Spooky season is over! This month was very chaotic for me, not because of what I had going on according to the calendar, but because of what I had going on in my head. For some reason I was more emotional than I have been in a while, which was a weird feeling, but it did mean that I got a ton of reading done, so that’s a win.

Books I Read

I read so much this month! All of these books were really incredible stories. It’s rare that I get a full month without a single bad book, but this was one of those times!

  • Boyfriend Material, by Alexis Hall (4 stars)
  • Husband Material, by Alexis Hall (4.5 stars)
  • Skye Falling, by Mia McKenzie (5 stars)
  • Hood Feminism, by Mikki Kendall (4 stars)
  • Undefeated Woman, by Desange Kuenihira (3 stars)
  • Lakelore, by Anna-Marie McLemore (4.5 stars)
  • It’s About Damn Time, by Arlan Hamilton (5 stars)
  • I’m Glad My Mom Died, by Jennette McCurdy (4.5 stars)
  • Ophelia After All, by Racquel Marie (5 stars)
  • Fiona and Jane, by Jean Chen Ho (3.5 stars)

TV I Watched

  • Reboot
  • The D’Amilio Show Season 1
  • Broad City Season 3-5
  • Dear White People Season 1-4
  • High School

Movies I Watched

  • Don’t Worry Darling (3.5 stars)
  • Heavenly Creatures (3.5 stars)
  • Me Time (3 stars)
  • Luckiest Girl Alive (5 stars)
  • Ticket to Paradise (4.5 stars)

Reviews You Can Use

Sometimes, we publish reviews long after we actually consume the material. Below is a list of all of the reviews I published this month, in case you want to read some reviews right now.

Books

Movies

Posts We Wrote That You Loved

Here are the most popular posts of the month!

  1. A Complete List of All 57 Out Gay Players in the Women’s Football Premiere League– As usual, these lists are getting a lot of attention. It remains at the top of the list for the second month in a row
  2. Jay Thomas on Taking “The Unifier” From Draft Screenplay to Published Novel– This was my first ever telephone interview, and I loved talking to Jay! This interview was very fun and well worth the read
  3. Minions: The Rise of Gru and TikTok’s Cultural Influence– Chinwe wrote a great piece analyzing exactly how the Minions became so popular with teens and young adults! It’s applicable to so many current trends in life right now.
  4. 23 Critical Pieces of Media to Consume Before You Turn 23– I decided to approach this article with a combination of humor and seriousness, and I’m really excited how this list came out. I’d love to hear what content you think is necessary for everyone to consume!
  5. What Your Favorite Golden Girls Character Says About You– Maxx wrote a hilarious post detailing what loving each of the four golden girls says about your personality. Let us know how accurate you think it is!
  6. Reboot Episode 1 Recap: “Step Right Up”– I started recapping Reboot on Hulu this month, mostly because it’s a short sitcom that is releasing weekly, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to practice my recapping skills. I plan on continuing my AJLT recaps when it comes back, and to recap The L Word Gen Q starting in November, so I wanted to patch up my skills before that began.

My Bookshelf

It was my birthday this month, and I got Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo as a present! Apparently I put the book on my Goodreads TBR back in December and totally forgot about it, but now I own it and y’all gave it such good reviews and I’m so excited to get around to reading it!

I also decided to read more about asexuality this month, since it’s a bit of a gap in my knowledge base. On that note, I got e-ARCs from Netgalley of I Am Ace, by Cody Daigle-Orians and Ace Voices by Eris Young. I’m very excited to report back to y’all with all of my knowledge!

Other books of note this month include Helen House by Kayla Kumari Uphadayaya, who is a writer I admire for her work at Autostraddle. I actually purchased this one! Who Does That Bitch Think She Is is a 2023 e-ARC that I received from Netgalley.

Some WTTN News

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Elsewhere On the Internet

I wrote Ode to the Unhinged Woman months ago, and it seems that I was onto something, because my article got referenced in the CMU school paper, and yet another article about essentially the same thing came out in Bustle. I know these were both technically last month, but I just found them and wanted to share.

Off the Internet

This month was so fun! I went to the Lesbians Who Tech Summit and heard so many great speeches and met so many cool people. I wanted to write a longer round up of what happened, but it turned into a deep emotional piece that I’m not quite ready to share yet so… stay tuned.

Other than that, I turned 23, saw Fletcher in concert for the second time, and just generally enjoyed being alive and in the world (looks like the antidepressants are working). Onto November!


How was your October? Tell me all about it in the comments!