The lovely Octo I made is from a pattern by the lovely Rell of The Dabbling Hook.
Ruthie has the channel PinkPumpkin Crochet, please go check her out she is talented and funny and just a wonderful person. She lives near me too so obviously that makes her even cooler!!
The book I mentioned is calle Eleanor Oliphant is is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (Amazon Associate link just so you know). I really enjoyed this book, it tackles so many issues and some of the things she says made me laugh out loud. There were also parts that made me want to cry, it was so touching.