October Wrap-up

October was insanely busy, mainly because of school. But also really great!

Books Read

I didn’t read anything this month for fun (except the articles below). I was hoping to during reading break, but I had to do school-related reading instead (who’d have guessed)

Reviews posted

Book review: Hunger: 4 stars

Book review: Never Let Me Go: 5 stars

Book discussions posted

Discussion: really specific tropes that I don’t like // Discussion: can a book be a favourite and not a five-star read?

Recommendations given

Monthly recommendations: fall reads // Recommendations for… standalones

Other bookish posts

Books I would’ve enjoyed more if I was younger // Thursday’s Top 4: books to get you out of a slump


I bought Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami from a used bookstore by my place!

From around the internet

ALL WHITE MALE PANEL TOPICS: from McSweeney’s. This was just funny lmao.

Mara Wilson: Matilda and Me at 30: from Vanity Fair, written by Mara Wilson. I loved what she said about Matilda and what she thinks Matilda would’ve grown up to be.

A Letter to White Women Who Support Brett Kavanaugh: from Time. I’m SORRY to keep harping about this, but this piece was really good. Please read it.

“I don’t believe you want to have to choose your sons and your husbands over your daughters. I don’t believe you want the pain that was inflicted on us inflicted on future generations.”

“Stop laughing and start fighting.”

What are we teaching boys when we discourage them from reading books about girls?: from the Washington Post. This was a really insightful piece on encouraging boys to read books about girls. I really enjoyed it and definitely recommend it.

“It’s clear that our culture assumes:

  1. Boys aren’t going to like a book that stars a girl.
  2. Men’s stories are universal, while women’s stories are only for girls.”

Feminist science: who needs it?: from the Lancet (but you can access it for free). This was a super interesting look at feminism in science, and how it’s changed over the years and how it’s still influencing science.

When Asian Women Are Harassed for Marrying Non-Asian Men: from the Cut, by Celeste Ng. This was so interesting, and I highly recommend reading it.

Natalie Portman: If Man Calls A Woman Crazy, Ask ‘What Bad Thing Did You Do To Her?’: from the Huffington Post. I definitely recommend reading this and looking up Natalie Portman’s full speech. It was great and really inspiring. I love how she emphasized changing the rhetoric around women, and emphasized diversity and inclusivity.

The Fetishization of Mr. Rogers’s ‘Look for the Helpers’: from the Atlantic. Probably the best post I read this month. It was written in response to the shooting on the weekend and the use of “look for the Helpers.” If you only read one thing from this list, it should be this one.

“We were entrusted with these insights to make children’s lives better, not to comfort ourselves for having failed to fashion the adult world in which they must live.”

Other news and highlights

This was just a crazy busy month school-wise. I had my first law school midterm!!!!! And I think it went well? I haven’t gotten my grade back yet (when I’m writing this) but here’s hoping! Other than that, it was a fairly slow month.

  • My friend from back home came to visit for the first weekend of my reading break, which was great! We went for a hike in Gatineau Park and visited Parliament and just hung out and see each other, and it was the best.
  • I went for another hike in Gatineau with my roommates, which was great! I’ve missed having a real fall, so actually getting to do fall activities was great.
  • I went out with some of my friends for her birthday and we went to the club on 90s night, which was a ton of fun.
  • I went to a breakfast hosted by one of the Women in Law groups I’m in at school, and it was a great time and experience!
  • We had a talk given by Jane Doe, the victim in a fairly groundbreaking case we talked about in my torts class. You can read about her case here, and I highly recommend it. Her talk was so interesting and inspiring.
  • We had a makeup class one morning, and I decided to sleep in instead of going (oops) BUT my prof forgot to tell us he cancelled it, so I actually didn’t miss class!
  • I hit 800 followers here!!!! Thank you all so much!!! ❤ ❤
  • I bought this thing!!! I can change it to say whatever I want and so far it’s just been dumb memes. It was a great $13 investment and brings me lots of joy. (see this video for the reference)


Thanks for reading! How was your month?


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