Friday Wrap-Up: Best of October

Hello, hello October. What a beautiful month you are.

Shall we just jump right into the best ofs?

Jessica over at Quirky Bookworm had her adorable baby (yay! cue the fireworks!) and I helped her out on maternity blogger leave with a quick pairing of Bill Willingham’s Fables and Once Upon a Time. (Perfect duo!)

We drank beer with Veronica Roth’s Divergent. (As if you needed an excuse.)

We dished on books that were all around just a bit meh. Books that we wanted to love but they just fell flat. (You all chimed in with Talulla Rising, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Great House, The Tin Drum, and Supernaturally.)

Then, oh then friends, we got into the idea juices and rolled around in some TED videos, or something like that, with Steven Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From.

Finally, I geeked out about Pinterest, because yes, I really loves it so.

I finished three books this month and am working through another two (though I can’t claim them yet!). I finished Insurgent by Veronica Roth (ultimate meh), The Art of Soviet Cooking by Anya Von Bremzen (fascinating!), and The Secret History by Donna Tartt.

Though let’s not leave Tartt at the end of a list. For The Tartt deserves a bit more recognition. It’s my third re-read of that insanely magnificent book and I loved re-reading it again just for the ability to follow those lines of tension that cut through the book like a noose. Yes. Expect a pairing soon. It’s one of my favorites.

I read it this time because Tartt’s newest book, The Goldfinch, just came out and I am slowly making my way through that book, which is at once so different from her other ones, but still deep, moody, and rich.

I’m also reading Extra Virginity by Tom Mueller that promises to expose the corruption of the olive oil industry. *cue dramatic music* I’m obviously hooked.

Oh and I had a Night Circus themed party that I’ll be posting up details about soon. It was magnificent. Magical even.

Around the Web

On Food Riot, I talked about why everybody needs a kitchen chalkboard, why I love fall gardens, and how I’m tackling 20 f-in pounds of chickpeas. (Okay, eating, not tackling. Though the bag of them could have made a good tackling prop.) I also got a bit Scroogey about Halloween because, um, I don’t do grape eyeballs.


On the businessy blog, I talked about blog events for this month’s #blogbiz chat. I dished on Amanda Shofner’s book of the same (seriously, check it out…) and talked about two business blog event case studies. I also talked about finding that work life (or life work) balance.

This month I’m proud to announce that #blogbiz is tackling SEO in Choose Your Own SEO Adventure November. But we’re making SEO accessible this time, maybe even getting you on friendly terms with it.

All through the month of November we’ll be posting our own easy tips and tricks for using SEO in your blog.

Won’t you join us?

What did you read and do in October? Tell me all about it in the comments! 

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  • Amanda @ On a Book Bender

    I read ALL THE BOOKS! in October. Nineteen, according to Goodreads. (Though some of those were short stories. Still. BOOM.)

    I don’t remember what I did, though. Besides read. OH! I saw Lucy. That’s about all that matters…

    • Nikki Steele

      WOAH. That’s awesome!

      And Lucy IS all that matters.

  • Monika

    Extra Virginity… la la laaaaaaa I sort of don’t want to hear it! *sob*

    Maybe when you finish it you’ll be able to suggest a brand or two? :)

    • Nikki Steele

      Heheh I’m assuming they’ll be super overpriced fancy brands. Dang nabbit!

  • Cipriano

    OMG, the Tartt book. My most anticipated new book EVER. I can’t wait for your full review of it.

    • Nikki Steele

      I am LOVING it. Tartt is just so rich and beautiful every time. :D