October 31, 2020
October 2020 Reading Wrap Up
How was your October reading?
October was a thirteen book reading month with one DNF. I am happy to report three five-star reads, six four-star reads, three three-star reads, and one two-star reads. Find all my September reads listed below in order of Star Rating. Keep in mind that I normally recommend five- and four-star reads on the blog; three-star reads receive mixed reviews from me for various reasons; and two-star reads are books that were not for me. One star reads are usually shelved as DNF.
My favorite read of the month is a tie between two middle-grade books: Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero and The War I Finally Won.
My favorite adult title is The Sunflower Sisters.
Did we read any of the same books?
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5 (MG) Stars. Compelling, engaging, and heartfelt middle-grade fiction.
My review of Isaiah Dunn here.
5 (MG) Stars. (second book in The War That Saved My Life series) Heartfelt middle-grade fiction with a “found family” theme. (This is a reread and I loved it as much as the first time!) My brief Goodreads review of The War I Finally Won here.
4.5 rounded up to 5 Stars. (ARC) Number three in the Lilac Girls series. Well-researched, compelling, and engaging historical fiction (Civil War). My review coming soon.
4 (MG) Stars. Sweet and heartfelt “found family” read. My review of Lemons here.
4 Stars. An engaging and heartwarming “book about books” with a side of romance. My review of Lost and Found Bookshop here.
4 Stars. Many readers love this back-list title by Katherine Center. Not reviewed.
4 Stars. Important nonfiction from the author of The Warmth of Other Suns. Not yet reviewed.
4 (YA) Stars. Fun, creative, and quirky exploration of free speech and language in an epistolary format.
The Dakota Series by Debbie Macomber (Dakota Born, Dakota Home, and Always Dakota)
(each one) 2.5 rounded to 3 Stars. I’ve been meaning to read a book by this popular author and decided to start with the Dakota series because South Dakota is my home state. Although the story lines are compelling, they are not a match for my taste and fell a bit short of my expectations. Not reviewed.
2.5-3 Stars. (ARC) I was expecting more Dolly Parton and less Feminism. (Others have loved it, so check more reviews.) She Come By It Natural review here.
The Henna Artist (lots of others have loved it, so I encourage you to check more reviews.)
What was your favorite October read?
Did we read any of the same books?
Which of these books is on your TBR?
October Blog Posts:
October Blog Audit Challenge: Social Networking
5 Books With Music Themes
The Lost and Found Bookshop
10 Mildly Suspenseful Books (Top Ten Tuesday Halloween Freebie)
10 Popular Books With Mature Characters
The Librarian of Auschwitz
Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero
South of the Buttonwood Tree
Convenience Store Woman
She Come By It Natural
The Story of Arthur Truluv
Beartown and Us Against You
The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett
Force of Nature
Happy Reading Book Buddies!
“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
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