October 2017 Wrap Up

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Welcome to my Monthly Wrap Up!

This month was a bit crazy. No surprise there right? I had a big disappointment on the job hunting front. The job I was hoping to at least interview for went to someone else. Honestly, it was probably someone they meant to hire for that position all along. This was really a let down, but I know the right job will come along, It has to!

I got back to working out in October. I got 11 workouts done in October. November I will do more consistent workouts. I also started drinking more water. I am up to about 100 oz. a day right now. Haven’t noticed anything different except my bathroom trips increase though, lol! From everything I have read that will soon go away. I don’t see how, except if I try to sweat out more. That’s my goal for November, drink more then sweat more. Wish me luck!

I had a really great reading month. I even managed to put together a post about some books that failed me. My DNF list was long but I am glad to be rid of those books. In October I started tracking my ARC stats with State of the ARC hosted by Evelina @AvalinahsBooks.

We did the trick-or-treat thing, here are some pictures:

My babies #halloweencostume 👻🎃 They are so ready for candy! #trickortreat

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This is the alternate costume. The one we can actually #trickortreat in. Happy 🎃 Halloween!

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My Belle’s #halloweencostume @whatever.clouds

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I wasn’t actually with Belle this year, but I had to share her make-up because it was so cool. We bought 3 huge bags of candy from Sam’s to hand out this year. We only had like 8 trick-or-treaters and so we have tons of candy left. Goodbye clean eating plans, Hello junk food fest!

I reviewed 11 books in October (click the cover to see the review)


My favorite book of the month was THE VAMPIRE LESTAT, of course. It was the perfect book for October. This is kind of cheating since it was a re-read, though.

My other 5/5 star reads for October were:

My least favorite books were all the DNFs for reasons mentioned in this post. Here is the lot of them:

I published 19 posts in October.

I did five Wrap Up posts this month. I just realized it has been a while since I had a giveaway, so I will be hosting two this month. One on the week of November 4-15 and one for Black Friday Weekend. Look out for those posts so you can enter to win.

What’s next?

November is here, and with it, the start of cooler temps. Raking leaves and layers of clothing that I can shed when the sun comes out are happening this month. My other plans for November are:

  • Continue working out 4-6 days a week
  • Drink at least 100 oz of water daily. (i am on day 5 of this and plan to continue and make it a daily habit)
  • Get the house ready for my in-laws
  • Continue to look for another job
  • Review all the ARCs planned in my State of the ARCs post
  • 2 Giveaways
  • 2 discussion posts in November
  • A calm and stress-free Thanksgiving dinner the day after, (since I working Thanksgiving day for double time pay)

Your turn…

How was your October? What was your favorite read? What are you most looking forward to in November?

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Mother, Lover, Writer, Reviewer, Social Media Princess. Karen has been a blogger since 2010. She is a US Army veteran, a medical professional, and the mother of four. Karen is the owner of That Book Store llc. She reviews books and shares mind vomit for this blog in her 'spare' time. Karen lives in New England.


  1. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight November 2, 2017 at 5:10 am - Reply

    Sorry about the job :-/ But at least you’ve been working out! And yeah that’s the problem with drinking lots of water, constantly having to use the bathroom lol. Good luck with all your Nov goals!

    • Karen Blue
      November 2, 2017 at 5:48 am - Reply

      Actually, I weighed myself this morning and I am down 3 lbs. Maybe that is the water since I haven’t even been able to work out since Monday (i worked an overnight shift and it threw my whole schedule off). Thanks Kristen!

  2. Sam@WLABB November 2, 2017 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Sorry to hear about the job search. Fingers crossed something even better comes along soon. I am reading Now Is Everything, and here I have yet another good review. Yeah! I think my favorite read in October was My New Crush Gave to Me. I had just DNFed two book, and it kept me out of the book slump, and just made me feel really happy. It was light, sweet, and festive. It was the perfect book at the perfect time for me.
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  3. Charlie
    November 3, 2017 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    I drank the “recommended” half your body weight in oz this summer on two different days. I was literally running to the bathroom every 20 minutes. It was quite a bit more than 100 oz, but I still don’t think I could do 100. Every morning I drink 20 oz water with my Plexus Slim, and then after that it’s anyone’s guess. I’m sorry you didn’t get the job – that is how I felt all through the spring and summer with communication after communication after interview after interview. I hope just the right thing comes along for you. Congrats on your workouts and reading!

  4. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity November 4, 2017 at 6:28 am - Reply

    Sorry the job front it just sucking for you right now, I know you were excited to interview for that one job Don’t lose heart like you say, the right job will come along eventually. It’s all about persistence. I am impressed by how well you’re doing with your ARCs, I am trying to do something similar (although not writing about it as much). I am trying to get between 10% and 25% into a book before DNF-ing. I have about 20 ARCs to get through and I am determined. I will totally manage it (hopefully). I am terrible for drinking water, you’ll have to say if the health benefits are worth it as all I notice is I got to the toilet lots so I stop drinking as much.
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  5. Annemieke November 5, 2017 at 4:07 am - Reply

    Sorry to hear about the job. That sucks. But one will be coming your way, you have to believe that. <3
    I really should start drinking more again. But I suck at keeping it up, haha.
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  6. Evelina November 5, 2017 at 5:33 am - Reply

    Aw man… sorry about work! I was hoping you’d get some good news, but I guess it will take more patience, huh :/
    Those Halloween photos are really cool though 🙂
    And I’m glad you’ll be joining The State again. I’ve already finished my first group theme ARC! And it was actually pretty good. The group seems to be working out for me 😀
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  7. Emma @ one readers thoughts
    November 5, 2017 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Sorry about the job but I believe you are right and the right one will come along. I love the Halloween make-up…I might steal it for next year!

    • Karen Blue
      November 9, 2017 at 8:41 am - Reply

      Thanks Emma! I think I might even steal that make-up idea for next year. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    November 11, 2017 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Sorry about the job, but it looks like you had a good October in other ways. I love the Halloween photos.
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  9. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction November 11, 2017 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Love the Halloween pics!! Good luck with your workouts—I’m back to slacking now that I’m doing NaNo. It seems I just can’t fit everything in!
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    • Karen Blue
      November 11, 2017 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      I haven’t been doing anything this past week. I am going to try to get back on track with working out come Monday. Thanks for stopping by Nicole!

  10. danielle hammelef November 19, 2017 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Our trick-or-treater count was down this year too, but it was also cold enough for flurries to fly so maybe people didn’t go or stay out as long. Thanks for sharing the pictures. Your dog is so cute! Keep up with the health goals–I’m trying to remember to never let my glass be empty of water. It gets harder for me to remember when it gets colder (don’t feel the thirst as much).

    • Karen Blue
      November 19, 2017 at 10:18 am - Reply

      It is definitely harder to remember water when you aren’t thirsty. I also judge my glass by how cold or warm it is. If all the ice is melted, then I am not drinking fast enough. Good luck with your health goals this holiday season. Thanks for stopping by Danielle!

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