Reading Update: October

Reading Update: October

Hello again friends! Time for another update on my world with books.

I really feel like my reading picked up this past month, after my slow start and (oops) lack of update one particular Tuesday. I pulled a lot out the second half and crushed some books on my TBR, like Mind Your Business. The end of September also found me pulling an all-nighter, which I RARELY do, in order to finish The Love Hypothesis. I haven’t been that sucked into a good book in a long while. Then, of course, I paid the price by literally feeling like someone had beat me up every morning that week when I got out of bed, even after sleeping for eleven hours. Yes, you read that correctly. Eleven. Hours. A night.

As much as I love to stay up and read, staying up and reading does not love me back. I will *not* be attempting any more all nighters this month.

I’m guessing some of you have seen my Goodreads updates…I set a widget on the side of the site to show you what I’m currently reading, which for weeks on end has been Happy Endings by Thien-Kim Lam. Literally cannot get through this book. It’s not bad, but it’s not good. Hopefully you’ll be reading that review very soon, so I can put that sucker behind me!

This month saw me visiting so many bookstores and buying soooo many books. Which is not bright, because I’m literally out of shelf space. I keep my books in wooden crates, stacked up to look like shelves, so that I can just buy additional crates when I need to add on. I bought two more crates this month and I’ve still got books piled up everywhere. It’s a mess, send help. I’m a book addict on the road to recovery. Just kidding, I’m on the road to the bookstore.


Tons of new books. As you saw last week, I visited Innisfree Bookshop in Meredith and got Velvet Was the Night, The Love Hypothesis, Houseplants for All, and The Very Nice Box. I also went to Barnes & Noble in Manchester earlier in the month (I have a soft spot for their Manchester location…it’s kind of interesting to see the differences in inventory between there and my usual haunts!). I grabbed The Return by Rachel Harrison and A Special Place for Women by Laura Hankin. THEN, because apparently I didn’t get enough books in September, I went to Gibson’s with my sister and picked up Devolution by Max Brooks, My Houseplant Changed My Life by David Domoney, The Comic Book Guide to Growing Food by Joseph Tychonievich, and lastly, The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig. WHICH, let me tell you, was a very strange coincidence, and I’m now going to tell you about it against your will. (By the way, that brings the new book count for a SINGLE MONTH to ten, and oh my god my wallet is crying from the other room right now).

So, The Book of Accidents. I’ve seen that bad boy all over the interwebs lately. Had no idea what it was about other than it kind of gave me The Little Stranger vibes? Anyways, my sister Kendall and I are strolling around Gibson’s, and I pick up Wendig’s book because it looks creepy and they have it on their display. Reading through the jacket. Main character’s name is Nathan. Shortens to Nate…okay. Keep reading. Other main character’s name is Maddie?? Now, I’m not sure I’ve ever mentioned it, but my boyfriend’s name is Nate. My own name is Maddison, often shortened to Maddie. These main characters are a couple. Not totally unusual similarity, as we have very common names, but super strange that of all the books there, I picked up that one! And naturally my sister is like, well you can’t not take that home now. So here we are.

Yeah, that was so long winded and if you’re still reading this at this point, I’m honestly amazed.

Last month I tried to provide a little road map of the books I might read in the coming month, and I read absolutely none of those! Go me! I’m not sure why I bother to pick titles I might get to when we know full well my TBR is 60 books long and inevitably I’m still going to read something completely different at will.

Still, my radar this month looks something like this:

Happy Endings by Thien-Kim Lam

The Comic Book Guide to Growing Food by Joseph Tychonievich

The Return by Rachel Harrison

and maybe: •Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper…because it came highly recommended and I really, really want to read my advance reader’s copy, but I am a distracted reader. I’m that meme of the guy with the pretty girl on his arm checking out the other girl, but with books.

ALSO! I have a vacation coming up! The whole last week of October is mine for the reading. I hope I can absolutely crush my TBR that week, since I also plan to visit bookstores…and we see how that went last month.

I hope you have a fantastic October, friends! I also used to ponder how to sign off, but friends starts to feel more and more appropriate with every post I write. Enjoy the fall and all it has to offer. Savor the spooky season, and pumpkin spice lattes. And of course, read a good book. ❤


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