October Wrap Up

October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween to everyone celebrating!

 * Pumpkin images are from Pottery Barn*


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October Wrap Up

I completed seven reads this month, abandoned one, and set one aside for further consideration. This month I also met my 2018 Goodreads Challenge of 100 books!

Below are my completed October reads listed in order of my Star ratings (4 & 5 Stars are highly recommended).

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The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor
Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction
5 Romantic Stars
Full review coming Friday 11/2

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Genre: Historical Fiction, WW11, Holocaust
4.5 Brave Stars (5 Stars for compelling story and 3 stars for writing)
Full Review Here

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Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan
Genre: Biographical Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance
4.5 Determined Stars
Full Review Here

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Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
4.5 Wiley Stars
Brief Review Included Here

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The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Mystery
4 Atmospheric Stars
Full Review Here

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The Rain Watcher by Tatiana De Rosnay
Genre: Fiction (some historical elements)
3 Reconciliation Stars
Goodreads Review Here

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That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
2.5  Family Stars
Goodreads Review Here

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Abandoned: Still Lives by Maria Hummel

Set Aside For Further Consideration: Bridge of Clay by Marcus Zusak

Happy Reading Book Worms!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection!
Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text


Have you seen The Hate U Give movie? Here’s the THUG trailer. 
I’ve read positive reviews with some saying it could be one of the best movies of the year.

Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Books of 2018

If you have a Goodreads account, voting is open for the Goodreads Choice Awards for the Best Books of 2028.

There are three opportunities to vote before the winners are announced in December. Click the link to see the voting schedule.

If you do not have a Goodreads account, it’s fun to look at the categories to see what readers have nominated.

My Fall TBR

I’ll be updating my Fall TBR list as I complete each read, so check this link often!
So far, I’ve read 8 out of the 12 titles listed on my Fall TBR.

Looking Ahead:

Friday I’ll review The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor (The Last Christmas in Paris). This is a milestone read because it’s my 100th read of the year!

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 Let’s Discuss

What were your favorite reads this month?

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  1. HI Carol– I cannot believe your read 7 books in October!! You are amazing! My favorite book this month was I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel– short but bright and funny and so true if you’re a reader!! Still half way through Mrs. Lewis. xox

      • Hi Carol– liking it well enough– but not really loving Joy as a person. Only half through. We’ll see… (and I’m doing a talk on C.S.Lewis and the Narnia books in January– so he’s on my mind. hugs friend!

      • On an encouraging note, I grew to appreciate Joy more in the latter half of the book as she reflected on her youth, analyzed her past behaviors and motives, and sought to become a better person. Learning about her childhood and early experiences helped build compassion for her. I think Lewis was very attracted to her mind! You’ve got to admire her tenacity and determination!

      • Hi Carol– I liked the book well enough– but was a bit disappointed. I think because I loved CS Lewis and his work so much and also The Shadowlands movie. I wanted to like Joy more. But I’m glad I read it! What you up to this weekend?? I’m driving up to SF (Again!). hugs hugs!

      • Yes…I agree with wanting to like Joy more…but they really loved each other. It seemed like the book was well researched.

        It looks like I might need to buy a new washer & dryer this weekend 😩 I guess I know what I’m getting for Christmas!

        Safe travels to SF!

      • Oh gosh– sorry. Don’t you want your appliances (& cars) to run along happily forever??! But it I guess it will be nice to have a shiny new washer to wok with! xo

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