Where do I even begin?!

This month has been lightning fast, as my days have gotten progressively busier. My day job is hectic as we barrel towards our biggest events of the year, and even though my barn life has slowed down, there is has been a lot of fall/winter prep picking up as well.

GUYS, I’M EXHAUSTED.

Which is why I’ve struggled reading this month. I got a lot reviewed, but many of the reviews are audiobooks due a lack of time for reading physical copies, so the tally for books read this month was low. So, keep in mind when you see this list of books reviewed, that I have been saving some of these knowing that I was going to be a busy bee by now.

Alrighty, without further ado, here is the list of completed October reviews:

  1. Sadie by Courtney Summers
  2. After the Eclipse by Sarah Perry
  3. I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara
  4. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
  5. The Cormoran Strike Series by Robert Galbraith
  6. Daughters of the Dragon by William Andrew
  7. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
  8. Obscura by Joe Hart
  9. Orange Is The New Black/ Out of Orange by Piper Kerman/ Cleary Wolters
  10. Still Life by Louise Penny
  11. Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
  12. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  13. Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer

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So it even though it looks like a TON of reading got done this month, in full confession, only about half of that list was read this month.  As a matter of fact, I had to put off two books I’ve been trying to read all month because I just didn’t have time to get into them. And as a heads up, next month will be pretty much all reviews that I have stockpiled in advance for the same reason. I promise though that by December, we’ll get caught up to current reading times!

Also, I have only shared a little about this, but I wanted to go in depth on the blog about this really cool experience! I got to meet Kate Morton in Cincinnati this month! Joseph Beth hosted the first stop on her tour for The Clockmaker’s Daughter, on her book birthday (October 9th), and it was fantastic! Morton was such a delight- she was so eager to talk about her books past and present, and her fans were so excited to meet her. She was so eloquent when she spoke, even when the audience asked some tricky questions.

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I was also delighted to go with my book club buddy, Megan, and since there was plenty of opportunity to mingle with fellow bookies, we got to meet plenty of new faces- a couple of gals from another book club (Hi Molly & Angela!), one from as far away as Cleveland, and some which we recognized thanks to #bookstagram (Hi Jess & Kath!)

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(LOL, no, we didn’t all plan to wear green- great minds just think alike!)

I had a fantastic time, and even though it was a late night and an early morning the next day, it was so very worth it. Not only did I get introduced to a Lavender London Fog (it’s heaven, guys), but I made some new friends and became a big fan of Kate Morton.

The other fun thing I wanted to share was my Friends of the Library book haul! So, I’m a member of two local library branches, and on the same weekend, both had giant sales where the books were no more than $1, and most in the 25-50 cent range. They started at 10am, so I got up and out on Saturday to see what they had to offer. I didn’t take many pictures- mostly because I had an armful of books in one hand and a coffee in the other- but this will give you an idea of the assortment available:

People were legitimately filling up boxes full of anything that piqued their interest. I went with strict rules- only buy what is already on the TBR or authors I have already read and loved. That pretty much went out the window when one sale was fill-a-paper-bag for $5, but I did try to be reserved, haha. SO, here’s what I scored for a whopping total of $9!

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Not bad, eh?! I was pretty stoked!

Once I get through the month of November, I hope I’ll be doing some serious deep-couch-sitting and a ton of reading. Until then, keep me in mind, send me all your high energy vibes, and wish me luck in my day-job! Also, HAPPY HALLOWEEN Y’ALL!!!

 

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