Welcome to this week’s check in! I manage to check in with the Popsugar Challenge group on Goodreads every Thursday so I have no excuse that I can’t do the same on my poor, neglected blog. So here I am, with news of what I’ve been reading, making, playing, etc.

This week I finished A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik, set in a school for magic with no teachers, but an awful lot of creatures that want to drain the students’ magical essence. Graduation is all about getting out the Scholomance alive. I loved the characters and concept, even if it didn’t feel as polished as her previous books. On my pile of books to review more thoroughly…

I also read The Passengers by John Marrs which was a bit disappointing, the characters just felt unrealistic and cliched, and it stuck in so many serious issues that they seemed to be treated carelessly, and at times coming across as racist. It was trying to make a point but not done with much care. I liked the idea, basically turning the trolley test into a story, but it kept going on long after it should have. I generally find these sorts of thrillers a bit ridiculous so your mileage may vary. TW for suicide.

Before the Coffee Gets Cold was a moving little story about having a second chance to say something you regretted not saying. It’s based on a play and it definitely has that constrained feeling of being set in just one room.

And Don’t Go Without me was a random graphic novel purchase, it’s actually three stories in one, with beautiful pink and purple illustrations. Lovely, dreamlike distraction, I especially liked the title story. So a pretty good reading week!

I actually grew a real squash this year, and ate it, but didn’t take a photo so you’ll just have to make do with my virtual pumpkins in Animal Crossing. I love the Halloween update, I’m currently working towards covering Floofers in spooky items. I haven’t uploaded my island to the dream suite yet but I’ll let you know when I have.

I’ve discovered needle felting is a great craft to do whilst listening to audibooks! I usually buy felted Christmas decorations, which Scully is obsessed with and whenever she’s been left alone with them for any length of time she’s stolen them off the tree. So this year I thought I’d try making some, and it turns out it’s not hard at all. My first attempt is bigger than I’d want for tree decorations but pretty cute.

Have you signed up for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon yet? It’s on the 24th October and I’ll be helping out again, co-hosting, mini-challenge and a warm-up post, so keep your eyes out.

New Books Through the Door:

Don’t Go Without Me by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
The Lives of Saints by Leigh Bardugo

I also bought a ridiculous amount of Kindle books, but out of sight out of mind…