Bookish Roundup — October, 2018

October-Roundup

Hey there, y’all! As promised, I have returned after a brief hiatus. Thank you to my loyal followers for your patience and for sticking with me.

What can I say about my October reading? It was slow-going compared to what I’m used to, that’s for sure. In fact, most months in recent times have seen a reduction in my reading; life events have dictated this so much so that I’ve had to adjust my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal down from its original 200 to a more attainable 160. This is somewhat disappointing for the personal goals I set for myself each year, but I do realize it’s still a much loftier number than many people reach so… I’ll calm myself down a bit and go with the flow.

Books I read in October:

As you can see, I read a total of nine books in October. Most were real winners, and a couple totally blew me away. Three of the novels were sequels I’d been waiting and waiting for, and they did not disappoint. Two of these especially stick out in my mind: A Sorrow Fierce And Falling was the final book in the Kingdom on Fire Trilogy by Jessica Cluess and it was everything I’d hoped for. Night of Miracles, the sequel to The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg, wasn’t quite as magical as it’s predecessor but still hit the mark.

As a special treat, I reread the enduring YA classic, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Let me tell you, it was every bit as special as it was the first time around (which would have been about 35 years ago – does that age me, or what?!). I went into reading Winger, another YA title, expecting a typical boys-will-be-boys, friendships-are-special type of book. Boy, was I wrong. This book blew me away. My friend Sarah, who recommended the book, sure knows how to pick ‘em!!

Are you following Pathologically Literate on Facebook? We’re also on Twitter, and don’t forget to follow me on Goodreads, too!! Hope you had a great Autumn, and that the coming Winter is good to you as well. Until next month, Happy Reading to you all!

Bookish Roundup–October, 2017

October-Roundup

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:

tootsie

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:

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?

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