Garden Gazette: October Wrap Up

Posted November 1, 2015 by Lyn Kaye in Garden Gazette, Kara, Lyn, Pixie / 8 Comments


Another month down. Can you believe November is starting? It’s Gazette time already?! Let’s see what we’ve been up to the past month and our latest hauls!


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Kara: UGH. I feel like I always have bad news on these! I feel like I’m such a fucking downer! Okay, it’s not THAT bad this month, but it isn’t great either. I’ll make it short. Work, work, work, stress, stress, stress, bad sleep, insomnia, up all hours of the night. Bad finances. Only bought one book and it was a pre-order. Cats are great, dog is great, I love everybody. The end. LOL.

Okay, but I started yoga again, and my back is better.

Lyn: I had a very mixed month myself. But there was some very awesome things that happened!

First of all, I was able to meet the BEAUTIFUL Leigh Bardugo for the Six of Crows launch party! I can’t even tell you how excited I was, how beautiful the venue was, or how much I adore this author. Now I got my sister in the Grisha series, since she went and fell in love with the entire bookish atmosphere.

I also took my mother to see the yearly Dracula at the Lake Cities Ballet. I adore the man who plays Dracula, and I have a fondness for ballet. I know that those artists suffer, but it is just so enthralling!

Over two weeks in October, Fathom Events put The Hobbit: The Extended Editions into theaters for one night, even the extended Battle of the Five Armies. Haters can hate, but I love those movies, and the extended last movie in the trilogy was nothing short of beautiful. I have no idea why they decided to cut out the funeral at the end of the movie – it was one of my favorite Tolkien-movie events, ever.

And finally on the plus side of the month, I won the costume contest at work! Woowoo!

I make a great zombie, and making the quip of “I feel a bit dead on my feet” with my co-workers certainly had a lot of people laughing. I made deviled eggs with Greek yogurt instead of mayo (heads up – I HATE MAYO IN ANY FORM) and I was pleased with the results.

I also finished my reading goal for the year! So from this point on, it is going to be stress-free on my reading goal! That will help out, since I already have my NaNoWriMo project in mind.

The only downside for the month is work (as usual). We’re still down one person, and we can’t have the extra headcount due to end of the year hiring freezing. So my other team member and myself are seriously getting beat down at the moment. Ugh.

Kili also turned one in October (yah!) but now he is a moody teenager (boo!).

(And we can’t forget Loki!)

Pixie: Nothing really happened this month for me to go into detail over. Lots of stress, lots of lack of sleep, going here & going there. But good news, high school football season is almost over. I haven’t thought too much of NaNo this year, but I think I’ll be doing it some. If I make 50k, I make it. If not, that’s okay too. I can try. Haha. Other than those few things, not really anything else. Hope everyone is doing well!

Banner This Month's Posts


Madapple by Christina Meldrum
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Walk On Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman/Jay Kristoff (Kara)
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
The Distance From Me to You by Marina Gessner
The Toymaker’s Apprentice by Sherri L. Smith
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman/Jay Kristoff (Lyn)
History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

Features and Discussions:

Story Sprites: Fall/Winter Edition
Supernatural: My Decade Long (and Counting) Obsession
Is This the Book Renaissance?
Cover Reveal/Giveaway: Don’t Get Caught
Blogger Trick or Treat: Kickoff Post
Blog Tour: What We Left Behind: Guest post and Giveaway

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Kara: I don’t have a picture this month. My phone was dead, and my haul is really small, so I thought I would take the cheaters way out this month and just link to the books I got on Goodreads. I know. I knowww.

For Review:

Husky by Justin Sayre
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

Thank you to Random House Children’s, Penguin Teen, Simon and Schuster,
and Algonquin Young Readers


Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin



Purchased and Gifted

Krampus: Yule Lord by Brom
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Diary of a Haunting by
Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs (gifted by RedditGifts – thanks!)
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
A History of Vikings by T.D. Kendrick
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
The Blood Confession by Alisa M. Libby
Winter Falls by Nicole Maggi

For Review

Thank you, NetGalley and partner publishers!

Ugly by Margaret McHeyzer
Sanctuary Bay by Laura Burns and Melinda Metz
Aspect of Winter by Tom Early
Finding Hope by Colleen Nelson
Under The Dusty Moon by Suzanne Sutherland
What We Left Behind by Robin Talley
The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

Kindle Books

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (for the read along in November)
Adventures in Human Being by Gavin Francis
Pale Queen Rising by A.R. Kahler

Pixie: I don’t have a picture either this month. I only got one book: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. I hadn’t read it in years and thought I’d purchase a copy to read sometime soon. November’s haul should be a little better. 🙂

Until next month!

8 responses to “Garden Gazette: October Wrap Up

  1. Hello hello lovely ladies of Great Imaginations! How I love these wrap up posts you guys put together. I try to stay up with all of you but it’s hard. So these are wonderful. Anyway.

    Now let me go catch up on a few reviews that I somehow missed over the last month. <3
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