The past week has been strange. My laptop’s hard drive gave up and I found myself within a state of panic as deadlines began to creep up on me and I had no way to finish everything in time with my laptop.

At one point I was ready to drop out of NaNoWriMo, put my blog on hold until next year and leave my Bookstagram account inactive because I also did not have a decent phone or camera to take bookish photos. And then everything came together on Sunday. My laptop was fixed, I managed to get a phone with a decent camera and I am back on track. Still struggling to catch up with the NaNoWriMo word count but it doesn’t bother me too much that I am behind. As long as I am writing every day.

This whole situation has made me realise that I really need to write blog posts in advance and just schedule them. It would have saved me last week…

Oh, and I actually managed to hand in my final essay yesterday! *happy panda dance*

Anyway, the point of this post was not to give you a life update but to share the books I acquired in the past month with you guys.

October Book Haul:

Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas – The fifth book of the Throne of Glass Series was released in September and I had to get it and read in as soon as it hit the shelves over here in South Africa. I have many mixed feelings about this novel but I will say that I enjoyed it for the most part and it kind of put me on a Fantasy reading slump.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – This was another one of my most anticipated reads of 2016 and is on top of my November TBR list.

The Children of Hurin by J.R.R Tolkien – It was R40. R40 for a hardcover, plus it has glossy illustrations. It was practically a steal. My heart could not leave it on the shelf…

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks – This is the third novel in the Lightbringer series. I don’t like starting series I know I am going to enjoy without having all of the published novels in that particular series so I can marathon through it…

Pan Macmillan South Africa was kind enough to send me two ARCs:

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake – I have heard so many great things about this novel so I am pretty excited to get into it. I just hope that it lives up to the hype.

The Memory Book by Lara Avery – I haven’t heard much about this novel but the synopsis sounds intriguing:

“They tell me that my memory will never be the same, that I’ll start forgetting things. At first just a little, and then a lot. So I’m writing to remember.

Most of these books are on my November TBR. What books are you most excited to read this month?

Are any of you guys participating in NaNoWriMo this year?

October Book Haul
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