October 2022 Recap

Can you believe it we have only two months to go before this year is out? I can’t… October for Milou and I started with us just recovering from Covid for the second time, we also started October with a two-week holiday. We went to Florence and Pisa in Italy. Both of us still had a bit of a cough while there and to feel as guilty as we did for something completely out of our control, our holiday ended on the 18th, but I contracted a flue the weekend before heading back to work. We did have a decent time in Italy at least. It was not as physically demanding as earlier this year in Iceland but being sick half of the time is not easy. I am better now at least. I thought October was another shitty post month for me, but I did put quite a few reviews out. Having two months left for the year to go and just reaching my goal of 30 books for the year I can why my blog space has been feeling a bit empty of late if you take that in the last two years, I have always been able to reach around 60 books. I am not to phased as most of the books I or Salty read have been decent. No DNF’s this year and nothing under the 3-star mark, which sounds like a good year to me…

I will be trying to compile a post sometime of all the holidays and of times we had this year, but I cannot promise it will be anytime soon, it might also not come at all so do not hold your breath too long…

Here is a quick look at what You might have missed during October:


6 Reviews for the month is not bad… October saw me be able to sit down and try catch up to some older books that I read a while ago. I also managed to take three more books of off my long list of NetGalley titles and I am happy that all the books on there now only fit on one-page altogether go me! Also 3 of the books were buddy reads as well as two of those were Horus Heresy novels. Really happy about that.

Angel ExterminatusAngel Exterminatus – Graham McNeill

The oldest HH book I own. It took me nearly 2 months to finish this, but I am glad I did, the first time I read it I did not know what the hell was going on as I did not know this was part of a 60pluss book series… Was a decent read at least. I liked the part where Perturabo bitch slapped Fulgrim into one of his miniatures to drive a lesson home.

Time of ContemptTime of Contempt – Andrzej Sapkowski

This was a decent read, by now I am familiar with Sapkowski’s time jumps and jumbled mumbles that make up the greater part of the narrative. I liked this one more than the “book 1” by a long shot. I also warmed up a little more toward Yennefer as I saw a little more from her point of view about the bigger picture.

GloomspiteGloomspite – Andy Clark

The book that earned me half a point in the Orktober challenge as it only contained grots and snotkin and no real Orks as I thought it would. Another Age of Sigmar novel that I could appreciate more than any books that deals with the Soul jacked warriors of Sigmar. Humans facing off against the fell  magiks of the goblins. Also probably my only sort of Horror read for October, it checked a lot of boxes.

it took lukeIt Took Luke: Overworked & Underpaid – Mark Bouchard

A decent enough plot, but a jumbled mess for me to read with the they/them referring to a singular individual, I am not a good person to have a conversation with pronoun fanatics, sorry not sorry.

BetrayerBetrayer – Aaron Dembsk-Bowden

My favourite read this month as well as a book I started in this month and finished in the same month, that does not happen often… 5 out of 5 stars all-round!

Final ProblemSundays with Sherlock – The Final Problem

Closing the month of with a Sunday with Sherlock did feel quite good, even though I did not have a lot to say about this that I already touched on in my original review of Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Decent art and I respect the effort that went into the drawings.

Metal Monday:

Only two Metal posts went up this month as I just did not prepare for Halloween this year…

Bad Moon Rising – CCR

Hypocrisy – Dead World

Book Hauls:

I bought a new bookshelf after we got back from holiday in preparation for when I would one day own all hundred books in the 40K Legends Collection. I am one book away from reaching that goal. I am not sure it will be doable this year as the book I am after seems to be a highly sought after one. I am happy to see the collection as it currently stands. I am also happy that I will probably not need to buy books for the rest of my life now… My next planned project is to make a list and tie the book corresponding to the number on the spine for anyone interested in knowing what exactly they are looking at when it stands, the way it does on the shelf. It will also make it easier for me to know which book to pick out and not having to randomly select when looking for a specific novel. I think some readers of my blog will also appreciate putting a “face” to a spine once I am done. We will see how it all goes.

That was my October all summed up. I hope November will be kind to me. I will be getting my first driving lesson this month so reading and posting might be sporadic, just a quick heads up, as many of you know I have to do my Dutch drivers’ exams over from scratch, as my South African driver’s permit is not transferable like in other countries. Having passed the theory last month, I am making it my goal to get this done and dusted as soon as possible, I am hoping for early next year.

See you at the next post!

15 thoughts on “October 2022 Recap

  1. Wow, covid and THEN the flu. And I thought I had it bad, hahahaa 😀 Glad you’re doing better now and lets hope you don’t get sick again for awhile, right?

    Best of luck on the driving stuff. Once you get your license, will that change your life much? Or is just one of those handy things to have in an emergency?

    I know I’ve said it before, but it is great that you’ve got 99 of the limited edition books. Good hunting for that final one 😀

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    1. I hope i will not get the snottyness again soon, feeling like you swallow part of your eardrum everytime you take a sip of water or just swallow in general really sucks.

      Lets call it emergencies as the main point yeah. Once I can drive in EU it might open a few new doors, but nothing drastic will change. As a joke it means Milou can drink more and I need to stay sober on the off chance we do decide to make any friends that live further away. It also takes a bit of the me having to depend on her to drive me around when trains and busses are on strike, if she doesn’t need the car herself, to get to work. I might get some small car reserve for myself if changing jobs means i have to travel further than the 2 km I cycle to work now, but we take it as it goes…

      I am also happy with having the 99 books. From afar its not like anyone else will notice I miss one, unless i am currently reading a novel in the collection. I hope to just score a chance at some odd time and have it completed soon, but its no train smash if i don’t. I have it in an omnibus bind up as well.

      Thanks for the comment Stooge

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    1. Thanks Liz! Yeah, this collection is pretty neat. If you want a sample, you can check out my review of Betrayer, each book includes some cool art in the middle and normally comes with a small extra bit of lore not include in the original books.

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  2. Less reads, but of a higher quality is a win in my book 💪

    I had covid a few weeks back still struggling with fatigue after work. Hoping my energy levels pick up a bit. Feel for you getting the flu straight after. I caught a cold right after and it gave me all the symptoms I didn’t get with Covid 😭

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