wassup october? / musings, tbrs, challenges and such

Hello everyone! Happy actually fall! The East Coast has been having some... identity crises and is totally mimicking what should be happening in the Southern Hemisphere because for some reason it has been 90 degrees all of last week.

IT IS OFFICIALLY OCTOBER. *throws leaves and pumpkin cupcakes frantically at your face* AH. How I missed this month in all of its spooky glory. You make my heart sing.

I'm sitting here in my mustard sweater, sipping black tea and ready to start my morning even though it's 1:40. let's go.


Last month I read a whopping total of, 2 books! Which is a step up, and I'm getting out of my slump and it's all smiles over here. ONTO THE BOOKS.

PHOENIX + WINGS / elizabeth richards : I recently started reading Phoenix after I finished Black City in.. a day... and I'M LOVING IT. or am i. i don't really know. There are lots of tropes and it's quite cliche actually but the plot is thrilling and EVERY CHAPTER LEAVES YOU ON A CLIFFHANGER. i don't know how to deal.

OF FIRE AND STARS / audrey coulthurst : I fell in love with this book when I first saw it on Goodreads for two reasons: lgbt relationship and badass princesses with the gift of fire. And it looks like it can break my heart so I'm ready for it.

-  FOREVER / maggie stiefvater : When I hit my book slump in May, I forgot about this series and let it catch dust on my shelf. But I kind of forget the plot. So I may have to go back and read all of them again.  Which means I may not get to reading anything else. Oops? Not oops I'm not really sorry because I remember how good this series is and MWAAHAHHA my TBR shall suffer! HAAH. ah. ha. yikes


Am I doing Inktober for the first time? Am I doing NaNoWrimo again? I DON'T KNOW STOP PESTERING ME. 

Soccer season ends on Tuesday (I'm sobbing but jumping for joy at the same time) so I'll have free time after school to practice my violin until my hands fall off (still sobbing and jumping for joy)

This gives me time to do other things like draw an ink drawing every day of October and write 1,500 words every day in November! (the sobbing and jumping never ends) Can I do it? I don't really know. But I have to decide soon because October is actually tomorrow. AHHHH. 

I found this witchy Inktober 30 day prompt thingy picture blob on the internet somewhere (does this prove I'm not ready for NaNo) so maybe I'll do like half of Inktober? We'll see how it goes. 


I started HIGH SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER. It was not the place full of wraths and demons and dragons who want to bite your head off like people said. Everyone hates freshman which sucks but it's really not that bad. *curls up into a ball* GET ME OUT. kidding. joking. it's fine. 

School is slowly consuming the soul I did not have but we're making it through, chugging along on life's toboggan. (took me 5 tries to spell toboggan and i'm not actually hundred percent sure what a toboggan is.) 

Here are a few snapshots from my life that you probably don't want. 

A lovely view from coming back from my soccer game. Also CLOUDS ARE SO FREAKIN PRETTY?? They're like nature's paintings. Geez. 

My  #selfie with my computer playing DOCTOR WHO. Aka the show I was obsessed with in 5th grade and now that obsession is coming back. AH. missed it. 

These weird pizza things my dad found at the supermarket which are strangely PHENOMENAL and can be devoured in exactly 5 minutes. 

Creepy eye drawing I was working on that actually wasn't half bad. That lighting though #idonotdrawat3amwhat

Candid of me and my friend walking through the hallway taken by my other friend who had my phone. I could totally be a model. 

Some more art of mine of queen ZENDAYA that made it onto queen ZENDAYA'S APP. I AM FAMOUS. I AM CRYING. THIS IS MY GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT. AHHHH. 

Delve into your psychic minds and predict how your October will be... GO! Are you doing NaNoWrimo? Do you also love clouds and Doctor Who? What are you going to read this month? Any miraculous and spectacular book recommendations for me?

peace out,


  1. heyo Noor :) Someone was just talking to me about inktober today, actually....I'm 99% sure that my inking skills are nonexistent, but idk maybe I'll try it out??? you art is sooo pretty though <3

    On an unrelated note, your posts are so aesthetic! seriously, i'm just sitting here drooling over the aesthetics of your photos :)

  2. I really want to do NaNo but idkkk I'll probably try and do my version of it (1000 words a day) and just see how far I get! Also the mustard sweater is gorg (where's it from - I wanna see if I can get it here but I prob won't be able too:() Anyway Happy October!


  3. Um, because selfie day all day with Doctor Who is one of the greatest things in life. Tip: it’s important to have friends who are good mature upperclassmen, because... well, freshmen are often pegged as immature, which honestly sucks (it doesn’t mean all of them are, but enough to make everyone else target the freshman class... it makes much sense especially as you get older). Happy fall, Noor!

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | ups & downs

  4. OOOOH!! Inktober and Nano seem SO MUCH FUN! I might try it out.... :)

    xx Bubbles

  5. Best of luck with whatever you end up doing! Yess, October is by far my favorite month in terms of weather. (Although November comes pretty close. I even wrote a poem about it. What even, Ellie.)

    "They're like nature's paintings" oh my god, exactly! I couldn't have put it more beautifully myself.

    September absolutely drowned me in schoolwork, but I think October might be even worse with the fall play kicking into full gear. I'll still try to read, though! I just got Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton and All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood in at the library.

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

  6. Forever is so good!! It’s been a while since I have read the series but I remember loving it!! I did NaNoWriMo two years ago, and I’m probably never going to do it again. It was wayyyy too stressful and I felt obligated to finish even though it was clearly not possible. Maybe one year when I’m a bit less stressed!

  7. Awesome goals, Noor. :D The Wolves of Mercy Falls is a wonderful series; enjoy Forever! Good luck with Inktober and NaNoWrimo! And yessss - Doctor Who. My favorite Doctor is Peter Capaldi.

    anna | annaish

  8. "School is slowly consuming the soul I did not have but we're making it through, chugging along on life's toboggan."
    Oh my gosh, for that sentence alone, this post is a freaking win! LOL! Yay for October <3 It's seriously the best month. I can't wait for Halloween, I'm getting so excited. Also you should totally check out Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell if you haven't already, because it's adorable and rad. :)

  9. I keep meaning to start NaNoWrimo.... *glances at the procastinator living in her head* Next October..
    Those books have been on my TBR for a while now, Ill have to bump them up to the top :)

    Skye // A little inkling //

  10. I haven't been up to much. I had an okay reading month and i think I might be doing NaNo for the first time ever this year. So yeah...

  11. I related to this post so much for some apparent reason. YES, WHY IS THE WEATHER SO WARM?? I JUST WANT TO WEAR SWEATERS AND TIGHTS FOR CRYIN' OUT LOUD. Also; I am going to steal that mustard sweater from you. OkaY?

    Ahh, I want to do NaNo but I feel like since I already can't do all the things I wanna do, I'm not gonna make it. I SHALL TRY THOUGH. I SHALL TRY.

    This post got me in the fall spirit so thank you. <3

    xx Kenzie


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