October Wrap Up | Pumpkins and Books and Ink Drawings, Oh My!

October Wrap Up on pumpkin background

Good evening my lovelies! Wow, October has been quite a month! It seems to have lasted the entire year all by itself. But, no, it really has only been a month. A month in which I drew nine book characters in ink, opened an Etsy store, and tried pumpkin pie for the very first time! ๐Ÿฅง Amongst all that, I managed to read two books, one poetry collection and one (particularly adorable) graphic novel. I also signed up to table at a craft fair for the first time! (The next time I wonder why I’m so stressed, please refer me back to this list ๐Ÿ˜…)

That’s right, I opened my Etsy store!

After years of dreaming about making a living from selling artwork and creations, I finally bit the bullet and created my first listing. It was quite an adventure, so if you’re interested in a full post on it then let me know! For the time being, if you want a galaxy book sleeve, you can find one on my store. ๐Ÿ˜„

Handmade Galaxy Book Sleeve with Pocket

I’ve also been inking some of my favourite book characters ๐Ÿ“š

Inktober was, as always, a wonderful experience. Unfortunately my mental health meant that I had to give up the challenge this year, and couldn’t complete all 31 days. I’m still incredibly proud of what I achieved for the days I managed to take part. My favourites are Mia Corvere, Prince Cardan, and Manchee (Days Two, Three, and Six). Seriously, who knew I could draw dogs?? ๐Ÿถ

I might not have kept it up for the full month, but I really did enjoy creating fanart for some of my favourite book characters (and for some requests on Goodreads). I definitely think it’s something I’ll continue doing, just on a less intensive scale next time.

I celebrated the spookiest month of the year with food and books

I think food and books work wonderfully together (as long as you’re not getting crumbs in the pages!) but this month they just especially seemed to fit. While I’m far too old for trick-or-treating (and I’m not allowed that many sweets on account of my braces), I did enjoy some lovely Halloween themed treats!

Mini cupcake with ghost topper
Isn’t he the cutest?!

I got this adorable little ghost at a cafe in Waterstones – my faaavourite bookstore. Nothing beats spending an hour looking at books then sitting down with a cup of tea and an adorably spooky cupcake. After eating this little guy’s face off, I bought one of my favourite reads of the month – With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo.

I read four and a half books in October (I’m still in the middle of Feed). I started the month by ticking The Demon King off my TBR. I’m so glad I finally got to it – the writing was amazing. I’ve been eagerly anticipating With the Fire on High for a while now, and it released in paperback on the 19th October so I had to pick up a copy. I read it immediately and was so swept up in this story of young motherhood and the magic of cooking. If you’re planning to read this one make sure you stock up on snacks first – the food descriptions will make you drool.

I finished Amanda Lovelace’s Women Are Some Kind of Magic series with the mermaid’s voice returns in this one. After my experience with it in high school English classes, it’s safe to say poetry was pretty far down the list of things I liked to read. However, after finding Lovelace’s collections I really started to enjoy reading poems. It turns out you just need to find the ones that touch on subjects you care about, and these poems that explore feminism, sexual assault and mental health issues have come to mean a lot to me.

As we reached the end of the month, I geared my reading towards Halloween! I got stuck into Feed – a zombie story that follows blogging team Georgia and Shaun Mason on a trip around the United States, on the trail of the presidential election. Set in a world that’s been dealing with the undead for nearly 30 years, it takes an intense look at how society would cope and continue to function while surrounded by zombies. While it’s certainly not as action-packed as your typical zombie horror film, I’m finding it really interesting to read about characters who manage a major blogging site.

My final read of the month was Pumpkinheads and it was an absolute treat! I saved it to read on Halloween, and while it killled me to wait that long, it was definitely worth it. This is the sweetest story, filled with delicious seasonal snacks and pumpkin patch adventures. Living in the UK, Halloween is nowhere near as big a deal as it is stateside, so this was a pretty fun culture shock for me. It even inspired me to try making my own pumpkin pie for the very first time! I’m going to do a cute post reviewing it and showing me making pie (I took pictures!).

How did October go for you? Did you read any spooky books? And would you like to see a post about how I set up my Etsy store? Chat with me in the comments!

Love and lemons, Abi

10 thoughts on “October Wrap Up | Pumpkins and Books and Ink Drawings, Oh My!

  1. Those drawings are amazing! I canโ€™t even comprehend how talented you must be to even do the first 15 days. I am not talented with sticking at things so well done! โ€˜With The Fire On Highโ€™ is on my TBR and I think I may buy it for myself to enjoy in the Christmas holidays (which arenโ€™t that far away now). Enjoy November!

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  2. AHHH I love all your Inktober art!!! So gorgeous! ๐Ÿ˜„ And congrats on getting started with an Etsy shop! ๐Ÿ’ƒ
    I read Pumpkinheads on Halloween as well and it was the perfect way to celebrate the holiday ๐Ÿ˜„ Hope your November reading is going well so far!!

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  3. It sounds like you had a really fun october! Your art is so beautiful?!?How?? I can never draw characters from books, but you nailed it! It would be really cool to see a post on how you set up your etsy store.

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