Aly & Inge’s Monthly Wrap-Up Post: October 2016

Posted October 31, 2016 by Both in Wrap-Ups & Unboxings / 5 Comments


Can I confess something? I’m really not big on Halloween. I don’t like scary things. I prefer Love Actually over Saw. I prefer the cosy over the scary. I prefer hearts over bloody eyeballs. I prefer fluffy kittens over spiders. I’m really more of a Christmas person, but let’s not start talking about that in October just yet.

So October’s been another fairly quiet month for Of Wonderland! Aly’s written some fabulous posts while I was off gallivanting on hiatus. We also went looking for co-bloggers, and today is the last day you can apply! On top of that, we have been discussing some things for the new year, and we can’t wait to share them with you. Just a little longer…

Here’s a little something something about how we’ve been doing.



A World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil #2) by Soman Chainani // ★★★★
Points of Departure by Emily O’Beirne // ★★★★
You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross & Mark Perini // DNF
Hello Me, It’s You by Hannah Todd // ★★★★
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff // ★★★ 1/2
The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh // ★★★ 1/2
On Writing by Stephen King // ★★★★
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan // ★★★
Asking For It by Louise O’Neill // ★★★
Non-Heir (The Black Mage #0.5) by Rachel E. Carter // ★★★★
Would Like to Meet by Polly James // ★★

I wrote this when there were only 4 books read:

Uh, yeah, whoops. Can you tell I’ve been going through a massive reading slump? I’m reading like five books at once but none of them are speaking to me right now. And I’ve got all these amazing ARCs piling up for me, but I don’t want to ruin a possibly awesome reading experience because I’m not in the right mood for it, you know? So I’m hoping to start reading again soon.

It is now the end of the month and I’ve finally started reading again! CUE HAPPY DANCE FOR INGE. I managed to finish a bunch more books before this wrap-up post went up, so yay! Just want to highlight this beautiful quote from On Writing:

“Frank doesn’t need promises; like most beginning writers, all he needs is a little encouragement and an unlimited supply of take-out pizza.”


Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo // ★★★
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones // ★★★

It hasn’t been a great reading month for me, unfortunately. This month’s reading goals were a lot higher — I was supposed to read at least one book a week, but it took me thirteen days to read Crooked Kingdom and twelve days to read Wintersong.

I am most likely in the minority when I say I didn’t enjoy Crooked Kingdom as much as everyone else, which sucks. Considering it was one of my most highly anticipated 2016 releases, I was hoping CK would blow every other book out of the park. It didn’t. I found it slow — so slow. There’s a lot of waiting around, a lot of conversations revolving around things like waffles and paintings and how deep and beautiful the sky is. When the action finally happens, I was so bored to tears I almost missed it. I will say this, though: I listened to the audiobook and I loved the narrators. They all did a wonderful job.

Wintersong is in the same category of bored-to-tears. If you’re expecting a plot-driven, action packed novel full of emotions, you’re going to be picking up the wrong book. Wintersong is a wonderful fairytale, but an over-long one at that. It should’ve been at least 100 pages shorter, and someone should’ve pointed out to the editor that nothing actually happens.

Okay, okay. Rant over. Sorry guys!

Oct 4: TTT: All About the Villains

Oct 7: Snippets & Wippets: An Introduction

Oct 9: [Guest Post] Ways to Stay Sane While Starting A Small Business // The Ninja Book Box (+ GIVEAWAY!)

Oct 11: #TTT: Ten Books I’ve Read Because Of Another Blogger (Or Book Person)

Oct 12: Halloween & the Books That Will Make Your Soul Tremble

Oct 24: Hello Me, It’s You // A Letter To My 16-Year-Old Self

Oct 30: All Hallows’ Read: Photo Challenge!



Can’t say I had much fun on my hiatus. While it has been good to take a break and I’m slowly starting to find some inspiration again, I did have ear surgery in the middle of the month, which has troubled me endlessly. Imagine lots of pain, discomfort, tight pressure bandages wrapped around your head, and not being able to sleep properly. So I think it’s safe to say I need a vacation to recover from this hiatus.

Nevertheless, I am back, and ready to rumble!


I am so ready to prep a gazillion posts for you guys! I’ve been working a lot (so what’s new?) and have fallen behind on, well, everything. Including showering. I need to reward myself with chocolate every time I manage to get out of bed earlier than I have to. Go me!

Halloween is coming up so I’m looking forward to reading some spooky books and watching some horror films. Let’s do this!

Happy Halloween! Are you doing anything to celebrate?

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5 responses to “Aly & Inge’s Monthly Wrap-Up Post: October 2016

  1. I should also start rewarding myself with chocolate every time I get out of bed before I actually have to. It would be a pretty safe reward system, because that literally never happens. Sorry you didn’t have much fun on your hiatus, Inge, but glad it’s going a little better now! I’m also more of a Christmas person than a Halloween one (it’s clearly the superior holiday, but I do semi-like November because of NaNo, so that’s something. Sorry about Crooked Kingdom, Aly! I just read the first book in the Grisha trilogy, so I’m sloooowly catching up.

    • Aly

      Rewarding oneself with chocolate is rather amazing, I must say. I was gutted about Crooked Kingdom, but hopefully I’ll enjoy it more when I reread! Did you like Shadow and Bone?

  2. Yeah, I’m not an Halloween fan either. I don’t like scary things I’m actually more for joying things… and finally I can start physically planning for christmas: I mean a few weeks ago I asked a shop for christmas wrap and they didn’t have it, they told me “it’s too early for christmas stuff!”. WHAAAAT? It’s never too early for christmas, you Grinch!
    Can’t wait to set up the atmosphere and I already bought a couple of Christmas books: “I’ll be home for Christmas” and “my true love gave it to me!”

    • Aly

      TOO EARLY FOR CHRISTMAS? Those Scrooges!

      We’re already all set up for Christmas at home. Our trees are up, and all our decorations have been placed around the house. Now to actually buy presents… 😛 I heard great things about My True Love! Enjoy!

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