October Adventure Log: a month in review

(Last Updated On: November 9, 2020)
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The Adventure Log is my monthly wrap-up post!

Did October come and go like a fever dream for anyone else? Like how is it time for another month in review? I am so disappointed because I feel like I didn’t get to experience Spooky Season to its fullest potential.

The weather is finally beginning to cool a bit here in Southern California though, and the last week of October finally felt like Fall. It’s a shame that palm trees don’t change leaves, though!

But with a new month, it’s time to wrap-up everything October! My post format has changed a bit this month, so read on to hear all about what I read and hauled, and much more!

2020 Bookish Jazz Awards are here!

Nominate your favorite ya & adult books of 2020 in the second annual Bookish Jazz Awards
Submit your nominations through November 10, 2020!

In case you missed the launch of the second annual Bookish Jazz Awards on November 1st, I wanted to let you know that today is the last day to submit nominations for the voting round!

Unlike other awards, The Jazzies have separate genre categories for Young Adult and Adult fiction! Any book published between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2020 is eligible, so be sure that your faves get recognized!

2019 Award Winners

Personal Update

Honestly? October was much of the same for me. California and my county have essentially been in lockdown since March. As soon as restrictions are loosened, cases always spike because people don’t know how to behave… and I am Tired.

I’ve been struggling to focus on reading again, but playing Town of Salem with friends is a blessing!

Last month I was back on my Lady Gaga bullshit, and this month… apparently I like Miley Cyrus now? Her performance for SOSFest showed up on my recommended and… my GOODNESS is her voice suited for rock! Her cover of Zombie by The Cranberries is one of the best things to grace my ears and Edge of Midnight (Midnight Sky & Edge of Seventeen remix) with Stevie Nicks solidified my new adoration.

Books I Read

I experienced this brief respite from the Reading Slump of Doom, and goodness did it feel amazing while it lasted!


Books Read


Pages Read


Average Ratings

None Shall Sleep, Hope on a Tightrope, The Girl from the Well

None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney

📖 Review

This book is great with Silence of the Lambs and Criminal Minds vibes set in the 1980s. It’s been over a month and I can’t stop thinking about it; hands-down one of my favorite books of 2020!


Hope on a Tightrope: Words of Wisdom by Cornel West

quick read that is easily digestibleHope on a Tightrope was published in 2008 before Barack Obama won the election. Unlike Democracy Matters or his other works, this collection is more of a free-flowing and loosely-themed quotes that kind of serves as a tasting platter of his philosophies. It reads like you are listening to Cornel West speak. Covering a wide range of topics including courage, identity & race, faith, music, and freedom, he unifies these topics through the lens of hope and its differentiation from optimism.


The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

📖 Review

Well that was a feast of nightmare fuel reminiscent of J-horror films. Perfectly horrifying read for October, and I can’t wait to read the second book The Suffering!

Dark and Deepest Red, The Only Good Indians, These Deathless Bones

Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

📖 Review

This book swept me away with its lush prose and nestled its way into my heart. Where it will undoubtedly live for some time. Dark and Deepest Red is a story about hiding from who society thinks you are and taking ownership of it.


The Only Good Indians by Stephan Graham Jones

I’m always here for decisions of the past coming back to haunt you and stories of revenge. The Only Good Indians is a haunting story of cultural identity and revenge. I’ll be honest that I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about the book but found myself gripped the further I read.


These Deathless Bones by Cassandra Khaw

You can read These Deathless Bones for free on Tor here!

WOW. This is an amazing read and one I highly recommend! The descriptive language activates all of your senses, which is a feat for such a short and tightly-wound story. Probably one of the best horror short stories I’ve read and I wish it were a full-length novel.

Books I Hauled

I’ve decided to stop posting separate haul posts every month, but I know many of you enjoy seeing the books I pick up each month. Click on the book title to be taken to the Goodreads page.

Tales of Terror, Chilling Ghost Stories, Spine-Tingling Stories

Edgar Allan Poe: Tales of Terror and Madness

Do I already own two Complete Works? Yes. Do I own a couple random collections? Also yes. But I couldn’t resist nabbing this when I grabbed the other two Retro Classics editions~


Chilling Ghost Stories edited by Stefan Dziemianowicz

I am a sucker for collections of stories, and I really like these retro classics collections that B&N had on sale for $5 each.


Strange Tales: Spine-Tingling Stories edited by Stefan Dziemianowicz

The third retro classic book I nabbed on a whim because I have No Control.

The Turn of the Screw, His Hideous Heart, Lightbringer

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

I have this irrational need to read books before watching their adaptations, so once I found out Bly Manor was based on this Gothic novel I had to pick up a Kindle copy.


His Hideous Heart: 13 of Edgar Allan Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined edited by Dahlia Adler

Surprising absolutely no one, I also picked up the Poe reimagining anthology when the ebook was on sale! I plan on hosting a readalong for it in January to celebrate my birthday in my Poe Hoe fashion.


Lightbringer (Empirium #3) by Claire Legrand

My dumb ass thought I preordered the book, and then turns out I didn’t so I missed out on the cards but I hunted a copy down in the wild. One day I’ll be ready for the pain.

How to be an Antiracist, Slaughterhouse Five graphic novel, The Route of Ice and Salt

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram XC. Kendi (free)

After a year of saving up, I was able to redeem my first hardcover from the Penguin Reader Rewards program! I’m excited to read this one soon.


Slaughterhouse-Five, or the Children’s Crusade adapted by Ryan North and illustrated by Albert Monteys (eARC)

The shriek that let loose from my mouth when I got an email saying the publisher granted my wish on Netgalley! This book is one of my all-time favorites and am excited it has a graphic novel adaptation.


The Route of Ice and Salt by José Luis Zárate, translated by David Bowles (eARC)

“A reimagining of Dracula’s voyage to England, filled with Gothic imagery and queer desire.”

Suffice to say I am so excited to have been granted an eARC of this translation and am thankful Silvia Moreno-Garcia tweeted about it!

Read Voraciously Book Club Pick for November

Did you know that I run a Discord server dedicated to nerding out about all the things you’re passionate about? It’s a fun and lowkey place were we organize voice chats, games, and even group readalongs!

We’d love to have you join us in the server~

Reader Voracious Posts

In case you missed it, here are all of my posts from October!

Posts Around the Blogosphere

I haven’t blog hopped that much this past month, but I do have some amazing posts to share with you all that I’d highly recommend checking out!

Let’s Chat!
What did you read & watch in October? Any exciting books?
Did you do anything fun for Halloween?

Let’s go on another adventure together!


  1. Yesha Patel

    November 10, 2020 at 1:45 AM

    Lovely wrap-up! My favourite book in October was Unravel The Dusk.

    1. Kal

      December 29, 2020 at 10:25 PM

      Thank you, Yesha, and I’ve heard good things about that book & series! I still need to read Spin the Dawn, oops

  2. Amber

    November 10, 2020 at 3:17 AM

    I always try to read books before I watch their adaptations too! It annoys my partner because it means we have to delay watching things a lot haha. Sometimes I have to give in though, like when we went to see Les Mis.

    1. Kal

      December 29, 2020 at 10:26 PM

      I’m so glad to not be the only one that needs to read first, lol. It’s annoying because I just never get around to them though. Still haven’t read Turn the Screw. Ugh!

  3. Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

    November 10, 2020 at 6:23 AM

    I backed the Kickstarter for The Route of Ice and Salt, and I hope to get my book this month😁

    1. Kal

      December 29, 2020 at 10:27 PM

      Oooh that’s so cool! I wish I’d known about the kickstater so I couldn’t backed it, but I’m glad I got an eARC!

  4. Evelyn

    November 10, 2020 at 9:12 AM

    Looks like a good reading month! I hope November is even better!


  5. Kate @ Your Tita Kate

    November 10, 2020 at 7:09 PM

    I am so down to join your His Hideous Heart readalong!!!

    1. Kal

      December 29, 2020 at 10:29 PM

      YES YES YES!!!!! The announcement post for the His Hideous Heart readalong goes up in like 15 hours and I’m so happy to have you joining in!

  6. Sepia

    November 14, 2020 at 6:17 AM

    Wow, you read so many books even with a reading slump!

    1. Kal

      December 29, 2020 at 10:32 PM

      Yea October was arguably a really good reading month considering most of the month I wasn’t reading. Super weird, haha.

  7. Brigid

    November 14, 2020 at 9:14 PM

    Entirely loathe Miley’s white feminism but i agree. Her voice was made for rock honestly. There are 4000 cases a day where I live and uhhhhh yup not gonna go out at all. Just squishing the books to my chest sob. I am still reading Mexican Gothic and I can’t seem to to get myself to finish it. It is the scariest book i’ve read and i’m a baby. I had loads of fun reading Mating the Huntress by Talia hibbert though! That was fun.

    1. Kal

      December 29, 2020 at 10:34 PM

      I don’t know much about Miley personally, I kind of just judged her based on her wild shenanigans and never gave her the time of day. Doesn’t surprise me her brand of feminism leaves much to be desired, though lol.

      Cases here are so bad. Southern California has been at 0% ICU capacity for like 3 weeks and we’re in an indefinite lockdown because people still won’t stay home. I hate everyone and miss leaving my house. Did you ever finish Mexican Gothic?!

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