So let’s get this summary of the month out of the way, and just ignore the fact that October isn’t over yet.
Books read; Ten. The eight in the pic plus Exit West by Mohsin Hamid and The Sign of four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Rereads? One. The Sign of four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A phrase in it inspired a cocktail, not the first time that has happens.
Best book? The bear and the nightingale by Katherine Arden probably. I do want to read the follow-up now (more a symbolic statement that something on the to do list. I have commitment issues with series apparently). The Kwan books are not far behind though (and it is a testament to how much I have liked them that I have read all three books in the trilogy. Sure, it took me two years from the first to the second but it happened!).
Worst? I had very few nice things to say about either Ferguson or Hållander.
Worth mentioning? Conversations with friends by Sally Rooney is much hyped, I’ve seen it around IG and it’s recently been translated into Swedish. I had gotten the image that it was more sarcastic and funny, in fact it was raw but strangely readable. In a review that flashed before my eyes someone made comparisons with both Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler and The idiot by Elif Batuman. There is a commonality; all books are stories about women with literary ambitions that over think everything as they try their place in the world. I like it more than the former but not nearly as much as the latter. That said it did draw me in, and I was hooked. The end broke my heart a little bit.
Scent; Accord oud by Byredo all day every day. I’ve gotten used to it and don’t find it strong any more. It also smells “less” as I’m wrapped in layers of wool, and the staying power isn’t what I thought it would be (or maybe I’ve just gotten really used to it). The Overrose candle was a disappointment and I’m trying something new now.
Meditation game; Average. It’s the 28th and I’ve used the Mindfulness app 16 times. That’s roughly half of the days. And I can feel the effect of it, on the days I do it. Huge improvement from last month.
Clothes made? A dress, seen yesterday. Halfway through a few projects, need to go buy zippers, thread and more elbow patches.
So, bring on November. It’s gonna be an intense month with The August prize coming up, the H&MXErdem collar hitting stores, some epical bad weather ( as is tradition) and looming deadlines. Let’s get ready to rumble!!