I love Fall, y’all!! I adore that crisp, cool air and spend copious amounts of time reading on my front porch with a blanket and coffee (or hot cocoa!) each day. Fall has been good to me this year, too, in that I had an awesome reading month in October! I read a total of nineteen books, raising my total number of books read for the year to 195. Woo-hoo!!
Now, let me be clear about something. I would have read even more books in October if it weren’t for this little devil:
We spent a lot of time training and caring for little Miss Tootsie all month, toting her to and from Puppy Kindergarten classes and working on the skills we learned there here at home each day. She is growing a little each day, and although she’s still a tiny little stinker, Tootsie is light years away from where she was when she came to us. I know that your real questions is, is she growing on me yet? Yes, and no. She has definitely become somewhat easier to handle over the last month or so, but the peace I knew before she came into the household is still gone. The perfect equilibrium that my sweet Sheltie, Ruby, and I had enjoyed has been shattered and we’re still trying to figure out how to fit Tootsie into our lives. One thing is for sure, however; The Boy is one happy camper. He absolutely adores Tootsie and works tirelessly to care for her and to make things easier for me when it comes to her care. He’s a keeper, that’s for sure.
Back to the books, y’all! Let’s take a look at what I read in October:
- Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
- Boredom Busters for Dogs by Nikki Moustaki
- The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz
- The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
- Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
- Dinner for Dogs by Henrietta Morrison
- Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson
- The Art of Raising a Puppy by Monks of New Skete
- A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
- Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
- Into The Bright Unknown by Rae Carson
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
- A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess
- Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge
- Uprooted by Naomi Novic
- The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers
- Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
- A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor
- I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez
Wow. Where do I even begin? So many of the books I read last month were amazing. Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing was both brilliant and powerful. Becky Albertalli is a new favorite YA author; I hear that she is collaborating on a new novel with YA author Adam Silvera – can’t wait to check that one out! Castle of Water, recommended by a book club friend, was everything it was promised to be – many tears were shed with this one, y’all, so be prepared. Jessica Cluess’s Kingdom on Fire Series is excellent. Speaking of puppies (as I was a moment ago) The Art of Raising a Puppy by the Monks of New Skete was a good read as well, and helpful to The Boy and I on many points.
As I said, October was a fantastic month for reading and I’m hoping that November will be the same (or better!). Temperatures are still in the 50’s and even 60’s on some days here in Nebraska, so there is still plenty of porch time ahead for me. I have some great books waiting for me on my November TBR, and I can’t wait to get started. Happy Reading to you all!!
Where is your favorite place to read in the Fall?