My most anticipated book of the month! the post-Narnia adventure definitely gave me all the feels!!!! My Full Review

The Light Between Worlds

Anne Arrives: Inspired by Anne of Green Gables by Kallie George
A picture book that is perfect for fans of Anne or parents looking to introduce Anne to kids! Review to come!

Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo (Zero *There are ghost-like figures*)
Charming, cooky and full of wonderful Hispanic and Latinx mythology! My Full Review

Charlie Hernandez

Certain Dark Things by Silvia-Moreno Garcia (The Citizens)
Mexican Vampire Narcos. It was seriously awesome. Review to come!

This month I participated in the Nightmare Before Book Princess Reviews Read-A-Thon and I was lucky enough to get a bingo! (I may have stretched some of these prompts!)

spooktober 2

The Haul

I seriously need to find some semblance of self-control. I mean I guess I should pat myself on the back a little for not participating in that Book Outlet sale *though I regret it* But my problem comes when I request books. I seriously request everything because I want everything and then never read my ARCs on time. Shame on me. Someone send me some self-control tips!


The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth! I have an ARC but it’s blankness cannot compare to the stunning hardcover! Feast yer eyes!

Here comes the publisher love. For which I am so grateful and yet so unworthy.


Anne Arrives: Inspired by Anne of Green Gables by Kallie George
Goodnight, Anne by Kallie George
The Magicians Secret by Zachary Hyman

Three gorgeous picture books that are part of PRHC’s Holiday catalogue! Reviews coming soon!

Raincoast Books

I couldn’t make it to the in-person Teen Blogger event, but they are so amazing and sent me a swag pack AND THE BOOKS THAT I GOT.

Enchanctée by Gita Trelease *My little French heart sings!*
VOICES by David Elliott (Joan of Arc’s story in verse *my little Catholic heart sings* XD)

Thomas Allen & Sons
A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna (To satisfy my space opera craving!)

Featured Posts of the Month!

The Representation Book Tag & My very near future Latinx TBR | It’s #HispanicHeritageMonth so it’s time to get the party started!

The Representation Book Tag & My very near future Latinx TBR

Authors That I Want to Meet (In the nearest possible future…like the absolute nearest…)


Disney Channel Halloween Movies Tag


Past, Present and Future Tag!


YA Characters I would Totally Dress Up As!| Halloween Special!


Other Going-Ons

There will be a 4th LEGEND novel by the one and only Marie Lu 

I literally cried that day. I was so elated. I was in shock. I am still in shock. WE ARE ACTUALLY GETTING A FOURTH NOVEL!!!!!!!!!!!! All that begging worked! I even asked Marie if she would one day write a continuation as a joke. Past-Rendz you do not know what is headed your way, boo!

The Dragon Prince 

So I was bored and I needed something to watch, so I watched it. It was such a typical fantasy with a little (a lot) of humour in it and the animation is terrible, but I really enjoyed it. I liked the characters, the plot (even though I guessed ever turn) and it was just a lot of fun! It helped alleviate some stress!

Howl’s Moving Castle

Yeah, I jumped on the bandwagon. Just to be clear I watched the movie and I haven’t read the books. What did I think of it? It was….weird, but like I was into it. I would watch it again, maybe. It was good. I was mainly hoping some part of the soundtrack would stick out to me…but no……:(

I found this again…

If you’re a Lunar Chronicles fan, do yourself a favour and feast yer eyes on this!


I honestly don’t think I’ll make it to more than three considering how torturous the next couple of weeks are gonna be…but I’ll try!

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri (In the middle of it right now and OMG LOVING IT)

The Sisters of Winter Wood by Rena Rossner

Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd

The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna

I shall not even mention the review requests I’ve gotten since September that I haven’t had the chance to pick up. I am truly sorry and am also such a mess!

That’s it for me! Let me know what you think? What was your favourite read from this month? What was your favourite new release? What books are you looking forward to this month? 

Happy reading!

~ Rendz


10 thoughts on “October Wrap-Up & November TBR | Where I explain my unannounced disappearance and try to recall how on earth I made through the past week.

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  1. I was wondering where you disappeared to! Now I know uni has begun to swallow another poor soul. 😥 I hate how profs give kind smiles while they hand out assignments saying “I’ll assign this now so you have a little break before exams” except they ALL give it right before exams and then it’s just a mountain of assignments and then a mountain of exams but then FREEDOM. So cling to the freedom!!

    Also. That amount of unexpected math was terrifying. My eyes while reading: O.O
    I was at Indigo yesterday!! And I held Charlie Hernandez in my hands!! And then I opened the cover and looked at the price!! And somehow forgot hardcovers are 24.99 plus tax!! So I ran away!! I’m going to lurk around and wait for a sale or, like, to win the lotto. Why I am a paperback girl 101. 😥

    B I N G O!!!!!!

    Okay, can you at some point explain what is Raincoast Books to me?

    I am NEEDING A REVIEW FROM YOU ON VOICES but also scared. You will probably get me to put that on my TBR too. *hides TBR*

    That LC trailer!!! O:

    Sorry for the novel but you were gone for a very long time (read: one week) and this is what you get.

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    1. Sha I am clinging to freedom with my bare fingers! My vacation is so close! Just over a month left and I’m free for two weeks!

      Uh I totally get your escape from buying hardcovers! They are waayy too expensive! You could wait for the paperback or you could try to find it at a library? Have you tried Overdrive? It’s really good for finding e-books!

      Raincoast is a big Canadian punlisher company lol. They are like the Canadian distributor of different American publishers like MacMillan, Tor, Fiewel and Friends etc etc.
      I am so excited for VOICES it’s pretty short so hopefully I’ll be getting to it soonish. No need to hide the TBR just yet 😉

      The LC trailer gives me life in the hardest of times.

      And I love novel-long comments! XD

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      1. You must hold onnnnn for those two weeks of FREEEEDOOM. Cling!! CLING!! O:

        I’ll probably be waiting for the paperback. (the long, loooong months, ahhh D:) My library is A) quite small and B) majority French books. Does Overdrive only give you access to your own library? I saw other libraries around me, but I need library cards for them to access the books so idk if that is how it’s supposed to work.

        Oooooh okay! Did not know this. I need to work harder on my Canadian book knowledge lol.

        I dunno, my TBR is growing faster than I can read.

        Good! Because you can expect them from me from time to time 😉

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      2. My two weeks are so close yet so far…but I’m clinging!
        Overdrive only gives you access to libraries you have a card for, you’re right. So you can’t request outside of your own lib’s catalogue! Oh well, I hope the wait for the paperback is worth it!
        And Sha everybody’s TBR grows faster than they can read. E V E R Y O N E XD

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      3. They must be so much closer now that I absolutely vanished from the internet for a week! Oohhh no, Overdrive, you are failing meee. I think I’ll just make friends with people in all the cities around me and then steal their library cards. Muahaha.

        I will be the exception!!! *reads even faster*

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  2. Better late than never??? D: So so glad that you ended up with a bingo, Rendz!! I’m hoping that school will start to die down soon but i’m sure the finals are coming up. You got some great books, and I’m with you on missing the Book Outlet sale. 😦 Great wrap-up, Rendz! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Mandy! November’s wrap up will be even later. I am just about to dive into my finals this week. I should be hardcore studying yet here I am!
      Canada’s postal service has been on strike this past month so like I haven’t been getting any book mail which makes me so sad, but I feel like some good things are headed my way this December! Plus I took advantage of Bookoutlet’s black friday sale soooooooooooooooooooo I am excited XD

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