Highlight Reel (October 2018 Favorites)

I thought it would be fun if I took a moment each month to let you know what things are currently striking my fancy, so here goes the October installment! 

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This month, I finished Katherine Reay’s The Bronte Plot, after falling in love with a series of books by this author, along with the author’s outlook, all the literary references, and the faith elements woven throughout! If you haven’t read these great books yet but like Austen and Bronte books and good, clean reading, check them out!

I also read Megan Abbott’s You Will Know Me, which I really enjoyed. I don’t know much about the gymnastics world other than what I’ve seen with the Olympics, so it was enlightening as well as entertaining!

I really liked A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro, especially with all its references to Sherlock Holmes and Watson (stories that I absolutely love!).

I picked up and managed to read The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman in half an hour, and once again loved his writing— I just wish it had been longer so I could continue to enjoy it!

I’m still reading Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Books, too-- I’ve still been busy with other things and other books and sadly neglected this one for much of September and October. And my pretty Penguin classics cloth-bound version keeps calling to me, so I’m going to try to finish it next month!



"God cares more about our obedience than our success.” —my friend Natalie Arent. This hit home with me so hard when I first heard it, I’ve been sharing it in conversations with friends, and I’ve been meditating on it myself. It’s more about my heart than the end result. That goes for every area of life. It’s not always the easiest truth to swallow, but it’s comforting when I finally choose to embrace it.



I caught up on the most recent season of Heartland on Netflix, which I love! I’ve been a fan of the show for years, and I got pretty excited when I saw a new season available.

I also started watching the newest season of Grey’s Anatomy that’s on TV, but I’m behind a bit (so no spoilers!). I’ve just fallen in love with the characters, and I’m determined to see it through!

I watched A Wrinkle in Time and loved it! I need to reread the first book and finish the series, but I loved how fun and quirky it was, along with the sincerely heartfelt moments!

I watched Lilo & Stitch for the first time in years, and it was so much fun to watch it again and quote my favorite lines, like “Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.”



“Start of Something Good” by Daughtry is making me happy these days. I love believing in the possibility of things, and that’s what this song makes me think of!



I made some amazing paleo granola bars to take camping, and I was truly sad when they were gone!

I also made some delicious buffalo cauliflower chili that I would have been happy to eat for a month straight.



Where has October gone?!

I went camping with my fiance and some friends on the North Shore, and it was gorgeous! Of course, it was also ridiculously cold, but we survived thanks to hand warmers, a propane heater, campfires, and blankets!

I also got a group together to go to an escape room, and we had a blast! It was definitely challenging, but we solved the puzzle with sixteen minutes to spare!



My college roommates and I are having a mini reunion in a few weeks, and then we have Thanksgiving just a week later! I love Thanksgiving because it’s a time when my whole extended family gathers for really good food, participates in the Walk to End Hunger at the Mall of America, and just enjoys the company of everyone else. We also go Black Friday shopping early, and this will be our tenth year, I think. Not only that, but I’m going dress shopping!


What were some of your favorite things this month? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!

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Heartland image credit: www.cbc.ca

Wrinkle in Time image credit: screenrant.com

Lilo & Stitch image credit: movies.disney.com