Of Wonderland Wrap-Up Post: October 2017

Posted October 31, 2017 by Both in Wrap-Ups & Unboxings / 2 Comments


I am still kind of reeling and overwhelmed by the love and support we’ve received during the Shattering Stigmas event, and already I’m co-hosting a new mental health event – a book bingo! So I’ve been working behind the scenes a lot, but I’m really pleased with the results so far.

As for blogging in general, I think the five of us are sort of in a joined blogging slump, so we may be posting less for the time being. I mean, the whole point of having co-bloggers is so that they can cover for you when you’re slumping, but no, WE SLUMP AS ONE. Never flinch, never fear, though, for we will be back! Just trying to recharge some of those batteries.


Not Your Villain (Sidekick Squad #2) by C.B. Lee // ★★★ 1/2
Life in the Sloth Lane: Slow Down and Smell the Hibiscus by Lucy Cooke // ★★★★★
Warcross by Marie Lu // ★★★
It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne // ★★★★
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada // ★★★★ 1/2
Counting Wolves by Michael F. Stewart // ★★★ 1/2
Brooklyn Girls: Pia by Gemma Burgess // ★★★
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton // ★★★★
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao // ★★★ 1/2
Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle #2) by Jay Kristoff // ★★★
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon // ★★★★
Artemis by Andy Weir // ★★
The Manifesto On How to Be Interesting by Holly Bourne // ★★★
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James // ★★★★

I had a pretty good reading month! Now that I’m slowing down on requesting ARCs, I can finally pay more attention to my purchased books, and it seems to be affecting my ratings positively. There’s less stress to just “finish and review the book already” and all the more opportunity to just enjoy reading again. Holly Bourne never disappoints, and I was pleasantly surprised by My Lady Jane as well. The sloth book was mostly just pictures of sloths so obviously that was a five-star read.


Be Fierce by Gretchen Carlson // ★★★★
Other-Wordly by Yee-Lum Mak // ★★★★★
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi // ★★★★
The War on Women by Sue Lloyd-Roberts // ★★★★★
Mindwalker by A. J. Steiger // ★
Bleaker House by Nell Stevens // ★★★★

October was such a good reading month for me!! I feel like I’m finallllly getting out of my reading slump and I’m being able to enjoy reading again! I did read some not great books but the vast majority were really good and left me feeling happy and inspired 🙂


tiger’s watch by julia ember 3/5
my fairy godmother’s a drag queen by david clawson 2/5
everything all at once by katrina leno 4/5
27 hours by tristina wright 3/5
release by patrick ness 2/5
genius: the con by leopoldo gout 3/5

It wasn’t too bad of a month for me. I stalled a bit during the middle because of…why, I don’t know why. (Haha) I read a lot of middling books. But Everything All At Once got me writing again. For two short stories. Blergh.

1 Oct: Of Wonderland Book Club: October 2017

2 Oct: Awesome Mental Health Reads + Giveaway! // Welcome to Shattering Stigmas!

3 Oct: [Guest Post] On Friendship and Mental Illness // Shattering Stigmas

4 Oct: [Guest Post] Kaz Brekker and the Miracle Cure // Shattering Stigmas

5 Oct: When Your Mental Health Makes You the “Difficult” Child/Patient/Client // Shattering Stigmas

6 Oct: [Guest Post] On Addiction and Self-Harm // Shattering Stigmas

7 Oct: [Guest Post] Queerness and Mental Health // Shattering Stigmas

8 Oct: On Gratitude Journalling // Shattering Stigmas

9 Oct: [Guest Post] Mental Illness and Supporting Others // Shattering Stigmas

10 Oct: [Guest Post] Why We Need Accurate Mental Health Representation In Books // Shattering Stigmas

11 Oct: [Guest Post] Me and My OCD // Shattering Stigmas

12 Oct: [Guest Post] On Living With BPD & AvPD and My Hospital Treatment // Shattering Stigmas

13 Oct: [Guest Post] On Anorexia // Shattering Stigmas

15 Oct: Thank You & Mental Health Book Bingo Announcement // Shattering Stigmas

19 Oct: Dare Mighty Things // Super Sekrit NASA Competition

21 Oct: Mini Reviews: Secrets for the Mad, Party Girls Die In Pearls, Hunted

25 Oct: Mental Health Book Bingo Announcement! (POSTPONED)

30 Oct: [Sponsored] Paperless Post – For All Your Digital Carding Needs


LET IT BE KNOWN TO EVERYONE THAT I SAW A BABY SLOTH THIS MONTH. We went to a zoo in The Netherlands where a baby sloth had been born recently, and it was so tiny and cute, and I’m pretty sure we stood with the sloths for at least half an hour. I hereby apologise to my mother for having to put up with my sloth love, but I think I’m converting her a little bit. In any case, it was magical.

I’m also in the middle of changing my antianxiety meds, so my moods are kind of all over the place right now. Still, I should be past the side effects stage now, so fingers crossed that I’ll start feeling better soon! I was quite happy with my old meds, but I felt myself kind of stagnating, and these new ones should give me more general support, also in terms of creativity and motivation and energy levels. Wish me luck. ♥


I’m doing Nanowrimo in November which is VERY EXCITING! So I’ve spent alot of this month brainstorming and trying to choose which ONE of my book babies that I’ll be writing and HOPEFULLY completing by the end of Nano!! I’ve wanted to do Nanowrimo for so long but every year something has come up and so I haven’t been able to do it so I’m fingers crossed that this time’s the charm!!

I’ve also been soaking up the lovely Spring weather and reading outside. I love this Spring weather! Can’t believe there’s only another month of spring and then it’s SUMMMMMER, GUYS!


Another month done. Another month closer to the holidays and blissful ignorance (but honestly I’ll be working on applications and all.)

We’re working on our second issue of my school paper, so I’ve been swamped with that. (hence my lack of posts.) I’ve also signed up for a TON of programs including the Her Campus High School Ambassadors program and a local library program. Add on my tae kwon do classes, three hours a day in newspaper, and the occasional book club/National Honors Society/National Spanish Honors Society meeting, I am a busy, busy worker bee. But my resume is really long. (and I mean really long)

But I’m good. I’ve had to face some harsh realities about my future, which isn’t the greatest feeling in the world, but I feel more confident (Kinda) about my career path.

It’s getting colder in Texas now, which means I get to break out my winter jackets. Aw yeah.

And how are you?

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2 responses to “Of Wonderland Wrap-Up Post: October 2017

  1. Ella: I hope NaNoWriMo is going well!

    Inge: I love sloths! Maybe we should meet at a zoo in the Netherlands some time. I’ve heard there are a couple nice ones. 😊

    I had a pretty nice October. Here’s my my recap. 😊

  2. Oh Inge, yeay for sloths. That book sounds amazing. I’m glad that you are also feeling less stress about reviewing.

    Good luck with Nano, Ella!

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