It’s November and I still don’t know how we got here. Something something time is wibbly wobbly.
Last night was a lovely night with a sacred fire, official welcome to the family ceremony, and all the Chinese food. My legs and arms are sore from stacking firewood, but it feels good to work my muscles again. I have a large pile of laundry I need to finally fold and hang up, but I also have books that want to be read today. So, we all know which I will prioritize.
And now, let’s wrap up all the things from October.
Books Read This Month
The Lighthouse Keeper by Alan K. Baker – 4/5 stars.
This book pulled me out of my reading slump. I always forget to go back to settings and tropes that I love when I get stuck. This book had just the right amount of thrill, isolation tropes, and historical flashbacks. It’s based on a true story of the unsolved disappearances of three lighthouse keepers in Scotland 1900.
The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin – 5/5 stars.
How many times did I cry reading this? I don’t know, I lost count after five. There is just something about watching Clara move through the seasons, embracing her magic, and navigating what it means to be an Ever Witch. I loved Griffin’s portrayal of each season’s magic and how they manifest. It made me want to start journaling again about my magic and the seasons moods. (This was October’s book for the Litulla Book Club.)
All the novellas! Sometimes it helps me to have themes for the month and I’ve been craving some shorter reads. Feel free to leave me some recs in the comments! So far on my list:
- Nothing But Blacked Teeth by Cassandra Khaw
- Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Eric LaRocca
- Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh
- Drowned Country by Emily Tesh
- The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo
- When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo
- A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
Writings This Month
I am really proud of the amount of posts this month. That being said, I’m going to try not to hold myself to this amount every month, but I do want to be writing more here as I am becoming frustrated with social media and it’s algorithms and shifts that prioritize videos.
- Passing Through – Flash Fic
- Moon Femme Musings: Mental Health, Coffee, & Novellas
- Never Ending – Flash Fic
- September Wrap Up
Newsletter – Coming Soon
In other news, I am going to create a newsletter soon. Still not sure whether to use Tiny Letter or Substack, I have mixed feelings on Substack. But sometime this month or December, I will have a newsletter set up.
And now I am going to warm up my coffee for the fourth time and settle in for some reading.