How the heck is everyone?! When I last posted I was wrapping up my reading & blogging month of September in my September Wrap-Up. I mentioned in my wrap-up that I was going to be scarce in the month of October, but I never anticipated I would be completely absent for the entire month of October, and a good chunk of November as well. I apologize for my absence, but know that I miss the book blogging world so much…
What have I been up to?
Since I last posted ((which feels like forever ago)) things have been moving along with our new home renovations. We are about 3 weeks out from moving in. We’ve had some set backs from our original plan to move in by the first two weeks of November, but I guess that’s how life goes. Things are really starting to move along, and the house is finally starting to look like a house, and not a war zone. Paint is almost complete, my kitchen cabinets are in, and the flooring is being installed this week. At this point, we are hoping to move the first weekend of December. While our new home renovations have been going on, we were in the process of getting our current home ready to list on the market to sell. After some paint, minor updating, and lots of de-cluttering, we were able to list our house at the end of October. I am happy to report that after 5 days on the market (and many showings), we received a full asking price offer on our home! We are under contract and are scheduled to close right after Christmas… it feels as if a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders!
Never in my wildest dreams did I anticipate how busy all of this would keep me. At the end of the day, I am lucky to get 30 minutes of reading in before falling asleep. My saving grace has definitely been listening to audiobooks while I’ve been working. I wish I could say that I am back, but I have a feeling that I will be just as busy during & after the big move. If I am being honest, it will probably be January before I am back to posting regularly & being active in the bookish community again. It breaks my heart to admit that, but until things are more settled in my personal life, this blog has to take a back seat.
*Book titles link to Goodreads
» Anne’s House of Dreams (Anne of Green Gables #5) by L.M. Montgomery
Feelings in a few thoughts: FINALLY the moment I’ve been waiting for: the wedding ¤ Adored the new characters: Leslie, Cornelia, and Captain Jim ¤ wish we got more of the Green Gables crew ¤ a little disappointed that Anne no longer seems to write… ¤ heartwarming & cozy
» Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillio
Feelings in a few thoughts: my first DiCamillo book ¤ really enjoy DiCamillo’s dry sense of humor – this book made me laugh often ¤ focus on friendship – loved the trio of friends in this one
» Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale (Seasons of the Sword #1) by David Kudler
» Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo
Feelings in a few thoughts: I enjoyed this book better than Six of Crows – was invested from start to finish ¤ you really have to pay attention while reading this one because of the intricate plot ¤ felt that some of the characterization suffered because of the complex plot – certain characters were on the back burner in this book ¤ liked how everything panned out in the end ¤ so many emotions
» The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff
Feelings in a few thoughts: found the parts about the circus & the trapeze fascinating ¤ really enjoyed the history – how the circus hid Jews as performer during WWII ¤ was not able to connect to Astrid or Noa – didn’t feel emotionally invested in their outcomes ¤ this type of book should evoke more of an emotional response from the reader, but failed to in my case
» All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
Feelings in a few thoughts: this book is NOT going to be for everyone ¤ happy to see a book with Latinx characters & culture – cannot speak for the representation but didn’t see anything blatantly obvious, but then again I am fairly inexperienced with Latin American culture ¤ really enjoyed that radio & music was such a huge part of this book ¤ plot felt odd at times & a little random – if you don’t like “weird” you won’t like this book ¤ lots of eccentric characters – which I liked, but you never really get to know any one character really well
» The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillio
Feelings in a few thoughts: for a book titled “The Tale of Despereaux“, Despereaux wasn’t as big of a part of the book as you’d imagine ¤ I was anticipating action-packed MG, but there wasn’t much “action” ¤ narration style didn’t feel right ¤ really didn’t like how Miggery Sow was victimized throughout the book – a little dark for a children’s book ¤ anticlimactic
» Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillio
Feelings in a few thoughts: heartwarming & sweet ¤ who doesn’t love a book that evolves around a child & their pet? ¤ themes: friendship, coming of age, & fitting in ¤ I have a soft spot for a book with eccentric characters who all come together
Which books did you read in October?
Have you read any of the books I read this past month? If so, what did you think?
Did you buy any books? If so, which ones?
Comment below & let me know 🙂