October is my favourite month, mainly because it is my birthday month. I do also love the change in the weather, the colours of the leaves and the nights closing in- even though this last one makes me want to sleep lots. I had a lovely birthday that lasted for much longer than the actual day and perhaps the best bit was a gorgeous lunch at River Cottage in Axminster with my family. I was only expecting it to be five of us but when I arrived at the restaurant other members of my family were there to surprise me, which was lovely.
This October started off on a bit of a low note. My flatmate got a new job elsewhere and so I started the month with the news I needed to find somewhere new to live. Now this wasn’t a bad thing, but the bit that worried me is that I didn’t know when I needed to go/if I could afford to live alone/if I could find someone I could happily live with etc. As always I was worrying for no reason and hopefully all is sorted and I will be able to move next week. This was only a minor low point and was pretty much sorted within 48 hours but I guess sometimes we naturally worry if there is some uncertainty. If I’m honest, the thought of it scared me a little bit, but then I remembered that when I was a little bit younger (and let me stress now I am 27 so hardly old) I thought nothing of moving to strange new cities for uni or for a job and I survived all of that so living alone in the city I already live in should be a piece of cake.
This led me to the scarier decision of the month. Back in July my friend and I were talking about things we wanted to do before we were 30. There are a few things on my list, but the top two are to learn French – which I am doing and I am terrible at- and to travel outside of Europe. Since August I have had Australia in mind, well actually that’s a lie, I have had Australia in mind for any years. When I was at uni I worked at an Australian bar and dated an Australian guy, who moved back there but we have kept in touch. Anyway in October I booked my flights for a four week trip next summer holidays. The reason this is a scary decision, it’s just going to be me on my big adventure! To get me in the mood for my trip I have joined a reading event for November and will be taking part in AusReadingMonth.
More of that in November. Now for October reading.
Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam by M.C.Beaton
Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Murder Underground by Mavis Doriel Hay
A Storm of Swords: Part 2 by George. R. R. Martin – to be reviewed
TBR Pile 2014
Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh is book 11 from my TBR Pile 2014. I only have one book left to go to complete this challenge and I am really enjoying it. I am confident I will complete my list for this year and I am looking forward to taking part next year too, with a few books in mind already.
Reading the Twentieth Century
Both Decline and Fall and Murder Underground count towards my Reading the Twentieth Century challenge. I am slowly chipping away at this challenge, which was my intention as I have not set myself a deadline for completetion. Hopefully I might have another 10% review by the end of the year, but if I don’t never mind.